Arizona State baseball came back from an early five-run deficit to take an 8-5 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday night at Packard Stadium. The No. 13 Sun Devils (33-15-1) relied on a squad of relievers to hold the Red Raiders (23-27) scoreless in the final seven innings of the contest.
Arizona State designated hitter Nate Causey collected four RBI against Texas Tech and now has 10 RBI in the past two games. He went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a pair of run-scoring singles, third baseman Michael Benjamin went 4-for-5 with an RBI, and center fielder Kasey Coffman finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Right-hander Ryan Burr struck out two in the ninth inning to post his 11th save of the season.
ASU’s starting right-hander Eric Melbostad gave up five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings, but did not factor in the decision. He was replaced by Adam McCreery (2-3) with two outs in the top of the second.
Texas Tech starting right-hander Matt Withrow went three innings and allowed four runs on six hits in a no-decision. Right-hander Matt Custred (1-2) took the loss after conceding four runs on four hits in two innings.
The Sun Devils host a three-game Pac-12 series against Arizona over the weekend with first pitch on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.