Jordan Aboites Propels Arizona State To Series Win

photo courtesy Sun Devils Athletics

photo courtesy Sun Devils Athletics

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Junior Jordan Aboites contributed at the plate and from the mound, driving in two runs and hurling 2.2 scoreless innings to propel the No. 14 Arizona State Sun Devils clinched the series win over No. 8 Oklahoma State with a 5-3 victory on Saturday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.  The right-hander recorded two strike outs on the bump and went 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple and a run scored to go along with his two RBI.

Aboites entered the game to clean up a sixth inning jam left behind by senior right-handed reliever Darin Gillies who failed to record an out after relieving starter Ryan Kellogg (Jr., LHP). Kellogg allowed three earned runs over five innings of work with four strikeouts and two walks.

Aboites got a strike out and a pair of fly outs to end the threat before being pulled from his own jam with two outs and two runners on in the eighth. Closer Ryan Burr (Jr., RHP) who got out of the inning and then recorded a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the year.

In the first inning, Aboites singled Johnny Sewald to third from where he would score on a sac fly to take the early 1-0 lead. After Oklahoma State took a 2-1 lead in the second on a two-run double by senior catcher Bryan Case, Aboites answered with a two-run triple of his own in the home half of the inning to take back the lead at 3-2 that would be extended to 4-2 on a RJ Ybarra (Jr., C) sacrifice fly.

Cowboys’ starter Jon Perrin (Sr., RHP) had a rough outing lasting only an inning and a third while allowing four runs, three earned on four hits and two walks. Senior second baseman Tim Arakawa went 3-for-5 in the losing effort.

Arizona State aims to sweep the series on Sunday with starters too be announced.

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Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @MarkWestCBC Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting. Follow on Twitter @MarkWestCBC