Kaiser, Wildcats Avoid Series Sweep With 10-1 Victory Over Arizona State

March 24, 2002

This game recap reflects a change in the scoring of Rod Allen's at bat in the third inning of Sunday's game. The original play of a fielding error charged to Arizona's Brad Hassey has been changed to a base hit for Allen.

TUCSON, Ariz.- Sophomore starter Marc Kasier helped the Arizona baseball team salvage its three-game series with Arizona State by tossing his second consecutive complete game in the Wildcats' 10-1 win over the Sun Devils at Frank Sancet Field on Sunday. The impressive outing boosted Arizona to its first Pac-10 win of the season and improved its overall record to 20-10.

Coming off a complete game performance against UNC Wilmington last Sunday, the righthander went all nine for the second straight week and needed only 93 pitches to do so. Scattering five hits on the afternoon, Kaiser induced the Sun Devils into five one-two-three innings, while striking out three and walking only one.

Kaiser's lone mistake of the day, Rod Allen's solo home run in the sixth, was the only thing that saved ASU's NCAA record 402 consecutive games with a run scored. The outing improved Kaiser's record to 5-1 this season, tying him with Joe Little for the team lead in wins. The complete game was third of Kaiser's career and the third of the season for the Wildcats as a team.

The Arizona offense supported its starting pitcher early and often on Sunday, scoring at least one run in the first five innings for an insurmountable 9-0 lead. Six of Arizona's 10 runs in the game came with two outs, bringing UA's season two-out run total to 113.

Led by Brian Anderson's 3 for 5, three RBI effort at the plate, Arizona rapped out 10 hits, all singles, off of three different ASU pitchers. Sophomore Moises Duran, starting at second base for the first time in five games finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Freshman first baseman Richard Mercado chipped in with a 2 for 2, two run day and senior Justyn St. Clair added two more singles and two RBIs in four at bats.

Sun Devil starter Bryce Kartler (2-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up eight runs in four innings pitched. The loss drops Arizona State to 18-9 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10.

The Wildcats head to Corvallis, Ore., for the first Pac-10 road series of the season this week against Oregon State. Arizona will take on the Beavers in three games Thursday-Saturday with the first pitch of the series slated for 3 p.m. KNST's Brian Jeffries will broadcast all three games of the series live on 790 AM and at www.knst.com.

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