No. 8 Sun Devils Earn Series In Win Over No. 13 LBSU With 4-2 Victory

Feb. 2, 2003

LONG BEACH, Calif. (www.TheSunDevils.com) - Freshman left-handed pitcherErik Averill did not give up an earned run in 6.2 innings and closer RyanSchroyer nailed down his third save of the year to lift the No. 8 ArizonaState Sun Devils to a series-clinching 4-2 victory over No. 13 Long BeachState on Sunday afternoon at Blair Field.

With the win the Devils improved to 11-1 in 2003 and now own a commanding28-4 record in the all-time series vs. the Dirtbags. LBSU opened the seriesFriday night with a 11-5 win, but could only muster two runs in the final18 innings against the Sun Devil pitching staff.

Averill (Orange, Calif.) gave up two unearned runs while scattering sixhits in six and two-thirds innings to improve to 3-0. Through his firstthree starts as a Sun Devil, Averill has not allowed an earned run in 18.0IP. Senior Beau Vaughan had 1.1 innings of perfect ball before handing theball to Schroyer who picked up his 11th career save with a scoreless ninthframe.

LBSU starter Matt Paz was saddled with the loss by giving up three this andfour runs in one and third innings on the mound. Freshman left-hander CesarRamos kept the ASU bats in check by allowing only three hits in five andtwo-thirds innings of scoreless relief. At one point Ramos, a sixth rounddraft pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last summer, had retired 14 straightSun Devils.

The Devils jumped out to the early lead with a four-run second inning.Consecutive singles by Andre Ethier and Jeremy West, and a walk to freshmanRyan Bosch loaded the bases. Senior third baseman Dennis Wyrick followedwith a two-run single and second baseman Steve Garrabrants drilled one-runsingle to right field. Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia staked ASU to the4-0 lead with a run-scoring fielder's choice.

LBSU threatened to score in the fifth, but clutch pitching from Averill andan outfield assist from freshman Travis Buck held the Dirtbags scoreless.With a runner in scoring position center fielder Steve Velazco singled toleft field, but Buck threw a strike to catcher Tuffy Gosewisch to catchPaul Macalus trying to score from second. Averill recorded his firststrikeout of the game for the third out of the inning to end the threat.The Beach threatened again in the sixth, but Averill got third baseman ToddJennings to ground into an inning-ending double play with two runners on base.

The Dirtbags climbed back into the game with two unearned runs in thebottom of the seventh. A two-out error by Wyrick opened the gates for atwo-run double by leadoff hitter Travis Udvarhelyi. Vaughan put an end toscoring in the frame by retiring Tim Hutting on a groundout to second base.

Garrabrants led the Devils at the plate by going 2-for-3 with his fourthdouble of the year. Out-hit by the Dirtbags 7-6, ASU got timely hits fromWyrick and Larish to earn the victory. Hutting (2x4) and designated hitterTito Cruz (2x2) led LBSU at the plate.

ASU returns to action next weekend with a three-game series at PackardStadium against BYU (1-2). The series starts Thursday at 7 p.m., with gamesfollowing Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.).

Game Notes: Mark Sopko and Ben Thurmond brought the lineup card out to homeplate before the game... ASU's four-run second inning extended its NCAAconsecutive games scoring streak to 445 games... the three-game attendance atBlair field of 3,545 was the 13th largest in LBSU history... Pedroia had his22-game hitting streak come to an end by going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

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