The Arizona State Sun Devils (14-19, 6-6 Pac-12) trailed 7-1 after two innings, and never recovered, falling to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (24-11, 7-5 MWC) by a score of 14-6 on Tuesday evening in Las Vegas.
Freshman first baseman Spencer Torkelson gave ASU its only lead of the night when he hit a solo home run on the second pitch of the game.
However, ASU’s offense was no match for UNLV who went onto score 14 runs on 20 hits. Four runs were allowed by freshman starter right-hander Brady Corrigan who lasted one-third of an inning.
From then on, seven different Sun Devil pitchers took the mound.
Junior righty Fitz Stadler allowed three runs over 1 1⁄3 innings, before sophomore left-hander Spencer Van Scoyoc and freshman lefty Dellan Raish combined for 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings.
Following Raish’s exit, junior center fielder Gage Canning hit a three-run home run to bring the Sun Devils within reaching distance, down 7-4 in the fifth.
But the Runnin’ Rebels tagged on one run in the fifth’s bottom half and a combined for six runs off junior lefty Connor Higgins and freshman right-hander Colby Davis in the seventh inning.
The disheartening loss comes in no convenience for No. 2 Stanford, who the Sun Devils will travel to play this weekend for a three-game series, starting Friday at 6:05 p.m.