ASU’s Chaz Montoya pitched through illness Friday in a 12-6 win over Cal State Bakersfield. The Sun Devils had 18 hits and batted around twice to win the fifth time in the last six games.
News and updates for Arizona State baseball and softball for the week of April 17-23.
This week, ASU baseball hosts Cal State Bakersfield for three games, while the softball team hosts Utah for three.
Arizona State baseball turned a poor start around Friday night for a 12-6 non-conference series-opening win over Cal State Bakersfield at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
ASU (17-19) trailed 5-2 in the third when, after a mound visit by coach Tracy Smith, starting pitcher Chaz Montoya got a ground out to strand three runners.
The Sun Devils batted around in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs to take a 6-5 lead. Carter Aldrete had a two-run double to the left field corner with Zach Cerbo and Hunter Bishop also driving in runs in the frame.
ASU sent nine men to the plate again in the fifth, scoring five runs to lead 11-6. Gage Canning had a two-run triple to help sink reliever Garrett Nimmo (1-4).
Cal State Bakersfield fell to 19-14.
Aldrete had three hits and three RBI. Canning had four hits including back-to-back triples. Taylor Lane had three hits. Montoya (4-2) pitched six innings despite being sick with the flu for the victory.
“I didn’t know until I went up on the mound,” about Montoya being ill, Aldrete said. “He’s like I don’t feel like. I didn’t know what he meant. I thought he meant my arm hurts. Then we get back in the dugout and he’s like I’m going to throw up. Oh, that’s how you felt. He’s got heart, that little guy.”
Game 2 is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. ASU’s 1967 College World Series championship team will be honored before the game.
ASU softball 10, Utah 8
Emma Ramelot hit a game-winning, three-run home run to put an exclamation point on a five-run seventh inning in ASU softball’s (27-12) 10-8 win over Utah on Friday night in Tempe.
Cal State Bakersfield at ASU
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
ASU: The Sun Devils gave up four ninth-inning runs Tuesday in a 13-12 loss at UNLV that ended their four-game win streak. They remain out of conference and at 16-19 need a sweep to get back to .500. They must win 14 of their remaining 20 to extend their 54-year streak of 30-win seasons. Gage Canning, Pac-12 Player of the Week, is on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .461 over that span with two home runs, three doubles and a triple. Lyle Lin has reached base in 21 consecutive games, tied for third best among ASU freshmen since 2000. ASU will honor its 1967 College World Series championship team including coach Bobby Winkles on Saturday.
Cal State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners lost 10-2 to Cal Poly on Tuesday, falling to 19-13. Before that, they had won seven of eight over UC Irvine, Chicago State, Cal State Northridge and Utah Valley. P Max Carter retired the first 17 Utah Valley batters he faced last week. SS Ryan Grotjohn is hitting .452 with 29 RBI and a .605 slugging percentage. OF Andrew Penner is at .409 and 2B David Metzgar at .388. OF Cole Valletta is from Gilbert. Jeremy Beard is interim coach, replacing fired Bob Macaluso in December.
RELATED: Pac-12 baseball standings
UNLV 13, ASU baseball 12
ASU baseball blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning as host UNLV walked off with a 13-12 win Tuesday night in Las Vegas. The Sun Devils (16-19) rallied back from an early 6-0 deficit but could not hold on for the road victory. They return to play Friday against Cal State Bakersfield.
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Wilson Stadium, Las Vegas.
ASU: The Sun Devils (16-18) started their season high four-game win streak last week with a 5-3 home win over UNLV then swept Washington State, improving to 5-10 in Pac-12 play. They rallied from 4-1 down in the ninth inning for a 5-4 walk-off win (third this season) in the Washington State finale. Eli Lingos started two games last week, pitching a combined 11 1/3 innings with one win. ASU also beat UNLV 5-4 on March 28. OF Gage Canning is on an eight-game hitting streak. 1B Lyle Lin has reached base in 20 straight games and all but during his freshman season. The Sun Devils return home Friday to start a non-conference series against Cal State Bakersfield (19-12).
UNLV: The Rebels (13-25) dropped two of three against San Diego State after losing to ASU on April 11 and were outscored 36-9 in the final two games by the Aztecs. Ernie De La Trinidad of Phoenix has reached base in 31 consecutive games and DH Cody Howard has a seven-game hitting streak.
ASU softball (26-12 overall, 5-7) vs. Utah (28-8, 10-3)
Friday: ASU vs. Utah, 7 p.m.
Saturday: ASU vs. Utah, 4 p.m., Pac-12 Network
Sunday: ASU vs. Utah, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Network