In a mid-week game against rival ASU, the Arizona Baseball team absolutely dismantled the Sun Devils in a game that won’t go toward their Pac-12 record.
Apparently, winning in effing Tucson isn’t as easy as ASU Basketball coach Bobby Hurley had said it was. On Tuesday, the Arizona Baseball team once again proved to the Sun Devils that wins don’t come easy here. Keep in mind, Arizona is a perfect 17-0 at home.
In a bitter rivalry that even extends from the gridiron, all the way to the baseball diamond, once again rivals met, and Arizona made their presence felt in this one.
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ASU, a once storied program, has seen their sort of inconsistencies of late, especially this year. The Sun Devils are 12-15 (2-7), despite the immense talent they do have.
However, at Arizona, things are seemingly quite the opposite, as head coach Jay Johnson is in now year two with the Wildcats.
Two teams with tons of talent and history faced each other for the first time this season at Hi-Corbett, and the Wildcats dominated.
ASU would take a one-run lead early, but Arizona quickly responded and never looked back. Thanks to a few timely hits and a throwing error by the Sun Devils, the Wildcats would lead 3-1 after just the first inning.
However, the offense would not quit, as Arizona would tack on another run in the second and third innings, before completely blowing this one open in the fifth.
Juniors Jared Oliva and J.J. Matijevic would get things started for the Wildcats in the bottom of the fifth. Oliva would get on base, and it was Matijevic that would bring him home, hitting a massive two-run home run (his second of the night) to right center, making the game 7-1.
Not but a few batters later, the Wildcats would make the Sun Devils pay again! This time it was junior transfer Cal Stevenson that would also join the home run hitting party, launching a grand slam that would make it 11-1 in favor of the Wildcats. It was Cal’s first home run in Arizona red, blue and white.
Junior pitcher Cameron Ming would get the start for the Cats on the mound, only pitching the first two innings before being pulled. Arizona would then turn to Tylor Megill who would pitch four innings before Seve Romo, and Austin Schnabel would close out the game.
Combined, the Arizona pitchers would surrender just seven hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out eight Sun Devil batters. Megill would pick up the victory, improving his record to 1-2 on the season.
The Wildcats would ultimately go one to win 11-2, completely dominating the Sun Devils in this one. With the victory, Arizona improves to 21-7 (5-4) on the season and will pick-up play again when the play Washington State this weekend in Pullman.
Here were some of Johnson’s comments following the win in front of 4,600+ fans (*Note: He sounds quite happy):
At Zona Zealots, we’re proud of the Wildcats for their continued success. It’s always great to beat your rival, but to dominate them on your home field is even more amazing! Great win Cats, and Bear Down!