Baseball Falls to Arizona State, 5-2

May 23, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz.- Dennis Wyrick's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a 2-2 tie, as No. 4-ranked Arizona State defeated No. 16 Arizona, 5-2, at Packard Stadium on Friday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 33-19 for the season and into a third-place tie with Washington in the Pac-10 standings at 13-9. ASU improved to 48-12 overall and took sole possession of second place in the conference at 14-8 with the win.

The Wildcats opened the scoring in the top of the third when Nick Hundley scored on a bunt single by freshman Chris Frey. ASU starting pitcher Ben Thurmond fielded the ball and threw late to first. Sun Devil first baseman Jeff Larish dropped the throw for error, allowing Hundley to score from third for a 1-0 Arizona advantage.

ASU tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth on a passed ball by Hundley that allowed Larish to score from third.

Frey walked and stole second to lead off sixth and came home on a sacrifice fly by Brad Boyer to give Arizona its second one-run lead at 2-1. The advantage was short-lived as ASU responded with a run of its own in the home half of the sixth on Andre Ethier's RBI triple that scored Dustin Pedroia from second. Notching the game at 2-2.

A pair of singles by Jeremy West and Frank Mesa in the bottom of the eighth off of Arizona starter Richie Gardner paved the way from Wyrick's game-winning hit, as the ASU third baseman lined Gardner's 3-2 offering to left field to plate West from second. Tuffy Goeswisch padded the Sun Devil lead two batters later with bases-loaded, two-run single to left.

Gardner (9-2), who was charged with all five runs in the game, lost for just the second time this season. The right-hander struck out five and walked four. ASU's Carlos Arguello (3-0) picked up his third win of the season with 1 2/3 innings of relief and Ryan Schroyer tossed the ninth to close out win for his eighth save.

Offensively, Arizona rapped out six hits to ASU's 11. Sophomore Jeff Van Houten was the lone Arizona player to pair hits in the contest, finishing 2 for 4.

Arizona and Arizona State will meet up for game two of the three-game set on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on the radio in Tucson on KNST (790-AM).

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