ASU baseball ties Gonzaga in eight innings
MAR 03, 2013 9:01p ET
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The 24th-ranked Arizona State baseball team tied Gonzaga 6-6 in eight innings on Sunday at Surprise Stadium. The game was called after the eighth inning due to Gonzaga's pre-arranged travel plans.
It was the first tie for the Sun Devils since March 4, 2001, when they tied No. 2 LSU 5-5 at Packard Stadium.
ASU (7-2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and tacked on two runs in the third inning to gain a five-run advantage, but Gonzaga (6-4-1) scored one run in the fifth and five unearned runs in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.
Right fielder Trever Allen led off the bottom of the eighth frame with a solo home run to knot the score at 6-6 before three consecutive outs ended the game in a 6-6 tie.
Center fielder Kasey Coffman led off the first inning with his first career home run, and catcher Nate Causey and third baseman Michael Benjamin followed later in the inning with a pair of RBI singles to put the Devils ahead early.
Second baseman James McDonald and Allen doubled and tripled, respectively, in the third, and Causey drove in a run on sacrifice fly to center field to put ASU ahead 5-0.
Starting left-hander Adam McCreery scattered seven hits across five innings and allowed just one run to go with four strikeouts. Left-hander Matt Dunbar took over in the sixth and did not allow a base runner until a leadoff walk to start the eighth. Dunbar struck out the following batter and induced a groundout to the next hitters before a pair of errors and two hits, including a double, brought Gonzaga to within one at 5-4.
Right-hander Alex Blackford replaced Dunbar with two outs in the eighth and surrendered a run-scoring single to the first batter he faced, tying the score at 5-5. Blackford hit the next batter with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead run.
The Devils chased Bulldogs starter Billy Moon in the first inning after Moon gave up three runs, including one earned, on three hits in the opening frame. Four Gonzaga pitchers combined to close out the next seven innings.