This page is for coverage of Arizona State baseball’s final series of the season.
ASU plays three games at Pac-12 foe Utah to end the year.
Sunday: Utah 11, ASU baseball 10
ASU baseball (23-32) starter Ryan Hingst allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings as the Sun Devils dropped their season finale 11-10 against Utah in Salt Lake City on Sunday.
The Sun Devils had an early seven-run lead, but the Utes responded with a seven-run third inning. Utah pinch-hitter Kyle Hoffman hit a walk-off single as the Utes scored two runs to win in the bottom of the ninth and complete a weekend sweep of ASU.
The Sun Devils finish their first losing season since 1985 with a 23-32 record.
Saturday: Utah 7, ASU baseball 4
ASU baseball (23-31) lost a three-run, first-inning lead when Utah roughed up starting pitcher Eli Lingos for five runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 7-4 win Saturday in Salt Lake City. Taylor Lane got the Sun Devils going early with a three-run double in the opening frame, but ASU was held scoreless until the ninth inning, when their rally attempt fell short. ASU closes its season Sunday.
Friday: Utah 2, ASU baseball 0
ASU baseball (23-30) was held to just two hits as Utah held on for a 2-0 win on Friday in Salt Lake City. Sun Devils starter Eder Erives took the loss despite a solid outing of two earned runs on three hits over seven innings.
Arizona State at Utah
When: 10:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Where: Smith’s Ballpark, Salt Lake City.
TV: Pac-12 Network.
Radio: KDUS-AM (1060), Saturday and Sunday.
ASU: The Sun Devils (23-29, 8-19 Pac-12) will finish their first losing season since 1985 and second ever in the varsity era since 1959. They are missing out on the postseason for the first time since 2012 (ineligible) and before that 1999. The Utah games all are during the day before of overlapping Salt Lake Bees minor league home night games. OF Gage Canning has 10 3-hit games, most since Jason Kipnis in 2009 (13) and eight triples, most since Zack MacPhee in 2010 (14). 2B Carter Aldrete and OF Hunter Bishop are on six-game winning streaks. ASU has turned 47 double plays, tied for the Pac-12 lead.
Utah: The Utes (24-24, 12-15) were swept last weekend by UCLA after sweeping USC in the preceding series. Dallas Carroll is hitting a team high .365 with seven home runs and 49 RBI followed by DaShawn Keirsey at .335. Jayson Rose (7-3, 3.66 ERA), Riley Ottesen (4-4, 4.98) and Josh Lapiana (3-6, 5.23) are the starting pitchers. There are several Arizona players on the roster for coach Bill Kinneberg, former ASU assistant coach. The Utes won two of three at ASU last season.