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ASU beats Gonzaga at Coca-Cola Classic

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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2007 4:07 am | Updated: 6:30 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Arizona State baseball team changed its luck at Surprise Stadium on Sunday, beating Gonzaga 9-2 in the Coca-Cola Classic. The Sun Devils had lost six straight in the stadium dating back to 2005, including Friday and Saturday in the Coca-Cola Classic.

The Devils finished the event with a 1-2 record and improved to 7-3 on the season.

ASU scored in the bottom of the first inning when Brett Wallace led off with a walk, then stole second base. Ike Davis brought him home with a single up the middle. Wallace made it 2-0 in the second inning when his base hit up the middle brought home Joe Persichina, who had doubled.

ASU pushed it to 3-0 after Wallace reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded, scoring Persichina. A balk by Gonzaga’s Clayton Mortenson brought Ryan Sontag home and made it 4-0. Eric Sogard laced a single to right, scoring Wallace from second to make it 5-0.

Kiel Roling put another run on the board in the bottom of the eighth with his third home run of the season.

The Devils scored three more times in the inning to make it 9-1.

Brian Flores got the start on the hill for ASU after starting against Missouri on Thursday. On a strict pitch count, Flores went three innings, allowing one hit and no runs.

Mike Leake came on in relief of Flores, throwing the final six innings to pick up his third win of the season.

Wallace, Persichina and Leake earned all-tournament honors.

Earlier in the day, Oregon State defeated Missouri 9-2.

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