Red Raiders Fall To No. 17 Arizona State 13-5|
March 1, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Freshman Ike Davis pitched 4 1/3 innings and tallied five RBI at the plate to lead 17th-ranked Arizona State to a 13-5 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday night at Packard Stadium in Tempe.
Tonight's loss snaps a six-game wins streak by the Red Raiders who fall to 9-4 on the season. Arizona State improves to 11-5.
The Red Raiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a two-run homer by Tyler Reves that came on the first offering from Arizona State starter Ike Davis. Reves' two-run homer was his fourth dinger of the season and his first since the Houston game back on Feb. 12.
The Tech lead did not last past the first inning as the Sun Devils plated five runs in their half of the inning to grab a 5-2 lead. ASU got a leadoff home run by Ryan Sontag and then took advantage of two Tech fielding errors that led to three unearned runs.
Consecutive hits by Preston Parmore, Joe Persichina and Frank Mesa led to an Arizona State run in the bottom of the third that pushed the Sun Devil lead to 6-2. The Sun Devils plated one final run in the frame when Brett Wallace grounded into a double play but allowed Persichina to score from third.
Texas Tech dwindled Arizona State's lead back down to three (7-4) as the Red Raiders plated two runs on an error and an RBI double from freshman left fielder Roger Kieschnick.
Ike Davis broke the game wide open for the Sun Devils in the bottom of the sixth when he hit a grand slam off freshman reliever Cory Large. Large entered the game after Tech starter Miles Morgan loaded the bases with one out in the frame.
Miles Morgan (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Red Raiders as he gave up 11 runs (eight earned) on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings. Ike Davis earned the win for ASU and improve to 2-2.
Texas Tech returns to action on Thursday afternoon when the Campbell Camels come to Dan Law Field for a three-game series. First pitch on Thursday is set for 3 p.m. and tickets are available through the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH or online at www.texastech.com.