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ASU Baseball Sweeps Long Beach State

The Sun Devils outscored the Dirtbags 21-2 on the weekend in route to their first series sweep of the season.

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Arizona State completed the clean sweep against Long Beach State to improve to 10-2-1 in the season. ASU pitched 22 scoreless innings before allowing a two run home run in the fourth fifth inning and the bullpen was lock down.

The Sun Devils won the Sunday finale 11-2 in front of a packed Packard Stadium. Arizona State had one gigantic inning in the fourth, putting up nine runs in the fourth innings and Benjamin continued his 12-game hitting streak with a bases loaded, two RBI double to left center.

"In the fourth we strung some at bats which we haven't done in a while. You know five or six quality at bats and that's where you saw the nine spot," head coach Tim Esmay said.

Four Sun Devils had at two hits and seven of the starters recorded at least one RBI, including the top five batters in the lineup. Second baseman James McDonald went 2-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Sophomore starter Adam McCreery pitched 4.1 innings of two-run baseball and he struck out two batters and gave up three walks. The lone home run came after the nine inning slugfest so Esmay said it was understandable that he lost a little bit of his rhythm after waiting for nearly thirty minutes in the dugout.

The bullpen dominated the scene once again as Alex Blackford, Matt Dunbar and Ryan Burr combined for 4.2 innings of work of no-hit baseball and they struck out five Dirtbags.

Esmay was pleased to give the bullpen some work and he said following the win that "there was no shot of McCreery going seven innings" because he needed to give some guys an inning to stay in rhythm.

Burr's ERA dropped to .75 on the season in he still is top ten in the NCAA in a couple of pitching categories.

With conference play right around the corner, the Sun Devils take on New Mexico on Wednesday night before a weekend series against Washington State.