Arizona State (12-13, 4-3 Pac-12) and Washington State (6-14, 2-15) were tied at seven runs a piece from the sixth inning onward, before WSU junior left fielder Justin Harrer knocked a solo shot over left field to give the Cougars an 8-7 win in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday evening.
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning that was swept away by Washington State’s monstrous six-run second inning that pulled ASU junior right-hander Sam Romero out of the game.
ASU scored once in the third and regained its lead in the sixth when freshman first baseman Spencer Torkelson launched his 12th home run of the season, breaking Barry Bonds’ single-season freshman home run record set in 1983.
The Cougars, however, would score twice more to spoil the historic night, winning 8-7.
Arizona State combined 13 hits — three more than Washington State — but left four more runners (eight) on base. Junior designated hitter Taylor Lane went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, as Torkelson and freshman second baseman Alika Williams each had two RBIs.
On the mound, ASU gave up just two more runs in the final 7 2⁄3 innings.
Junior right-hander Fitz Stadler let up a run in 3 2⁄3 innings of work, and freshman left-hander Dellan Raish retired all 12 batters he faced, striking out seven, before he was taken out at the start of extra innings. That’s when sophomore left-hander Chaz Montoya gave up a solo shot to the first batter he faced.
The Sun Devils play game two of the three-game series Friday at 5 p.m., before finishing off the weekend with a 12 p.m. Saturday matchup.