Williams goes distance as ASU downs Pacific

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Right-hander Trevor Williams allowed just five base runners in a complete game as the 24th-ranked Arizona State baseball team routed Pacific 8-1 on Friday at Surprise Stadium.

Williams improved to 2-0 on the season, tying his career high with nine strikeouts and not walking a batter for the seventh time in 18 career starts. He gave up a leadoff double to open the game before retiring 20 of the next 21 batters, and he had a shutout going until there were two outs in the ninth.

Williams has struck out 21 and walked three while surrendering just three earned runs in 21 innings this season.

Freshman first baseman David Graybill paced the Sun Devils (6-2) with three RBIs, and third baseman Michael Benjamin added a pair of doubles as ASU racked up 14 hits, including five for extra bases.

The Sun Devils got on the board early, tallying a run in both the first and second innings. Center fielder Kasey Coffman led off the opening frame with a triple, and shortstop Drew Stankiewicz drove him home in the following at-bat with an RBI groundout. Benjamin began the second with a leadoff double before left fielder Jake Peevyhouse plated him with an single for his first of the season.

ASU broke it open in the fourth inning, scoring five runs to take a 7-0 lead. Graybill knocked a two-run single up the middle to start the scoring, and Coffman, Stankiewicz and second baseman James McDonald each collected an RBI in the frame.

Kyle Bilbrey pinch-hit in the seventh inning and recorded his first career hit, then scored his first career run two batters later on an RBI single by Graybill.

The Tigers (3-5) broke up the shutout in the top of the ninth on a single, a double and an RBI groundout before Williams struck out the final batter of the game.

Pacific starting left-hander John Haberman (0-1) gave up seven earned runs on eight hits in three innings to take his first loss of the season.
 
ASU next faces No. 2 Arkansas on Saturday at 4 p.m. in a rematch of Thursday’s game, won by the Sun Devils 3-2. The game will be the latter half of a doubleheader, with the early game featuring the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals at 1:05 p.m.