Arizona State Takes Opener Versus No. 14 Stanford, 9-2

April 15, 2005

Tempe, Ariz. - Arizona State (23-15, 4-3 Pac-10) opened a three-game Pac-10 series with a 9-2 victory over No. 14 Stanford (20-12, 4-3 Pac-10) on a warm Friday evening at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils scored all nine of their runs in the first four innings and Arizona State starter Erik Averill (7-2) earned the win, holding the Cardinal to two runs and five hits in 8.0 innings of work with five strikeouts and just one walk.

Jeff Larish (2-3, HR, 3 RBI) led five Arizona State with a pair of hits each as the Sun Devils outhit the Cardinal, 12-5. Travis Buck (2-3, SB), Tuffy Gosewisch (2-4, 2 2B, RBI), Joey Hooft (2-4, RBI) and Seth Dhaenens (2-4) have added two hits each. Joe Perscichina drove in a pair of runs.

Jim Rapoport extended his career-high hit streak to 11 games for the Cardinal with the second homer of his career, a solo shot in the fifth inning.

Stanford starter Mark Romanczuk (5-4) took the loss, allowing all nine Arizona State runs on a season-high 12 hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Erik Davis retired all three batters he faced in the ninth.

Stanford and Arizona State continue the three-game set on Saturday (6:30 pm, MT) and Sunday (1:00 pm, MT). Stanford is slated to start RHP Jeff Gilmore (5.1, 4.03) versus Arizona State RHP Jason Urquidez (5-3, 3.74). Arizona State has named RHP Pat Bresnehan (3-3, 4.22) as its probable starter for Sunday, while the Cardinal has not announced a probable starter for the series finale.

A full recap will follow.

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