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ASU baseball sweeps Washington

May 18, 2008

Arizona State won its seventh straight game and completed a three-game sweep of Washington with a 13-7 victory Sunday, May 18 in front of a crowd of 2,215 at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The Sun Devils improve to 44-9, 15-6 in the Pac-10, with the win.

Freshman Seth Blair earned the win and moved to 4-1 on the season, going 5.2 innings and allowing three runs and six hits.

Ryan Sontag and Ike Davis had three hits each while Brett Wallace hit his team-leading 19th home run, a grand slam in the eighth inning, to lead the Sun Devil offense to their fifth straight game scoring 11 or more runs. It was the second grand slam of the season for Wallace and the second of his carrer.

Washington took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run in the second, but the ASU offense got to Huskies starter Nick Haughian in the fourth, scoring five runs off the left-hander. Kiel Roling had an RBI double, Raoul Torrez drove in a run with a bunt single, Greg Bordes brought in another on a sacrifice bunt with the bases loaded and Sontag then capped off the inning with a two-run single to right center.

The Huskies cut into the lead with two runs in the fifth, but the Sun Devils scored three more in the sixth when Torrez drove in two with a triple down the right field line and then scored on a wild pitch.

The two teams traded runs in the seventh, with ASU scoring on a groundout by Petey Paramore. After Washington added another run in the top of the eighth, Wallace crushed a grand slam over the right field fence to put the Sun Devils on top 13-5. It was Wallace's second career grand slam, with his first coming earlier this season in ASU's win over Vanderbilt on Feb. 23.

The Huskies scored two runs and had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the ninth, but Dustin Brader got a strikeout and a groundout to end the game and secure the victory.

Sontag was 3-for-4 with a walk and Davis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, while Wallace, Torrez and Marcel Champagnie all had two hits each in the win.

The Sun Devils wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at Arizona beginning on Thursday.