Sun Devils Record 12 Two-Out Runs In 15-2 Thrashing Of UCLA Bruins

April 14, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- Arizona State second baseman Steve Garrabrants was 2-for-4with four RBI to help lead the 16th-ranked Sun Devils to their 8th straightPac-10 series victory with a 15-2 victory over the host UCLA Bruins Sundayafternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Rebounding from a tough 10-2 loss Saturday, the Sun Devils came out hot byscoring 11 of their runs in the second, third and fourth innings.Benefiting from five UCLA walks that eventually came around to score, theDevils tabbed 12 of their 15 runs with two outs. Ten of those runs werepart of rallies that started with no one on base.

'The guys came out today with a winning attitude after losing a tough oneyesterday and were relentless,' said ASU head coach Pat Murphy. 'The topand bottom of the order produced today and we did a good job of playing allnine innings. This is a huge win for us to gain some momentum as we returnhome for another crucial Pac-10 series next weekend.'

With the convincing win ASU improves to 24-13 overall and 8-4 in Pac-10play. The Sun Devils have now not lost a Pac-10 series in over a year, lastlosing two of three to nationally ranked USC April 6-8, 2001. The Bruinscontinue to struggle in 2002 despite playing a tough schedule, dropping to15-22 overall and 2-4 in conference action. ASU now leads the all-timeseries against the Bruins 93-55 and has won six of the last nine in theseries dating back to 2000.

Starting pitcher Robbie McClellan (Liberal, Kan.) was once againspectacular to help lift the Devils clinch their third Pac-10 road serieswin of the year. McClellan improved to a team-leading 7-2 by allowing fourhits and two runs in eight innings. He struck out six and walked five toimprove to 5-0 as a starter this year. Redshirt freshman Mark Sopko(Joliet, Ill.) sealed the win by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

UCLA ace pitcher Casey Janssen endured his roughest start of the year bygiving up eight hits and a season-high seven runs in just two andtwo-thirds innings. He walked three batters and struck out two (both in thefirst) to fall to 4-2 on the year. Five Bruin relievers combined to alloweight runs over the final 6.1 innings.

ASU's 14-hit attack was led by four players who notched multi-hit games.Sophomore Andre Ethier was 2-for-4 with two RBI, senior Jon Sheaffer was2-for-3 with three runs scored and senior catcher Cesar Castillo continuesto play well in his new starting role, going 2-for-3 with three runs scoredand tied a career with three RBI.

The Sun Devils jumped on the scoreboard first with four runs in the top ofthe second inning. ASU sent nine batters to the plate, scoring all fourruns with two outs. Sophomore left fielder Ryan McKenna and senior centerfielder Jon Sheaffer started the rally with a pair of two-out singles.Castillo plated the first run of the inning with a sharp single through theleft side of the infield. Garrabrants followed with a bloop single that waslost in the sun by the UCLA second baseman to score another run. After awalk to designated hitter Nick Walsh, Ethier drilled a single off Janssento drive home two more runs, extending ASU's early lead to 4-0.

ASU's two-out scoring continued with three runs in the third behind a bigthree-run triple by Garrabrants. A hit-by-pitch, walk and bunt base hit bySheaffer set the table for Garrabrants to drill his team-leading fourthtriple of the year off the right field fence. After a UCLA run in thebottom of the third, the Devils pushed across four more two-out runs in thefourth to extend their lead to 11-1. Castillo had the big hit with atwo-run double to left field.

After the Devils were held scoreless in the fifth through eighth innings,ASU unleashed for its final four runs in the ninth inning. Sophomore RodAllen had a pinch-hit, two-run double and sophomore Ian Kinsler added arun-scoring single to the final totals.

ASU will return home next weekend with a three-game series against Cal atHohokam Stadium starting Friday at 6 p.m.

Arizona State 15, UCLA 2 (Apr 14, 2002 at Los Angeles, Calif.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Arizona State....... 043 400 004  - 15 14  0      (24-13, 8-4 PAC-10)UCLA................ 001 100 000  -  2  5  0      (15-22, 2-4 PAC-10)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Arizona State - McClellan, Sopko(9). UCLA - Janssen, Jerkens(3),Davern(4), Silva(4),Susdorf(5), Clark(8).Win-McClellan(7-2)  Loss-Janssen(4-2)  T-3:04  A-583HR UCLA - Whisler (4).
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