TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 8-ranked Arizona baseball team won its Pac-10 series against rival Arizona State with an 18-1 victory over the No. 21-ranked Sun Devils at Packard Stadium on Monday.
The win improved the Wildcats to 34-16 overall and 14-4 in the Pac-10. The 14 conference wins mark the most for an Arizona team since the Pac-10 North and South Divisions merged in 1999. Arizona State fell to 30-20 overall and 11-7 in the conference with the loss.
Arizona rapped out 17 hits in the contest ?- including seven doubles and a triple ?- as eight of nine starters finished with at least one hit in the game.
Leading 3-0, the Wildcats broke the game open with six runs off of three different ASU pitchers in the fourth. Arizona posted six hits in the frame, five of which went for doubles.
Junior Nick Hundley opened the inning with his 21st two-bagger of the season and came around to score on a fly ball by Chris Frey that Sun Devil center fielder J.J. Sferra lost in the lights for a double.
A wild pitch by ASU starter Brett Bordes (3-5) advanced Frey to third and ended the game for the Sun Devil left-hander. Bordes was charged with the loss after surrendering five runs ?- four earned ?- on four hits in three innings of work.
Inheriting a 1-2 count to Jason Donald, ASU reliever Tony Barnette walked the sophomore shortstop to place runners on first and third for pinch hitter Derek Decater.
The Wildcat left-hander came through with the third double of the frame to plate Frey from third and Donald all the way from first to make it 6-0.
Freshman Bryan Kervin plated Decater with the fourth double of the inning before Trevor Crowe and Brad Boyer recorded the first two outs in the inning. A single by Jeff Van Houten and Jordan Brown’s second double of the game capped off the inning with Arizona leading 9-0.
Arizona, tacked on four runs on four hits in the sixth and five more in the seventh for the final 18-1 advantage.
On the mound, Arizona senior Sean Rierson (3-2) made his first start since April 19 against New Mexico and picked up the win in his longest appearance of the year, 5 2/3 innings. He limited ASU to just one run on eight hits, struck out three and got the Sun Devils to ground into seven outs and fly into six others.
Brad Mills worked a third of an inning before giving way to closer Mark Melancon, who tossed the final three scoreless for his team-leading eighth save of the year.