Baseball Dominates In Rain-Shortened 17-1 Win Over Washington

May 14, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team used a nine-run third inning and pounded out 13 hits en route to a 17-1 thrashing of the University of Washington Huskies in Pac-10 baseball action on a cold and rainy Monday afternoon at Husky Ballpark in Seattle, Wash. The game was rain-shortened to seven innings due to a Pac-10 rule that allows the game to be called after seven innings if a team is ahead by 12 runs.

Learning they were not announced as one of the 16 teams that will host an NCAA Regional earlier Monday, the No. 18 Sun Devils exploded for their most runs in a win since a 17-3 win over Oral Roberts on May 6. ASU continued its current hot streak and has now won four straight games and 12 of their last 15 overall. The Sun Devils have now swept two straight series over the Huskies and own a 9-3 overall record vs. the Huskies. Winning their third straight Pac-10 series and gaining their first conference sweep of the year, ASU is now 34-16-1 on the year and at 12-9 in Pac-10 action. With a three-remaining Pac-10 games next weekend against UCLA at Packard Stadium, the Devils are assured at least a .500 mark in league play, a record that is widely regarded as a lock to gain a NCAA Regional bid with the strength of ASU's non-conference schedule. The Huskies endured their third Pac-10 sweep of the year, falling to 29-19, 7-14 on the year.

Sun Devil senior right-handed pitcher Eric Doble was phenomenal in battling the rainy Seattle weather, picking up the win to even his 2001 record at 2-2 on the season. Making his third start of the year, Doble improved to 2-0 in starts by limiting the Huskies to only five hits and one run in six innings of work.

At the plate, the Devils took command from the start with clutch and timely hitting, batting around twice in the game (3rd and 6th), hitting .500 (9x18) with runners in scoring position and scoring 15 of their 17 runs with two outs. Senior All-American catcher Casey Myers was one of four Sun Devils to pick up multi-hit games. Myers was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two, two-run doubles. With his 28th multi-hit game of the year and the 94th of his career, Myers improved his season batting average to a team-leading mark of .411. His four RBI give him 66 on the year and continues to inch towards the Pac-10 and ASU career record, now with 271 in his career is only 11 short of record holder Andrew Beinbrink who tabbed 283 in his four-year career in Tempe.

Redshirt freshman Nick Walsh tabbed his third, three-hit game of the year, adding two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore shortstop Dennis Wyrick was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and freshman right fielder Ryan McKenna added two hits in the Sun Devil victory.

The Sun Devils struck first in the top of the second with two runs. Freshman left fielder Rod Allen led off the inning by being hit by two-strike pitch from UW starter Sean White. Allen came around to score all the way from first base when junior second baseman Brooks Conrad battled off several pitches and finally doubled to the right field gap on the

The Huskies nearly dodged a bullet in the top of the third, when they threatened to stand the bases full of Sun Devil runners. Senior third baseman Mike Lopez walked on a full-count, two-out pitch from relief pitcher Matt Gardner to plate ASU's third run of the game. From there the flood gates opened, with the Sun Devils sending 13 batters to the plate, scoring nine runs. After the walk to Lopez, ASU senior first baseman Jeff Phelps cleared the bases with a three-run double down the left field line. Freshman right fielder Ryan McKenna continued the rally with a single through the left side of the infield to score Phelps. Two more runs came into score on an error by UW first baseman Duggan Moran. Myers staked ASU to a 11-1 lead by capping the nine-run explosion when he greeted relief pitcher Randy Vanderplow with a two-run double down the left field line.

The Devils struck again with two more two-out runs in the top of the fourth inning. Wyrick plated a run on a single to left field and McKenna singled in a run to tab his fourth career multi-hit game. ASU continued its two-out run-scoring ways, with four more two-out runs in the top of the sixth inning to increase their dominating lead to 17-1. Myers tallied two more RBI on a ground-rule double that bounced over the center field fence and Walsh picked up his third hit of the game with a single to left field to score Duffy.

Washington designated hitter Bryan Johnson put the Huskies only run of the game on the board with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning. White was saddled with the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year as the sophomore right-hander allowed five runs in two and a third innings of work.

ASU will travel to Reno, Nev., after Monday's game for a non-conference game with the Nevada Wolfpack on Wednesday. The Sun Devils will host the Bruins to a three-game Pac-10 series next weekend at Packard Stadium to close out the 2001 regular season.

Arizona State 17, Washington 1 (May 14, 2001 at Seattle, Wash.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Arizona State....... 029 204 0 - 17 13  1      (34-16-1, 12-9 PAC-10)Washington.......... 010 000 0 -  1  6  1      (29-19, 7-14 PAC-10)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Arizona State - Doble, Johnson(7).Washington - White, Gardner(3), Vanderplow(3), Gibson(7).Win-Doble(2-2)  Loss-White(3-3)  T-2:57  A-224HR WASH - Br. Johnson (4).

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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