Feb. 18, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
No. 23 Arizona State broke open a close game with nine runs in the sixth inning and never looked back in taking an 11-1 win over the University of Houston baseball team Saturday in the second game of a non-conference series at Packard Stadium.
ASU starter Jeff Urlaub earned the win and improved to 2-0 after holding the Cougars to only one run off five hits with six strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
After jumping out ahead 1-0 in the second inning, the Sun Devils (7-4) erupted for nine runs off seven hits and a UH error to win their second straight game in the series. Pinch hitter Eric Sogard provided the big blast with a three-run homer, while Joe Persichina added a two-run single.
UH junior righthander Brad Lincoln collected the loss and dropped to 1-1 after giving up six runs (five earned) off seven hits with eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
UH junior outfielder Jake Stewart went 2-for-4 with a double and scored the team's lone run in the eighth inning. Sophomore outfielder Bryan Tully went 0-for-3 in the loss to see his career-best, 11-game hitting streak snapped.
Ike Davis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs, while Joe Persichina batted 2-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Sun Devils, who outhit the Cougars 14-6. Preston Paramore finished the day 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, while J.J. Sferra went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs in the win.
The Cougars wrap up the series at 1 p.m. (CST), Saturday. The game can be heard live on www.UHCougars.com with former letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. Fans also can follow live stats by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
Sophomore righthander Aaron Brown will make his second start of the season during the series finale. This season, Brown has compiled an 0-1 record with a strikeout and 7.20 ERA in five innings of work.
ASU head coach Pat Murphy has not announced his Sunday starter.
For the second straight game, ASU jumped out ahead with the first run. Davis led off with a double to the wall in right center and scored two batters later when Paramore laced an RBI-single into left field.
Following the offensive outburst in the sixth inning, the Sun Devils struck for one more run in the seventh on Brett Wallace's pinch-hit, RBI-single.
The Cougars (3-4) put their only mark on the scoreboard in the eighth inning. Stewart started the rally with a two-out double down the left-field line and scored when pinch hitter Matt Weston laced an RBI-single into center field.