May 16, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 25 Arizona State baseball team (39-21 overall, 12-12 Pacific-10 Conference) didn't finish their final regular season game the way they wanted, losing to in-state rival Arizona (33-21, 13-11) 6-2 Sunday afternoon at Packard Stadium.
Sun Devil starter Will Waldrip pitched 7.1 strong innings after only giving up three runs on two hits with four walks and six strikeouts, but took the loss (10-3) after leaving two men on base in the eighth inning that would eventually score.
Wildcat starter Mike Crawford pitched his longest outing of the season and first complete game. Crawford befuddled Sun Devil hitters scattering nine hits and allowing only two runs with no walks and nine strikeouts. Crawford's complete game marked only the second complete game there has been against ASU this season.
ASU started off the scoring first picking up their only runs in the first and fourth innings. In the first inning third baseman Andrew Beinbrink reached base after being hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on an infield single by first baseman Mitch Jones. In the fourth Jones doubled to left to start off the inning and scored on second baseman Mark Ernster's single up the middle.
Arizona got one run in the seventh inning on rightfielder Shelley Duncan's 19th homerun to leftfield. The Wildcats would take the lead in the eighth after Waldrip hit leftfielder Kenny Huff and walked designated hitter Ben Diggins to put two runners on for Sun Devil Chad Pennington who would come in to pitch.
Pennington got catcher Dennis Anderson to groundout, but centerfielder Troy Gingrich reached on an infield single after the ball deflected off of Pennington's foot. Pennington would then walk second baseman Andy Juday and give up a grandslam to shortstop Keoni DeRenne. The grandslam was DeRenne's second grandslam and third homerun of the season.
The Sun Devils were lead by catcher Trent Pratt and Jones who both had two hits in the game. Jones and Ernster had one RBI apiece.
The Wildcats were lead by DeRenne as he went 2-for-4 with four RBI from his grandslam, and one run scored. Gingrich, Duncan and third baseman Erik Torres each chipped in one hit apiece.
"The first thing I though of when we lost is that there is a silver lining, we know we're not a great team going into the postseason," Murphy said. "The Devils are 39-21 and we're not dead, we'll make some changes in the postseason."
The 64-team field for postseason play will be announced live on ESPN Monday, May 24th.
Arizona 000 000 150 - 6 5 1 No. 25 Arizona State 100 100 000 - 2 9 1
Winner - Crawford (5-5) Loser - Waldrip (10-2) Save - None
Umpires: Kevin Gillmore, Larry Randall, Terry Mann
Time: 2:32 Attn: 3423