Wildcats erupt for six-run ninth; win series finale, 7-2

BY: BRIAN KREPS

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Sun Devils starting pitcher Brett Lilek had arguably his best performance of the season on Monday night against the Arizona Wildcats. Unfortunately, a home run by Wildcats starting pitcher Bobby Dalbec in the ninth inning opened the floodgates, allowing Arizona to salvage one game in the three game series. They’d go on to hand the Sun Devils a 7-2 loss.

The Sun Devils took a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning, but Dalbec crushed his second home run of the game to left field off closer Ryan Burr. The Wildcats went on to score six runs in the inning.

Lilek pitched extremely well. After Dalbec hit his first home run of the game, Lilek shut down Arizona’s offense through the next five innings. At one point in the game, Lilek retired seven straight batters, including the fifth inning, when he struck out the side.

Dalbec led off the second inning with a solo home run to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. It was the first lead they had in the past 14 innings of the series. Dalbec gave up five hits and struck out four in 4 1/3 shutout innings before he moved to the designated hitter spot. He went 2-for-4 at the plate, with three RBI, three runs scored and two home runs.

Sun Devils catcher Brian Serven scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth after he led off with a double, then moved to third on a groundout and scored on Joey Bielek’s sacrifice fly. Arizona State took the lead in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk to Serven following singles from Andrew Snow and Johnny Sewald, and a walk by Colby Woodmansee.

In the eighth inning, the Sun Devils brought in Burr to get the last six outs of the game. Unfortunately, he was responsible for all six runs in the ninth. With that, Burr suffered his first loss of the season.

The Wildcats sent twelve batters to the plate in their ninth inning explosion. The Sun Devils had to use three pitchers in the inning: Burr, Jordan Aboites and David Graybill.

The Sun Devils have 2 more games vs. the Wildcats, and currently have a 2-1 lead on them for the season.

Note: There were a total of 14,050 fans that went through the gates at Phoenix Muni for the Territorial Cup series.

 

 

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