Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Falls to Arizona State, 22-8
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 28, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona State baseball team opened Tuesday night’s game against Arizona with eight runs on seven hits and never looked back, as the Sun Devils cruised to a 22-8 victory at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium


            The loss, Arizona second straight, dropped the Cats to 11-4 on the season, while ASU improved to 11-3 with the win.


            The Sun Devils strung together six hits and a hit batter for six runs before Arizona could even record an out in the first, and then added two more off of starter Paul Bargas (1-1) to open the game with a bang.


The Devils, who finished with 20 hits on the night, posted three more runs in the second and two in the third for a 13-0 advantage before UA pushed across its first run in the home half of the third. The ASU offense continued its run-scoring ways with five runs in the fourth and one in the fifth before capping off the night with three runs in the seventh.


Individually, ASU’s Brett Wallace led the charge, finishing 3 for 4 with a home run, seven RBI and three runs scored. Kiel Roling and Matt Hall chipped in with three hits and four RBI apiece.


Even when the Arizona offense got something going, it was not to be, as Arizona State’s defense had its own highlight with a triple play in the bottom of the fourth inning.  C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn led off the frame with back-to-back singles, but Jon Gaston lined out to second and the two base runners were both caught too far away from first and second for the rare triple killing.


On the mound, ASU starter Joey Parigi (2-1) kept the Wildcats offense off balance, limiting it to one run on four hits over five innings. The left-hander earned his second win of the season and finished with one strikeout and a pair of walks.


The lone bright spot for Arizona in the game came in the ninth inning when it rallied for six runs on seven hits. Ziegler and Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in to lead off the inning and Bill Rhinehart added a two-run double later in the frame.


Arizona will look to get back on track this Friday when it opens a three-game series against Eastern Michigan at Kindall Field at 4 p.m. Right-hander Preston Guilmet is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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