After proving they were human and losing their first game of the year on Saturday, No. 15 Arizona State (22-1, 5-1 Pac-12) bounced back nicely by defeating Oregon (12-9, 2-4 Pac-12) 7-3 in Eugene.
The rubber match of the three-game series went to the Devils and they were able to have a happy trip back to Tempe.
Leading the way for the offense was the top of the order. Sophomore outfielder Trevor Hauver, sophomore first baseman Spencer Torkelson, and junior center fielder Hunter Bishop all had two-hit games.
Hauver had the team’s lone home run on the day. Additionally, sophomore shortstop Alika Williams had a big double as a part of a four-run fourth inning. Williams’ hit broke a 2-2 tie in the frame.
Among others, sophomore third baseman Gage Workman had two doubles and he has continued to swing the bat well.
On the mound, sophomore pitcher RJ Dabovich went into the sixth inning in a quality performance. He allowed three runs but he gave his team a chance to win.
Senior Sam Romero came in to close out the rest of the outing as ASU added lone runs in the fifth and ninth innings. Romero once again was sharp, striking out four while allowing no runs.
His showing likely helped the bullpen rest and relieve some arms as well. With the win, the Sun Devils are at a mark of 22 on the season. They return home to take on Arizona in a rivalry series that is sure to bring out big crowds at Phoenix Muni next weekend.
Arizona is currently 13-10 and they were swept at UCLA this weekend. First pitch of the Territorial Cup Series is Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. local time.