PULLMAN, Wash. – The Sun Devils dropped their first Pac-10 series of the season on Sunday, falling 9-4 at Washington State to give the Cougars the 2-1 series win. It is the first time the Cougars have ever won a series from ASU. The loss drops Arizona State to 28-3, 6-3 in Pac-10 play, while Washington State improved to 17-11, 3-3.
Jake Borup gave up four runs on four hits in the first inning to give the Cougars an early lead. He lasted only 2.1 innings, allowing five runs on four hits. He walked one and hit three others while losing for the first time in seven decisions.
Zack MacPhee homered in the top of the first to give the Sun Devils an early 1-0 lead. It was the third straight game MacPhee has homered in, giving him six on the year.
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After the Cougars’ four-run first, Deven Marrero hit a solo homer for the Sun Devils. Washington State made it 5-2 in the third, but a two-run single by Raoul Torrez pulled the Sun Devils to 5-4 in the fourth inning. It was as close as they would get.
Matt Argyropoulos’ home run off Mitchell Lambson touched off a three-run sixth inning, and the Cougars added an insurance run in the eighth against Brady Rodgers.
ASU stranded nine runners on Sunday and 21 in the three-game series. Kole Calhoun had four hits in the loss, while MacPhee, Zach Wilson and Drew Maggi added two hits apiece.
The Sun Devils return home on Friday night as they host USC for a three-game Pac-10 series.