Sun Devils Down Wildcats 7-4 In Pac-10 Baseball Action

April 27, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team went down in defeat 7-4 to rival Arizona State Friday evening. The Devils (29-14-1, 8-8 Pac-10), who collected only six hits on the night, moved a game ahead of the Wildcats (28-20, 7-9 Pac-10) in the Pac-10 standings with the win. The Arizona pitching staff issued eight free passes to Devil hitters while striking out only three.

The Devils jumped out to an early lead on Brooks Conrad's solo home run to left off of Arizona starter Marc Kaiser in second. The Cats evened the score on Ernie Durazo's Pac-10 leading 18th double of the season that plated Moises Duran in the third.

Kaiser (7-5), who walked four on the evening, avoided trouble until the sixth. The Sun Devils came up with four runs in the inning, three charged to Kaiser, for a 5-1 lead. The Cats answered with a run of their own in the top of the seventh on Justyn St. Clair's first home run of the season. But ASU added one each in the seventh and eighth to put the game out of reach.

Conrad collected the first multiple home run game of the season for ASU with a pair of solo round-trippers, his second and third home runs of the season. The Wildcats, who had 14 hits and left 10 men on base, we led by St. Clair's 3-for-4 effort. Durazo, Duran and Matt Abram all collected multiple hits for the Cats.

Arizona will look to even the series with ASU tomorrow. The 1 p.m. game can be seen live on Fox Sports Net and heard on the radio on 790 KNST.

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