The Trojans were down 13-12 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning and after two quick outs, they looked to be starting off the season 0-3 in conference play. Trojan first baseman, Derek Parren kept the inning alive with a two out single to centerfield off Sun Devil reliever, Jason Jarvis. Leftfielder, Lucas Duda, then stepped to the plate and crushed a two-run, walk-off homerun to right field to end the slugfest. The homerun was the second of the game for Duda, the other being a grand slam that put the Trojans up in the sixth inning.
The Devils got the scoring started early, as right fielder, Ike Davis, blasted a grand slam in the top of the first inning to put the Devils on top 4-0. The two teams battled back and forth with the Devils maintaining a slight edge. The Trojans wouldn't take the lead until the sixth inning when they scored eight runs to take a 12-9 advantage. The Devils came back and scored one run in both the seventh and eight innings. Going into the ninth, the Devils were down 12-11 and had the top of the order coming up to bat. Sun Devil first baseman, Brett Wallace, led off the inning with a solo shot to tie things up at 12. The homerun was the second of the game for Wallace, who finished the day a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI's.
After a walk and a sac-bunt, Rocky Laguna drove in the go-ahead run, which put the Devils up 13-12 and just three outs away from the series sweep. However, Duda's blast in the ninth changed that. The Devils were plagued by walks and errors throughout the game, which ultimately led to the tough loss.
The Devils will look to rebound this Wednesday, when they face instate rival Arizona in the second annual Challenge at Chase. The game is scheduled for a 6:40 first pitch.
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