Miller, Sun Devils handle Rebels
TEMPE, Ariz. — The eighth-ranked Arizona State baseball team scored runs in each of the first four innings while starting right-hander Zak Miller put together a career night for a 5-2 win over UNLV on Wednesday night at Packard Stadium.
Miller (3-0) went a career-long 5 2/3 innings and struck out a career-high seven to earn his third win of the season, including his second against UNLV in the past two weeks. He allowed just four base runners over the first four innings before giving up two runs, including one earned, in the fifth inning.
The Sun Devils (25-12-1) held a 5-0 lead after four innings, and Miller and a pair of right-handed relievers scattered eight hits and a pair of runs to keep ASU’s lead intact throughout.
Right fielder Trever Allen went 3-for-4 with two RBI, shortstop Drew Stankiewicz added a pair of hits and right-hander Darin Gillies allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings before right-hander Ryan Burr closed out the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
Burr is now tied for second on the school’s freshman saves list with Mitch Dean (1976) and Zechry Zinicola (2004), trailing Jason Jarvis (2007) by three.
Catcher Max Rossiter put ASU on top in the first inning with a two-out RBI double to left field that scored second baseman James McDonald, who reached on a base hit, and a trio of singles in the bottom of the second was punctuated by a two-out RBI knock by center fielder Kasey Coffman to give the Devils a 2-0 lead.
Designated hitter RJ Ybarra singled in the third inning after a walk by Rossiter to put runners on the corners for Allen, who drove both of them home with two-run double that gave the Devils a four-run advantage.
Coffman plated the fifth run of the game for ASU in the fourth inning after he reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on an RBI double by third baseman Michael Benjamin.
UNLV registered its first runs of the game with three hits, including two RBI singles, in the top of the fifth inning to move within three at 5-2.
Rebels starting left-hander Mark Shannon (4-2) took the loss after conceding five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.
ASU next travels to Salt Lake City for a three-game Pac-12 series against Utah over the weeekend.