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ASU Baseball: Lin’s big day not enough in loss to Washington

Comeback victory

Andrew Palla/House of Sparky

Four RBIs in one game is good. Drive in four off the bench from two homers is remarkable, a feat catcher Lyle Lin completed in Arizona State’s (31-10, 12-8 Pac-12) 10-9 loss over Washington (20-17, 7-10) on Saturday.

Lin’s solo blast in the 11th provided the lead for the Sun Devils.

However, Washington came back with two of their own including walk-off sac-fly to win it.

Before the game-winning frame, the teams answered each others punches.

Back-to-back-to-back doubles in the 10th from Lin, Drew Swift and Trevor Hauver completed the come from behind win on Saturday. ASU scored two runs in the 10th to set up a win.

The Huskies once again didn’t go down without a fight. A two-out single and double off of Brady Corrigan from Washington tied it back up at eight.

Right-handed starter Boyd Vander Kooi seemed fit to finish with a quality start when he got through six innings having allowed three runs on five hits. As he headed back toward the mound in the seventh, his day took a turn. The Huskies rallied for four hits and a walk to break the 3-3 tie with three runs.

ASU head coach Tracy Smith searched for a spark in the lineup that hadn’t scored since the fourth. With a man on, Smith replaced his defensive catcher Sam Ferri for Lin’s bat. The decision paid off after Lin cranked a two-run blast to pull within one. The next batter delivered the same result when the left fielder Hauver sent his 10th homer of the season out to tie the game.

Washington’s powerful Joe Wainhouse homered for the second time over the weekend to start the scoring. Spencer Torkelson, ASU’s own slugger, answered with his 40th career home run to tie it at one.

A double from third baseman Gage Workman gave the Sun Devils the lead at 2-1. The two teams then traded runs until they tied it up at three to set the stage for the late-inning offense.

The Sun Devils will try to win the series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.