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20070525 Baseball's Rally Falls Short in Loss to ASU
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Release: 05/25/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A name=OLE_LINK3><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>TEMPE, Ariz. ? </SPAN></B></A><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Arizona (39-15, 14-9 Pac-10) scored five runs on five hits in the top of the eighth inning to pull within one run of Arizona State (43-12, 18-4), but a pair of costly errors that led to four unearned runs earlier in the game proved to be too much for the Wildcats to overcome in an 8-7 loss on Thursday.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Preston Guilmet, who entered the contest leading the conference in strikeouts with 126 and had a 5-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio for the year, mysteriously lost his ability to hit the strikezone. The right-hander, who had issued just 25 free passes in his previous 15 starts, walked a season-high five ASU batters on the night. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> scored six runs, three earned, in the bottom of third inning to answer UA&rsquo;s two-run half of the frame to jump out to a four-run edge.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>ASU&rsquo;s Matt Hall led off the third with a base hit back up the middle before Guilmet issued a walk to Tim Smith and Brett Wallace loaded the bases with a single to right. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Eric Sogard battled Guilmet to a full count in the next at bat and pushed home Hall on the second base on balls in the frame. It marked the first time this season that the UA hurler had walked a batter with the bases loaded.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Ike Davis followed with a run-scoring ground out to tie the game at 2-2.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Guilmet appeared to be on his way out of the inning trailing by just a run when Petey Paramore hit an RBI-grounder to Colt Sedbrook at short, but the Wildcat junior fumbled the ball for an inning extending error. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Matt Spencer popped up to Brad Glenn at third for what should have been the final out in the inning, but the fielding miscue on the previous play allowed Kiel Roling to hit and the Sun Devil DH delivered. Roling lofted a 1-0 Guilmet offering over the right field fence for a three-run homer and a 6-2 ASU lead.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Spencer hit a solo home run in the fifth and ASU took advantage of a throwing error by UA catcher Dwight Childs on a wild pitch in the seventh for an 8-2 lead.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Wildcats sent 10 hitters to the plate in the eighth and rallied for five runs on three two-out hits, including a two-run homer by C.J. Ziegler, but freshman closer Jason Jarvis finally got ASU out of the inning with a one-run lead intact.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Jarvis then worked a perfect ninth to seal the victory and pick up his 10<SUP>th</SUP> save of the season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Wildcats, who out-hit the Sun Devils 15-7 in the game, had numerous chances, but left 11 runners on base in the contest and went just 4 for 16 in RBI opportunities. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Guilmet (11-2), who allowed a season-high eight runs, only four of which were earned, was charged with his second loss of the year. He struck out seven to go along with his season-high five walks.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">ASU starter Josh Satow (11-3) picked up his 11<SUP>th</SUP> win of the year after holding the Cats to two runs on 10 hits in seven innings of work. He struck out seven a walked only one.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Wildcats will try to stave off their first series sweep of the year in the regular season finale with the Sun Devils on Friday. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> the 1 p.m. game.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P>
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