Baseball Drops Sixth Straight To ASU

May 21, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team committed three errors and left 12 runners on bases in 8-3 loss to rival Arizona State in Pac-10 action at Kindall Field on Friday. The loss, Arizona' sixth straight to the Sun Devils, dropped UA to 27-22-1 for the year and to 9-10 in the conference.

Arizona State, which won its 10th straight game, improved to 38-13 overall and remained tied with UCLA for third in the conference standings at 11-8. The Bruins defeated conference leader Washington 3-1 in Seattle on Friday.

The Wildcats got off to a rough start when Moises Duran committed an error with runners on the corners on Zechry Zinacola's one-out grounder to third in the fourth at bat of the game. The potential inning-ending double play ball slid under the glove of the senior third baseman, allowing Dustin Pedroia, who had been hit by a pitch to lead off the game, to score from third for the first run.

ASU tacked on another in the opening frame on fielder's choice grounder by Josh Asanovich to score Travis Buck.

A two-run triple by Tuffy Gosewisch and a throwing error by John Hardy on the relay added three runs in the top of the third to give ASU a 5-1 lead all the runs they would need on the night.

Sun Devil starter Jeff Mousser (6-3) meanwhile dodged his way around trouble through five innings. The right-hander, who defeated Arizona 6-3 as BYU's opening day starter last season, worked around five walks and two hit batters to give up just a pair of runs on three hits in five innings.

Erik Averill worked the final four innings for his second save of the year. The Devil southpaw gave up just one run on two hits while striking out three.

Arizona starter Koley Kolberg (7-6) was hit with his third straight loss after giving up six runs on nine hits in seven innings. He struck out a season-high 10 batters on the night, but also walked four and was charged with his sixth error of the year on a run-scoring bunt in the fourth.

Arizona, which mustered just five hits on the night, failed to drive in a run with a base hit in the game. The Wildcats scored one in the first on a RBI-ground out by Duran and added single runs in the fourth and eighth on pair of sacrifice flies by Jeff Van Houten.

Individually, ASU's Pedroia led all players in the game with a 3 for 5-night at the plate. The junior shortstop scored three runs and hit his Pac-10 leading 23rd double of the season. Buck chipped in with a pair of hits and two runs scored and Zinicola added two RBI without getting a hit in the game.

UA's Trevor Crowe, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, was the lone Wildcat to collect multiple hits, finishing 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Arizona and Arizona State will meet up for the second game of the pivotal three-game series on Saturday at 7 pm. The game can be heard live on the radio on KNST 790 AM.

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