TEMPE, Ariz. — The ASU baseball team scored three runs in the fourth inning to break open a tie game and defeat New Mexico 8-5 on Wednesday night in front of 2,590 fans at Packard Stadium.
Junior first baseman Nate Causey knocked a two-out, two-run double to right field and sophomore designated hitter RJ Ybarra followed with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to give the Devils a three-run lead.
Right-hander Jordan Aboites (1-0), who has started seven games at shortstop this season, earned his first career win in his first pitching appearance of the year. He allowed just one hit and recorded three strikeouts across 2 1/3 scoreless innings after he took the mound with two outs in the top of the third inning and struck out the first batter he faced to end the Lobosâ four-run frame.
A trio of relievers combined to concede one hit and one walk over the next three frames and sophomore right-hander Ryan Burr struck out the side in the ninth inning to collect his second save in as many appearances out of the bullpen.
Sophomore right-hander Eric Melbostad struck out one and walked one in the sixth inning, right-hander Eder Erives tossed a scoreless seventh inning and right-hander Hever Bueno struck out the first two batters he faced in the eighth inning.
The Devils (8-6) scored seven of their runs with two outs and six players registered multi-hit games, including Causey, who led the way with three RBI on a pair of hits and scored a run.
ASU fell behind by one run in the top of the first, but responded with three of their own in the bottom of the frame to take the lead, 3-1. Sophomore third baseman Dalton DiNatale drove in the Devilsâ first two runs of the game with a two-out double and sophomore right fielder David Graybill added an RBI single two batters later.
ASU added two more runs in the second inning on an RBI groundout by freshman catcher Brian Serven and an RBI single by Causey to jump out to a four-run advantage, 5-1.
A pair of leadoff singles and a sacrifice bunt led to four runs for the Lobos (9-7-1) in the top half of the next frame. They used two RBI singles and an RBI double, and scored on a wild pitch, to chase ASU starting right-hander Zak Miller and tie the game at five runs apiece.
Miller allowed five runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
New Mexico left-hander Ryan Baumgartner (0-1) gave up three runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings in the loss. Starting right-hander Preston Ryan took a no-decision after he conceded five runs on seven hits in a pair of innings.