Raoul Torrez’s first career grand slam capped a five-run seventh inning, giving Arizona State a come-from-behind 12-9 win over Cal Poly in the opening game of the Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise Stadium. The Devils trailed 8-7 entering the seventh before homers by Torrez and his brother Riccio helped them improve to 8-0 on the year.
Mitchell Lambson went 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He walked one and fanned six, picking up his first win of the 2010 season.
Seth Blair got the start for the Devils and got a no-decision, going six innings and allowing five runs on six hits. After retiring the Mustangs in order in the first, Blair allowed a single run in each of the second through sixth innings, including three solo home runs. He struck out six and walked three in his longest outing of the year.
Cal Poly starter Matt Leonard went six-plus, allowing nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits. He walked four and struck out three, taking the loss (0-2).
Arizona State’s No. 2, 3 and 4 hitters combined to go 6-for-13 at the plate with seven RBIs. Zack MacPhee, batting second, went 2-for-4 with three RBIs; Kole Calhoun, batting third, had two doubles and two RBIs; and Riccio Torrez drove in two with a double and a homer.
The Sun Devils continue play in the Coca-Cola Classic today, when they take on 10th-ranked Oregon State in a nonconference meeting. First pitch will be 45 minutes following the conclusion of the spring training game at Surprise Stadium.