#10 Baseball Earns Series Victory With 8-5 Win Over Washington
April 1, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - Thanks to seven strong innings from starter Brian Flores and a four hit day from Brett Wallace, the Arizona State Sun Devils picked up their second straight Pac-10 road series win, defeating Washington 8-5. Flores earned his fifth victory of the year, helping the Devils improve to 23-10 on the year, 4-2 in Pac-10 play. The two games to one series victory at Husky Ballpark was ASU's first since 2001.
Flores went seven plus innings, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out four. With the win, his record now sits at 5-1.
The Arizona State offense struck early, scoring three times in the first off Washington starter Tyler Cheney. Brett Wallace brought home the game's first run with an RBI double down the right field line. Ike Davis made it 2-0 with an RBI ground out, then Kiel Roling made it 3-0 with an RBI single to left. The Huskies scratched a run across in their half of the first against Flores to cut the lead to 3-1.
Ike Davis extended the lead to 5-1 in the third, sending a two-run double off the wall in right. Tim Smith added another run in the fourth, plating Andrew Romine with a sacrifice fly. Romine's RBI ground out in the fifth made it 7-1. Washington scored twice in the sixth to pull to within four at 7-3. The Dawgs would add two more in the eighth to cut it to 7-5 before Jason Jarvis would come in to quell the rally.
Kiel Roling added an insurance run in the ninth off Husky closer Nick Hagadone, sending a laser beam off the batter's eye in center to make it 8-5. It was Roling's eighth homer of the year, and the first earned run allowed by Hagadone this season.
Jarvis would close out the Huskies in the ninth to pick up his second save of the year. Wallace was 4-5 with an RBI, while Kiel Roling added three hits of his own with three RBI. Matt Spencer also had two hits for the Devils, who pounded out 14 hits as a team.
The Sun Devils continue Pac-10 play next weekend in Tempe, hosting Stanford for three games at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark beginning Thursday night.