No. 3 ASU Edges UA, 4-2
May 17, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team dropped the series finale to No. 3 Arizona State, 4-2, on Monday evening at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The Wildcats received a much-needed effective start out of Daniel Workman to keep things close, but were unable to mount many scoring threats against ASU’s pitching duo of Jake Borup and Mitchell Lambson, who combined to allow just one run on three hits over the first eight innings of the game. Jordan Swagerty allowed a run in the ninth, but otherwise preserved the ASU lead to pick up his 11th save of the season.
The Sun Devils struck first with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Austin Barnes walked to open the inning, but Workman settled down and retired the next two hitters he faced. With two outs, Barnes took off for second base and advanced to third as Jett Bandy’s throw bounced into centerfield after shortstop Alex Mejia was late getting to the bag.
Workman, who struck out five and walked just two, issued his second walk of the inning to Kole Calhoun to put runners at the corners. With Riccio Torrez at the plate, Calhoun took off early for second, and as Workman threw to Rafael Valenzuela at second base, Barnes raced home and beat the throw to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead.
Arizona (31-18, 10-11 Pac-10) quickly answered with a run in the home half of the inning. Valenzuela drew a leadoff walk and with two outs, stole second base. Cole Frenzel, who extended his hitting streak to 11-consecuitve games, delivered a single to left field to plate Valenzuela and tie up the game.
Arizona State (43-6, 16-5 Pac-10) bounced back with the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Workman allowed just his fourth hit of the game to lead off the inning as Johnny Ruettiger reached base. Bryce Bandilla relieved Workman, but was unable to keep Ruettiger from scoring. The ASU centerfielder advanced to second on a passed ball and two outs later scored on a single to right field by Andrew Aplin.
The Sun Devils scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to put a damper on any hopes of a Wildcat comeback. Nick Cunningham allowed a leadoff single, hit a batter and then gave up a bunt single to load the bases. After a force out at the plate, Cunningham walked Aplin to bring in a run before Stephen Manthei entered. Manthei hit Barnes with a pitch to bring in the fourth run of the game to push the ASU lead to 4-1.
After Robert Refsnyder was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the ninth, Swagerty threw a wild pitch to allow Refsnyder to move third. A groundout advanced Refsnyder to third base and he scored on a single by Seth Mejias-Brean.
Lambson earned his sixth win of the year in relief. He tallied five strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Borup pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one walk in a no decision effort. He struck out four and walked four.
Workman, who picked up the win in 6.2 innings of work at Arizona State on April 20, faced the minimum over the first four innings, despite allowing two hits. A runner caught stealing in the third and a nifty double play turned on the infield in the fourth allowed the junior to face 12 batters over the first four innings.
The Wildcats will wrap up their 2010 home schedule with a three-game series against Stanford May 21-23. Arizona will honor seniors Grayson Adams and Rafael Valenzuela prior to the opener, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.