No. 3 ASU Defeats UA, 9-3, In Home Finale
May 20, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 3 Arizona State handed host Arizona a 9-3 loss in the Wildcats’ final home game of 2009 on Wednesday night before a crowd of 2,072 fans at Jerry Kindall Field.
ASU starter Jason Franzblau pitched seven innings while allowing just one run – an unearned run at that – as the Arizona offense struggled to mount serious scoring threats until too late in the ballgame.
The Sun Devils (42-11) tagged UA starter Bryce Bandilla for three runs in the third and forced him from the game in the fourth inning, taking a 4-0 lead after four innings.
The scoring would be all ASU needed, but for good measure, the Sun Devils added three more runs in the fifth and two in the sixth off UA relievers Joe Allison and Kyle Simon to take a commanding 9-0 lead.
The Wildcats (27-25) didn’t put a run on the board until a defensive blunder by ASU in the home half of the sixth. After Bryce Ortega singled and advanced to second on a Dillon Baird groundout, the UA shortstop tagged up and advanced to third on a fly ball to right field off the bat of Jett Bandy.
ASU right fielder Andy Workman attempted to throw out Ortega at third, but throw skipped wildly away from the bag, allowing Ortega to head home and score an unearned run.
Arizona didn’t score again until the eighth inning, when Ortega led off with a bunt single. He moved to second on defensive indifference during Baird’s subsequent at-bat.
Baird extending his team-high hitting streak to 19 games with a single through the right side, which scored Ortega and cut the ASU lead to 9-2.
Arizona added a run in the ninth as Dwight Childs collected his second hit of the game, a double down the left field line to score Hunter Pace, who earlier doubled to collect his third hit of the game.
The Wildcats concluded their home schedule with a 21-14 record.
They now will head to Eugene, Ore., to take on the Oregon Ducks in the regular season finale series for both teams. The first game is scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m.