Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Falls to ASU, 15-8
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 22, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona State junior Colin Curtis hit a pair of home runs and collected a career-high seven RBI as the Sun Devils cruised to a 15-6 Pac-10 victory over Arizona at Kindall Field on Friday.


The win improved ASU to 33-17 overall and kept it tied with UCLA for second in the conference standings at 11-8. The loss ensures a losing season for Arizona for the first time since going 26-30 in 2000, dropping the Wildcats to 22-28 overall and to 7-12 in the Pac-10.


The Sun Devils, who have outscored Arizona 37 to 14 in the last two meetings, rapped out 17 hits on Friday and finished with four home runs, two doubles and a triple on the night. ASU raced out to a 12-0 lead with three runs in the third, two in the fifth, five in the sixth and two in the seventh before the Wildcats finally scored on solo home run by Konrad Schmidt in the bottom of the seventh.


Aided by three ASU defensive miscues in the inning, the Wildcats were able to cut the lead to seven with five runs in the frame, but the Devils responded with three more runs in the top of the eighth to put away any chances of an Arizona comeback


Curtis, who finished the game 5 for 6 with three runs scored, snapped a scoreless tie in the top of the third with a three-run blast to right field off of UA starter Preston Guilmet, added a two-run shot in ASU’s five-run sixth and tallied RBI singles in the seventh and eighth to cap off a career night. The multi-home run game was the first of his ASU career.


Ike Davis, who broke the ASU school record for RBI by a freshman, and classmate Brett Wallace, who went 3 for 6 with two RBI, followed Curtis’ sixth-inning home run with back-to-back shots to give ASU eight home runs in the last two games against Arizona.


Offensively for Arizona, junior Jason Donald extended his hitting streak to 21 straight games after finishing 2 for 3 with a RBI. Schmidt’s solo home run to left in the seventh was his second of the season. He finished the game 1 for 3 with a pair of runs scored.


ASU’s Tony Barnette (5-1) picked up his fifth win of the season, giving up five runs, only two earned, on six hits over six innings of work. He struck out eight and walked two on the night. Reliever Brady Martinez picked up his first save of the year by working the final three innings.


UA’s Guilmet (3-7) was charged with the loss after giving up eight earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out one and walked five.


The two schools will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. Left-hander Brad Mills is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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