TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State ended its 40-year stretch at Packard Stadium with a first-pitch strike from recent graduate and former Sun Devil Baseball student-athlete Cory Hahn. The Sun Devils then took a 4-2 victory over Abilene Christian in front of 3,466 fans on Tuesday night.
Hahn decided on Arizona State in 2010 after being heavily recruited by other colleges. He was paralyzed from the chest down sliding into second base against New Mexico in first weekend series at Arizona State in 2011. Hahn continued to be omnipresent at many games and events as a student coach as well as the inspirational leader. He had his lifetime dream realized when he was drafted by the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks in the 34th round of the 2013 Major League Draft.
Hahn graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business with a Bachelor of Arts in business with a communications concentration. The W.P. Carey School is one of the most widely-respected business schools in the nation and is ranked in the top 30 programs by U.S. News & World Report.
The Sun Devils baseball program closed Packard with a .785 winning percentage over 1,430 total games. The legendary stadium was home to 80 NCAA postseason games; 20 regional series and four super regional series. The Sun Devils have won 16 conference titles and two National Championships and have produced 19 ASU Hall of Fame players during the Packard era.
80 Major League Baseball players have called Packard home during their college years including two Most Valuable Players, four Rookies of the Year, an ALCS and NLCS MVP and four World Series champions.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Seth Martinez took the mound for his seventh start and lasted 5.2 innings giving up a run in the third and the Wildcats’ go-ahead run in the sixth before being relived by fellow freshmen Hever Bueno and Eder Erives. Sophomore Jordan Aboites took the mound in the 8th inning and took the win to raise his record to 4-2 and fellow sophomore Ryan Burr fanned the side in the ninth inning to record his 11th save of the year.
Center fielder Johnny Sewald began the game with a leadoff walk and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Drew Stankiewicz and a wild pitch before he crossed home on first baseman Nate Causey’s RBI double to right-center field in the bottom of the first inning.
The Devils’ bats went silent until junior right fielder Trever Allen led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple to center field and scored the game-tying run in the next at-bat on a RBI single from third baseman Dalton DiNatale. Stankiewicz and left fielder Jake Peevyhouse opened the eighth with a single and a double, respectively, and Causey was intentionally walked two batters later to load the bases for Allen, who drove in the winning runs.
The Sun Devils have now won a season-high seven straight games and have yet to lose while wearing their throwback “Tequila Sunrise” uniforms. Arizona State moved to 31-21 overall this season extending the nation’s longest 30-win season streak to 52. They are also 17-10 in the Pac-12 Conference, tied for third place with the Oregon Ducks.
The Sun Devils hit the road for the final regular season series against Washington State with Pac-12 Player of the Week Stankiewicz looking to earn back-to-back honors. Also looking to extend streaks are Trever Allen, who has hit safely in 10 straight games and Jake Peevyhouse who has safely reached base in 18 games, the longest of any player this season.