Williams shuts down Tennessee in ASU's win
FEB 22, 2013 7:12p ET
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Trever Allen's three-run homer and Trevor Williams' eight strikeouts carried the 22nd-ranked Arizona State baseball team to a 4-0 win over Tennessee on Friday night.
Williams pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just one walk to go with his eight strikeouts, just one short of his career high.
Right fielder Trever Allen gave the Sun Devils a 4-0 advantage with a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning. A single by third baseman Michael Benjamin and a walk by center fielder Kasey Coffman set up Allen's shot over the left-field fence for his fourth career home run.
Freshman left-hander Brett Lilek took the mound in the eighth inning and promptly struck out the side, but three walks in the bottom of the ninth loaded the bases with two outs for the Volunteers (1-4). Lilek then induced a groundout to first base to seal the road victory.
ASU started the scoring in the top of the second inning with an RBI single by designated hitter Nate Causey to take a 1-0 lead. Catcher Max Rossiter scored after a first-pitch base hit up the middle and a steal of second to move into scoring position.
A leadoff walk and a single by Tennessee in the bottom of the fourth frame put runners at first and third with one out, but an attempted double steal by the Volunteers was thwarted by second baseman James McDonald, who threw A.J. Simcox out at home to help ASU escape the jam.
Tennessee starter Zack Godley (0-1) took his first loss of the season after giving up four runs on four hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and walked four.
The shutout was the Devils' first April 28, 2012, against Washington, and they committed no errors for the first time since May 13, 2012, at Gonzaga.