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Baseball falls to Texas Tech at home, 8-4

March 07, 2012

The 10th-ranked Arizona State baseball team, playing their fifth game in six nights, fell to Texas Tech 8-4, March 6, at Packard Stadium.

Trever Allen pinch-hit in the seventh inning and went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI as the Devils (8-3) collected four triples on the night.

ASU right-hander Zak Miller (0-1) took the loss after giving up two earned runs on four hits in 1/3 innings pitched.

Left-hander Matt Dunbar made his first career start for the Devils and went three innings, giving up one hit and no runs in a no-decision. He collected four strikeouts and walked a pair.

Red Raiders (10-3) right-hander John Neely (2-1) earned the win after giving up one run on three hits while striking out two in three innings.

Texas Tech had a three-run lead at the end of six innings and added four more in the top of the seventh frame to stretch its advantage to seven, 8-1.

ASU used a season-high eight pitchers in the game, including four in the fifth and sixth innings. Left-hander Adrian Gomez replaced Miller and allowed one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings, while right-handers Josh Dahl and Robert Ravago manned the fifth. Dahl hit two batters and gave up one run in 1/3 innings, and Ravago conceded four runs, including three earned, in 2/3 innings.

Right-hander Billy Young, left-hander Brandon Bonilla and right-hander Josh McAlister, in his first appearance of the season, combined for no hits and no runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Freshman infielder Drew Stankiewicz hit a triple to the warning track in right-center field and freshman left fielder Jake Peevyhouse, in his first collegiate start, followed with an RBI groundout in his first at-bat of the game to give the Devils an early 1-0 lead.

The Red Raiders countered in the top of the next frame with two runs to take the lead, 2-1, and they never relinquished it.

A two-run double by pinch-hitter Trever Allen in the bottom of the seventh scored Max Rossiter and Michael Benjamin, who each singled to reach base.

Pinch-hitter Rouric Bridgewater tacked on a run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI groundout, scoring pinch-hitter Michael Benjamin, who tripled to lead the off the inning.

Texas Tech starting pitcher David Paiz lasted three innings and allowed one run on two hits to go with four strikeouts.

The Sun Devils travel to Southern California to take on Long Beach State in the team's first true road trip of the season. First pitch March 9 is set for 6:30 p.m. (PT), while the game on March 10 will begin at 2 p.m. (PT). The Devils close out the series at 1 p.m. (PT), March 11.