April 18, 1997

Arizona State Downs California, 26-9

TEMPE, Ariz. - No. 12 Arizona State (28-17, 13-12) defeated California (17-28, 3-19) 26-9 in front of 3,429 fans at Packard Stadium Friday.

The Sun Devils set a school record for most hits in a single inning with 12 in the first inning of the game. They also tied the school record for most consecutive hits with eight. ASU scored 13 runs in the first which ties for fourth in ASU history for most runs in a single inning. Arizona State had 29 hits in the game which is third all-time for most hits in a single game.

The Devils were led by second baseman Richy Leon who went five-for-six with four RBI and two runs scored. Third baseman Andrew Beinbrink went three-for-five with five runs scored and three RBI. Freshman rightfielder Dustin Delucchi went four-for-seven with five RBI and two runs scored.

Sophomore lefthander Phil Lowery (3-2) picked up the win, going five innings with seven strikeouts. Starter Drew Fischer (3-5) took the loss for the Golden Bears.

For California, Ivan Lewis went four-for-six with four RBI and two runs scored.

The Sun Devils face the Golden Bears tomorrow afternoon, April 20 at 7 p.m. st Packard Stadium for game two of the three game series. Lefthanded sophomore pitcher Ryan Mills (3-2, 3.18 ERA) is expected to take the mound for ASU. Righthander Jon Shirley (2-5, 5.19 ERA) is the probable starter for California.