#4 Baseball Sweeps #6 Cal With 18-2 Win
April 27, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - Powered by a 10 run second inning, #4 Arizona State swept the #6 Cal Golden Bears 18-2 in front of 2,569 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium. ASU pounded out 11 hits and was aided by five Cal errors to improve to 35-7, 10-5 in Pac-10 play.
The game was called after the top of the seventh inning to allow California to travel home to Berkeley.
Cal jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first on starter Josh Satow, but Arizona State answered in a big way in the second. Ryan Sontag got the scoring started with a bases loaded bunt single to first that scored Ryan Sontag. Jason Kipnis hit a sac fly to center that scored Mike Leake and tied things at 2-2. Brett Wallace gave ASU the lead with a single through the left side to bring home Greg Bordes and make it 3-2.
Petey Paramore hit a grounder to second that Josh Satin mishandled and then threw the ball away. Sontag and Wallace both came home to score on the play. Kiel Roling scored on a wild pitch, then a dropped pop up by Cal third basemen Jeff Kobernus allowed Leake to reach and Paramore and Matt Newman to score. Raoul Torrez singled home Leake, then a bases loaded walk to Kipnis scored Torrez and ended the scoring.
All told, 16 Sun Devils came to the plate in the inning, including a stretch that saw seven straight reach base. ASU only had three hits in the second, but drew seven walks and was hit by a pitch.
Paramore hit a two-run homer to right center in the third that made it 12-2. It was Paramore's fourth homer of the season. Jason Kipnis brought home a run with a sac fly in the fourth.
Ryan Sontag was 3-3 with and RBI and two walks, while Brett Wallace went 3-6 with two RBI. Every starter with the exception of Mike Leake brought home a run, but Leake scored two runs on his own. Jason Kipnis was 0-1, but had four RBI, walked three times, scored a run and stole a base.
The Sun Devils now head back to the road, traveling to UCLA for a three-game Pac-10 series at Jackie Robinson Stadium that starts on Friday.