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Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2005 6:41 am | Updated: 9:30 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

February 6, 2005

Arizona State freshmen Vinny Biancamano and Andrew Romine each recorded three hits to lead the No. 9 Sun Devils to a 10-8 victory over Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium in the Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament.

Sophomore closer Zechry Zinicola recorded his first save of the season by holding off a late Bulldogs rally.

The Sun Devils (3-2) improved to 2-0 in tournament play by scoring in double digits for the second consecutive game. ASU is 10-0 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Senior starting pitcher Jason Urquidez gave up six hits and five runs (four earned) in seven-plus innings. The preseason All-American struck out four and walked only one to pick up his first win of the year and the 13th of his ASU career.

Reliever Tony Barnette was roughed up for three runs in one inning of work before Zinicola shut down Gonzaga for the ninth save of his career.

Biancamano and Romine were part of a 14-hit attack that saw five ASU players record multi-hit games. Freshman J.J. Sferra (Mountain Pointe High) added two hits as the Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters in the lineup combined to go 8-for-11 with three doubles and five RBIs.

Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (Horizon High) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Preseason All-American catcher Kiel Thibault led Gonzaga (1-1) by going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

ASU jumped out to an early lead with a three-run second inning. Biancamano had a run-scoring double for his first collegiate hit. Romine followed with a double to score Biancamano, and Curtis capped the inning with a two-out RBI single.

After the Bulldogs tied the score at 3-all in the top of the fourth, the Devils took the lead for good with seven unanswered runs from the fourth through the seventh innings.

Gonzaga cut into the lead with two runs in the eighth and three runs in the ninth.

The Sun Devils return to action at 2 p.m. today against Oregon State at Packard Stadium.

Junior left-hander Brett Bordes (0-1, 0.00 ERA) will start for ASU.

Gonzaga will play New Mexico State in the 10 a.m. game.

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