ASU baseball loses first game of the season, wins series over Oregon

The Sun Devils settle at 22-1, 5-1 Pac-12 following the weekend series against the Ducks

ASU baseball (22-1, 5-1 Pac-12) suffered its first loss of the season against Oregon (12-9, 2-4 Pac-12) this weekend, but took home two wins in its first road series against the Ducks.

Game 1

In his sixth win this season, junior right-hander Alec Marsh tossed 6.2 innings and allowed three hits while striking out four for ASU's 12-2 series-opener win over the Ducks on Friday.

Marsh improved his ERA to a staggering 0.65, while junior infielder Carter Aldrete went 3-for-5 with one RBI. Seven Sun Devils combined for the 12 runs put up by the team. 

Junior outfielder Hunter Bishop's home run in the third and fourth inning, along with sophomore infielder Spencer Torkelson's dinger also in the fourth, would pull the Sun Devils ahead 6-0 through four complete innings. 

The Sun Devils would add six more runs: two in the seventh inning and four in the eighth to build a 12-0 lead. 

Meanwhile, the Ducks' only two runs came in the ninth inning. Freshman Tanner Smith's bunt scored the team's first run, and a wild pitch to freshman infielder Sam Novitske allowed the Ducks a final chance to score before the Sun Devils shut them down. 


Game 2

The Ducks' sophomore outfielder Evan Williams finished Saturday's game in the 12th inning with a walk-off home run for a 5-4 win, ending the Sun Devils' 21-game undefeated streak. 

In the third inning, the Ducks were able to score their only four runs on a bases loaded walk, fielder's choice and RBI single.  

But despite a rainy seventh inning and two outs hanging against the Sun Devils, Torkelson was able to score a pair of runs on an RBI single, allowing the ASU back in the game.

Down 4-2, the Sun Devils, again capitalized off of the Ducks' missteps in the eighth inning. 

Lead-off batter, sophomore infielder Alika Williams, walked and then advanced to second on a balk throw. Aldrete's RBI double would then make it a one-run game.

After back-to-back outs, sophomore infielder Gage Workman's game-tying RBI single was enough to send the game into extra innings.

The Ducks got things going in the eighth with a lead-off standing double and a successful bunt that put runners in scoring position. But a Sun Devil pitching change quickly ended the inning.  

Offensive power remained dormant for Bishop and sophomore infielder Drew Swift, who each went 0-for-5 with a combined eight strikeouts. 


Game 3

Sophomore right-hander RJ Dabovich pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and commanding the Sun Devils to a 7-3 series finale win over the Ducks on Sunday.

Dabovich would get the win on the mound while senior right-hander Sam Romero, who allowed four hits and no runs through 3.2 innings, earned his first save of the season.  

Williams got the Sun Devils off to a 2-0 lead with an RBI fly out in the first inning and RBI single in the third inning.

But after a Ducks lead-off walk in the bottom of the third inning, the team would answer with an RBI double and fly out to tie the game.

Not long after in the fourth inning, the Sun Devils gain a commanding 6-2 lead off of redshirt sophomore catcher Sam Ferri's RBI double. Later, a Ducks' wild pitch would lead to another run. 

Bishop then brought in a pair of runs on an RBI double and advanced to third, scoring an unearned run for the Sun Devils. 

The Ducks put up their final run of the afternoon on an RBI single in the fifth inning. The team was given another chance to score in the eighth inning, but left two men on base.

Sophomore outfielder Trevor Hauver sent his seventh home run of the season in the ninth inning, capping the Sun Devils' 7-3 win.  

ASU will return to Phoenix Municipal Stadium for a three-game series with rival Arizona Wildcats (13-10, 2-4 Pac-12) beginning on Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. MST.


Reach the reporter at Edith.Noriega@asu.edu or follow @Noriega_Edith on Twitter. 

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