Mike Esposito hurled his first career complete game and six Sun Devils collected at least two hits as No. 17 Arizona State pounded out 15 hits in an 8-1 win over the No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers at HoHoKam Park.
Esposito (2-0) allowed just one run on seven hits with three strikeouts. In two starts against the Vols, he has allowed just one run in 15 innings.
The loss extended Tennessee's losing streak to three games as the Vols fell to 1-4.
Ryan Moffett scored Tennessee's only run in the second as he went 2-for-3.
Dustin Pedrioa and Andre Ethier paced the 15-hit attack with three apiece as six Sun Devils (6-0) collected at least two hits.
After allowing 15 of 23 batters to reach safely, Vol starter Patrick Hicklen (0-2) was lifted in the fourth inning after allowing eight runs on 13 hits.
Beau Massey provided a lift out of the Vol bullpen, tossing 4 2/3 shutout innings, giving up two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Arizona State's first four batters hit for cycle as the Sun Devils grabbed a 2-0 lead after one. Steve Garrabrants started the inning with a first-pitch home run. Pedroia then doubled, but was thrown at home by Moffett on Rod Allen's single to right. Jeremy West completed the cycle as he tripled to right center, scoring Allen from first.
The Devils picked up a run in the second on a base hit by Pedrioa that scored Jon Sheaffer for a 3-1 lead.
Tennessee got on the board in the top of the second on a single by Dennis Gomez that scored Moffett, who extended his hitting streak to five games with a single to left.
Arizona State sent 11 men to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring five runs on five hits for an 8-1 lead. With one, the Sun Devils reeled off five consecutive hits, including a two-run double by West, followed by a two-run triple by Ethier for a 7-1 advantage. Ethier then scored on a fielders choice for the final tally.
Sunday's results were unavailable at press time.
UT falls to Arizona State
Published: Mon Feb 11, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:04 p.m.