#5 Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader From Northern Illinois
Feb. 20, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 5 Arizona State baseball team swept a doubleheader against Northern Illinois on Saturday, winning the first game 10-5 and the second game 26-1 in seven innings. A crowd of 2,548 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark saw the Sun Devils improve to 3-0 on the season with the two victories.
In the first game, Drew Maggi and Zach Wilson had three hits each, with Wilson driving in three runs to pace the ASU offense. Deven Marrero drew three walks, including two with the bases loaded for the first two RBI of his career.
Merrill Kelly started and went five innings, allowing three hits and three earned runs to get the win in his ASU debut. Freshman Brady Rodgers also made his Sun Devil debut, allowing three hits and one run with five strikeouts over the final four innings to earn the save.
After Kelly escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the first, Zack MacPhee had an RBI triple and Wilson followed with a run-scoring double to give the Sun Devils a 2-0 lead. The teams traded runs over the next two innings before ASU broke the game open in the fourth, as a two-run double by Wilson started a six-run inning to put the Devils in front 9-1.
Game Two saw the Sun Devils score early and often, putting 20 runs on the board in the first three innings, with nine runs each in the second and third innings. MacPhee, Riccio Torrez and Austin Barnes had four hits each, with MacPhee driving in five runs while Barnes had four RBI.
In all, 12 different ASU players had hits, with seven Sun Devils recording multi-hit games, and 10 different players drove in runs. The Devils also tied a 47-year-old school record with six triples in the game, matching the record set in 1963 against Utah State. MacPhee had two of the triples, giving him four in the first three games of the season.
Jake Borup got his first career start and went five innings, allowing four hits and one run with five strikeouts to earn the first victory of his ASU career. Freshman Josh Moody made his Sun Devil debut and pitched two innings of shutout relief.
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