Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball team scored nine runs in the seventh inning to come-from-behind and salvage its season-ending three-game series with Arizona State in a 14-5 win in Tempe in Friday.
The victory improved the Wildcats to 40-15 for the year, the first 40-win season at Arizona since 1989, and handed them their second-best Pac-10 record since the North and South Divisions merged in 1999 at 15-9.
Arizona State, which had already taken the series victory against UA with wins on Wednesday and Thursday and rallied for a two-run edge in the fifth inning of Friday’s contest, saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end. The Devils “dropped” to 43-13 overall and to 19-5 in the Pac-10 Conference, tied for the best record for a conference champion with Oregon State’s 2005 team.
Trailing 5-3 after 6 2/3, the Wildcats sent 13 hitters to the plate and scored nine two-out runs on five hits and took advantage of a crucial throwing error in the frame to rally for the victory. C.J. Ziegler, who finished Friday’s contest with four RBI, drove in a pair of runs in the inning and Bill Rhinehart added a two-run triple to cap off the inning.
UA closer Jason Stoffel (5-0) dominated the Sun Devils on the mound from there on out, striking out a career-high six batters with no walks in 3 1/3 innings to pick up his fifth win of the year.
ASU reliever C.J Retherford was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on three hits and five walks.
Arizona will find out its postseason fate on Monday at 9:30 a.m.