April 30, 2013
Arizona State 7, Arizona 5 (Box Score)
TUCSON, Ariz. - The 16th-ranked Arizona State baseball team scratched across two runs in the eighth inning and its bullpen shut out host Arizona over the final four innings to earn a 7-5 non-conference victory on Tuesday night at Hi Corbett Field.
Locked in a 5-5 tie in the eighth, Arizona State (28-12-1) seized control with two runs on just one hit. Reliever Tyler Hale, steady for three complete innings, was asked to intentionally walk James McDonald with two outs and a runner on second before being lifted in favor of closer Mathew Troupe.
RJ Ybarra hit the first pitch he saw from Troupe into the hole on the left side of the infield, where shortstop Kevin Newman made a diving play to keep the ball from skipping into left field. With the bases loaded, Troupe hurled a wild pitch that allowed Kasey Coffman to score the go-ahead run.
Troupe subsequently walked Trevor Allen, which re-loaded the bases. The sophomore then walked Dalton Dinatale to force in another run, giving the Sun Devils the 7-5 lead.
Augey Bill took over for Troupe and coaxed an inning-ending pop out to strand the bases loaded, but the two-run lead was enough to hold up for the visitors.
The Sun Devil bullpen was stingy, allowing three hits, two walks and zero runs over the final four innings in relief of starter Zak Miller, who went five full innings in a no-decision.
Josh McAlister pitched a scoreless eighth inning to hold the lead, inducing a key groundout from Pac-12 batting leader Johnny Field that stranded a runner at third base.
Ryan Burr pitched a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts to thwart any chance at a final rally from the Wildcats. Burr collected his 10th save of the year.
Arizona (28-15) left a modest eight runners on base, but had plenty of chances to tack on additional runs. Wildcat hitters finished the game 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The lone hit in an RBI situation came off the bat of Riley Moore, who delivered a two-out, two-run single off Miller in the bottom of the fifth to temporarily give the Wildcats a 5-4 lead.
The Sun Devils quickly responded to tie the game in the next half-inning. Nathaniel Causey led off with a triple and scored on McDonald's sacrifice fly to even the game, 5-5.
It was the second time in the game the Wildcats let a lead slip away. They scored three times on only one hit in the first as Miller struggled to find the strike zone, and the Sun Devils committed a costly error.
Trent Gilbert, who finished 4-for-5 five, hit a one-out double before Miller hit Brandon Dixon with a pitch and then walked Moore to load the bases. Newman collected an RBI when he was walked to force in a run, and Zach Gibbonsdrove in a run on a fielder's choice groundout.
The attempt to complete a double play on Gibbon's grounder to short produced an errant throw from McDonald that allowed a second run to score on the play and give Arizona a 3-0 lead.
Arizona State erased the three-run deficit by the third inning, scoring once in the second and three times in the third against Arizona starter Tyger Talley. The freshman righty did not factor into the decision despite giving up four runs on five hits over three complete innings.
Arizona used five pitchers in the game who combined to issue eight walks and hit five additional batters. Hale (L, 0-1) suffered the loss after Troupe was unable to keep the inherited runners from scoring in the eighth.
Darren Gillies (W, 2-2) earned the win in relief after leaving a pair of Wildcats on the bases by recording the final out in the seventh.
The win evened the season-series between the schools at one win apiece, with the Pac-12 conference series set for Tempe in May (17-19).
Arizona resumes Pac-12 Conference play with a three-game set against Washington this weekend. The series begins on Friday evening at 6 p.m. (MST) at Hi Corbett Field.
GAME NOTES: The 4:13 time of game was the longest for UA this season ... The announced attendance was 4,386, which is the third-largest home crowd of the season ... Johnny Field reached base for the 30th straight game ... Riley Moore's two-out, two-run single in the fifth marked his 13th and 14th two-out RBI of the season. Moore entered the game hitting .345 (10-for-29) with two outs this season ... Moore extended his games reached base streak to 15-consecutive ... Kevin Newman has hit safely in 13 of the last 14 games ...Scott Kingery drew a walk for the seventh-straight game he has played in ... Trent Gilbert tied his career high with four hits ... Arizona's 10-game home winning streak at Hi Corbett Field was snapped.