ASU baseball bounced back from Friday’s one-hitter as every hitter recorded a hit in an 8-5 win over Washington to force a rubber game Sunday afternoon.
ASU baseball was looking to reignite the offense after being held to one hit by Washington pitcher Noah Bremer.
On Saturday, Arizona State’s offense awoke for 14 hits as the Sun Devils defeated the Huskies 8-5.
Just like in Friday’s game, Washington jumped out to a first-inning lead on a fielding error by third baseman Jeremy McCuin scoring second baseman Levi Jordan.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the the third inning on an RBI double by right fielder M.J. Hubbs.
Trailing 2-0, Arizona State was looking to get its offense jump-started and they did just that in the fourth inning.
Right fielder Hunter Bishop tied the game for Arizona State on a two-run triple scoring shortstop Andrew Snow and catcher Lyle Lin.
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Bishop would come around to score himself on an RBI single by designated hitter Zach Cerbo giving the Sun Devils a 3-2 lead.
It was a back-and-forth game from that point on as Washington tied the game at three and four runs a piece.
Arizona State was able to push their lead to two runs in the seventh inning on an RBI double by McCuin and RBI sac fly from Snow.
Leading 6-4, the Sun Devils were able to prevent Washington from tying the game scoring two more runs in the eighth inning on an RBI triple from second baseman Carter Aldrete and RBI single from left fielder Myles Denson.
Arizona State held on for an 8-5 victory over Washington couldn’t score any runs in the final two innings of the game.
Pitcher Connor Higgins got the start for Arizona State Saturday pitching 3.2 innings allowing three earned runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Ryan Hingst came on in relief and pitched the remaining 5.1 innings allowing two earned runs on five hits along with a walk and three strikeouts securing his second win of the season.
After the Sun Devils were shut down by Bremer Friday, ASU was able to get starter Jordan Jones and chase him from the game.
Jones finished throwing four innings allowing four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
In total, Washington sent five pitchers to the mound with reliever Chris Micheles picking up the loss after allowing one earned run on two hits in 2.1 innings of work.
Relievers Alex Hardy and Greg Minier also allowed runs to Arizona State giving up a combined three runs on on five hits in 1.2 innings.
With the win, Arizona State improved to 22-25 and 8-15 in conference play as on Sunday the Sun Devils will look to clinch their first Pac-12 series victory since the April 13-15 series versus Washington State.
First pitch against the Huskies is set for 1:05 p.m. PST and can be seen on the Washington Live Stream.