Baseball ends in heartbreaking loss to Rival

SCOTTSDALE – Sun Devil Baseball saw its season end in heartbreaking fashion after an epic back-and-forth affair with rival Arizona, falling to an 8-6 decision in a playoff game at the first Pac-Base Tournament. 12 Friday at Scottsdale Stadium.

After the Sun Devils took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh on a Ryan Campos Double two RBIs, the Wildcats answered in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out triple, bases loaded and clearing bases to go ahead for good, 8-6.

Campos went 3 for 4 that day with four RBIs. Joe Lamp had two doubles on three hits and Sean Mc Lain added three hits.

Christian Bodlovich gave ASU 2.2 innings of scoreless relief midway through the game and the ASU bullpen allowed only three hits in the final 5.2 innings after a third inning of five Wildcat points.

Trailing 5-2, the Sun Devils scored two goals in the fifth and two in the seventh to regain the lead heading into the deciding eighth inning.


TURNING
Ryan Campos has been electric against Arizona all season and almost single-handedly faced the Wildcats on Friday. Right off the bat, ASU got a single and a double from Joe Lamp and Sean Mc Lain and Campos passed the two with a single down the right side. In the seventh, it was a bit of deja vu as Lampe doubled up and McLain took an elbow pitch and the freshmen laced a two-RBI double to right center to give ASU a 6- 5.


GREAT MOMENT
Blake Pivaroff came in the seventh threw a big 1-2-3 frame to take the top of the Wildcat line out after the big half of the Sun Devil inning. Pivaroff walked the first two batters of the eighth and ASU went to Brock Peery out of the bullpen. A bunt from the bag moved into both scoring position and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. ASU intentionally packed the bases and got a quick first fly to get the second out. The Arizona nine-hole hitter grabbed the second pitch he saw and laced a ball to center. Joe Lamp misinterpreted the play from the start and took a step forward instead of back and that proved to be the difference when the ball sailed over his head and the three-pointer scored on a triple for bring the score to 8-6.


FINAL STRAW

Campos fired a two-out field single, but ASU was unable to do more than that with a game-ending groundout.


NOTABLES

  • Sean Mc Lain was hit on his 21st pitch of the season, the third at ASU since 1998.
  • Joe Lamp added two doubles on the day, taking the lead in the ASU clubhouse with 22 on the season. Him and Nate Baez are the first Sun Devils since 2010 to have 20+ doubles and 10+ home runs in a season. They are the only ones to do so in the SAME season since at least 1998.
  • The 22 doubles are tied for eighth in ASU since the 1998 season.
  • ASU recorded double-digit hits for the 28e time in the last 34 games and the 37e time in 58 games this year.
  • Ryan Campos went 10 for 20 in five games against the Wildcats this year.

ROUND BY ROUND

first run
ASU wasted absolutely no time in this one, snatching three straight hits to start the game with a single from Lampe, a double from McLain and a two RBI single through the middle from Campos for an early 2 lead. -0. ASU would have moved away from base two batters later, but answered in the bottom half of the frame. Baez landed a great backhand shot on a ball down the middle, put his feet down and headed out first. Tulloch hit Daniel Susac but slipped trying to line up the next ball with a helicopter high above the mound. Sean Mc Lain picked up the ball and made an incredible drop throw that was picked for the early takedown and a 1-2-3 frame.



Second run
The Devils fell in order early in the second. Tulloch failed a two-out walk with a backwards K in another no-hitter frame.



Round three
A first HBP and two walks from Campos both ended up blocked on base. After a first strikeout, the Wildcats reversed the order on a pair of two-hit misses, a 9-hole batter single on an 0-2 count and an HBP on a 1-2 count against the first. hitter. It would bite the Devils as Susac fired a three-point shot from the opposite field, immediately followed by another opposite taco from O’Tremba to make it 4-2. Another single would get ASU to go pen. Arizona added another on a sack fly to make it 5-2.



Round four
ASU got a first bloop single from Conor Davis but that was the extent of the action. Bodlovich rounded a two-out error from his shortstop to cross the frame unscathed.



round five

Joe Lamp scored a brace down the right field line, then had a header high on a McLain single that was thrown by the shortstop and Lampe never took his foot off the brakes, scoring easily despite the ball don’t drive too far. Nate Baez would add a two-out RBI single to bring ASU within 5-4. Willie Bloomquist made his second successful challenge of the week on a bang-bang play at first base that was knocked down for Bodlovich’s first out. Bodlovich worked around a two-man walk to get a flyout to the warning track to Lampe and keep ASU in a run.



round six
ASU only lost seven slots. Will Levin walked in and ended up in a traffic jam right out of the gates with a single in the middle and an HBP. But the veteran induced his 10e double play of the year and got a pitch to escape the frame.



round seven
The top of the command continued to keep ASU in this area. Lampe doubled to left field on a helicopter over third baseman and McLain drew an HBP to bring up Campos who laced a two RBI double to right center to make it 6-5. Blake Pivaroff came in and took out the top of the Wildcat order on nine pitches to keep ASU on top.

round eight

Will Rogers got a two-man single but was blocked on the base path. A pair of tee steps followed by an intentional walk to load the bases would prove inauspicious after an inside pop fly. The Wildcat nine-hole hitter laced a dead ball with the outfield playing. Lampe stepped forward on his initial move and it would doom the Sun Devils as the ball would clear his head and allow all three baserunners to score on a triple to take an 8-6 lead.

round nine
Campos got a two-out single, his third hit of the day, but a down pitch prevented ASU from inducing late theatrics.