Esposito Fans 17 Huskies In ASU Win

March 29, 2002

MESA, Ariz. - Arizona State ace Mike Esposito struck out a career-high 17 batters, including all three inthe ninth inning, to lead the 15th-ranked Sun Devils to an 8-3 win over the Washingtonbaseball team in game two of a Pac-10 Conference series Friday evening at Hohokam Park.

Esposito, a member of the U.S. National Team last summer, went the distance to improveto 6-3 on the year. His 17 strikeouts were sixth-most in Arizona State history, trailingSterling Slaughter's school record of 22. He allowed eight hits and three runs whilewalking only one as the Sun Devils (3-2 Pac-10, 19-10 overall) drew even in the series.Washington fell to 1-1 in the conference and 12-9-1 overall.

Washington got on the scoreboard first, taking advantage of inexperienced ASU catcherJoel Bocchi. Second baseman Greg Isaacson (Aberdeen) walked to open the third inning.He stole second and then advanced to third base on Bocchi's errant throw. AfterBrandon Jacobson (Issaquah) was hit by a pitch, he stole second, and another poor throwfrom Bocchi allowed Isaacson to score from third to give the UW a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies tacked on two more in the fourth. Jay Garthwaite (Kent/Kent-Meridian)singled and scored on a single from Bryan Johnson (Ephrata). After another single putrunners at first and third, catcher Ben Johnson (Bellevue) bounced into a double play,allowing Bryan Johnson to score to make it 3-0.

The Devils, however, came back to take a 4-3 lead with a four-run fourth inning.Designated hitter Nick Cadena, making his first career start, belted a bases-loaded single toplate two runs and Bocchi redeemed himself by following Cadena's hit with a two-runsingle of his own.

ASU added three in the sixth to chase UW freshman starter David Dowling(Kirkland/Juanita) from the game. The big hit of the inning was a double from ASUshortstop Dustin Pedroia, who drove in a pair.

Dowling (0-2) worked five-plus innings in the loss, fanning five and walking four. Fellowfreshman Will Fenton (Kingston/North Kitsap) allowed only one unearned run over threeinnings of relief.

The Huskies and Devils complete the three-game series Saturday. The game, which will airlive on KKNW AM-1150, begins at 1:00 p.m. (noon PST). Washington will sendunbeaten ace Shawn Kohn (6-0) to the mound.

LINESCOREPacific-10 Conference Game#15 Arizona State 8, Washington 3Washington      001 200 000 -- 3 8 2Arizona St.      000 403 00x -- 8 9 4David Dowling, Will Fenton (6) and Ben Johnson. Mike Esposito and Joel Bocchi, Cesar Castillo (7). W - Esposito (6-3). L - Dowling (0-2). 2B - ASU, Dustin Pedroia. T - 3:15. A - 2,352.
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