ASU Baseball: Devils Host No. 13 Stanford in Weekend Series

Oct 15, 2016; Boulder, CO, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky during the fourth quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. The Buffaloes defeated theSun Devils 40-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2016; Boulder, CO, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky during the fourth quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. The Buffaloes defeated theSun Devils 40-16. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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After losing two of three games at Oregon last weekend, ASU baseball returns home to host Stanford, who’s currently riding on a nine-game winning streak.

ASU baseball (19-22, 6-12) returns home to host No. 13 Stanford Friday for the beginning of a three-game series.

The Sun Devils are coming off losing two of three games in Eugene versus the Oregon Ducks.

Oregon took the first game of the series 2-0 behind a career-night from pitcher David Peterson throwing a complete game shutout striking out 20 Sun Devils in route to being named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and NCBWA Divison 1 National Pitcher of the Week.

Arizona State responded Saturday with a 4-3 victory in a wild game that involved three Ducks getting thrown out at home plate.

Taylor Lane smashed two home runs in the game as starting pitcher Eli Lingos kept the Ducks at bay allowing only 2 runs in 6.2 innings pitched.

Oregon took the rubber game Sunday 3-2 as three Ducks combined to allow only 2 earned runs on 6 hits as Arizona State struggled to put together a big inning.

Arizona State returns to the friendly confines of Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where ASU sports a 16-11 record, to host one of the hottest teams in the nation.

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The 13th-ranked Stanford Cardinal are coming off a 13-5 April and are currently on a nine-game winning streak.

Before defeating San Jose State 4-3 Tuesday, the Cardinal went into Tucson and completed their first sweep of Arizona since 1999.

Stanford won two 1-run games and one 2-run game in what was a highly competitive series.

Starting pitcher Kris Bubic threw 7 solid innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits and 4 strikeouts as Stanford scored three in the seventh inning on a pair of doubles to win the first game of the series Friday.

It was more late-inning heroics for Stanford in the second game of the series as shortstop Nico Hoerner hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to win the game 4-3.

Stanford took the final game of the series 3-1 building a 3-run lead for pitcher Chris Castellanos, who threw 8 shutout innings allowing only 3 hits and striking out 12 Wildcats.

The Cardinal having a strong pitching staff sporting the second-best ERA in the Pac-12 (3.20) and leading the conference with 18 saves this season.

Stanford is slated to start Bubic Friday, left-hander Andrew Summerville Saturday and Castellanos Sunday.

Arizona State has yet to announce their rotation this weekend.

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The Sun Devils need to start racking up some wins if they have any chance on qualifying for the NCAA Tournament as they enter the final month of the season. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. PST and can be seen on the ASU Live Stream.