No. 3 ASU Thumps UA
April 29, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 3 Arizona State (32-9) lived up to its national ranking, overcoming a sluggish start before thumping host Arizona, 20-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Jerry Kindall Field.
The Wildcats (19-21) claimed an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, but a fourth inning grand slam by ASU first baseman Riccio Torrez propelled the Sun Devils to a 4-1 lead and they never looked back.
Bryce Bandilla (2-2) started for the Wildcats and was quite effective over the first three innings, allowing just one hit. But a pair of walks to lead off the fourth opened the floodgates for the four-run inning.
An inning later, ASU extended its lead as ASU catcher Carlos Ramirez doubled home a run and pitcher Matt Newman collected an RBI single.
Newman made his fifth start of the year on the mound, while also hitting in the batting lineup. He pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He was lifted in the fifth and did not factor into the decision, but he remained in the game as the designated hitter, where he finished 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBI.
The Wildcats closed a five-run deficit to 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth. UA third baseman Jett Bandy laced his conference-leading 16th double of the season to drive in a pair of runs.
That would be all the closer Arizona would get, however.
Arizona State added a run in the sixth, then exploded for 13 runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.
The Wildcats were held scoreless over the final four innings of the game and collected just one hit over the final four innings.
Jordan Swagerty (2-1) earned the win in relief for the Sun Devils, as he tossed 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, scattering three hits.
Arizona will return to Pac-10 play his weekend, as it hosts California in a three game series. The first game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.