Sun Devil Baseball Dominates in All Facets in 8-1 Rout Over UW
SEATTLE – After a 16-inning marathon on Friday that spilled into the wee minutes of Saturday morning, Sun Devil Baseball didn't allow for any theatrics later in the day with a dominant 8-1 victory over the Washington Huskies to earn the series victory on the road in Seattle.
A six-run fourth inning blew the game open early and ASU (18-8, 7-4 Pac-12) never looked back, riding the hot hand of Justin Fall to his third consecutive quality start and victory.
Fall stranded nine Husky baserunners in 6.0 innings pitched, striking out a season-high seven batters and allowing just a single earned run.
Jack Moss kicked off the big fourth inning with his second home run of the week and Drew Swift had the big hit of the day with a two-out, bases loaded, base-clearing double later in the frame to blow the game open.
Moss, Hunter Jump and Joe Lampe had multi-hit games as the offense record six extra-base hits on its 11 total hits on the game. Kai Murphy added a multi-RBI effort in addition to Moss and Swift.
After a slow start the first time through the order and trailing 1-0, the bats came alive in a huge fourth inning. Ethan Long worked a full count HBP with one out to bring Moss to the plate and the big freshman got a hold of one for his second homer of the week after recording his first career one on Tuesday, making it 2-1. ASU put together a two-out rally after that with a Joe Lampe double and Kai Murphy and Seth Nager walk loading the bases. Swift did the rest as he laced one to opposite right center in the deepest part of the ball park to bring all three runs across and weren't done there as Hunter Haas immediately followed with an RBI double to score swift and give ASU a commanding 6-1 advantage.
- After losing three weekend starters in first couple weeks of the season, ASU has worked wonders with its pitching staff and Justin Fall is at the forefront of that. Originally slated to come out of the back end of the pen to start the year, Fall has been exceptional in his role as a weekend starter.
- Since moving into the weekend rotation, Fall has given ASU at least five innings in all five starts. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of those games and has allowed just six runs total.
- Saturday marked the third consecutive quality start for Fall – all coming in victories. He moved to 5-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.95.
- ASU has held opponents to five runs or fewer in 36 of 43 games with Jason Kelly at the helm of the pitchers.
- ASU has stranded 99 runners in 11 Pac-12 games this season, leaving nine baserunners on per game
- In Pac-12 games, opponents are batting just .209 (23-of-110) with runners in scoring position and a paltry .171 (20-of-117) with two outs.
- ASU has kept itself in games by working out of jams when it needs to. Pac-12 opponents are just 3-for-17 (.176) with the bases loaded this year and are under .500 (.471 on 16-of-34 chances) with a runner on third and less than two outs.
INNING BY INNING
ASU stranded a two-out Hunter Jump double and Fall faced some traffic on the basepath but he stranded a pair to keep it scoreless.
The Sun Devils ended their half of the inning with a baffling strike three call on a clear foul tip to the back wall. It was egregious enough to bring Tracy Smith out of the dugout to get his money's worth, though it resulted in the skipper enjoying the rest of the game from the hotel. Washington loaded the bases with one out but Fall kept the damage to a sac fly and a strikeout to keep ASU well within reach at 1-0
ASU stranded a one-out walk while Fall retired the UW side in order.
The Sun Devil bats came alive and took advantage of some spotty control from Tyson Guerrero. Ethan Long was hit by a pitch with one out and Jack Moss took one for a ride to deep right field for his second homer of the week and a 2-1 lead. ASU wasn't done there, mounting a two-out rally behind a Joe Lampe double and walks from Kai Murphy and Seth Nager. Swift brought them all home with a strike to the deepest part of the ball park for a three-RBI double that was followed immediately by an RBI double from Hunter Haas as ASU put up six runs in the inning. UW got a leadoff single but that was the extent of the action in the bottom half.
ASU tacked on to its lead with sac fly from Kai Murphy to make it 7-1.
ASU threatened again with two on with one out in the sixth but a double play ended the threat. Fall again faced a bases-loaded jam with just one out but this time he one-upped himself with a strikeout and a flyout to keep UW off the board in the frame.
Another two-out rally started with a Joe Lampe extra base hit as his triple proceeded an RBI single from Murphy to make it 8-1. Bodlovich spelled Fall and posted an eight-pitch 1-2-3 inning.
The Sun Devils went down in order and Bodlovich had another efficient inning with just 12 pitches and stranding a two-out single.
ASU wasn't able to increase its lead but there was no drama as Brock Peery entered and got three quick outs to seal the victory.