No. 21 ASU Shuts Out USC 4-0

    Despite a strong outing, Stephen Tarpley took his first loss of the season Saturday.

    April 14, 2012

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    TEMPE, Ariz. -- ASU starter Trevor Williams tossed a complete game shutout allowing only four hits while striking out six to lift the No. 21 Sun Devils to a 4-0 win over the Trojans Saturday night at Packard Stadium. USC falls to 19-13 (5-8) while ASU improves to 22-13 (8-6) on the season.

    Deven Marrero tripled to right off Stephen Tarpley in the first and scored on a sac-fly to right by Joey DeMichele. Tarpley moved out of his usual Sunday rotation spot to make the start Saturday night.

    In the top of the second, Sean Spear reached on an attempted 4-6-3 double play as he beat out the throw to first. On the play Dante Flores tried to score from second but was cut down at the plate on the throw from Abe Ruiz at first to keep USC off the board.

    In the bottom of the frame, ASU loaded the bases with one out but Tarpley was able to get Andrew Aplin to ground into a force out at second. He then got Marrero to fly out to left to get out of the jam.

    Tarpley then settled into a groove, allowing only one runner on a walk in the third through fifth innings.

    Aplin got the Sun Devils rolling in the seventh with an RBI double to right to score Kasey Coffman from second who had been running on the pitch. Marrero followed with a single to right to plate Aplin and take a 3-0 lead. Tarpley would work out of the inning but his night was complete, taking his first loss of the year and falling to 4-1.

    In the eighth, Beau Maggi knocked in Ruiz from third on a 5-3 put out to add an insurance run for ASU.

    Williams returned for the ninth and retired the shut the Trojans down to complete his four hit shutout.

    The two teams meet again tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. for the final game of the series.