Wildcats Dominate in Series Clinching Win

The No. 8 Arizona Wildcats handed the No. 17 Arizona State Sun Devils their worst loss of the year Monday night, with an 18-1 shellacking. The loss dropped the Devils to 30-20 overall and 11-7 in Pac-10 play. UofA improved to 34-16 overall and 14-4 in conference play.

Many of the 3,312 fans in attendance tonight, went to the game expecting a great battle between these two in state rivals. But instead they received a free lesson on how to hit the baseball, (no, Tom Emanski was not at tonight's ballgame) courtesy of the Arizona Wildcats as the Cats took the Devils to school scoring 18 runs on 17 hits.

Sun Devil starter Bret Bordes (3-5, 4.25 ERA) was saddled with the loss, as he allowed five runs (four eared) on four hits in just three innings of work. Once Bordes left the game things only got worse for the Devils. Five Devil relievers combined to give up 13 runs over the final seven innings. The Wildcat bats never cooled off from yesterday's route, eight of the nine Wildcat batters recorded a hit and six recorded a multi-hit game. First baseman Jordan Brown lead the Wildcat attack, going 3-for-5 with two runs and five RBI.

Offensively the Devils didn't come through with the key hits needed to at least make this game look somewhat respectable. The only Devil to really perform well at the plate was freshman shortstop Andrew Romine, who knocked in the only Sun Devil run while going 3-for-4. Wildcat starter Sean Rierson threw a solid 5.2 innings to pick up his third win for the Cats, allowing just one run on eight hits.

The Devils will look to rebound next weekend when they travel to Washington (27-21, 7-11 Pac-10) for a tough three game road trip that begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening.

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