TEMPE, Ariz. ?- Led by a historic day by senior Jeff Van Houten and junior Trevor Crowe, the No. 9-ranked Arizona baseball team evened its series at one game each against rival Arizona State on Sunday with a 16-7 win at Packard Stadium.
The victory improved Arizona’s record to 33-16 for the year and 13-4 in the Pac-10. ASU slipped to 30-19 overall and to 11-6 in conference play with the loss.
Van Houten, who led Arizona’s 18-hit attack against the Sun Devils with a pair of home runs, overtook former Arizona great Terry Francona for second on UA’s career RBI list. He finished Sunday’s contest with five runs driven in to give him a career total of 203, three more then Francona’s 200 recorded from 1978-80.
Van Houten’s two-homer day also marked the 27th and 28th round-trippers he has hit during his Wildcat career, moving him into a tie for ninth with Craig Sorensen, Wes Clements and Denis Haines in the all-time UA record book.
Crowe meanwhile etched his name into the UA record books by equaling Arizona’s 45-year-old single season triples record of 12 shared by Bill Barraclough and Charles Shoemaker. Crowe, who also moved up to ninth on the single season list with his 30th multi-hit game, finished Sunday’s contest 2 for 4 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Highlighted by Van Houten and Crowe’s efforts, UA scored at least one run in seven of the nine innings played and all nine Arizona starters finished with at least on hit in the contest. The Wildcats rapped out two doubles, three triples and three home runs off of six different ASU pitchers.
Junior Nick Hundley hit his team-leading 13th home run of the year in the second to stake Arizona to a 1-0 lead and finished the game 2 for 5 with a RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore Jason Donald (3 for 6) added a pair of doubles, a triple, a RBI and a game-high four runs scored for the Wildcats.
Junior Brad Boyer equaled Donald’s game-high three hits, finishing 3 for 5 with a RBI and two runs scored.
On the mound, junior Kevin Guyette (9-4) won his team-leading ninth game of the year over five innings of work. The right-hander battled the 100-degree heat and limited ASU to five runs ?- four earned ?- on seven hits. He struck out five and walked four on the afternoon.
Freshman Eric Berger picked up his first career save in working the final 3 2/3 innings.
ASU’s Jason Urquidez (7-4) was charged with the loss after surrendering seven runs ?- five earned ?- on four hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Arizona and Arizona State will play the rubber game of the three-game set on Monday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Arizona and broadcast live on the radio on 1290 AM The Source. Arizona’s Sean Rierson will square off against ASU’s Brett Bordes on the mound.