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20070329 Baseball Wins Challenge at Chase, 6-5
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Release: 03/29/2007
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<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">PHOENIX</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"> ? </B><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> survived a late <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> surge and hung on to win the second annual Challenge at Chase, 6-5, on Wednesday. The victory extended No. 25 UA&rsquo;s winning streak to eight straight games and improved it to 7-0 in one-run games for the season and to 22-6 overall on the year. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?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>Hitless and down 1-0 after three and half innings, the Wildcats took advantage of an ASU error and their first two hits of the night for a 3-1 edge 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; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Colt Sedbrook led off the frame with a single up the middle and stole second. Bill Rhinehart followed with fielder&rsquo;s choice grounder to short, but ASU&rsquo;s Brett Wallace, playing third for the first time in his career, dropped the throw from Andrew Romine attempting to cut down Sedbrook at third.</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>The fielding miscue proved costly, as T.J. Steele delivered a run-scoring ground out to tie the game at 1-1 and Jon Gaston a line drive shot off the right field wall for the two-run triple.</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>Gaston and company added three more runs in the sixth with four straight hits, including a RBI single by the UA sophomore and a two-run base knock by freshman catcher Dwight Childs.</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>The Devils made of game of it with four runs on three hit in the seventh off reliever Cory Burns, but closer Daniel Schlereth came on to toss a perfect final two innings for his eighth save of the year to cap off the victory.</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>Freshman Jason Stoffel picked up his second win after holding ASU scoreless for 2 1/3 innings, while ASU starter Brian Flores was charged with his first loss of the year after allowing six runs ? only three earned ? on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.</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 falling behind on Gaston&rsquo;s triple in the fourth, ASU appeared ready to strike in the fifth when Stoffel loaded the bases with singles by Wallace and Petey Paramore sandwiched around a walk to Eric Sogard. However, the Wildcat right-hander worked his way out of the jam by striking out Ike Davis, Matt Spencer and Kiel Roling ? ASU&rsquo;s No. 4-5-6 hitters in the order ? in succession to end the threat and the inning. </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>Stoffel flirted with disaster again in the sixth, re-loading the bases on back-to-back singles and a walk, but Burns entered and retired Paramore on a grounder to second to strand three more Devils on base.</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>The Sun Devils struck first in the game, scoring a run in the second on a Ryan Perry wild pitch. Ike Davis led off the frame with a ground rule double that hopped over the fence in left center. Matt Spencer followed with a single through the left side of the infield to advance <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Davis</st1:place></st1:City> to third. After Kiel Roling struck out, Perry missed with a pitch to Rocky Laguna that squirted all the way to the backstop to plate <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Davis</st1:place></st1:City> from third</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>The Wildcats will return to action on Friday when they host No. 2 Oregon State to open the Pac-10 slate with a three-game series in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City>. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is slated for 7 p.m.</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"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2>Notes<o:p></o:p></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Daniel Schlereth has successfully converted his last 11 straight save attempts dating back to last year ... Schlereth moved into second all-time on the UA saves list with his 15<SUP>th</SUP> career save ... Jon Gaston was named the Challenge at Chase MVP after finishing Wednesday&rsquo;s game 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored.</FONT></P>
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