Arizona baseball's Scott Kingery leads Wildcats to victory over ASU
Arizona baseball won its final game at ASU’s Packard Stadium, 10-9, on Wednesday night in Tempe, Ariz.
The Wildcats (15-19, 4-8 Pac-12 Conference) evened the season series with the nonconference victory against their rival ASU (17-13, 7-5).
Freshman lefty Evan Hebert (1-0) earned his first career college win for the UA and provided the team with a pair of shutout innings. Sophomore right-hander Jordan Aboites (3-2) suffered the loss for the Sun Devils.
The game lasted over four hours, mainly because Arizona used seven different pitchers and six different arms went to work for ASU.
Both starting pitchers in the game lasted a pedestrian 2.2 innings. Wildcat freshman Morgan Earman (0-0) let in three earned runs, while his righty counterpart Seth Martinez (2-0) allowed four to cross the plate.
Arizona’s offense came mostly in small doses throughout the game, but it was consistent nonetheless. The only innings the Wildcats didn’t score were the top of the second, seventh and ninth.
ASU’s offense came in large clumps. The Sun Devils enjoyed a three-run third and a four-run fifth and scored twice in the bottom half of the sixth as well.
Arizona sophomore center fielder Scott Kingery had one of his best games in an Arizona uniform ever on Wednesday. He went 3-for-4 at the dish, scored a trio of runs and drove in another two.
Kingery also hit his first career home run in the game. Kingery, Bobby Dalbec, Trent Gilbert and Michael Hoard are the lone three Wildcats to have left the ballpark this season.
Freshman utility player Dalbec was 2-for-4 at the plate, with a run scored and a couple RBIs. He also tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth to tally his second save of 2014.
The very top of Arizona’s lineup carried it throughout the game. Kevin Newman, Gilbert and Kingery combined for half of the team’s 14 hits, scored six of its 10 runs and also had a total three runs batted in.
Next the Wildcats will return home to face No. 22 UCLA (18-13, 6-3) for a three-game Pac-12 series. First pitch from Hi Corbett Field on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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