Big Innings Doom Wildcats
May 4, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 2 Arizona State baseball team handed No. 22 Arizona a 13-1 defeat on Tuesday evening at Packard Stadium in the final non-conference meeting between the two schools this season here in Tempe.
Tuesday’s game started off similar to the April 20 matchup won by the Wildcats with pitching being the dominating theme over the first three innings. The host Sun Devils, however, scored four runs in the fourth with some help from the Wildcats before erupting for seven runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding 11-0 lead after six innings of play.
Meanwhile, Brady Rogers turned in a gem on the mound for ASU, pitching eight scoreless innings in which he allowed just two hits. In fact, Rogers gave up a leadoff hit to Bobby Rinard to open the game before retiring 21-consecutive hitters. Cole Frenzel’s eighth-inning single snapped the drought without a base runner for the Wildcats. Rogers improved to 3-2 on the season.
Nick Cunningham made his first career start for Arizona and pitched a solid first three innings and worked into the fourth, but he walked a pair of batters to lead off that inning before recording an out. He was lifted in favor of Vincent Littleman with one down in the fourth after pitching 3.1 innings in which he allowed two hits and two walks.
Littleman’s first pitch was driven to the gap in left center for a double by Raoul Torrez, which plated the two runners put on by the Cunningham walks. Torrez advanced to third on a throw to the plate and scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Deven Marrero.
The Sun Devils added a fourth in the inning after Littleman issued a two-out walk. An error on a pickoff attempt by first baseman Cole Frenzel allowed Andrew Aplin to move to second base. Austin Barnes then reached on an error by Robert Refsnyder and Aplin scored from second base.
Grayson Adams, after pitching a scoreless fifth inning for the Wildcats, allowed a leadoff double to Riccio Torrez and a walk to Johnny Ruettiger. Tyler Hale came on to replace Adams with one out and runners at the corners, but could not stop the Sun Devil attack.
Marrero hit an RBI single to score Torrez and Ruettiger scored on an RBI groundout by Apli. Hale then issued a pair of two out walks, including one on a wild pitch that brought home Marrero. Zack MacPhee followed the walks with a bases clearing double to push across two more runs, giving ASU a 9-0 lead.
Stephen Manthei was c alled on to take over for Hale, but allowed a two-run home run to right center off the bat of Kole Calhoun, staking the Sun Devils to an 11-0 advantage.
ASU tacked on two more runs in the seventh off Manthei on two hits and two walks.
Arizona broke the shutout bid in the top of the ninth as Rinard singled to center and moved to second on defensive indifference. Rafael Valenzuela then reached on a throwing error by releiver Jordan Swagerty and Rinard scored form second base.
The Wildcats will return home to open a nine-game homestand this weekend as they host Cal State Bakersfield at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. The series begins Friday at 6 p.m.