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ASU Baseball: No. 15 Sun Devils avoid sweep against Washington

Powered their way to a win.

Richard Martinez/ House of Sparky

Three two-run home runs powered 15th-ranked Arizona State (32-10, 13-8 Pac-12) to escape Seattle with a 11-6 win on Sunday after losing the series to Washington (20-18, 7-11).

Head coach Tracy Smith switched the lineup a bit, he put sophomore first baseman Spencer Torkelson at the leadoff spot, where he was used for a large part of the time. He also handed the ball to freshman lefty Erik Tolman for the start.

Tolman lasted only three innings after the Huskies put across four runs against him. Luckily for the freshman his offense picked him up early. The Sun Devils fell behind 1-0 early, but a four-run second put them on top. A pair of errors and a triple by sophomore third baseman Gage Workman netted ASU two runs. Junior right fielder Carter Aldrete put the cherry on top of the frame with ASU’s first bomb of the day to the opposite field.

Washington closed the gap to 5-4 after the fourth before junior center fielder Hunter Bishop sent out his team leading 18th homer of the season to extend the lead to three. Bishop added a RBI earlier in the game after sophomore shortstop Alika Williams tripled in start it off.

Sophomore left fielder Trevor Hauver had the finally two-run long ball of the day in the sixth after the Huskies trimmed the lead to two.

Usually Sunday starter, sophomore right-handed pitcher RJ Dabovich returned from injury to close out the game. Dabovich was given two insurance runs in the top half of the ninth and proceeded to strike out the side in the bottom half.

The Sun Devils return home this upcoming weekend for a three-game set with the top-ranked UCLA Bruins.