Fitt: Smith Works To Rebuild ASU CultureAt The Ballpark
PHOENIX — Arizona State knows it is not very deep on the mound. In this trying season for this proud program, the Sun Devils know their best chance to win a weekend series is to do whatever it takes to win Friday with ace Seth Martinez on the mound, and worry later about stealing another game over the course of the weekend.
The ideal plan this weekend against California was to start Martinez on Friday, righty Eder Erives on Saturday and lefty Eli Lingos on Sunday. That is, unless ASU needed to deploy Erives — and/or Lingos — in relief on Friday to secure the Game One victory.
Martinez did his part Friday, as usual, turning in seven strong innings of work and holding Cal’s dangerous, experienced offense to three runs (two earned) on five hits on a hitter-friendly night when the wind was howling out to right field. Then ASU turned to Lingos for two-thirds of an inning and Erives for another 1 1/3 to nail down a 6-4 victory.
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