ASU baseball hosts New Mexico in midweek match

Coming off a series win against Baylor, ASU baseball has little time to turn the focus to its next game.

Tuesday night, the Sun Devils (2-1) host New Mexico for a quick midweek game before heading to Long Beach, Calif., for the weekend.

The Lobos (1-2) are coming off a series loss to the University of San Diego. They squeezed in a win between two losses in San Diego, winning 3-2 in 11 innings Saturday evening in the nightcap of a doubleheader.

 
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Senior outfielder Chase Harris had a big weekend for the Lobos, getting five hits in 15 at-bats including a home run. He also walked and knocked in four. Senior outfielder John Pustay found his way on base the most often, going 5-for-12 with three walks.

For the Sun Devils, redshirt junior right fielder Trever Allen went 4-for-8 with a home run and led the team with four runs scored. He walked once, was hit by a pitch and did not strike out. Freshman catcher Brian Serven had a statement weekend, going 3-for-5 in two games with a walk and hit by pitch, and tied for the team lead with three RBIs.

ASU coach Tim Esmay said Serven’s defense is what he is looking for out of him.

“The hitting is fine, hitting is hitting,” Esmay said. “We need him to command the pitching staff. We need him to catch and throw, and I thought he did that really well this weekend.”

Esmay said he was pleased with both Serven and freshman catcher Zach Cerbo, who will challenge sophomore catcher RJ Ybarra for playing time.

While the weekend starters are set, Esmay said he hasn’t decided who will be on the mound Tuesday. He did say that he expects it to be a “bullpen game.”

“We have to turn around and play on Friday, Saturday, Sunday next weekend,” Esmay said. “No matter who starts on Tuesday, it won’t be one of those extended days. It will be kind of a bullpen day.”

Two pitchers who were among the leading candidates to start Tuesday’s game both saw action in the weekend series against Baylor. Junior right-hander Darin Gillies threw three innings in relief Friday and senior right-hander Zak Miller pitched two innings Sunday.

Esmay said neither outing would preclude either pitcher from going Tuesday.

Esmay said there were a couple of pitchers who he would have liked to see during the weekend, naming freshman right-handers Seth Martinez and Colin Ashworth as two pitchers who could see time Tuesday.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium in Tempe.

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