Cats Edge Devils in Extra Innings

The 12th Sun Devil baseball team traveled to Tucson Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference math-up against rival and No. 9 ranked Wildcats. The 14 innings game ended on a walk-off homerun. Unfortunately for the Devils, the homerun came off the bat of Wildcat first basemen Jordan Brown, which gave the Wildcats the 7-6 victory.

The homerun came after the Devils scored one in the top of the inning to take a 6-5 advantage. After a two-out single by Wildcat right-fielder Jeff Van Houten, Brown stepped to the plate and blasted a two-out, two-run, walk-off homer over the right field fence. The homerun came off Sun Devil relief pitcher Ty Marotz (0-1) who was credited with his first loss of the season.

The Devils had built a 5-1 lead after five innings of play. But a run in the bottom of the sixth and three more in the seventh tied the game for the Cats at five apiece. The three runs in the seventh were due in large part to the two-run homer off the bat of Wildcat right-fielder Jeff Van Houten. The homerun came off Sun Devil reliever Brett Bordes, the pitcher responsible for all three Wildcat runs in the seventh.

The Devils struggled against the Wildcat pitching staff the entire game, managing just 11 total hits. The heart of the line-up for the Devils made up of Travis Buck, Jeff Larish, and Tuffy Gosewisch, were a combined 2-for-17 with one run scored and two RBI. The defense also struggled once again committing three errors.

On a positive note Sun Devil right-handed pitcher Tony Barnette looked solid in his first career start lasting 5.1 innings while only allowing one run on five hits. Sophomore right-hander Pat Bresnehan also did a great job in relief. Bresnehan gave the Devils plenty off chances to win the game after coming in for Bordes with the game tied at five. Bresnehan pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits while striking out seven Wildcat batters.

Senior third basemen Joey Hooft and sophomore leftfielder Colin Curtis were the only Devils to record a multi-hit game. Hooft was 2-for-5 including a two-run double down the line in the second that gave the Devils a 3-1 lead. Once again Curtis proved why Coach Pat Murphy has him in the leadoff spot, going 4-for-6 with one RBI and one run scored.

The Devils will face their toughest challenge yet in this young season as they travel to New Orleans to face the No.1 ranked Green Wave of Tulane.

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