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20070524 Baseball Falls to Arizona State, 8-5
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Release: 05/24/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">TEMPE</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> hit four home runs, but the power surge wasn&rsquo;t quite enough as <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> won the Pac-10 championship outright with an 8-5 win at Packard Stadium on Wednesday. <BR></FONT><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The victory, ASU&rsquo;s eighth straight, improved the Sun Devils to 42-12 overall and handed them the Pac-10 title with an 18-4 league record. The Wildcats saw their modest three-game win streak come to an end and their record to fall to 39-14 for the year and 14-8 in conference play. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Arizona jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out solo home run by C.J. Ziegler, his team-leading 11<SUP>th</SUP> of the season, but the Devils answered right back with three runs on three hits in the home half of the frame.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Eric Sogard drove in Tim Smith with a double to left field to tie the game at 1-1. The two-bagger was ASU&rsquo;s third consecutive hit to open the inning. Ike Davis and Petey Paramore then added two more runs on sac flies for a two-run edge.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>ASU extended its lead to 4-1 in the third on a RBI double by Matt Spencer and added two more runs for a 6-1 advantage on a two-run homer by Matt Hall in the fourth.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>After a throwing error by Mike Weldon in the fifth pushed the ASU lead to six runs, the Wildcats began a home run hitting charge to get back in the game. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>After a Ziegler walk led off the sixth, Bill Rhinehart hit a two-run homer to right to cut the ASU lead to 7-3. Brad Glenn then followed with a solo homer to left to mark the fifth time this season the Wildcats have hit back-to-back homers in game to make it 7-4 ASU.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>ASU added a single run in the seventh on a sac fly to make it 8-4 before Jon Gaston hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth the close out the scoring</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>ASU starter Mike Leake (12-1) picked up his Pac-10-leading 12<SUP>th</SUP> win of the season with six innings of work. The freshman right-hander struck out six and walked two while giving up four runs on six hits.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UA starter Ryan Perry (0-2) was charged with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits in three innings.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN></FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Arizona and Arizona State will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Thursday at 7 p.m. Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Preston Guilmet is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.</FONT></P>
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