Baseball stays on top

Rams tie for first in Lone Star Conference

By Sam Fowler
On April 14, 2016

Junior left fielder Steven Pinales smacks the ball out into the outfield. Pinales has had a total of 19 RBIs so far this season.

   Baseball swept a three game series April 8 and 9 with Eastern New Mexico at home.
   The Rams found dominant pitching and offensive fire power in the series with the Greyhounds. Through the three games, the Rams outscored the Greyhounds 27-3. The pitching rotation of Matt Shannon, Bryce Zak and Joe Hauser allowed only 13 total hits through the series.
Sophomore Shannon got the start on the mound for the Rams in their 7-0 win in game one. Shannon gave up just three hits in seven innings pitched and struck out seven. Junior catcher Matt Waller accounted for three of the Rams’ seven runs in the shutout win with a two run home run and an RBI double. Junior outfielder Steven Pinales also got on the score sheet with a solo home run of his own in game one. Senior pitcher Bryce Zak started on the mound for the Rams in their 7-0 win in game two. Zak tossed 14 strikeouts and gave up two hits in his seven innings of work, becoming second for most strikeouts in a single game in ASU history.
   In game three, the Rams did not score any of their 13 runs on a homerun. ‘Small ball’ was the offense for the Rams in game three with 10 of their 13 runs coming from either sacrifice fly outs or infield hits. This sweep keeps the Rams first in the Lonestar Conference as they travel to Kingsville on April 15 and 16 for a three game series against Texas A&M-Kingsville.     

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