West Impressions: Arizona State Wins On Joey Bielek Hit

Courtesy Sun Devil Athletics

Courtesy Sun Devil Athletics

Sun Devil Bielek Provides Late Inning Heroics In Win

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Senior Joey Bielek (1B) drove in his second RBI of the night, doubling his season total, as he flipped a single over short to score Colby Woodmansee (So., SS) with the eighth-inning, game-winner as the No. 13 Arizona State Sun Devils (13-6) stopped the New Mexico Lobos (11-7) comeback with a 4-3 win at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Wednesday.

The 6’1”, 200-pound first baseman from Scottsdale, Arizona isn’t normally the go-to guy for the Sun Devil offense, but was just the salve they needed to provide the late-inning clutch hit while tying his career-best with a 3-for-4 night at the plate.

The senior took the honor on inaugurating the Phoenix Municipal Stadium era by scoring the first run in the park on opening night, being driven in as Woodmansee shot a single through the left side for the early 1-0 lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Woodmansee would later end the game with a walk-off solo home run.

Arizona State built a 3-0 lead with an RBI-groundout by Woodmansee in the first and in the second with Bielek’s RBI-single through the left side and a sac fly by David Greer (So., 3B).

New Mexico would not go quietly as the bats awakened with a pair of pinch-hit efforts late in the game, scoring on a sac fly off the bat of senior Ryan Padilla in the sixth and then with a two-run single by sophomore Jack Zoellner in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3.

Sun Devil Stopper of the Year watchlist closer Ryan Burr (Jr., RHP) got out of a one-out, runners-on-the-corners jam with a strikeout and a groundout to earn his eighth save on the year.

New Mexico faces the Houston Cougars in our Bracket Critical featured match-up this weekend while the Sun Devils continue Pac 12 play with a visit to Eugene, Oregon to face the No. 24 Oregon Ducks.

No. 23 Nevada 5, Cincinnati 3

RENO, Nev. – Junior right-handers Zach Wilkins and Adam Whitt combined for 5.1 scoreless innings of relief pitching while Kewby Meyer (Sr., LF) and Bryce Greager (Jr., 3B) hit back-to-back homers to key a four-run sixth as the No. 23 Nevada Wolf Pack downed the Cincinnati Bearcats (6-12) by a 5-3 final Wednesday night at Peccole Park.

Wilkins didn’t allow a baserunner over 3.1 innings to earn his first win at Nevada while Whitt earned his 10th save on the year, striking out four in a two-inning effort. Meyer’s first homer of the year was a a three-run shot while Greager’s follow-up blast was his fourth as the top-ranked Pack improved to 17-4 on the season.

Cal State Fullerton 11, Cal State Bakersfield 0

FULLERTON, Calif. – Dustin Vaught (Jr., 3B), Hunter Cullen (So., CF) and Timmy Richards (So., SS) each drove in a pair of RBI in a six-run first inning that propelled the Cal State Fullerton Titans (11-9-1) to an 11-0 win over the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (10-9) at Goodwin Field Wednesday night. Vaught and Richards sandwiched two-run singles around Cullen’s two-run double as the Titans jumped to the early 6-0 lead and never looked back. Titans’ freshman starter Connor Seabold (RHP) improved to 2-1 allowing two hits over 5.2 inning while striking out six.

Pepperdine 6, Dartmouth 5

MALIBU, Calif. – Junior second baseman Hutton Moyer slapped a two-out, opposite-field, walk-off single to the gap in left as the Pepperdine Waves (10-12) defeated the Dartmouth Big Green (1-7) by a score of 6-5 Wednesday night at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves blew a 5-2 lead, surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5 and appeared to be headed to extras before sophomores stepped up as Matt Gelalich (CF) singled and Brandon Caruso (OF) drew a walk to set up Moyer’s late-inning, clutch at bat.

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Mark West

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.

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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.

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