Sun Devils Battle For Tough 7-3 Win Over Oklahoma State

Feb. 15, 2003

SURPRISE, Ariz. ( - The No. 5 Arizona State SunDevils used a strong starting pitching performance from senior Beau Vaughanand capitalized on two key Oklahoma State errors in route to a 7-3 win overthe Cowboys Saturday afternoon in front of 1,922 fans at Surprise Stadium.The game was the fourth contest of the inaugural Coca-Cola Spring TrainingCollege Baseball Classic at the new spring training facility of the TexasRangers and Kansas City Royals.

Beating one of the nation's best right-handed pitchers in OSU's ScottBaker, ASU improved to 16-1 on the season and have now won seven in a row.Oklahoma State dropped to 1-3 on the young season. The 16-1 start is thebest by an ASU squad since going 17-1 in 1988 and 18-1 in 1978.

Baker, who is rated as the No. 26 overall college prospect for the 2003Major League Draft, had a 1-0 lead heading into the fifth, but Vaughan wasright at his heels allowing only one Cowboy run in the first five frames.After leaving four runners in scoring position in the first four innings,ASU capitalized on a key throwing error by Baker to forge ahead with asix-run fifth inning. Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia provided the bigblow with a two-run triple to center field to put ASU on the board. Juniorpreseason All-American Rod Allen added two more runs when he broke out of a2-for-22 slump with a two-run single to right field.

After Oklahoma State added single tallies in each the seventh and eighthinnings off the ASU bullpen, the Devils added a key insurance run in theeighth when Travis Buck doubled and came in to score on a sacrifice fly bysophomore first baseman Jeff Larish.

Vaughan picked up the win for the Sun Devils with eight strikeouts in fiveinnings of work to improve to 2-1 on the season. The senior transfer fromNew Orleans scattered five hits and walked two while throwing 97 pitches.Freshman lefty Brett Bordes gave up one run in two innings and juniorcloser Ryan Schroyer nailed down the win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Baker, who was the reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after throwing sevenshutout innings against nationally ranked Stetson last weekend, was touchedfor seven hits and six runs (two earned) in five and a third innings. Hestruck out three and walked five.

Buck led ASU at the plate with a 2-for-4 game and tabbed his fourth doubleof the year. Andre Ethier (2x5) and Allen (2x3, 2 RBI) also recordedmulti-hit games for the Sun Devils.

Arizona State returns to action tomorrow in the final game of the Coca-ColaClassic with a 3 p.m. game against Pac-10 rival Oregon State (3-2). TheBeavers are 2-0 in the tournament, allowing only one run in wins overOklahoma State and Gonzaga. The Cowboys will face Gonzaga in the morninggame (11 a.m.) at Surprise Stadium.

Game Notes: Arizona State now leads the all-time series against OklahomaState 10-7... with his triple in the fifth inning, Pedroia has now recorded ahit in 16 of ASU's 17 games... ASU's 16-1 start is the best since going 17-1in 1988... ASU has now scored in an NCAA record 450 straight games... ASU was4-0 last year against tomorrow's opponent, Oregon State... Beau Vaughan madehis first career start as a Sun Devil and now a team-high 27 strikeouts in21.1 innings pitched... Larish had his six-game hitting streak snapped, butdid record his 30th RBI and 24th walk of the year in the victory... Ethierwas 0-for-1 with the bases loaded vs. OSU and is now 1-for-6 on the year inthat situation... Schroyer has yet to allow an earned run in 9.1 IP thisyear... ASU has now played three straight nine-inning games under three hours.

Arizona State 7, Oklahoma State 3 (Feb 15, 2003 at Surprise, Ariz.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Oklahoma State...... 010 000 110  -  3  9  4      (1-3)Arizona State....... 000 060 01X  -  7  9  0      (16-1)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Oklahoma State - Baker; Hawk(6); Quaempts(7); McDonald(8).Arizona State - Vaughan; Bordes(6); Lopez, J.(8); Kartler(8); Schroyer(9).Win-Vaughan(2-1)  Loss-Baker(1-1)  T-2:59  A-1922
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