Wildcats Drop 6-5 Heartbreaker to Arizona State in 11 Innings
April 29, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz.--The Arizona baseball team ended up on the short end of a 6-5, 11 inning decision at Winkles Field Sunday afternoon. Arizona State rallied from a two run deficit in the ninth to tie the game and force extra innings and then scored the game winning run in the bottom of the 11th on a pair of Wildcat errors.
Arizona, who led most of the game, found itself in trouble in the eighth with a 5-3 lead. Senior reliever Daryl DeSalvo came on for Tony Sulser to start the inning and walked the first two hitters to place runners on first and second with no outs. Rob Elias entered to squash the ASU rally, but ran into trouble in the home half of the ninth. Elias surrendered back-to-back singles to start the inning and Brian Anderson walked the first batter he faced in relief to load the bases. The Devils then came up with a pair of sac-fly RBIs to tie the game at five runs apiece.
After a scoreless tenth and top half of the 11th, ASU's Chris Duffy led off with a single. With Casey Myers flying out to right for the first out of the inning it appeared that the Cats would get out of the inning unscathed when Rod Allen hit a ground ball to Brad Hassey for an apparent inning ending double play. However, the ball found its way past Hassey for an error and put runners on the corners with only one out. After an intentional walk to Brooks Conrad loaded the bases, Mike Lopez lofted a fly ball to shallow center. Clayton Bried, who replaced Anderson at center in the ninth, appeared to have a bead on the ball butsaw the ball bounce out of his glove for the second error in the inning. Duffy advanced home on the play for the game-winning run.
The Wildcats (29-21, 8-9 Pac-10) are off until May 11-13 when they travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on Stanford for a three game set.