Four Sun Devils Shutout Titans, 1-0
March 27, 2012
Tempe, Ariz. - Joey DeMichele singled home Andrew Aplin in the sixth inning Tuesday night and that was enough for four Arizona State pitchers who combined on a 1-0 shutout of Cal State Fullerton in non-conference play.
The No. 14 Sun Devils (16-8) turned three double plays and threw out a man stealing in handing the No. 13 Titans (14-9) their second consecutive shutout for only the third time in the program's Div. I history (since 1975).
Robert Ravago (2-0) got the win with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. He came in to retire Chad Wallach on a 4-6-3 double play with men on first and third to end the fifth and then got the next six men out. Joseph Lopez retired the side in the eighth and Jake Barrett got his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.
Koby Gauna (2-2) was a tough-luck loser. He faced only 12 men through the first four innings, pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth and then surrendered a leadoff double to Aplin in the sixth. Dimitri DeLaFuente relieved and got one out before DeMichele singled cleanly to right.
The Titans have not scored in their last 19 innings and were shut out Saturday by Oral Roberts, 3-0. They were last shut out in back-to-back games on March 18 (2-0 at USC) and March 21 (2-0 at UCSB) in 1997. The only other time was to Wichita State and Maine in the 1982 College World Series.
Double plays erased leadoff singles in the first and second and Lopez doubled off the right-field fence after Michael Lorenzen was thrown out trying to steal second in the furth. A double by J. D. Davis and a single by Anthony Trajano after one out in the fifth chased starter Zak Miller in favor of Ravago.
Lopez and Trajano each had 2 of the Titans' 7 hits.
Gauna caught a break when Drew Stankiewicz missed first base and was called out on appeal to turn a triple into an out to end the third inning.
The two teams play again Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.