Devils Lose Heartbreaker to Bears

The Arizona State Sun Devils dropped the third and deciding game to the Cal Golden Bears Sunday afternoon by a score of 4-3 after blowing a one-run lead in the ninth. The Devils are now 22-15 overall and .500 in league play at 3-3. The win helped the Bears improve to 23-13 and 5-4 in Pac-10 play.

The loss was a tough one for the Devils not only because they had the lead going into the ninth but because it gave Cal the series victory. Senior reliever Jason Urquidez was charged with the loss after allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth on three hits and two walks. Urquidez had cruised through the previous two innings not allowing a single hit. But the wheels came off in the ninth after Urquidez allowed the leadoff man aboard with a single and then proceeded to walk the next batter. After an intentional walk to load the bases Cal leadoff hitter Mike Van Widen stroked a ground ball to left to tie the game at three. Cal third baseman Matt Einspahr then came to the plate and ripped the game-winning line drive to left that just sailed over Sun Devil shortstop Joe Persichina's glove. Urquidez is now 5-3 on the season and also received his first blown save of the year. Junior left-hander Erik Averill, who started the game for the Devils, threw a solid game in the no-decision as he allowed just two runs in 5.2 innings of work before being replaced by Urquidez.

Redshirt freshman outfielder Rocky Laguna continued his nine-game hitting streak to nine games after an RBI double in the fifth that put the Devils up 1-0. Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens also continued his six-game hitting-streak after singling home senior first baseman Jeff Larish in the sixth that gave ASU their 3-2 lead. Larish and junior right fielder Travis Buck were both 2-for-4 on the day.

The Devils return home to Packard Stadium next Friday for another Pac-10 battle against the nationally ranked Stanford Cardinals (19-11, 4-2 Pac-10). Friday's game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start time and will be broadcast live on AZ-TV.

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