Even with a 1-0 lead, Arizona State (5-2) was in trouble early when Florida-transfer Timmy Manning allowed his first three batters to reach base safely.
All three runs would score, and Mississippi State (5-3) didn’t look back in its 16-3 win over the Sun Devils.
Freshman Luke Hill and junior Ethan Long led all ASU hitters with each going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Hill homered in the third inning for his first-career collegiate home run. Long added a solo-shot of his own in the eighth inning.
NUKE. LUKE.— Sun Devil Baseball (@ASU_Baseball) February 26, 2023
OPPO TACO FOR HIS FIRST CAREER DINGER.
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Manning ended up throwing three full innings, but he allowed six earned runs in the process of six hits. After throwing 22-straight scoreless innings to start the season, the Sun Devil starting rotation — mainly Khristian Curtis and Manning — allowed 11 earned runs in nearly seven innings of combined work.
Righty relievers Matt Tieding and Jesse Wainscott each allowed three runs in-relief. Will Rogers gave up four earned runs.
Due to weather restrictions with High Point University’s travel situation, Tuesday’s ASU baseball game is canceled. The Sun Devils will resume play Wednesday against North Dakota State at 6:00 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.