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Arizona vs. ASU Monday preview: Bobby Dalbec faces familiar foes in Sun Devils

A big situation for Dalbec's first collegiate start

Jason Bartel

With the Arizona Wildcats having dropped the first two games of the series, they'll need a win over Arizona State on Monday night.

They'll turn to third baseman Bobby Dalbec to start on the mound for the first time in college. As the team's closer, Dalbec has posted a 2-3 record with a 4.34 ERA so far this year.

Time: 7 PM PT

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Dalbec knows some of the guys on ASU, including his counterpart on the mound on Monday, Brett Lilek. Dalbec played with Lilek, RJ Ybarra and Johnny Sewald last summer in the Cape Cod League.

"(We talk) every now and then," Dalbec said of his relationship with those guys. "After Oregon, they talked to me asking what they had, but yeah we talk every now and then. It's a pretty decent relationship I think."

He also played against ASU closer Ryan Burr in high school in Colorado. The two lived in towns that are about 20 minutes apart.

"I played against him quite a bit," Dalbec continued. "It was fun. I only faced him a couple times. I don't remember what I did against him. I think he hit a little bit too, which is funny cuz obviously he doesn't do that now."

"But he's a good guy. We talk whenever we play each other. He's a good dude and a great pitcher too."

Although Dalbec has moved out of the closer role, it's interesting to think about two Colorado guys coming to Arizona to be the backend of the bullpens.

But the Wildcats are no stranger to that.

"Mark Melancon was from Colorado too," Andy Lopez said on Tuesday. "Obviously we got Daniel Schlereth from there and Colt Sedbrook from there."

"Nowadays I don't think anything is hidden," Lopez explained as far as recruiting in non-traditional places like Colorado. "Because of showcases and the travel teams, it's kind of hard to go in and find some guys nobody knows. I think everybody knows who they are and where they are."

"We recruited Ryan Burr," coach continued. "We recruited him hard."

Burr got the win on Saturday night, and hopefully Dalbec is the only dominant pitcher from Colorado we see on Monday night as Arizona puts some runs up for the sophomore. Gotta get a win this weekend though.