Cats, Devils Duel on the Diamond
Arizona State (23-16, 12-8 Pac-12) @ Arizona (17-25, 6-14 Pac-12)
Sunday, April 27 // 4:30 p.m. (MST)
Tucson, Ariz. // Hi Corbett Field
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Arizona State capitalized on a bizarre defensive miscue by Arizona to escape with a 2-1 victory in the opening game of a three-game conference series between the in-state rivals. Leading 1-0 in the seventh, the Wildcats brought in closer Bobby Dalbec, the starting designated hitter, to try and limit the damage in a one-out, bases-loaded jam. RJ Ybarra, the first batter Dalbec faced, lined out to left field allowing Johnny Sewald to tag up from third and score the tying run. Third baseman Willie Calhoun called for Dalbec to appeal the tag-up at third base, but the pitcher threw wildly. The ball rolled toward the third base dugout, and Drew Stankiewicz advanced to third on the throwing error and was awarded home when the ball went out of play into the camera well. Arizona threatened in each of its three trips to the plate after losing the lead, but the Sun Devil pitchers thwarted each attempt to escape with the victory in front a season-high crowd of 5,188 at Hi Corbett Field.
A four-run fifth inning was plenty of run support for Ryan Kellogg, who threw a complete-game shutout to give the Arizona State University baseball team a series-clinching 7-0 victory before a crowd of 3,409 at Hi Corbett Field on Saturday night. Arizona State broke open a scoreless game with four runs on four hits and a trio of walks in the decisive fifth inning. Drew Stankiewicz ripped a two-out, two-run double to the gap in right-center, driving in Jake Peevyhouse and Christopher Beall, who opened the inning with singles. Wildcat starter Cody Hamlin, who cruised through the first four innings, then walked Nathaniel Causey and gave up another two-run double to RJ Ybarra. That was more than enough run support for Kellogg, who scattered seven hits and a pair of walks in his nine full innings. The lefty struck out eight in the contests and held the Wildcats to a 2-for-11 clip with runners on base.
Game 3: RHP Darin Gillies (1-3, 3.96) vs. RHP Tyger Talley (1-1, 4.38)
Sunday’s game will be televised on ESPNU with Roxy Bernstein and Mike Rooney on the call. An online stream of the game is available on Watch ESPN.
Arizona Baseball on the Radio
The Arizona IMG Sports Network will have a live radio broadcast on 1290 AM in Tucson for all three games this weekend. The Voice of the Wildcats, Brian Jeffries, will provide the live play-by-play descriptions. The broadcast can be heard online here.
On Deck: Arizona Hits Road For Three Games at No. 7 Oregon
Arizona will hit the road for a three-game set at No. 7 Oregon (31-10, 10-5 Pac-12) next Friday-Sunday (May 2-4). All three games will be televised by the Pac-12 Network live from PK Park, including at 7 p.m. (PDT) on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Arizona Baseball Tickets
The Hi Corbett Field gates and ticket office will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch this weekend for the three games against Arizona State.
General admission single-game tickets for all home games are on sale through the McKale Ticket Office, which is is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in-person or by phone (520-621-2287). Tickets also can be purchased anytime on www.arizonawildcats.com. For all home games, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as tickets purchased the day of the game are $2 more. Complete ticket information can be found here.
Print-at-Home is the quickest and recommended method of ticket delivery. When fans purchase single game tickets online or over the phone, they can choose print-at-home and the tickets will be emailed directly to the customer. Tickets can be printed on a home printer and bought straight to the entrance gate to skip any ticket lines.
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