TEMPE, Ariz. – The 11th-ranked Arizona State baseball team fell behind early and suffered a 9-6 loss to Utah Valley on Wednesday night at Packard Stadium despite freshman Nathaniel Causey’s first collegiate home run.
The Devils (11-5) gave up seven runs in the first six innings, including four in the second frame, before battling back in the bottom of the sixth to within 7-6.
Right-hander Darin Gillies (0-2) struck out seven in five innings but took his second loss of the season after allowing four earned runs, all in the second inning, on five hits.
The Wolverines (6-9) put four runs on the board in the top of the second inning to take the lead, 4-0. Jordy Hart hit a long fly ball into left field and James McDonald appeared to have it tracked down, but he lost it in the lights, resulting in a three-run triple for Hart. Jake Rickenbach followed up an RBI single in the next at-bat.
Causey hit a two-run homer into right field in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 4-2.
ASU countered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Devils within one. Andrew Aplin and McDonald each singled to lead off the frame, and Joey DeMichele followed through with a two-run single. Rouric Bridgewater doubled down the left field line to score DeMichele, and Trever Allen delivers a run-scoring single.
The Wolverines added two insurance runs in the eighth off right-hander Robert Ravago. Jake Barrett came on in the ninth and struck out the side.
ASU travels to Los Angeles to open Pac-12 conference with a three-game series against UCLA starting on Friday night.