April 10, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - Top-ranked Arizona State hit four home runs and defeated Washington State 13-3 in the opener of a three-game Pacific-10 Conference baseball series, Friday.
The Sun Devils (24-7, 9-1 Pac-10), ranked No. 1 in three of the four major polls, defeated Washington State (14-14, 4-3 Pac-10) for the 12th-straight time at home.
Senior Matt Way (4-3) was touched for four runs, including a pair of home runs, in the bottom of the first as Arizona State took a 4-0 lead.
The Cougars responded with three runs against Mike Leake (8-1) in the top of the second. Senior Jared Prince was hit by a pitch and junior Michael Weber singled to open the inning. Sophomore Matt Argyropoulos drove in WSU's first run with a single and sophomore Garry Kuykendall's ground out scored Weber. Redshirt-sophomore Cody Bartlett followed with a single that plated Argyropoulos and cut the Sun Devils' lead to 4-3.
From there, Leake took over, shutting out the Cougars over the final seven frames and finishing with a complete game and 12 strikeouts.
"It was too much Mike Leake tonight," WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut. "I was proud of the Matt Way for battling tonight when he did not have is best stuff. We just made some mistakes that you cannot make against a team like Arizona State."
Arizona State added two runs in the fifth, two in the seventh, and five in the eighth to account for the final score. The teams continue their series, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Sophomore Matt Argyropoulos collected two hits for the fourth-straight game...redshirt-sophomore Cody Bartlett has hit safely in each of the last four games since moving into the starting line-up.