TEMPE, Ariz. – Center fielder Kasey Coffman drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the 13th-ranked Arizona State University baseball team rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat New Mexico 4-3 on Wednesday night in front of 2,859 fans at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
Coffman came to the plate in the 11th inning with two outs and runners on first and second and singled down the right-field line to drive home third baseman Michael Benjamin, who reached base on a passed ball on a swinging strike three.
Benjamin hit a two-out solo home run in the fifth inning and the Sun Devils (11-2-1) added a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at three runs apiece.
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The Lobos (6-9) scored three runs on four errors in the opening four frames to take a 3-0 lead, but the Devils did not commit an error or allow a run over the final seven innings.
ASU loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning on a lead-off double by left fielderJake Peevyhouse, a walk by pinch hitter David Graybill and a bunt single by Coffman. Shortstop Drew Stankiewicz followed with an RBI single and designated hitter Max Rossiter added a sacrifice fly to right field to even the score.
Right-hander Alex Blackford (2-0) was the winning pitcher.
Right-hander Zak Miller went three innings in his first start of the season and gave up two runs, both unearned, on four hits and struck out one. Right-hander Mark Lambson made his first appearance of the season in the fourth inning and surrendered one unearned run on four hits in three frames. Right-hander Darin Gillies and right-hander Ryan Burr each followed with a pair of scoreless innings.
The Sun Devils open Pac-12 Conference play with a three-game homestand against Washington State starting Friday.