Baseball blows chances in opener with ASU

Opportunity knocked for the Wildcat baseball team on Friday night, but Arizona never answered the door.

The Wildcats left 12 men on base, including seven in scoring position, in an 8-3 loss to ASU at Kindall Field.

"They were giving us opportunities but we just didn't take advantage," a very hoarse Andy Lopez said. "Hopefully we got it out of our system and we'll put a good one together tomorrow."

Friday's effort was never a good one for the UA. Arizona (27-22-1, 9-10) had two on with one out in the first three innings and the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth and came away with a grand total of two runs. Three Wildcat errors during that same stretch helped open the door for six Sun Devil runs.

"We've got to do a better job of playing the game," Lopez said. "It's disappointing because I've watched us play the game pretty soundly for the last four or five weeks. We did some very uncharacteristic things."

The problems started in the top of the first. With runners at the corners and one out, ASU DH Zechry Zinicola hit a routine ground ball to Mo Duran that went right through the Wildcat senior's legs and into left field for a run scoring error. Josh Asanovich followed with an RBI groundout to give the Sun Devils (38-13, 11-8) an early 2-0 lead.

In the third, the problems came in the form of a two-out Sun Devil hit and an error on the same play. Tuffy Gosewisch took a Koley Kolberg fastball down the right field line for a two-run triple and then scored himself when John Hardy's relay throw to third went down the left field line.

The Sun Devils tacked on another run in the fourth when Dustin Pedroia led off with a double and came home on Kolberg's errant throw to third on Travis Buck's attempted sacrifice.

"You can't pitch poorly, make three errors and not hit very well and expect to win," Lopez said. "That's a bad combination."

Arizona will try to find a winning combination on Saturday in game two of the series. The Wildcats will send Kevin Guyette (6-5 6.93) to the mound against ASU ace Jason Urquidez (10-2 2.94). First pitch is at 7:00.

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