ASU baseball completes sweep of LMU
No. 3 Arizona State completed the sweep of a three-game series with Loyola Marymount on Monday, May 12, defeating the Lions 12-10 in front of a crowd of 2,110 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils improve to 41-9 with the victory on a night in which their season attendance surpassed the 100,000 mark for the second straight year.
Brett Wallace drove in three runs and hit his career-high 17th home run of the season to lead the ASU offense. It was Wallace's 40th career home run, moving him into a tie for sixth with Andrew Beinbrink on the school's all-time list.
Tommy Rafferty pitched 2.1 innings out of the bullpen and allowed just one run while striking out four to earn the victory and improve to 11-0 on the season. Dustin Brader came on in the ninth to record the final out and get his second save of the year.
ASU scored first with a Wallace sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. After LMU tied the game in the fourth, the Sun Devils took the lead back with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Wallace led off with a solo home run to right, Kiel Roling drove in two with his first career triple and Raoul Torrez brought Roling home with an RBI single.
The Lions scored a run in the fifth, but the Sun Devils again answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Petey Paramore.
LMU hung tough with another run in the sixth, but ASU scored three runs each in the seventh and eighth to take command of the game. Jason Kipnis stole home on a double steal for the first run in the seventh, which was his team-leading 20th stolen base of the season. Greg Bordes drove in a run with a single to right and he then scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.
Ryan Sontag had an RBI single, Kipnis drove in a run with a triple down the right field line and Wallace brought in the Sun Devils' final run with a groundout in the eighth.
The Lions made things interesting with seven runs in the top of the ninth, including two three-run homers, but it was not enough.
Sontag, Kipnis and Roling all had three hits and Wallace added two hits in the victory.
The Sun Devils return to Pac-10 action this weekend, hosting a three-game series with Washington beginning Friday at 7 p.m. at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.