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ASU Baseball: Sun Devils look to improve win streak against No. 24 UNLV

Will the Muni magic continue?

Brady Vernon/House of Sparky

When/Where: 6:30 p.m. / Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Watch: Pac-12 Network live stream (Weston DeWitt and Steven Cusumano)

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Arizona State looks to capture its longest win streak this season in a Tuesday night contest against the red-hot No. 24 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (18-3).

UNLV, who was picked to finish fifth in the 2017 Mountain West Conference, has cracked the Top 25 for two consecutive weeks and posts an RPI of 17. Arizona State’s RPI jumped from 107th to 81st after an Oregon sweep last weekend. The Sun Devils took two of three from the Runnin’ Rebels in 2017. The two play three games again this year.

Just as Arizona State’s offense has been hot, UNLV has too. Despite a 15-12 loss to Air Force on Sunday, the Runnin’ Rebels scored 42 runs that weekend. Three-hitter and junior outfielder Kyle Isbel leads the team with a .449 average. Each hitter in UNLV’s last lineup is hitting above .290, and junior first baseman Nick Ames leads the conference with six home runs.

UNLV has thrown a mixed bag of midweek starters this season, but ASU’s best bet is to face sophomore right-hander Chase Maddux. He hasn’t pitched since a 3-1 win over Utah last Tuesday. The son of UNLV pitching coach and MLB hall of famer Greg Maddux posts a 2-2 record with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings pitched.

ASU manager Tracy Smith announced sophomore right-hander Alec Marsh (2-1, 1.59 ERA) as Tuesday’s starting pitcher. Marsh gave up his first runs of the season in a 6-2 loss to Arizona where he allowed three earned runs on four hits in 4 23 innings last Tuesday.