ASU baseball drops fifth straight game

Disclaimer: I don’t usually write sports stories, but I was actually impressed with this one. This game was on March 24. 

The Arizona State University baseball team lost their fifth straight game 3-1 to the University of Utah on Thursday, giving them a 0-4 record in the Pac-12 conference.

The Sun Devils headed into Thursday’s game against Utah with a four-game losing streak, after losing 6-3 to the University of San Diego on Tuesday. The Utes are currently 7-12 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12 conference.

The game started off slow between ASU and Utah with a scoreless two innings. The Utes were first on the board after a wild pitch by junior pitcher Seth Martinez during the third inning.

ASU stayed scoreless until the seventh inning when sophomore infielder Andrew Snow scored after a RBI double by sophomore outfielder Andrew Shaps. The game remained tied until the Utes scored another run in the eighth inning, followed by a third and final run for the Utes during the ninth inning.

The Sun Devils had the opportunity to tie the game in the eighth inning with two runners in scoring position, after a wild pitch led junior infielder David Greer to third and walked senior catcher RJ Ybarra. The inning ended, however, after junior catcher Brian Serven struck out. 

In the bottom of the ninth inning with two more runners in scoring position sophomore outfielder Coltin Gerhart struck out, ending the game 3-1.

The Sun Devils only had five hits total against the Utes. In the past five games, ASU has only scored 11 runs. Fans like ASU history student Jeff Edgington noticed the team’s lack of runs and feels they need to work on moving runners.

“They [ASU] lost today because they couldn’t get the runners they had on base in from second and third,” Edgington said. “They couldn’t do it the other day either. They are in all the games because their pitching is carrying them right now.”

As a visiting spectator from Parker, Colorado, Jim Winslow agreed with Edgington about the team’s issue in moving runners. Despite their loss, Winslow thought the Sun Devils were a great example for the high school baseball team he coaches to watch.

“We [Chaparral high school baseball team] came out from Colorado,” Winslow said. “It teaches them about how to play as a team. Those guys [ASU] out there play like a team.”

For Utah fan, Alexis Hubert, the game was an exciting and fun one to watch.

“We came all the way down from Utah for the game,” Hubert said. “They did something right; they pulled out a win. There’s also good snacks and beer, so that’s fun.”

Last week, the Sun Devils lost all three games in their first Pac-12 series against Oregon State. The four straight loses, however, were preceded by eight non-conference wins that put ASU at 13-8 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-12 conference.

The Sun Devils will continue this series against University of Utah on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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