Arizona State Evens Series with Cougar Baseball

April 10, 2010

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Arizona State recorded 13 hits and defeated Washington State 11-7 in Pacific-10 Conference baseball, at Bailey-Brayton Field, Saturday.

With the victory, the top-ranked Sun Devils (28-2, 6-2 Pac-10) evened the three-game series with Washington State (16-11, 2-3 Pac-10).

'I want people to see us play good baseball, and I don't think we've done that since the Utah series (last month),' WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. 'But, I know we are capable of playing good baseball and we still have a chance to win a conference series.'

Arizona State chased WSU starter Travis Cook (0-2) with two runs in the first, one in the second and another in the third. The Cougars scored their first run of the game in the fourth on a Derek Jones double followed by a Matt Fanelli sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly by Michael Weber.

The Sun Devils essentially put the game away with a six-run sixth against the WSU bullpen to take a 10-1 lead. The Cougars picked up two runs in the bottom of the inning. Fanelli plated one with a ground out and Patrick Claussen scored on a wild pitch.

Both teams scored a run in the seventh with a single by Claussen driving in WSU's tally. Trailing 11-4 entering the home half of the ninth, the Cougars scored three times. Weber drew a bases loaded walk and Ryan Peterson delivered a two-run single to account for the game's final score.

Merrill Kelly (7-0) went seven innings on the mound for Arizona State to earn the victory and Jake Barrett picked up his second save when he retired J.K. Dykes on a ground out to end the game.

The series concludes, Sunday with first pitch scheduled for noon.

The attendance of 3,693 was the largest single-game crowd in the history of Bailey-Brayton Field...WSU tied a school record with five double plays on defense.

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