ASU vs. Arizona: Wildcats throw the game away

Jason Bartel

Somehow, someway, Arizona lost by appealing to third base

ASU won it 2-1 on Friday night against Arizona, but that second run came the strangest way possible.

On an appeal play to third base.

Bobby Dalbec was on the mound, and ASU DH RJ Ybarra had just hit a sac fly to left, scoring Johnny Sewald to tie the game at one.

And then out of nowhere, the baseball was in the third base camera well, which allowed the Sun Devils to score their second and final run of the game.

"I can't (explain it)," head coach Andy Lopez said after the game.  "We did not ask for the appeal.  Our rule is that comes from the bench."

"My job as a head coach is I've got to watch that play, and (Sewald) did not leave early whatsoever."

"So after the play was made, I saw Dalbec get on the mound, and son of a gun, he threw the ball over (Willie) Calhoun's head right (into the camera well).  Just chucked it.  If it were Roy Hibbert, he had a shot.  Now Hibbert would have had to go up for a rebound, but if it were Roy Hibbert we had a shot."

"37 years I've never had that happen."

So how did it happen?  Well....

"I don't even think the coaches told me to throw over there," Dalbec explained.  "I just kind of listened to Calhoun, and I threw it and sailed it a little bit.  It's not (Willie)'s fault though.  It happens all the time.  I should have just ran it over there."

"Freshman mistake," added Lopez.  "But I can honestly say I've never been on the short-end of a game in that situation.  That's a new one for me."

New one for all of us.  I said something weird was going to happen against ASU, and it certainly did.

It's not like Arizona didn't have their chances.  The Wildcats were 0-for-10 w/ RISP, 2-for-9 w/ two outs, and 0-for-2 with the bases loaded.  Dalbec did have the only Arizona RBI, on a groundout to second base in the fourth inning which scored Kevin Newman.

Just another day in the 2014 Arizona Baseball season.

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