No. 13 ASU Baseball Loses Late Lead, Falls To Cal, 3-1

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The 13th-ranked Arizona State University baseball team fell to Cal, 3-1, in the series opener on Friday night at Evans Diamond in Berkeley, Calif.

The Sun Devils (30-15-1, 12-10) took a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning before Cal scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a two-run advantage, 3-1. ASU brought the winning run to the plate with two outs in the top of the ninth, but a swinging strikeout on a full count by third baseman Michael Benjamin ended the late rally.

Starting right-hander Trevor Williams (5-5) took a one-hitter into the sixth inning, but gave up the three runs in the eighth to take the loss. He conceded six hit and three walks, and struck out five, and at one point retired 10 in a row from the third frame to the sixth. 

Third baseman Michael Benjamin led the way with two hits as he collected his 20th multi-hit game of the season, and center fielder Kasey Coffman broke up the scoreless tie with one out in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly to left field that brought home shortstop Drew Stankiewiczand gave ASU a 1-0 lead.

Cal took the lead in the bottom of the eighth on a trio of two-out runs. The Golden Bears (22-16, 10-15) began the inning with a leadoff single and tied the game at one run with an RBI single four batters later following a sacrifice bunt, a strikeout and a walk. Another walk in the following at-bat loaded the bases for designated hitter Devon Rodriguez, who drove a two-run single down the left-field line for the eventual game-winning runs.

Williams was pulled after conceding the single to Rodriguez and was replaced by right-hander Darin Gillies, who walked one batter to again load the bases. Left-hander Matt Dunbar then took over and induced a flyout to left field to end the eighth.

First baseman Dalton DiNatale led off the seventh with an infield single and Stankiewicz walked, but DiNatale was thrown out at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt by left fielder Jake Peevyhouse. A wild pitch by right-handed reliever Logan Scott then moved Stankiewicz to third before he scored on Coffman's sacrifice fly to plate the first run of the game. Cal reliever Logan Scott earned the win (4-2) after allowing one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Dylan Nelson (3) collected the save following his game-winning strikeout.

Bears starting right-hander Ryan Mason was replaced with two runners on and one out in the seventh inning after allowing five hits and three walks in 6 1/3 scoreless frames.

Up Next: 
The Sun Devils continue their three-game Pac-12 road series against Cal on Saturday at 7 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network and will also be broadcast by Tim Healey (@TimHealeyASU) and former Sun Devil baseball star Seth Dhaenens (@sethdhaenens) on the MidFirst Bank Sun Devil IMG Sports Network on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 and on the All-Access Player at The contest will also air on SiriusXM Radio on channel 91.

Sun Devils On TV
at Cal on Saturday, May 11, in Berkeley, Calif., at 7 p.m. PT
at Cal on Sunday, May 12, in Berkeley, Calif., at 12 p.m. PT

Game Notes: 
Williams' brother, Trent, is a freshman All-America swimmer at Cal...Coffman has now reached base safely in 20 consecutive games.

Saturday's Pitching Matchup
ASU: LHP Ryan Kellogg (10-0, 2.80)
CAL: RHP Trevor Hildenberger (5-3, 4.79)

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