Sferra, Devils Outlast Washington 8-7 in 11 Innings
April 9, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The #12 Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the University of Washington Huskies, 8-7, in 11 innings Sunday at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark in Tempe. The Devils improved their record to 25-10, 4-2 in Pac-10 play. J.J. Sferra's eleventh inning single proved to be the difference maker.
The Huskies began the scoring with two runs in the top of the third inning. The Devils battled back as Fox hit a single to center field, scoring Sogard, cutting the lead to one.
The Huskies increased their lead to 6-2, scoring two runs in the fifth and one more in the top of the sixth. Colin Curtis cut the lead to one with his three-run home run to right field. Fox tied the game when he reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Brett Wallace.
The Huskies took the lead back in the eighth, scoring one run to make it 7-6. Fox led off the ninth with a double down the right line. After a strike out and a walk, Seth Dhaenens hit a single up the middle scoring Fox and sending the game into extra innings.
After Brett Bordes pitched a scoreless tenth and eleventh, the Devils started a rally in the bottom of the eleventh. Preston Paramore singled to start the inning, then moved to second on a sac bunt by Frank Mesa. Dhaenens came up big again, moving Paramore to third with a single deep in the hole at second. That brought up Sferra who singled through the left side to bring home Paramore for the Devils' 8-7 win over the Huskies.
ASU remains home for Pac-10 action this week against the USC Trojans. The three game series starts Thursday, April 13th at 7 PM.