Baseball Erupts For 22 Hits In 17-1 Pounding Of USC

March 25, 2005

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. ( -- Behind a complete game from sophomore starting pitcher Pat Bresnehan and a career-high five hits from senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, the Arizona State Sun Devils earned their first Pac-10 victory of the season with a 17-1 thumping of the No. 21 University of Southern California Trojans Friday night at Dedeaux Field.

With the victory the Sun Devils improve to 17-13 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play. The Trojans had their season-high five-game winning come to an end to fall to 14-7 overall and 1-1 in league play. The two teams will square off in the rubber match of the series at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dedeaux Field.

Leading 2-1, ASU broke the game open with a nine-run fourth frame by sending 14 batters the plate. Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens (Chandler, Ariz.) recorded two of the Devils' eight hits in the inning and sophomore Colin Curtis (Issaquah, Wash.) hit a two-run home run. Gosewisch also contributed a two-run triple down the right field line.

The big inning gave Bresnehan (Sherborn, Mass.) a comfortable lead as he cruised to his first career victory as a starting pitcher. The sophomore right-hander struck out five and allowed only one unearned run and four hits (all singles). The complete game effort was the fourth by the Sun Devil pitching staff this season.

Gosewisch (Scottsdale, Ariz.) led six different Sun Devils who recorded multi-hit games by going 5-for-6 with four runs and four RBI. He fell just a home run short of hitting for the cycle with singles in the first, third and fifth innings, a two-run triple in the fourth and a two-run double in the eighth. Senior first baseman Jeff Larish (Tempe, Ariz.) went 2-for-7 with his Pac-10 leading two-run home run and Curtis went 3-for-6 with three RBI and hit his first homer of the season. Dhaenens (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI), freshman center fielder J.J. Sferra (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and freshman shortstop Andrew Romine (2-for-4, R) also recorded multi-hit games.

USC starting pitcher Brett Bannister was roughed up for seven hits and eight runs (five earned) in three innings to take the loss and fall to 4-2 on the season. Junior All-American catcher Jeff Clement recorded two of USC's four hits.

Game Notes: The Sun Devils improved to 8-3 when scoring in the first inning this season... ASU is now 8-5 after a loss this season and 5-11 against ranked opponents... Pat Bresnehan recorded his first win as a starter in his seventh career start... freshman catcher Austin Stockfisch recorded a hit in his fifth straight at-bat and is now 5-for-6 (.833) on the season... Jeff Larish hit his 11th home run of the season and 39th of his career to move into a tie for sixth place in the ASU career record books with Casey Myers (1998-2001)... his two RBI also give him 199 in his career... Colin Curtis recorded his 14th multi-hit game of the year to extend his hitting streak to a career-high tying nine games... Curtis also hit his first home run of the season and sixth of his career... freshman J.J. Sferra recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the year while making his first start in two weeks (Mar. 11 vs. LSU)... Travis Buck recorded his team-leading 13th double of the year to extend his hitting streak to five games..

Arizona State 17, USC 1 (Mar 25, 2005 at Los Angeles, Calif.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Arizona State....... 200 920 040  - 17 22  4      (17-13, 1-1 Pac-10)USC................. 001 000 000  -  1  4  3      (14-7, 1-1 Pac-10)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Arizona State - Bresnehan. USC - Bannister; Guy(4); Encinas(5); Aguilar(8).Win-Bresnehan(2-2)  Loss-Bannister(4-2)  T-3:15  A-738HR ASU - Larish (11); Curtis (1).

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