TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 9-ranked Arizona baseball saw its five-game winning streak come to an end in a 6-2 loss to No. 24 Arizona State at Packard Stadium in Tempe on Saturday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 32-16 overall and 12-4 in the Pac-10. ASU improved to 30-18 overall and to 11-4 in the conference.
Leading 3-2 after six and half innings, the Sun Devils capitalized to score three unearned run on two hits and two errors to put the game away.
The Wildcats struggled in all facets of the game ?- hitting, pitching and defense.
The normally potent Arizona offense could not come up with a clutch hit, as it stranded five of the seven runners left on base in the game in scoring position and went 0 for 9 as team in run-scoring situations.
ASU’s Erick Averill, Pat Bresnehan and Zechery Zinicola combined to limit Arizona to just six hits on the night and only four more after the first inning, as UA’s Trevor Crowe and Brad Boyer led off the game with a single and run-scoring double, respectively. Averill (8-4) picked up the win and Zinicola his fourth save of the year.
Arizona starter John Meloan walked in the Sun Devils’ first run of the game with the bases loaded in third inning to tie the game at 1-1 and balked another eventual run into scoring position in the fourth. Meloan (8-2) was charged with just his third career loss after giving up six runs ?- only three earned ?- on eight hits in six innings.
Defensively, Arizona committed a pair of errors and run-scoring passed ball in ASU’s game-turning three-run seventh inning.
The Wildcats and Sun Devils will meet up for game two of the three-game set on Sunday at 1 p.m. Arizona’s Kevin Guyette (8-4, 3.58 ERA) will square off against ASU’s Jason Urquidez (7-3, 4.32 ERA) on the mound. The game can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM The Source or over the Internet at www.arizonaathletics.com.