March 23, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Zack Wilson's three-run home run in the third inning was a key blow in No. 6 Arizona State's 16-hit, 10-1 victory over No. 13 Cal State Fullerton Wednesday afternoon in non-conference baseball action at Goodwin Field.
Arizona State improves to 16-5 on the year while Fullerton sees its four-game winning streak come to an end and drops its overall record to 12-8.
Alex Blackford (2-0) held the Titans to just three hits over six innings of work for the win. The right-hander struck out five and walked three, but his only real blemish was a solo home run by Titan right fielder Michael Lorenzen that just barely got over the wall in left. It was Lorenzen's second home run of the year.
Colin O'Connell didn't have his best stuff on Wednesday and was touched for 6 runs on 7 hits in just two inning of work. The right-hander saw his ERA dip from under 2.00 to 3.29 in the midweek start.
Seven of Arizona State's 16 hits went for extra bases in the win that earned a series split between the two teams. Fullerton won Tuesday night's ball-game, 7-3.
The Sun Devils scored in each of the first four innings off O'Connell and reliever Raymond Hernandez. Hernandez's third inning of work (the fifth inning) was the first scoreless inning the Titan pitchers produced. David Hurlbut gave up just one hit over two innings of work (sixth and seventh) and Chris Devenski allowed the final two Arizona State runs in the ninth on four straight hits, including a triple and two doubles.
ASU's Riccio Torrez led all players with three hits, while Joey DeMichele, Matt Newman, Deven Marrero and Andrew Aplin all finished with two. Wilson was the only Sun Devil with multiple RBI. He finished with four.
The Arizona State bullpen allowed just two hits over the final three innings of the game. Anthony Trajano, Lorenzen, Tyler Pill, Zach Tanida and Anthony Hutting had the hits for Fullerton. All but Lorenzens homer were singles.
Cal State Fullerton heads to Honlulu, Hawaii, to take on the Rainbows in a four-game series beginning Friday night at 9:35 p.m. Pacific Time. Noe Ramirez will be on the mound for the Titans.