Ninth Inning Rally Comes Up Short In 3-1 Loss To Arizona

April 28, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona freshman starting pitcher Sean Rierson allowed only one run through seven and a third innings and the relief pitcher Brian Anderson held off a no-out, ninth-inning bases loaded rally by the Arizona State Sun Devils to escape with a 3-1 Pac-10 baseball win in front of a sun splashed crowd of 2,708 Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium.

Arizona and Arizona State are now deadlocked in the Pac-10 standings in fifth place with identical 8-9 records in league play. The Sun Devils had their five-game winning streak snapped with the loss and now a stand at 29-15-1 on the year. They have still won seven of their last nine games and will be looking for their second consecutive Pac-10 series win vs. the Wildcats tomorrow. Arizona improved to 28-21 with the win. The rubber match of the three-game series will feature ASU senior right-hander Eric Doble (1-2, 5.79) and Arizona's freshman right-hander Chris Goodman (3-1, 5.40). Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. with the game being televised locally in the Phoenix area on Cox Cable 9.

Rierson, a freshman from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, scattered seven hits and struck out three in 7.1 innings to improve to 5-4 on the year. Anderson, who started the game in center field, came in the game in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and on outs and retired the side to earn his first career save.

The Wildcats scored all the runs they would need with two runs in the opening frame. Junior right fielder Shelley Duncan blasted a two-out, two run home run over the center field fence to stake Arizona to the early lead. The two-run blast was Duncan's NCAA leading 21st home run of the year.

Arizona increased its lead to 3-0 with a single tally in the top of the fifth to scatter ASU starter Jon Switzer from the game. The Sun Devils countered in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run from senior third baseman Mike Lopez to pull within two runs. The solo shot to left field was Lopez's third home run of the year.

The ninth inning rally started when Sun Devil freshman left fielder Rod Allen reached on a fielding error by U of A shortstop Brad Hassey. Consecutive walks to designated hitter Jeff Phelps and second baseman Brooks Conrad loaded the bases and scattered Wildcat closer Daryl DeSalvo from the game. Anderson entered from center field and preceded to strike out Lopez, get Steve Garrabrants to fly out to shallow right field and coax Dennis Wyrick into a groundout to third baseman Erik Torres to seal the 3-1 victory.

Switzer took the loss to fall to 4-4 on the year. The junior left-hander allowed all three runs and seven hits in four innings of work. He struck out four to pass the 300 mark in his career, now tallying 303 in three years as a Sun Devil. Senior relief pitcher Drew Friedberg was stellar once again out of the bullpen, throwing five innings of two-hit, shutout ball while striking out seven. The 29th round draft choice of the Milwaukee Brewers last June lowered his ERA from 2.37 to 2.09.

Allen overtook the team batting lead for ASU with a 2-for-4 game, contributing his 16th multi-hit game of the year to up his season batting average to .424. Junior center fielder Chris Duffy was also 2-for-4 in the losing effort.

Arizona 3, Arizona State 1 (Apr 28, 2001 at Tempe, Ariz.)----------------------------------------------------------------------Arizona............. 200 010 000  -  3  9  1      (28-21, 8-9 PAC-10)Arizona State....... 000 010 000  -  1  7  0      (29-15-1, 8-9 PAC-10)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Arizona - Rierson, DeSalvo(8), Anderson(9). Arizona State - Switzer, Friedberg(5).Win-Rierson(5-4)  Save-Anderson(1)  Loss-Switzer(4-4)  T-2:50  A-2708HR ARIZ - Duncan (21). HR ASU - Lopez (3).

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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