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ASU Baseball: Sun Devils use big seventh inning to take series against Arizona

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The Sun Devils won their fifth straight series with a 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon over Arizona.

The Arizona State Sun Devils continued their turnaround this weekend, as Tracy Smith's club used a four-run seventh inning to take the series finale against the Arizona Wildcats 5-1. ASU has now won five straight weekend series and currently sit just two games back in the Pac-12 with six league games remaining.

Here is what you need to know from Sunday's contest.

WP: Jordan Aboites (5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 R)

LP:  Kevin Ginkel (6 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 ER)

SV: Eder Erives (4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER)

Scoring

6th

ASU - Woodmansee grounds into a 5-4-3 double play, Gage Canning scores on the play. (1-0, ASU)

7th

ASU - Eder Erives RBI single to score Jordan Aboites (2-0, ASU)

ASU - Gage Canning RBI double to score Andrew Snow (3-0, ASU)

ASU - Andrew Shaps 2-RBI single to score Erives and Canning (5-0, ASU)

8th

Ariz - Ryan Aguilar sacrifice fly to score Cody Ramer (5-1, ASU)

Player of the Game: Eder Erives

Erives might be the MVP of the entire ASU team as he is one of the most versatile pitchers in the entire conference. After throwing in relief on Friday, Erives came in Sunday with nobody out and a runner on first in the sixth inning and finished the game for the Sun Devils.

The junior toss four innings, allowing just one run, walking three and striking out two. He worked out of jams in each of his four innings, making quality pitches to a very good Arizona lineup.

In addition to the quality work on the mound, Erives went 1-2 at the plate with an RBI. In his first collegiate at-bat, he hit an RBI  single to left field off Arizona closer Bobby Dalbec.

Other Standouts

ASU - Cage Canning: 3-5, 2 R, RBI, 2B, 3B

ASU - Andrew Shaps: 2-4, 2 RBI

ASU - Andrew Snow: 2-3, R

Ariz - Ryan Aguilar: 1-2, RBI, 2B, BB

Key Moment

It was a pitchers duel for the first six innings on Sunday and the Sun Devils finally broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth when Colby Woodmansee bounced into a double play with runners on the corners, scoring Gage Canning. In the seventh, the Sun Devils scored four times to break the game open.

The first two batters of the inning, Aboites and Andrew Snow, each singled to put runners on first and second with nobody out. After Daniel Williams struck out, pitcher Eder Erives -- in his first collegiate at-bat -- singled to left field to score Aboites.

Gage Canning followed the Erives single with an RBI double and with two outs Shaps hit a two-RBI single to put the Sun Devils up 5-0.

Up Next

The Sun Devils will play a midweek contest against San Diego on Wednesday and stay in Southern California next weekend as they visit UCLA.