ASU Baseball moves up to #3, goes 2-1 against USC

Solid weekend with two great pitching performances, followed by a stinker on Sunday.

First game was a 2-1 win over Boxberger, USC's first round prospect. Total pitching duel. Boxberger went 8 strong with 8Ks, but Josh Spence was better. Complete game shut out with 10 strike outs. The lefty is looking a bit like his Australian countryman - MLB player Ryan Rowland-Smith.

 

Box Score

                     2009 Arizona State Sun Devil Baseball
#2 Arizona State at USC Trojans
Mar 27, 2009 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Dedeaux Field)

Arizona State 2 (18-3,4-0)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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MacPhee, Zack 2b......... 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0
Leake, Mike ph/2b....... 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0
Kipnis, Jason cf......... 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0
Newman, Matt rf.......... 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 1
Ramirez, Carlos c........ 4 0 2 1 0 1 10 2 1
Calhoun, Kole lf......... 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
Torrez, Riccio 1b........ 4 0 0 0 0 1 10 0 0
Wilson, Zach dh.......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ruettiger, Johnny ph/dh. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McDonald, Jared ss....... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2
Torrez, Raoul 3b......... 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Spence, Josh p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Totals................... 30 2 4 2 3 8 27 10 6

USC Trojans 1 (10-11,1-3)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
De Pinto, Joe 2b......... 4 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 2
O'Neill, Mike lf......... 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0
Green, Grant ss.......... 5 0 1 0 0 2 1 2 4
Vasquez, Anthony rf...... 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 0 1
Rabago, Hector 3b........ 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 2
Stock, Robert c.......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 0
Pinkerton, Billy 1b...... 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0
Oropesa, Ricky dh........ 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
Houts, Garret cf......... 2 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 2
Boxberger, Brad p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cooper, Daniel p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals................... 33 1 7 1 3 10 27 4 11

Score by Innings R H E
-------------------------------------------
Arizona State....... 000 002 000 - 2 4 2
USC Trojans......... 000 100 000 - 1 7 0
-------------------------------------------

E - Ramirez(1); Torrez, Ri.(3). LOB - Sun Devils 6; USC 11. 2B - Green. HBP
- Torrez, Ra.. SH - O'Neill; Houts. SF - Kipnis(3). SB - Torrez, Ra.(5); De
Pinto; Pinkerton. Reached on CI - Pinkerton.

Arizona State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Spence, Josh........ 9.0 7 1 0 3 10 33 39

USC Trojans IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Boxberger, Brad..... 8.0 3 2 2 2 8 26 30
Cooper, Daniel...... 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 4 5

Win - Spence (5-0). Loss - Boxberger (2-3). Save - None.
HBP - by Boxberger (Torrez, Ra.). PB - Stock. CI - Ramirez.
Umpires - HP: Bill Speck 1B: Tim Vessey 3B: Billy Haze
Start: 6:30 Time: 2:30 Attendance: 713
Weather: Chilly
Game: GAME21

Othjer two games after the jump.

 

Game 2 was domination on the part of ASU. Mike Leake threw 8 innings, let up 1 ER and had 4 Ks. Kipnis also was 3-4 with his 7th HR and 4 RBI. Jared McDonald, who has been putting in some good innings at SS, had his second HR.

Not much more you can ask for, the team just dominated.

Box Score

                     2009 Arizona State Sun Devil Baseball
#2 Arizona State at USC Trojans
Mar 28, 2009 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Dedeaux Field)

Arizona State 10 (19-3,5-0)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Newman, Matt rf.......... 4 2 3 2 1 0 2 0 0
Kipnis, Jason cf......... 4 1 3 4 0 1 2 0 0
Ramirez, Carlos c........ 5 1 1 0 0 3 6 0 1
Wilson, Zach dh.......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Swagerty, Jordan ph/p... 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Calhoun, Kole lf......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
Torrez, Riccio 1b........ 3 0 0 0 1 2 11 0 0
Ruettiger, Johnny ph.... 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Maggi, Drew ss.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MacPhee, Zack 2b......... 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 6 1
McDonald, Jared ss/1b.... 4 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 1
Torrez, Raoul 3b......... 4 2 1 0 1 2 1 1 2
Leake, Mike p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals................... 36 10 12 8 6 11 27 11 8

USC Trojans 1 (10-12,1-4)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
De Pinto, Joe 2b......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
O'Neill, Mike lf......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0
Green, Grant ss.......... 3 1 3 0 1 0 0 1 0
Vasquez, Anthony cf/rf... 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 1
Stock, Robert dh......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Rabago, Hector 3b........ 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Oropesa, Ricky 1b........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0
Roundtree, Kevin c....... 3 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0
Sherrod, Alex rf......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Castillo, Keith ph...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Houts, Garret cf........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Triggs, Andrew p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cabral, Ryan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Grijalva, Jeff p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dedeaux, Adam p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals................... 31 1 5 1 1 6 27 6 4

Score by Innings R H E
-------------------------------------------
Arizona State....... 002 020 006 - 10 12 0
USC Trojans......... 100 000 000 - 1 5 1
-------------------------------------------

E - Green. DP - Sun Devils 1. LOB - Sun Devils 8; USC 4. 2B - Newman(1);
Kipnis 2(9); Ramirez(3). 3B - Green. HR - Kipnis(7); McDonald(2). SH -
Calhoun(1); MacPhee(4). SF - Kipnis(4). SB - Kipnis(10); Calhoun(5).

Arizona State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Leake, Mike......... 8.0 4 1 1 1 4 27 28
Swagerty, Jordan.... 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 4 4

USC Trojans IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Triggs, Andrew...... 5.0 6 4 4 1 5 19 22
Cabral, Ryan........ 3.0 4 2 2 3 5 12 16
Grijalva, Jeff...... 0.2 1 3 3 2 1 3 5
Dedeaux, Adam....... 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 2 2

Win - Leake (6-1). Loss - Triggs (2-1). Save - None.
WP - Cabral; Grijalva.
Umpires - HP: Tim Vessey 1B: Billy Haze 3B: Bill Speck
Start: 2:00 Time: 2:44 Attendance: 526
Weather: Clear
Cabral faced 2 batters in the 9th.
Game: GAME22

 

Game 3 was a letdown as we dropped it 8-2 as we drop our first Pac-10 game and fall to 19-4 (5-1) overall.

Seth Blair and Mitchell Lambson continued their inconsistency combining for 5.1 IP, 6 ER, 3 BB and 6 K. Eh. The 3rd starter problem seems to be the biggest issue of this team.

Kipnis went 4-5 and raised his average to .469 and hit his 8th HR. Kipnis is now either leading the team, or tied for the lead in batting average, doubles, runs scored, stolen bases, doubles, home runs, RBI, SLG%, OBP%, OPS (1.483!), and has struck out the fewest times. Pretty happy he came back...

Box Score

                     2009 Arizona State Sun Devil Baseball
#2 Arizona State at USC Trojans
Mar 29, 2009 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Dedeaux Field)

Arizona State 2 (19-4,5-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
Newman, Matt rf.......... 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3
Kipnis, Jason cf......... 5 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Wilson, Zach dh.......... 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Torrez, Riccio ph....... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Swagerty, Jordan 1b/p.... 4 0 0 0 0 2 7 2 0
Ramirez, Carlos c........ 3 0 0 0 1 1 8 1 2
Ruettiger, Johnny lf..... 3 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 2
Maggi, Drew ss.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leake, Mike 2b........... 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 0
McDonald, Jared ss....... 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Magee, Brandon ph....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ruiz, Abe 1b............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Torrez, Raoul 3b......... 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2
Workman, Andy ph........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blair, Seth p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Lambson, Mitchell p..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Franzblau, Jason p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Calhoun, Kole p/lf...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals................... 33 2 7 1 2 12 24 13 9

USC Trojans 8 (11-12,1-4)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
------------------------------------------------------
De Pinto, Joe 2b......... 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 1
O'Neill, Mike lf......... 4 1 1 0 1 1 5 0 2
Green, Grant ss.......... 4 1 2 1 0 2 1 1 0
Vasquez, Anthony cf...... 3 1 2 3 0 0 2 0 0
Stock, Robert p/dh....... 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Rabago, Hector 3b........ 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1
Oropesa, Ricky 1b........ 3 2 3 1 1 0 4 0 0
Roundtree, Kevin c....... 4 1 1 0 0 1 12 1 1
Sherrod, Alex rf......... 3 1 2 1 1 0 3 0 0
Cooper, Daniel p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals................... 32 8 12 6 3 8 27 5 6

Score by Innings R H E
-------------------------------------------
Arizona State....... 101 000 000 - 2 7 1
USC Trojans......... 112 003 10X - 8 12 0
-------------------------------------------

E - Leake(2). LOB - Sun Devils 9; USC 6. 2B - Kipnis(10); Wilson(3); Torrez,
Ra.(5); O'Neill; Green; Oropesa; Sherrod. HR - Kipnis(8); Vasquez; Oropesa.
HBP - Wilson; Ruettiger; McDonald; De Pinto; Vasquez. SH - De Pinto. SB -
Kipnis(11); Ruettiger 2(4); McDonald(2); Vasquez. CS - Ruettiger(1);
O'Neill; Stock; Oropesa.

Arizona State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Blair, Seth......... 2.0 6 4 4 0 2 12 12
Lambson, Mitchell... 3.1 4 3 2 3 4 11 17
Franzblau, Jason.... 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Calhoun, Kole....... 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 5 5
Swagerty, Jordan.... 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3

USC Trojans IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
-----------------------------------------------
Stock, Robert....... 5.0 4 2 2 2 10 19 24
Cooper, Daniel...... 4.0 3 0 0 0 2 14 14

Win - Stock (1-0). Loss - Blair (2-1). Save - Cooper (1).
HBP - by Stock (McDonald); by Stock (Ruettiger); by Lambson (De Pinto); by Stock
(Wilson); by Lambson (Vasquez). BK - Stock 2. PB - Ramirez(3).
Umpires - HP: Billy Haze 1B: Bill Speck 3B: Tim Vessey
Start: 1:00 Time: 3:00 Attendance: 483
Weather: Cloudy
Blair faced 2 batters in the 3rd.
Game: GAME2
Big series coming up against #1 Cal State Fullerton. We will know where we stand by the end of this week.

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