Kartler's Wildness Salvages Series For Arizona With 10-1 Win Over ASU

March 24, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A series sweep was not in the works for the 15th-rankedArizona State baseball team, as the University of Arizona got acomplete-game effort from starting pitcher Marc Kaiser in a 10-1 victoryover the Sun Devils Sunday afternoon in Pac-10 play at Sancet Field.

Kaiser (Reno, Nev.), who was a fourth round draft pick by the CincinnatiReds out of high school, threw his second straight complete game victory toimprove to 5-1 on the year. He limited the Sun Devils to a season-low fourhits while striking out three and walking only one.

The loss drops the Sun Devils to 18-9 on the year, but with the 9-7come-from-behind win Friday and the 10-6 victory Saturday, are off to a 2-1start in Pac-10 play. Arizona salvaged the series with the win Sunday,improving to 20-10 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The series win byASU (2-1) continued a streak for Sun Devil head coach Pat Murphy not losinga season series his rival to the south.

Sun Devil junior starter Bryce Kartler suffered his second consecutiverough outing to fall to 2-2 on the year. Kartler gave up a career-higheight runs (seven earned) and battled wildness in walking five batters andthrowing three wild pitches in four innings of work.

Dropping to 4-4 on Sunday games this year, Kartler once again was his ownworst enemy with the Wildcats jumping out to a 5-0 lead after threeinnings. Three wild pitches and two key Arizona hits with two strikes ledto all five of the two-out runs. Freshman second baseman Moises Duranplated two runs with a two-out single to left field in the second and leftfielder Justyn St. Clair drove home the fifth run with a single to left field.

Another two-strike hit haunted Kartler in the fourth when Brian Andersondrilled a single to right field past a drawn-in infield to score two moreruns, giving the Wildcats a commanding 7-0 lead.

Two more runs in the fifth gave Arizona a 9-0 lead before ASU's Rod Allenhit is fifth home run of the year with a solo shot over the left fieldfence to put the Sun Devils on the board. The single tally extended ASU'sconsecutive games scoring streak to 402 games, extending the NCAA record itset last year.

The Sun Devils continue Pac-10 play next weekend with a three-game seriesat Hohokam Stadium against the Washington Huskies. The series will runThursday through Saturday due to a Pac-10 rule not allowing conferencemembers to play on Easter.

Game Notes: Sophomore Steve Garrabrants was not able to play with acontinuing injury in his shoulder... Garrabrants started the last two gamesafter missing the previous five, but was unable to start Sunday... ASU is now4-4 on Sunday's, all wearing their maroon 'ASU' jersey... scoring in their402nd consecutive game, the one-run effort was only the 12th time duringthe streak ASU has scored only one run.

Arizona 10, Arizona State 1 (Mar 24, 2002 at Tucson, Ariz.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Arizona State....... 000 001 000  -  1  4  0      (18-9, 2-1 PAC-10)Arizona............. 131 220 01X  - 10 10  3      (20-10, 1-2 PAC-10)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Arizona State - Kartler, Perrault(5), Liebeck(6), Klusman(8).Arizona - Kaiser.Win-Kaiser(5-1)  Loss-Kartler(2-2)  T-2:23  A-1448HR ASU - Allen (5).
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