Sun Devils use 11-run fifth to maul Golden Eagles 16-4 in series finale

BY: BRIAN KREPS

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Arizona State Sun Devils wasted no time setting the tone for the series finale against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. The Sun Devils scored two runs in the first inning, two more runs in the third inning and a single run in the fourth inning. Arizona State would break the game open with an eleven-run fifth inning. This was done with nine hits, as fifteen batters would come to the plate in the inning.

The Sun Devils would go on to batter the Golden Eagles 16-4, securing yet another series win.

The offensive star of the game for the Sun Devils was catcher Brian Serven. He led the scoring onslaught, going 3-for-4 on the day, including a career high 6 RBI.

Sun Devils’ pitcher Brett Lilek got his third win of the season. He struck out five in five innings of scoreless work. Lilek was pulled due to the offensive outburst the Sun Devils had in the fifth inning.

“Lilek would have gone out in the sixth if we didn’t extend the lead in the fifth inning,” head coach Tracy Smith said.

The Sun Devils used pitchers Andrew Shaps, Hever Bueno, Eder Erives, Tucker Baca and Grant Schneider out of the bullpen. Shaps took over for Lilek in the sixth and allowed the Golden Eagles their first two runs of the game. This was done on a pair of walks to open the inning, a sacrifice fly to score one run and a wild pitch to score the other.

Bueno pitched the seventh. He issued a walk, a two-run home run and a double before he was replaced by Erives. Erives struck out two and got a ground out to end the inning. Baca and Schneider pitched the eighth and ninth innings respectively, and allowed no runs.

Note: The Sun Devils have won nine out of ten three-game series’ this season. That matches their series win total in both 2013 and 2014. Arizona State has a good chance of eclipsing that with four series’ left in the season.

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