Baseball Loses Fifth Straight Game To Arizona State

April 13, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team lost its fifth straight decision to rival Arizona State 9-5 in a non-conference game at Packard Stadium on Monday. The loss, Arizona's fourth in its last five games, dropped the Wildcats to 16-15-1 for the year, while ASU improved to 24-11.

The Sun Devils rallied from an early 4-1 deficit with three runs in the third, one apiece in the fourth, sixth and seventh and two in the eighth to win going away.

The first three hitters in the ASU line up, Nick Walsh, Joe Persichina and Dustin Pedroia, combined for seven of the Sun Devils' 12 hits in the game and scored five of ASU's nine runs.

Pedroia led all players with a 3 for 5-night at the plate with a RBI, a double and two runs scored. UA's Trevor Crowe also finished 3 for 5 and tied Arizona's school record for stolen bases in a game with four. Teammate Jeff Van Houten went 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored in the loss.

UA's Brad Mills (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up a run in two-thirds of an inning in relief of starter Mark Melancon. Mills walked three and struck out one in his first loss of the year.

ASU's Pat Cassa picked up his second win of the year in 1 2/3 innings. He did not give up a hit, while striking out three and walking one. Zechry Zincola earned his second save of the year after striking out five of the seven hitters he faced in the final 1 2/3 innings.

Arizona will travel to Las Vegas on Tuesday for a pair of games against UNLV. First pitch for the game on Tuesday is set for 7 pm.

Notes: The Wildcats stole a season-high seven bases in the game ... Crowe's four stolen bases tied him with nine other Wildcats for the single game record. Former Wildcat Colin Porter was the last UA player to steal four bases in a game on April 8, 1997.

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