Wildcats Walk-off

In what was one of the better games of the season, Arizona defeated Arizona State Friday night on a walk-off single by Seth Mejias-Brean.

The Arizona Wildcats played the Arizona State Sun Devils at home for the first time this season in front of 5,451 spectators. It was the largest crowd at an Arizona home game since May 14, 1993 against Arizona State and the result was a memorable one, as Arizona won 1-0 on a walk-off hit by Seth Mejias-Brean.

Arizona ace Kurt Heyer, a junior, threw 119 pitches en route to a complete game shut out and his 11th win this season. He gave up six hits and three walks, but none of those base runners scored and that was the difference in the game.

Both teams had plenty of chances to steal the game, but Arizona took its shot late in the ninth inning. After Robert Refsnyder singled up the middle with one out, Tucson native Mejias-Brean stepped to the plate. Down a strike, Mejias-Brean rocketed a line drive past the third baseman and Refsnyder was off to the races.

The junior rounded third with third-base coach Matt Siegel holding up a stop sign. Refsnyder ran through it, as the throw from left field was wide of the plate and Refsnyder slid head first into home.

"I was hoping everyone didn't see that," Refsnyder said after the game. "I got a good jump at first. I saw it down the line pretty good. I could smell the win. I could smell the conference title and Omaha. There was no way I wasn't going to score on that."

Mejias-Brean's double was his only hit of the night. It was also Arizona's only extra base hit of the night and it came at the perfect moment.

"It's a great moment for me, being a Tucson kid," Mejias-Brean said. "It's a real good rivalry and having all of these fans out here made it a real good game."

Arizona's head coach Andy Lopez even mentioned that the game was special to him as well.

"It was a tremendous college baseball game," he said. "It's been a long time since I've been a part of that with a crowd like this."

Lopez also mentioned that the move to Hi-Corbett was part of the reason for the success Friday night and this season.

"If you can get this type of environment and put a good product on the field, you hope that this is the type of thing that happens when you're down by a run or tied zero to zero in the ninth," he said.

Heyer was emotional and excited after the game, citing that it may have been his final home game as a Wildcat.

"This is right at the top," Heyer said. "Definitely for the last regular season game and hopefully the last of my career, it doesn't get any better than this. The Stanford series was pretty up there, but this one, beating your rival on a Friday night. That's pretty special"

Heyer was watching the game from the dugout when Mejias-Brean won the game. He noticed Refsnyder running through the stop sign at third, but didn't even think twice about the decision.

"Not even a brick wall was going to stop him," Heyer said. "I saw him rounding third and I knew that we had this.

"Words cannot describe what I feel right now."

Arizona State stranded 8 runners on base during the game, including runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the third inning. Heyer got Joey DeMichele to fly to center to end the inning.

The Devils also threatened in the top of the fourth, after James McDonald walked, stole second and advanced to third on a ground ball. Nathaniel Causey grounded out to first ending the threat.

Heyer seemed to be in trouble when he balked Michael Benjamin to second with just one out in the top of the seventh. After a ground out to second, Benjamin stood 90 feet from home with two outs before Sun Devil lead off man Andrew Aplin hit a hard liner to third base. Seth Mejias-Brean made an athletic move and caught it on the fly.


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