ASU Jumps On WSU Early In 25-0 Win

April 27, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. -- - The Arizona State Sun Devils collected 24 hits off four Washington State pitchers while handing the visiting Cougars a 25-0 setback in a Pacific-10 Conference baseball game at Packard Stadium. The win gave ASU a sweep of their three-game series.

WSU (13-29 overall, 4-11 in Pacific-10 Conference action) started Tony Banaszak (2-8), but the senior did not get out of the first inning, surrendering seven hits and nine runs before Nick Kenyon took over to record the final out of the frame. By the time the inning was over ASU held a 10-0 lead. Kenyon worked four innings and was followed to the mound by Brett Beetham and James Freeman.

Sun Devil (42-9, 10-5) starter Ben Thurmond (5-0) worked four innings and was given the win. Erik Averill, Mark Sopko, Bryce Kartler, Brett Bordes and Robbie McClellan each threw one inning to finish out the game for ASU.

The six Arizona State pitchers held the Cougars to just three hits, one single each by Collin Henderson, Grant Richardson and Jonathan Fender.

WSU's first scoring opportunity came in the first inning when Jeremy Farrar and Richardson drew back to back walks with two outs. The two Cougar runners were then left stranded when Derek Bruce struck out.

In the eighth inning Jeff LaRue drew a walk to open the inning and after a pair of strikeouts moved to third on Henderson's single. Zapper McGrath then popped to shortstop to end the inning.

The Sun Devils, meanwhile, scored 10 times in the first inning, then added six runs in the second and one in the third frame. After a scoreless fourth inning, they added two more in the fifth and one in the sixth. ASU finished up with five more runs in the eighth inning.

Nick Walsh had a huge day for the home club. He was a perfect six-for-six, drove home seven runs and scored five times. Not to be out done, Jeremy West drove home nine ASU runs with five hits in seven at-bats. Included in West's performance were three home runs, giving him 14 for the season. Walsh, meanwhile, had three doubles.

In the first inning Andre Ethier had the big blow, a three-run home run to right center. West also drove home two runs with his first home run. In the second West went deep again for a grand slam home run.

Washington State begins a seven-game home stand Tuesday, hosting the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Washington Huskies visit the Cougars next weekend for a three-game Pac-10 series and the following weekend Sacramento State will be at WSU for three non-conference games.

WSU 000 000 000 - 0 3 2
ASU (10)61 021 05x - 25 24 1
Tony Banaszak, Nick Kenyon (1), Brett Beetham (6), James Freeman (8) and Brandon Reddinger.
Ben Thurmond, Erik Averill (5), Mark Sopko (6), Bryce Kartler (7), Brett Bordes (8), Robbie McClellan (9) and Tuffy Gosewisch, Joel Bocchi (6).
W - Thurmond (5-0). L - Banaszak (2-8). Save - None. HR - Ethier (5), West 3 (14).
T - 2:56 . A - 2,057.
WSU Hits - Henderson, Richardson, Fender.
ASU Hits - Pedroia 3, Walsh 6, Ethier 2, Larish, West 5, Buck, Bosch, Allen 2, Garrabrants, Mesa, Wyrick.
E - Richardson, Bruce, Mesa. 2B - Walsh 3 (6), Larish (12). 3B - Pedroia (2).

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