Sophomore third baseman Frank Mesa drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Arizona State a 6-5 college baseball victory over Brigham Young on Thursday night at Packard Stadium.
Despite letting a 5-1 lead slip away, the win improved the Sun Devils to 12-1 on the season, marking the first 12-1 start to a season under coach Pat Murphy. The Cougars, coached by former major leaguer Vance Law, fell to 1-3 on the season.
Junior right-hander Ryan Schroyer needed only one pitch to pick up his second win of the year as he retired the only batter he faced with two men on in the ninth. Mark Sopko had another solid outing by giving up only one run and four hits in fourplus innings of work.
Offensively, sophomore first baseman Jeff Larish continued to pace the Sun Devils with three hits and scored the game-winning run. He had two doubles to give him five on the year and his one RBI pushed his total to 25. Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia had two hits.
Arizona State’s 11 thranked wrestlers (10-6, 3-1 Pac-10) host Cal State-Bakersfield (6-6, 3-3 Pac-10) at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena, the Sun Devils’ final home dual match of the season.
Along with honoring its seniors — Adam Chavira, Dana Holland, Eric Larkin, Rocky Smart, Curtis Owen and Kellan Fluckiger — ASU will also honor its alumni.
Larkin is 22-0. His career record of 111-12 places him as the 11 th-winningest Sun Devil of all time. One of nine ASU wrestlers to earn All-America honors three times, Larkin, the top-ranked 149-pound wrestler in the nation, is on his way to becoming just the fourth Sun Devil to win All-America honors four times.