TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona State University baseball team dropped the Territorial Cup series finale to Arizona, 6-1, on Sunday at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz.
The Sun Devils (23-17, 12-9) remain in a tie for third place in the Pac-12 after securing their fifth Pac-12 Conference series win of the season the night before.
The Wildcats (18-25, 7-14) struck first on a two-out, two-run double by designated hitter Michael Hoard in the bottom of the opening frame and never relinquished their lead behind a pitching staff that held ASU to just two hits.
Center fielder Johnny Sewald recorded both of the Devils’ hits and now has 13 multi-hit games this season, tied for the second most on the team.
Starting right-hander Darin Gillies (1-4) gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings to take the loss. Four relievers combined to pitch the final half of the game, including right-hander Jordan Aboites, who allowed one hit and one run in a pair of innings.
A leadoff single by the Wildcats in the first inning was negated by a double play, but a walk and a base hit in the next two at-bats resulted in Hoard’s double and an early 2-0 lead for UA.
Shortstop Drew Stankiewicz helped ASU cut its deficit in half, 2-1, with a sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the third. Second baseman Tucker Esmay walked and moved from first to third on a single by center fielder Johnny Sewald before coming home on Stankiewicz’s third RBI of the series.
UA used three singles and a sacrifice fly in the fourth to extend its advantage to three, and added one more run in the fifth inning to move ahead by four, 5-1.
Right-handed reliever Hever Bueno inherited a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the fifth, but induced a lineout and a groundout to end the frame, and did not allow a hit in 1 1/3 innings.
Right-hander Ryan Burr took the mound with two outs and runners on the corners in the bottom of the eighth, and threw a wild pitch to the first batter he faced to bring home Arizona’s sixth run of the game.
Wildcats left-hander Cody Moffett (2-2) tossed three scoreless inning of relief to earn the win and starting right-hander Tyger Talley scattered two hits and a run across 4 1/3 frames.
ASU moved to 215-241 all-time against Arizona, including 192-125 since 1959…ASU turned nine double plays in the three-game series.
The Sun Devils host New Mexico State on April 29 at 6:30 pm before heading to Stillwater, Okla., for a three-game non-conference series with Oklahoma State May 2-4. Tuesday’s game will be streamed live online and broadcast on NBC Sports AM 1060 by Tim Healey (PxP, @TimHealeyASU) and Seth Dhaenens (color, @sethdhaenens). Friday’s game is set for a 4:30 pm start, Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 11 am (all times PT), and all three will be streamed online via OSU’s website. Live stats will also be available for all four games.
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