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Baseball Loses 22-8 To Rival Arizona State
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/03/2006
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            TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 19-ranked Arizona State baseball team scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings and cruised to a 22-8 non-conference win over Arizona at Packard Stadium on Tuesday.

 

            The loss, Arizona’s third in its last four games, dropped the Wildcats to 20-23 overall. The Sun Devils improved to 30-16 with the victory.

 

            ASU rapped out 22 hits on the night, including five doubles, two triples and four home runs, as all nine starters finished with at least one hit in the contest.

 

            The Sun Devils jumped out to an early 13-1 advantage, scoring five runs on four hits and a key Brad Boyer error in the home half of the first, hitting a pair of home runs and a triple for three runs in the second and adding five runs on five hits in the bottom of the third for a 12-run lead.

 

Right fielder Eric Sogard, who finished the night 3 for 6 with three RBI and missed out on hitting for the cycle by just a single, lined a one-out double to center field that allowed Colin Curtis to scamper around the bases and score from first after singling in the previous at-bat to knot the game at 1-1 in the home half of the first.

 

            Arizona starter Ryan Perry got Ike Davis to fly out for the second out in the inning, but advanced Sogard to third with a wild pitch and walked Brett Wallace to place runners on the corners. Third baseman CJ Rutherford drove Sogard home in the next at-bat with a single up the middle to hand ASU a 2-1 lead.

 

            The real trouble started for the Wildcats when Perry walked Preston Paramore to load the bases and Boyer mishandled a routine inning-ending ground ball off the bat of Seth Dhanenens for a run-scoring error and a 3-1 ASU advantage.

 

            Sophomore Kevin Romine, the ninth Sun Devil to bat in the inning, plated a pair of runs on a bloop single to left that plated Retherford and Paramore for the four-run edge.

 

            Sogard added to his exploits with a solo home run to right-center with one out in the second and Rutherford chipped in with a two-run homer in the frame to left to drive home Davis who had tripled two batters before.

 

            In the five-run third, ASU’s Sogard collected his fourth triple of the season as part of a five hit inning as the Devils sent a game-high 12 batters to the plate.

 

            The Wildcats mounted a limited comeback with three runs on five hits in the top of the fourth. However, the Devils roared back with six runs, including five on a pair of home runs by Retherford and Dhaenens, in the bottom of the fifth to extend their advantage to 15 runs at 19-4, and answered UA’s lone run in the top of the sixth with three more runs in the bottom of the inning.

 

            The Wildcats manufactured an ill-fated 1-0 lead in the first inning when senior Boyer walked to leadoff the game, advanced to second on a ground out by Colt Sedbrook, stole third and came home on a RBI ground out by Jon Gaston.

 

            Bright spots for the Wildcats included a pair of scoreless innings from right-hander Cory Burns, junior Jason Donald extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games and freshman Hunter Pace collected his first two career hits and finished the contest 2 for 3 with a run scored.

 

            Arizona will host UNLV for three games this weekend to close out its regular season non-conference schedule. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 7 p.m.

 

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