After scoring just one total run in the first two games against ASU, the Arizona Wildcats answered Sunday with five runs in the first five innings, spurring them on to a 6-1 victory.
Just like Friday, Cody Moffett came on in the middle innings and kept the Sun Devils in check. The sophomore lefty pitched three shutout innings, in which he walked two batters, hit one, and did not allow any hits.
And again, just like Friday, Bobby Dalbec came on to close it out. This time, the freshman did not toss the ball into the third base camera well, and finished the game off for the Wildcats.
Without that bizarre play on Friday, who knows what would have happened in this series, as Andy Lopez attributed some of Saturday's struggles to a "hangover effect" that the team had from the night before.
Sunday's game was on ESPNU, which naturally meant that Riley Moore had a big day. Moore loves playing on the ESPN family of networks, and today he added another 3-for-3 day to his already astronomical numbers during ESPN games.
Also impressive on Sunday was freshman Michael Hoard. He got the scoring started with a two-run double to left-center in the bottom of the first which scored Trent Gilbert and Scott Kingery. Hoard finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk.
Dalbec's been impressive from a mental standpoint all year, so his ability to pitch well even while struggling at the plate is not surprising. I think this is about Moffett and how good he's been. Where would this team be if he didn't miss a couple of crucial weeks in the middle of the season due to walking pneumonia? Would he even maybe be the Sunday starter at this point?
All questions that will linger with this team and this season. But hey, at least ASU wasn't able to pull off a sweep in Tucson. That would have been embarrassing.
Stayed home and watched the ESPNU broadcast, and man I'm glad I did. Roxy Bernstein and Mike Rooney were killing it. Great info on all the players from both teams, as well as a bunch of notes from college baseball nationally. Just a great, great job. Loved it.
Arizona will be at Oregon next weekend. The Ducks were swept by Oregon State this weekend in Corvallis. All three UA/UO games will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.