ASU baseball: Dirtbags use big third inning to topple Sun Devils, earn first victory

ASU was shut out for the first time in the regular season since Apr. 12 of last season. - (Danny Shapiro/House of Sparky)

Ryan Burr couldn't escape the the third inning in his second collegiate start as ASU fell to its worst start since 1985.

LONG BEACH, Calif.- Prior to this weekend, Long Beach State had scored just seven runs in its first four games.

The Dirtbags (1-4) plated seven in the third inning against No. 18 ASU Friday night enroute to an 11-0 victory, their first of the season.

Sun Devils' sophomore starter Ryan Burr was effective during the first two innings but ran into trouble in the third, walking the first three batters he faced.

The next Dirtbags' batter, freshman shortstop Garrett Hampson, hit a slow roller back to Burr who subsequently threw the ball to the backstop, scoring two.

A wild pitch during the next hitter scored another run and Hampson scored two batters later on an RBI single off the bat of junior outfielder Richard Prigatano

Burr's night was over just one batter later when he gave up another RBI single, this one to Dirtbags' senior first baseman Ino Patron, to push the score to 6-1.

Overall, Burr (0-1) lasted just 2.1 innings for the Sun Devils (2-3) in his second career start, allowing six runs and walking four while striking out three.

Dirtbags' junior starter Nick Sabo (1-1) found more success than Burr, setting career highs in innings (eight) and (strikeouts) in the shutout.

Offensively, redshirt junior outfielder Trever Allen and sophomore catcher R.J. Ybarra both had multi-hit games for the Sun Devils, who have been outscored 18-1 in the past two games.

The 11-run loss was the Sun Devils' worst since Apr. 7, 2013, a 16-3 defeat to Oregon.

The Sun Devils return to action tomorrow at 2 p.m. MST (1 p.m. PT) against UC Irvine.

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