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Fans bring energy to Packard Stadium

April 09, 2012

Column by Nick Prete, ASU News

The energy in the stadium was palpable as Joey DeMichele stepped up to the plate for the Sun Devils. With three runners on base and one of the best hitters on the team at bat, the fans slid to the edge of their seats as it seemed taking the lead from the Beevers was imminent.

This was not the first time in the game that the Devils had the bases loaded, but it seemed that last time was sort of a "lazy" bases loaded as no one thought that a grand slam was possible. When DeMichele came up, there was finally a chance, and some hope. With each pitch the air would ebb and flow with the anticipation and subsequent release as the ball hit the catchers mitt. You could almost hear a collective sigh let out when the Sun Devil struck out. 

Before fans could even catch their breath, Max Rossiter stepped up to the plate and hit a home run, vaulting the Devils into the lead. In one inning ASU went from down by one and not scoring in the game, to up by four going into the ninth inning. This shows the strength of the Sun Devils even when they're behind. Hopes looked bleak, especially since before that game, they had only swept one other series this season which was against western Michigan. It didn't matter though, because they kept their spirits up and ended up triumphing over the Beavers. You could have been there to feel this excitement flowing through the crowd, and the cheers roar through it when each and every one of those five runs came in.

This weekend when they come home to take on USC, they once again need a crowd to help cheer them on. Make sure you're not sitting at home when they sweep another series. Because there's no comparison to the energy that went through that crowd on Saturday. Don't miss out!