Switzer, Friedberg And Klusman Lead Baseball To 7-3 Victory Over Washington

May 13, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The No. 19 Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back, riding a solid combined pitching effort from Jon Switzer, Drew Friedberg and Aaron Klusman to a 7-3 Pac-10 victory over the University of Washington Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.

The win improved ASU's overall season record to 33-16-1 and secured its third consecutive Pac-10 series win. ASU remains in fourth place in the conference with a 11-9 record, now having won three straight and 10 of its last 14 overall. Washington saw its postseason hopes go by the wayside, falling to 29-18 on the year and 7-13 in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils are now 8-3 overall vs. the Huskies in the all-time series.

Switzer (Houston, Texas) picked up his first win since March 24 vs. Oregon State, going five strong innings, allowing only five hits and striking out seven to improve to 5-4 on the year. Friedberg, pitching for the first time this year on back-to-back days, contributed one shutout inning in the win and Klusman picked up his second save of the year by allowing only two hits and one unearned run in three innings.

'Today was another one of those days where we didn't play that great, but came up with a big win against a good Washington team,' said ASU head coach Pat Murphy. 'Switzer, Friedberg and Klusman really stepped up and gave some big performances. Klusman has just been magnificent all year and gave us three solid innings to close out the win.'

Despite being out-hit 8-7 by the Huskies, ASU capitalized on eight walks by UW to score their seven runs. Junior second baseman Brooks Conrad was the only Sun Devil to pick up more than one hit, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, a home run and a double. Junior center fielder Chris Duffy had his 10-game hitting streak snapped by going 0-for-1, but did reach base three times on two walks on a hit-by-pitch and added a sacrifice bunt. The Devils left 10 men on base and stranded the bases loaded twice, but still picked up the win to inch closer to the program's 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament in school history.

The Sun Devils came out of the gates hot, striking for three runs in the first frame. Capitalizing on the wildness of UW starter Zack Daniels (4-2), the Devils loaded the bases on two walks and a single by senior catcher Casey Myers. Freshman left fielder Rod Allen plated two runs with a sharp single through the left side and senior third baseman Mike Lopez added a run-scoring groundout.

The Devils threatened again in the second by loading the bases to chase Daniels from the game, but right-handed relief pitcher Greg Colburn got Myers to ground into a double play to end the inning. Daniels settled into a nice groove from then on, not allowing ASU a base hit until the 6th inning. Daniels walked five and allowed three runs in just an inning and a third of work.

The Huskies inched back into the game with two runs off Switzer in the bottom of the fifth. Leadoff hitter Marc Rittenhouse plated a run with a double down the right field line and Jay Garthwaite added UW's second tally with a two-out single that scooted past Switzer on the mound to score Brandon Jacobson from third base and pull the Dawgs to within one run at 3-2.

After not recording a hit since Allen's two-run single in the first inning, Conrad opened the top of the sixth inning with a solo home run over the right field fence for his fourth homer of the year. ASU added three more runs in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 7-2. Conrad fueled the rally with a double down the right field line and both Jeremy West and Steve Garrabrants tallied RBIs.

Klusman sealed the victory, striking out two over the last three innings. The four-inning combined bullpen outing by Friedberg and Klusman yielded just three hits and one unearned run.

The Devils and Huskies will conclude their three-game, Pac-10 series Monday at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark. ASU will send senior right-hander Eric Doble (1-2, 5.96) to the mound against Husky sophomore right-hander Sean White (3-2, 4.78). Arizona State will also find out Monday if they are announced as one of the 16 schools who will host an NCAA Regional.

Arizona State 7, Washington 3 (May 13, 2001 at Seattle, Wash.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Arizona State....... 300 001 300  -  7  7  1      (33-16-1, 11-9 PAC-10)Washington.......... 000 020 100  -  3  8  1      (29-18, 7-13 PAC-10)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Arizona State - Switzer, Friedberg(6), Klusman(7).Washington - Daniels, Colburn(2), Gibson(7), Bomar(7).Win-Switzer(5-4)  Save-Klusman(2)  Loss-Daniels(4-2)  T-3:31  A-491HR ASU - Conrad (4).

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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