Myers Continues RBI Tear As No. 6 Sun Devil Baseball Trounces NMSU 16-2

Feb. 13, 2001

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- On a brutally cold and rainy night, the fourth-ranked Arizona State baseball team caught fire at the plate to roll past the visiting New Mexico State Aggies 16-2 in a non-conference college baseball game Tuesday night at Packard Stadium.

The Sun Devils (9-1) recorded their ninth consecutive victory in convincing fashion, out-hitting the Aggies 15-8 and lighting up the scoreboard for 16 runs. The 14-run winning margin is the biggest of the year for ASU. New Mexico State was off to a school-best 9-1 start, but couldn't keep the hot ASU bats at bay.

Junior college transfer Andy Torres (Bell Gardens, Calif.) recorded his fourth win of the season with a five-inning, five-hit, no run outing. He struck out four on the evening and walked only one. A host of ASU relievers combined to pitch one inning each and hold NMSU to only three hits. NMSU starter Mike Hale, a University of Oklahoma transfer, was saddled with the loss, getting blasted for 12 runs in 3.2 innings.

After a slow start with and a 1-0 lead heading into the third inning. Junior center fielder Mel Stocker (Tucson) drew a one-out walk and stole consecutive bases, his 12th and 13th of the year, to set the table for senior All-American catcher Casey Myers (Case Grande). Myers drove a fastball over the left field wall for his second home run in as many games and the 34th of his career.

The Sun Devils then went on a scoring tear in the fourth inning, sending 15 batters to the plate and scoring a season-high nine runs. Freshman designated hitter Rod Allen (Phoenix) continued his doubles spree with his fifth in the last three games to plate the first run of the inning. Sophomore shortstop Dennis Wyrick (Azusa, Calif.) was 2-for-2 in the inning with a pair of RBI.

Holding a commanding 13-2 lead, ASU tagged on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Jeremy West (Las Vegas) connected on his first career home run to bring home two more runs. Myers tallied his fourth RBI of the game and 21st of the season with a sharp single to left field.

Senior right fielder Jonah Martin (Waianae, Hawai'i) ended the night with two hits to extend his nine-game hitting streak and freshman Steve Garrabrants was 3-for-3 with an RBI to maintain his nine-game streak. Myers' 2-for-5 night extends his streak of consecutive multi-hit games to five.

Arizona State has never lost to New Mexico State in 20 career meetings and will have one more game vs. the Aggies in April when it travels to Las Cruces for a single game. The Sun Devils have four games on tap this weekend, starting with a Friday game at 7 p.m. against Creighton (0-0). ASU will host the Bluejays to three games and play a single game vs. St. Mary's Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Arizona State 16, New Mexico State 2 (Feb 13, 2001 at Tempe, Ariz.)----------------------------------------------------------------------New Mexico State.... 000 000 200  -  2  8  5      (9-2)Arizona State....... 013 900 30X  - 16 15  0      (9-1)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: New Mexico State - Hale, Marcangeli(4), Bivian(7). Arizona State - Torres, Doble(6),Johnson(7), Ramirez(8), Klusman(9).Win-Torres(4-0)  Loss-Hale(1-1)  T-3:11  A-465HR ASU - Myers (2), West (1).

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