Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/3/12
Box score SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The 11th-ranked Arizona State baseball team jumped out to a six-run lead in the first inning and never looked back, routing Winthrop 17-2 in the teams third game at the Coca-Cola Classic. Third baseman Michael Benjamin finished with a career-best five hits and second baseman Joey DeMichele led the team with five RBIs. For ASU (8-1), right-hander Trevor Williams (3-0) earned his third win of the season, giving up no earned runs on four hits with a trio of strikeouts in six innings. ASU sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the opening frame. Five Sun Devils collected at least one RBI, with the inning highlighted by a two-run single by outfielder Trever Allen and back-to-back RBI hits by Benjamin and outfielder Andrew Aplin. The Devils scored six runs again in the bottom of the fifth inning, getting a two-run single from DeMichele and a two-run double from first baseman Abe Ruiz. Benjamin collected his second RBI single of the game in the third inning, driving in outfielder James McDonald from second to push ASUs lead to seven runs. DeMichele recorded his first of a pair of two-run singles in the fourth, and McDonald added an RBI double three batters later. Freshman outfielder Jake Peevyhouse collected his first RBI of the season in the seventh inning to stretch the Devils advantage to 15. Left-hander Adrian Gomez pitched a scoreless seventh inning and right-hander Zak Miller made his first appearance of the season in the eighth inning, allowing no hits and no runs with a called strikeout. Right-hander Billy Young, also in his first appearance of the season, came in to close out the ninth and gave up one hit while striking out two. DeMichele drove in the first run of the game on a double through the right side, bringing in Kasey Coffman, who had reached base two batters earlier on a walk. Ruiz was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, and a walk to Max Rossiter brought in the second run of the game. Allen's hit then drove in Marrero, who had singled up the middle in his first time at the plate, and DeMichele. RBI singles by Benjamin and Aplin in the next two at-bats capped off the Devils six-run inning. For the Eagles (1-9), left-hander Mitchell Knox (0-3) took the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in just two-thirds of an inning. Winthrop threatened in the top of the third after Drew Hardee singled and advanced to second on a fielders choice. Patrick Gamblin singled to right field two batters later, but Allen threw Hardee out at home to end the inning. The Eagles put up two runs in the fourth inning, getting an RBI by Leighton Daniels. The Sun Devils close out the 2012 Coca-Cola Classic on Sunday against St. Marys. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
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