In a game that saw 11 total pitchers between the two Arizona schools which lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes, Arizona State scored two runs in the eighth inning off Mathew Troupe to win the marathon.
Tyger Talley got the start for the Wildcats, but lasted just three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks. Walks and hit batters were the story of the night. Wildcat pitchers gave up 8 walks, and hit 5 Sun Devils.
"I didn't see anything good out there." said head coach Andy Lopez. "Tough ballgame. Long. We really did not deserve to win this game."
"It would have been just short of a miracle to see us come out on top tonight."
Tyler Hale (L, 0-1) technically picks up the loss, but it came down to the nine pitches that Mathew Troupe threw when he replaced Hale in the top of the eighth inning.
Of the nine pitches Troupe threw, eight of them were balls, one a wild pitch that scored ASU's sixth and eventual game-winning run. The only strike was a single he gave up on the very first pitch to RJ Ybarra.
"He was just a small microcosm of what we did on the mound tonight" said Lopez. "I didn't see anything out there tonight. Very, very average."
On the offensive side of things, only three Arizona hitters even picked up a hit on the day (Trent Gilbert, Riley Moore, Kevin Newman). Johnny Field was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, extending his on-base streak to 30 games.
It really comes down to just not playing good baseball, which is really surprising after coming off of such a good weekend against Alabama State that had high energy the entire time. Just extremely disappointing all around.
The Wildcats (28-15) will travel to Tempe for the actual conference series against the Sun Devils (29-12-1) May 17-19 at Packard Stadium. This weekend, Washington comes to Hi Corbett for a three-game series, with Friday's first pitch scheduled for 6 PM.