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ASU Baseball: Devils drop second game to Cal, game three cancelled

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A shortened weekend in Berkeley

Richard Martinez/ House of Sparky

After a cancelled game due to rain on Saturday, Arizona State (36-19, 13-11 Pac-12) was going to attempt to play two games on Sunday to try and round out a three-game series with Cal (30-18, 15-11 Pac-12).

The schedule was tentative, and the two teams were only able to get one game under their belt. There was a rain delay in Sunday’s game that caused more time to be lost, and the final matchup of the series ended up getting cancelled and will not be made up.

Therefore, there was only one contest on Sunday, and the Devils fell on the wrong side of it. Cal defeated ASU 3-2 at Evans Field.

Sophomore pitcher Boyd Vander Kooi started in the second game. He started off throwing two scoreless frames before surrendering two runs the third inning. The heart of Cal’s lineup that features junior first baseman Andrew Vaughn and junior catcher Korey Lee did the damage.

Both players recorded back-to-back RBI singles. Junior infielder Cameron Eden would deposit the third RBI for the Golden Bears later on in the seventh inning. That proved to be the game-winning run.

Offensively for ASU, the hometown Northern California kids did some damage. Sophomore first baseman Spencer Torkelson and junior Carter Aldrete both hit solo home runs. Torkelson’s 21st homer was a missile that was launched over the left center field scoreboard.

Despite Aldrete and Torkelson going yard, the rest of the offense would be tied up by Cal junior starter Jared Horn.

Horn put forth a gem, throwing a complete game while allowing only five hits and striking out nine in 122 pitches of work.

His biggest moment of the day came when he got out of a bases loaded situation in the sixth.

Then in the ninth, ASU sophomore shortstop Alika Williams had a two-out triple. The tying run stood 90 feet away, but Horn would induce a strikeout to slam the door.

Following a shortened weekend, the Sun Devils return home to the sunny confines of Phoenix Municipal Stadium to take on No. 3 Stanford for the final three games of the regular season.

It’s worth noting that the three games will be a Thursday-Saturday series rather than a Friday-Sunday set. First pitch of game one is slated for May 23 at 6:00 p.m. MST.