The 2017 season can be described as nothing short of a major disappointment for the Arizona State baseball team, but there were a number of positives to be taken away. One of those came early on in the season when the Sun Devils beat the top-ranked TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth by a final score of 13-9.
Following a sweep of Northwestern at home to kick off the season, the Sun Devils dropped a mid-week home game against Oklahoma State 18-4 prior to the series against TCU.
Eli Lingos got the start for ASU looking for his second win in as many starts coming off a dominating start against Northwestern. Lingos shined once again giving up just two earned runs in six innings before passing the torch off to the bullpen with a 5-2 lead.
After a scoreless seventh inning of work, the bullpen began to fall apart giving up seven runs over the next two innings. Luckily for the bullpen, the offense had their back putting up eight more runs of their own in the last three innings to secure a 13-9 win.
The Sun Devils sported a record of 5-1 following their series-opening win over TCU, unfortunately, this would be the peak of the season. ASU finished the season 23-32 with an 8-22 record in conference and just six wins on the road all year.
Prior to this season, ASU had an NCAA best 54 consecutive 30-win seasons but following a weak 23-win campaign in 2017, that streak was snapped. Sun Devil baseball, under head coach Tracey Smith, will look to bounce back next year and start a new streak.