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ASU Baseball: Bullpen’s spot-start hands Devils first road win in Fullerton

No Tempe, no problem

Richard Martinez/ House of Sparky

The amount of arms on the Sun Devils’ staff caused plenty of concerns as the team headed into the season. For good reason, with only 12 arms on the roster, and 11 available pitchers with sophomore right-hander Colby Davis, who has yet to make an appearance this season due to injury, depth can cause issues for the Devils in a week where they have five games.

However, the five-game week started off well for the short-handed Arizona State (12-0) Sun Devils. If the arms preform as well as they did in their 6-4 win over Cal State Fullerton (5-5) on Tuesday, the concerns will begin to minimize.

Senior right-handed pitcher Sam Romero started his second game of the season for ASU. Romero faced little trouble in his first two frames, thanks to an inning-ending double play to get him out of the first. Although, in the third, the Titans started with a single and a double. Romero was relieved after he induced a popup for sophomore right Brady Corrigan.

Corrigan picked up his bullpen mate to keep the shoutout alive. Corrigan got back-to-back strikeouts against Fullerton’s junior left fielder Isaiah Garcia and shortstop Sahid Valenzuela. Corrigan recorded eight outs on Wednesday with a season-high six coming via the K. The sophomore also allowed one hit to the Titans.

After junior lefty Chaz Montoya tossed 1 23 of scoreless baseball, the ball was handed to freshman Blake Burzell. Burzell got ASU out of the seventh, no problem.

The eighth inning produced flashbacks of last season. A groundball to junior second baseball Carter Aldrete was mishandled and started the frame with an error. Burzell then hit and walked the next two batters. Despite the led being six, head coach Tracy Smith turned to his Friday night starter, junior righty Alec Marsh to get ASU out of the jam.

Garcia and pinch hitter Jairus Richards had a single and double off of Marsh to put the Titans on the board. Fullerton added another on a sacrifice fly for a four-run inning.

Marsh allowed a walk in the ninth, but struck out two to shut the door and send ASU to its 12th win of the season.

The offensive night was headlined by sophomore shortstop Alika Williams first collegiate round-tripper. Williams drilled a three-run blast in the third to put the Sun Devil lead at six.

Up to that point, ASU had played a lot of small ball and situational hitting. After a double play ended the Sun Devils’ first inning, bases loaded threat in the first, ASU decided not to let the double play ball hurt them in the second. Junior right fielder Myles Denson dropped down a bunt to move Williams and sophomore third baseman Gage Workman over. Redshirt sophomore catcher Sam Ferri and sophomore left fielder Trevor Hauver cashed in with a RBI ground out and two-out single.

Junior center left fielder Hunter Bishop led off the third with a triple, and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from junior designated hitter Lyle Lin.

Weather permitting, the two teams will meet again on Wednesday with a time to be determined.