#7 Arizona State 6, Washington 5 (10)

SEATTLE - Ryan Burr struck out Braden Bishop looking with the tying run at third base to nail down his second straight save as seventh ranked Arizona State held on to beat Washington 6-5 in 10 innings in the finale of a three game Pac-12 series at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

A season high home crowd of 1,286 packed the Diamond on Montlake on a glorious 65 degree day and saw the Sun Devils (25-11, 13-5 Pac-12) overcome three home runs by the Huskies (21-16, 7-11) to win the series two games to one.

The Huskies' woes in extra inning (1-5) and one run (2-8) games also continued.

Will Sparks led off the bottom of the 10th with a line single to right, but Burr (7-1) struck out Joey Morgan swinging and retired Jack Meggs on a pop up to third for two outs. That brought Bishop, the Husky leadoff batter, to the plate. Burr got ahead in the count 0-2 on a foul ball and a swinging strike but then threw two balls, including a wild pitch. On the wild pitch, catcher Brian Serven attempted to throw out pinch runner Matt Jackson at second but his throw went into center for an error, allowing Jackson to take third.

Bishop fouled away three more pitches before looking at a called third strike to end the game.

After a one out solo home run over the wall in left center by Austin Rei, his second of the season, tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the ninth, the Sun Devils came right back to regain the lead at 6-5 in the top of the 10th.

R.J. Ybarra led off with a line single to left. David Graybill pinch ran and took second on a sacrifice by Andrew Snow. Pinch hitter Zach Cerbo then lined a 1-1 pitch from Troy Rallings (3-2) into the gap in right center for a double to score Graybill.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. For the visitors Brett Lilek went four and a third innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out one.

For the home team, Ryan Schmitten lasted only one plus inning, allowing two earned runs on six hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out one. His only strikeout came against Jake Peevyhouse, the first batter of the game.

After that the Sun Devils got four straight singles, with the final one by David Greer scoring Chris Beall for a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the second, Arizona State made it 2-0 when Ryan Lillard lined a single to center and scored on a double down the right field line by Snow.

That sent Schmitten to an early exit in favor of Spencer Jones, who did a terrific job in relief and kept the Huskies in the game.

Jones went four innings, allowing a run on only one hit, a solo home run by Serven in the top of the fifth, while walking one and striking out eight.

Offensively, the Huskies got to Lilek for three runs in the bottom of the second and a 3-2 lead.

Alex Schmidt led off with a towering home run over the wall in right, his fifth of the season, to make it 2-1 Arizona State. Josh Cushing then singled and Sparks doubled to give the Huskies runners at second and third. Cushing scored on a wild pitch by Lilek and Sparks took third. A groundout by Morgan scored Sparks with the go ahead run.

After Serven's fifth home run of the season, into the left field bullpen, tied the game at 3, the Sun Devils went up 4-3 in the top of the sixth when Trever Allen doubled and eventually scored on a groundout to first by Beall.

They upped the lead to 5-3 in the top of the eighth when Snow singled, stole his first base of the season, and scored on a double down the right field line by Beall.

In the bottom of the eighth the Huskies got a run back for 5-4 when Cushing lined a 2-1 pitch from Eder Erives over the right field wall for his second homer of the season.

Cushing finished the game 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs scored and an RBI.

Rei and Sparks also had multi hit games, with Rei going 3 for 5 with a homer, run scored, and RBI, and Sparks going 2 for 5 with a run scored.

Following a day off on Monday, the Huskies play Seattle U in a nonconference game at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue before returning to Pac-12 play with a three game series on the road at Oregon April 24-26.


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