Arizona State’s offense came out with a bang Friday night at Surprise Stadium, but went out with a whimper as the Missouri Tigers upset the Sun Devils 3-2 at the Coca-Cola Classic.
The loss drops ASU to 6-2 on the year. It is Arizona State’s fifth consecutive loss in the Coca-Cola Classic.
Brett Wallace started things off on the right foot for the Devils in the bottom of the first, homering to right to give ASU an early 1-0 lead. They would make it 2-0 in the second when Jarred Bogany drove home Petey Paramore with a single to left.
It looked as if that would be all starter Josh Satow would need, as he cruised through the first seven innings without allowing a run. The Sun Devil offense would also go quiet however, and it remained 2-0 heading to the eighth.
The Tigers loaded the bases after a pair of walks and a base hit, chasing Satow from the ball game. He gave way to Matt Trink, who struck out the first batter he faced to make it two gone in the inning. But the next batter Trink faced, Tigers first baseman John McKee sent a shot off the left field wall, clearing the bases and making it 3-2.
The Sun Devils were unable to muster any offense over the final two innings, as Bogany struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Satow (2-1) went 7 1/3 innings, allowing only five hits and striking out eight.
ASU takes the field again today at Surprise Stadium when it faces the defending national champion Oregon State at 3 p.m.