Dawgs Fall To #13 ASU, 8-7, In 11 Innings

April 9, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - J.J. Sferra drove in the winning run with an RBI single through a drawn-in infield to lead the 13th-ranked Arizona State baseball team to an 8-7, 11-inning winover Washington Sunday at Packard Stadium.

ASU (25-10 overall, 4-2 in the Pac-10) had scored a run in the bottom of the ninth toforce extra innings. The Devils took the three-game series with two wins. Washingtondropped to 22-13 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

In the 11th, ASU catcher Preston Paramore singled to lead off. After a sacrifice bunt andan infield single put runners at the corners with one out, Sferra, the Devils' sophomorecenter fielder came through, poking a single through the left side.

UW closer Elliott Cribby (4-3), who came on in the eighth, took the loss while ASU'sBrett Bordes, who worked the final one and two-thirds innings, picked up the win toimprove to 5-1.

With the score at 6-6 in the eighth, the Huskies broke the tie in controversial fashion.With runners at first and third with one out, freshman Danny Cox grounded a ball toshort. After an out at second, the throw to first to complete the double play was judged tobe late, allowing Jake Rife to score to put the UW in front, 7-6. The call resulted in aheated argument from ASU coach Pat Murphy.

The Devils got a leadoff double from Willy Fox in the bottom of the ninth. Fox scored ona one-out, pinch-hit single from Seth Dhaenens to tie the score at 7-7. However, after anintentional walk loaded the bases with two outs, Husky second baseman Ryan Andersonmade a spectacular diving stop in the hole and got the throw the first in time to get the outand send the game into extra innings.

Anderson led off the third inning with a homer to left to get the Huskies' on the board. Itwas Anderson's second home run of the season and first since opening day. Matt Haguefollowed with a double and, after an out, scored on a double from Curt Rindal to give theHuskies a 2-0 lead.

ASU came back with a run in the bottom of the third, scoring in unusual circumstances.With one out and Eric Sogard at first on a single, DH Ike Davis flied a ball to foulterritory in left. UW left fielder Zach Clem made a long run and caught the ball as he raninto and flipped over a short fence. Sogard tagged up and took second as Clem made hisway back onto the field and, thanks to that extra base, was able to score on a single fromWilly Fox to cut the Husky lead to 2-1.

The UW stretched the lead back to two runs in the fourth when, a two-out double fromHague drove in Brett Kaluza. In the bottom of the fourth, ASU's Matt Hall singled andscored on a double from C.J. Retherford to make it a 3-2 Husky lead.

Rindal led off the top off the fifth with a home run, his eighth of the season and, later inthe inning, an RBI single from shortstop Danny Cox drove in Matt Lane to increase theUW advantage to 5-2. In the sixth, a bases-loaded groundout from Bradley Boyer made it6-2, though for the second straight inning, the UW left the bases loaded.

ASU tied the score with a four-run sixth inning. After the first two hitters in the inningreached on a hit-by-pitch and a double, Issaquah High grad Colin Curtis belted his thirdhomer of the year to cut the lead to one run. Later, with runners at the corners and oneout, Fox grounded to third. After getting an out at second, the relay onto first base wasjust late, allowing Brett Wallace to score the tying run.

The Huskies return to Seattle for a three-game, non-conference series vs. Brigham Youngthis Thursday through Saturday. Gametime Thursday and Friday is 6:30 p.m. whileSaturday's first pitch has been moved to noon (it was 1:00 p.m.). Either live audio or livevideo of all three games will be available on the 'Dawg Channel' at gohuskies.com.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference Game#13 Arizona State 8, Washington 7, 11 InningsWashington        002 121 010 00 -- 7 12 1Arizona State     001 104 001 01 -- 8 16 0Nick Hagadone, Bryce Mooney (5), Kyle Parker (6),Elliott Cribby (8) and Matt Lane. Jeff Urlaub, BradyMartinez (4), Ike Davis (5), Matt Trink (5), ZechryZinicola (6), Brett Bordes (10) and Preston Paramore. W -Bordes (5-1). L - Cribby (4-3). 2B - UW, Danny Cox,Matt Hague 2, Curt Rindal; ASU, C.J. Retherford, J.J.Sferra, Willy Fox. HR - UW, Ryan Anderson (2), Rindal (8);ASU, Colin Curtis (3). T - 4:32. A - 2,280.
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