ASU baseball wins its first Pac-12 series

Eder Erives struck out 11 Washington State hitters in seven innings of work.

Once again, ASU baseball found itself in a rubber match with its first Pac-12 series win on the line. After faltering against Utah at home last weekend, the Sun Devils routed Washington State 18-3 on Saturday to take the series in Pullman, Washington. 

ASU (16-10, 3-6 Pac-12) led throughout as a five-run first inning put the Sun Devils in good position and a seven-run fifth all but sealed a victory. The club also scored its runs on just 13 hits, and even left 10 men on base. 

Additionally, Eder Erives pitched a gem, giving up just two runs on five hits in seven innings of work. He also struck out 11 batters while walking none. 

Washington State (9-16, 2-7 Pac-12) starter freshman Parker McFadden went just an inning while giving up five earned runs. After McFadden, the Cougars used seven pitchers in relief. 

The Sun Devils batted .667 in the leadoff hole and .769 with runners on third and less than two men out. 

Sophomore second baseman Andrew Snow posted a 2-for-4 afternoon at the plate with four RBIs. Freshman Tyler Williams, who started in left, was also 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. 

When Erives exited, senior Jordan Aboites and freshman Connor Higgins each pitched an inning of relief for the Sun Devils. 

Washington State first baseman Patrick McGrath went 2-for-4 with two RBIs on Saturday.

ASU will return to Phoenix Muni next weekend for a three-game series against Washington.

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