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ASU baseball sweeps Cal with 18-2 win

April 27, 2008

Powered by a 10 run second inning, #4 Arizona State swept the #6 Cal Golden Bears 18-2 in front of 2,569 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium. ASU pounded out 11 hits and was aided by five Cal errors to improve to 35-7, 10-5 in Pac-10 play.

The game was called after the top of the seventh inning to allow California to travel home to Berkeley.

Cal jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first on starter Josh Satow, but Arizona State answered in a big way in the second. Ryan Sontag got the scoring started with a bases loaded bunt single to first that scored Ryan Sontag. Jason Kipnis hit a sac fly to center that scored Mike Leake and tied things at 2-2. Brett Wallace gave ASU the lead with a single through the left side to bring home Greg Bordes and make it 3-2.

Petey Paramore hit a grounder to second that Josh Satin mishandled and then threw the ball away. Sontag and Wallace both came home to score on the play. Kiel Roling scored on a wild pitch, then a dropped pop up by Cal third basemen Jeff Kobernus allowed Leake to reach and Paramore and Matt Newman to score. Raoul Torrez singled home Leake, then a bases loaded walk to Kipnis scored Torrez and ended the scoring.

All told, 16 Sun Devils came to the plate in the inning, including a stretch that saw seven straight reach base. ASU only had three hits in the second, but drew seven walks and was hit by a pitch.

Paramore hit a two-run homer to right center in the third that made it 12-2. It was Paramore's fourth homer of the season. Jason Kipnis brought home a run with a sac fly in the fourth.

Arizona State added five more in the fifth, thanks to RBI from Greg Bordes, Jason Kipnis, Brett Wallace, Kiel Roling and Matt Newman.

Satow went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits to move to 5-2 on the year. He struck out five and walked five before giving way to Dustin Brader and Kyle Brule.

Ryan Sontag was 3-3 with and RBI and two walks, while Brett Wallace went 3-6 with two RBI. Every starter with the exception of Mike LeakeJason Kipnis was 0-1, but had four RBI, walked three times, scored a run and stole a base. brought home a run, but Leake scored two runs on his own.

The Sun Devils now head back to the road, traveling to UCLA for a three-game Pac-10 series at Jackie Robinson Stadium that starts on Friday.