The baseball season was short but that didn’t stop Arizona State having a crazy mid-week game with New Mexico State.
In a game that featured arguably the two best collegiate bats in the nation, both projected Top 5 picks, ASU pulled out a tenth inning 6-5 win over New Mexico State in its only extra inning contest of the much-shortened season.
Those two bats, however, didn’t have to do much lifting. Literally.
Spencer Torkelson and Nick Gonzales combined for seven walks, five of them going to Torkelson, which tied an ASU single-game record. However, both struggled with the glove in this particular game, combining for three errors. Torkelson’s was a costly one.
After the Aggies took a surprising eighth inning lead, the Devils roared back, highlighted by an Alika Williams 2-RBI triple.
Williams then made a spectacular defensive play in the hole at shortstop on what looked like would be the final out of the game in the ninth, only to place the throw a little bit high, causing Torkelson to drop the ball to tie the game. It was also the only outing of the year that closer RJ Dabovich surrendered a run.
But in the bottom of the 10th, walks took center stage again. With two runners on and one out, New Mexico State opted to intentionally walk Torkelson (yeah, shocker right) to fill the bases for Trevor Hauver.
Problem was, they walked him too. The walk off base on balls scored the winning run to give the Devils their sixth victory of the season.
Torkelson and Hauver combined for 51 walks in the 17-game season, placing first and tied for sixth in the nation, respectively.