Baseball Loses Slugfest to ASU
April 17, 1998
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The 16th-ranked Arizona State baseball team (29-14, 15-6 Six-Pac) extended its winning streak to nine games with a 19-10 win over the UCLA Bruins (18-25, 10-15 Six-Pac) this evening in front of a crowd of 2,619 at Packard Stadium.
Arizona State has now won ten straight conference games.
The Devils were led offensively by junior Andrew Beinbrink who ended the night 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. Also contributing to the barrage of hits by the Sun Devils was Dan Meier, who hit his fourth home run of the season, in a 4-for-6 effort knocking in two while scoring four. Sophomore Willie Bloomquist, senior Richy Leon and senior Rudy Arguelles each had three RBI in tonight's game. Junior Ryan Mills (6-3) picked up the win tonight, going five and two-third innings giving up 11 hits and eight earned runs. Mills also struck out six. Freshman Chad Pennington notched his second save of the season, pitching three-plus innings of no run ball.
UCLA was led by Brett Nista who went 3-for-4 with four RBI and one run scored, on his eighth home run of the season. Eric Valent also knocked one over the fence, his 22nd of the season, in a 2-for-5 evening. Also helping the Bruins was Nick Theodorou who went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Starting pitcher Paul Diaz (1-3) picked up the loss for UCLA, going four innings giving up 11 hits and eight earned runs.
The Sun Devils face UCLA tomorrow afternoon at Packard Stadium at noon in the second game of the three-game conference series. Righthanded pitcher Richy Leon (2-0, 5.87 ERA) is expected to take the mound for ASU while freshman lefty Ryan Carter (2-1, 6.35 ERA) is the Bruins probable starter.
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