No. 20 Baseball Continues Hot Streak With 12-5 Win Over UCLA
April 22, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State junior right fielder Travis Buck and freshman center fielder each had three hits as the No. 20 Sun Devils earned a come-from-behind 12-5 victory over UCLA Friday evening in Pac-10 play at Winkles Field at Packard Stadium.
With its 10th straight victory at Packard Stadium and 20th in the last 26 games, ASU improved to 26-15 overall and remain in a tie for second play with a 7-3 mark in league play. The victory also gave head coach Pat Murphy his 800th career victory. UCLA lost 22 of its last 23 games to fall to 8-26 overall and 0-7 in Pac-10 play.
Trailing 5-2 after five innings, ASU used a six-run sixth inning to take the lead for good en route to the 12-5 victory. Run-scoring singles from freshman shortstop Andrew Romine (Lake Forest, Calif.) and pinch-hitter Willy Fox (Scottsdale, Ariz.) pulled the Devils to within one run and then a pair of bases loaded walks to senior first baseman Jeff Larish (Tempe, Ariz.) and sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis (Issaquah, Wash.) put ASU in front. Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens (Chandler, Ariz.) capped the big inning with a two-run single to right field to extend the lead to 8-5.
Senior right-hander Ty Marotz (Crystal Lake, Ill.) earned his second win in as many weekends with a perfect inning of work out of the bullpen. Junior right-hander Tony Barnette (Federal Way, Wash.) allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings to earn his first career save. Junior starting pitcher Erik Averill (Orange, Calif.) suffered some tough-luck giving up five runs (four unearned) in five innings to earn the no-decision and keep his streak of five straight winning decision intact.
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