Behind a complete game from sophomore starting pitcher Pat Bresnehan and a career-high five hits from senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, Arizona State earned its first Pac-10 victory of the season with a 17-1 thumping of No. 21 USC Friday night at Los Angeles.
With the victory the Sun Devils improve to 17-13 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play. The Trojans had their season-high five-game winning streak come to an end to fall to 14-7 overall and 1-1 in league play. The two teams will square off in the rubber match of the series at 2 p.m. today at Dedeaux Field.
Leading 2-1, ASU broke the game open with a nine-run fourth frame, sending 14 batters the plate. Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens (Chandler) recorded two of the Devils’ eight hits in the inning and sophomore Colin Curtis hit a two-run homer. Gosewisch also contributed a tworun triple down the right-field line.
The big inning gave Bresnehan a comfortable lead as he cruised to his first career victory as a starting pitcher. The sophomore right-hander struck out five and allowed only one unearned run and four hits (all singles). The complete game was the fourth by the Sun Devil pitching staff this season.
Gosewisch (Scottsdale) led six different Sun Devils who recorded multi-hit games by going 5-for-6 with four runs and four RBIs. He fell just a home run short of hitting for the cycle with singles in the first, third and fifth innings, a two-run triple in the fourth and a two-run double in the eighth. Senior first baseman Jeff Larish (Tempe) went 2-for-7 with a two-run homer and Curtis went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and hit his first homer of the season. Dhaenens (3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs), freshman center fielder J.J. Sferra (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) and freshman shortstop Andrew Romine (2-for-4, run) also recorded multihit games.
In Thursday’s late game, Arizona State still had a chance to win, but a late comeback wasn’t enough in a 9-8 loss to the Trojans in a four-hour marathon.