By: Brian Kreps – Contributing writer
May 11, 2016
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Earlier this season, the Arizona State Sun Devils lost to UNLV 11-7 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. So, naturally, the Sun Devils were looking for redemption when they traveled to Las Vegas to face the Rebels on Tuesday night. And, they accomplished just that thanks to junior David Greer who propelled the Devils to a 6-4 victory in front of 916 fans at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
“David is swinging the bat really well right now,” Arizona State head coach Tracy Smith said of Greer’s 3-for-4 performance that included one home run, three RBI and two runs scored. “He’s hitting left field. He’s going to center. He’s impressive.”
Greer made an immediate impact on the game with his solo home run coming in the first inning.
“That was big. I think he got all of that one in the first inning to kind of let everyone know we were here,” Smith said.
However, the lead didn’t last long as UNLV scored in the bottom of the inning, tying the score at 1-1.
In the second inning, junior Brian Serven scored all the way from second base on a wild pitch, giving the Sun Devils a 2-1 lead that they would never relinquish.
Greer doubled and scored in the third inning, increasing the lead to 3-1. In the fourth inning, Arizona State (29-16, 11-10 in Pac-12) erupted for three runs, taking a commanding 6-1 lead.
Arizona State senior Jordan Aboites (4-1) pitched into the sixth inning and, while he wasn’t dominant, he kept his team in the game. He struggled a bit in the fifth, but kept the damage to a minimum as he only allowed two runs to score.
“(He) did his job, went out and competed. He allowed us to get to the guys we wanted out of the pen,” Smith said. “Every win is important and for Jordan to give us five plus, was huge. He just competes, and that was good to see out of him.”
In the bottom of the sixth inning, UNLV (22-26, 12-12 in Mountain West) scored their fourth run of the game, and knocked Aboites out of the game. Sophomore Eli Lingos finished the sixth and also threw a scoreless seventh, before giving way to junior Eder Erives, who pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.
“We’re in a position where every game matters, in conference, out of conference, because the RPI is so critical. This was an important win for us,” Smith said.
Sophomore Andrew Snow, who is coming off an injury, came into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, and was able to get an at bat. Though he grounded out, just being out there was a good sign.
“We were trying to win the game. We wanted our best defense out there,” Smith said. “From that (injury) stand point to definitely get out there and move around, yeah, it was good for him.”
Next up for Arizona State is in-state rival Arizona Friday 7 p.m. PDT at High Corbet Field in Tucson. Listen to the action on NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 all weekend long.
Friday – Pregame: 6:45 p.m. First pitch: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday – Pregame: 6:45 p.m. First pitch: 7:00 p.m.
Sunday – Pregame: 2:45 p.m. First pitch: 7:00 p.m.