ASU Baseball had their first-place hopes dashed as they fell to USC 6-2 on Saturday night.
The Sun Devils weren’t able to overcome USC’s strong hitting performance as starting pitcher Jordan Aboites gave up 7 hits and 6 runs in 7.2 innings pitched.
USC’s starting pitcher, Mitch Hart, had a strong outing for the Trojans. In 6.0 innings he gave up only 3 hits and struck out 5.
USC didn’t overly rely on any one pitcher in the game as they had 4 different pitchers on the mound. After Hart was pulled the Trojans used three different relief pitchers to shut down an ASU comeback.
For ASU, infielder David Greer once again had a spectacular game. In five times at the plate, Greer walked four of those times and in his only registered at-bat he had an RBI.
This game was a good example of why baseball is so fun to watch. You can have a three game series where one game is dominated by one team and the next game is dominated by the other team.
Regardless of how fun a series may be to watch, the Sun Devils still have some weaknesses and they showed last night.
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ASU leaves a lot of runners on base, something that will need to change in the near future if they want to advance far in the NCAA tournament.
Last night, ASU left 10 runners on base, and they were only 2-10 with runners in scoring position.
Another weakness for the Sun Devils is the inconsistency of offensive production.
Outside of Greer, this season has been a toss-up when it comes to who is going to show up for any given game.
Players like infielder Colby Woodmansee have had moments where they shine but they also have had moments that are painful to watch because of how well they have played in the past.
The Sun Devils will finish out their weekend series against USC today at 2:00 MST before finding out their seeding for the NCAA tournament.