After winning the first two games against the Sun Devils, Arizona Baseball came into Sunday hoping to complete the sweep.
With the series victory at hand, the head-to-head season series at hand, and a guaranteed losing season for Sun Devil Baseball, what else was needed on Sunday? Apparently, the Arizona Baseball team wanted to make that icing just a little bit sweeter.
Cody Deason got the start for the Wildcats on the mound and would pitch a gem through six innings, holding the Sun Devils to one run on eight hits. Deason would later be relieved by Rio Gomez, but it was Deason who would pick up the victory, improving his record to 5-2.
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Offensively, Arizona would get it going early, unloading in the first inning, and taking a commanding 3-0 lead.
Ryan Haug broke the 0-0 tie when he would triple to center field, scoring JJ Matijevic. A few batters later, Kyle Lewis would single to right, scoring Alfonso Rivas, and making it 3-0 for Arizona early.
Heading into the top of the ninth inning, already leading 6-1, the Wildcats would add a few more runs. Senior infielder Sawyer Gieseke would single to right field, scoring Lewis, and a few batters later, Cesar Salazar would also rope a two-run single making it 9-1 for the Cats.
But what would an Arizona Baseball game be without any late-game drama? Needing just three outs to complete the sweep, the Sun Devils would use their final bottom-half of the inning to make things a bit more interesting.
Using a few timely hits, the Sun Devils would slowly chip away at the Wildcats’ lead, making things a little uncomfortable. Down 9-5 with still 0 outs in the inning, the Cats would turn to Tylor Megill, who would shut the door completely on any potential ASU comeback, securing the 9-5 win.
The sweep over ASU is they’re first over the Sun Devils since 1992, and their first sweep of ASU in Tempe since 1989.
With the victory on Sunday, the Wildcats improved to 36-17 (15-12) on the season, and improve their postseason resume a bit more with one more Pac-12 series to go. Arizona will host Cal next weekend at Hi-Corbett Field to close out their regular season.
At Zona Zealots, it feels good to beat ASU. It feels even better to sweep them on their home field! Bear Down, Arizona!