Next week, House of Sparky will begin our "#SunDevilMoments" tournament, featuring the 16 best moments from the athletic season. This week we will introduce all 16 seeds, then reveal our match-ups where you, the reader, will vote on what was the ASU athletics Moment of the Year.
Heading into Arizona State's three-game series with UC Davis, the Sun Devils were coming off an intense 14-inning victory at Cal State Fullerton. The club was now 10-3, heading into a set with the Aggies that figured to be a fairly easy one compared to the drama seen at Goodwin Field just a couple of nights before.
Little did they know, it would be anything but easy.
Tracy Smith's team jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the visitors from Davis in game one of the series, only to see that lead disappear thanks to a five-run ninth inning. The game would remain tied through the 10th and into the bottom half of the 11th, when the maroon and gold were able to string together three consecutive singles (all with two outs).
Walk-off number two came no less than 24 hours later. After UC Davis once again tied the game up in the ninth, the two teams went all the way to the 12th inning before a winner was decided. Serven got to play hero one more time, taking a bases loaded walk to hand Arizona State the 4-3 victory.
On Sunday, sophomore Ryan Lillard decided he wanted to get in on the action as well. This time it was the Sun Devils who were forced to piece together a late rally, getting two runs in the home half of the eighth to tie the game, then using an RBI single from Lillard an inning later to win it.
Incredibly, Arizona State had swept UC Davis in walk-off fashion on three straight days. And what's even more unbelievable is that the team wasn't done.
While the fourth walk-off in five days might not have officially counted in the record books, it was still surreal to see the Sun Devils win in the same form yet again in their exhibition game against Meiji University from Tokyo.