Wildcats fall to Sun Devils late

Arizona lost its final nonconference game of the season to rival Arizona State on Tuesday. Read on for a recap of what went wrong for the Wildcats.

With the non-conference loss to the rival Sun Devils on Tuesday night, the Arizona Wildcats moved to 28-15 on the season.

It took just one bad inning from one of the best pitchers on the Arizona roster for the Sun Devils to take home the victory.

Star closer Mathew Troupe came on in relief in the top of the eighth inning with the game tied at five. Arizona State had two runners on and two outs.

Troupe allowed a single to designated hitter R.J. Ybarra, but the runners were all held after advancing just a single base.

It didn't take long for them to move up again as Troupe threw a wild pitch, allowing the runner at third to score. He proceeded to walk the next two batters, but the damage had been done and Arizona State led 7-5.

Arizona was unable to mount a rally in the last two innings of the game and Arizona State's Ryan Burr was able to notch his tenth save of the season in the bottom of the ninth.

Zak Miller started the game for the Sun Devils, but had some issues early. After retiring Johnny Field to start the game, he gave up a double to Trent Gilbert, hit Brandon Dixon with a breaking ball, and walked Riley Moore and Kevin Newman. The second walk gave Arizona a 1-0 lead.

Two more runs scored in the inning, when Zach Gibbons grounded to shortstop, but an errant throw to first base allowed Dixon and Moore to score. The bad throw also broke up an inning-ending double play.

The Sun Devils got a run back just an inning later. In the top of the second, Ybarra got things started with a lead off double, but it failed to rally his team any further than the lone run he represented, as back-to-back sacrifice flies scored Ybarra.

Arizona State continued to scratch its way back into the game inning-by-inning. After Arizona failed to score in the bottom of the second, Jake Peevyhouse hit a solo homerun to right field, bringing the gap closer. Two singles, a wild pitch, and a walk later, and the Sun Devils had the bases loaded with two outs in the inning.

True freshman Tyger Talley clipped Trevor Allen in the next at-bat, which forced in the tying run. Dalton Dinatale followed up the hit-by-pitch with a single up the middle, though just a single run was plated.

Talley made ASU pay for being cautious by getting the next batter to ground out, ending the inning.

With a 4-3 lead heading into the top of the fifth, Arizona had been riding the arm of reliever Cody Moffett since he entered the game for Talley in the top of the fourth.

He got the first Sun Devil to fly out in foul territory, but proceeded to hit two batters and eventually walk the bases loaded with two outs.

That prompted the coaches to call on Tyler Hale from the bullpen. He threw just one pitch, getting a ground out to first and ending the threat.

The shut down by Hale became more important in the bottom half of the inning, when the Wildcats retook the lead.

Field was drilled by a pitch with one out and Gilbert followed it up with a single. They both advanced on a sac fly, but it was Moore who brought both of them home as he drove a breaking ball back through the box and into center field, giving Arizona a 5-4 lead heading into the sixth frame.

The Sun Devils tied the game at five in the top of the sixth, but then the scoreboard went quiet until the top of the eighth, when Arizona State scored two runs en route to the victory.

Hale was charged with three runs in the inning, charging him with his first loss of the year.

Arizona will have a short week as it hosts the University of Washington Huskies in the Friday through Sunday series. Washington has won five of it's last eight games.

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