March 28, 2010
TEMPE, ARIZ. -No. 1-ranked Arizona State scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend California, 3-2, Sunday in the final game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Packard Stadium in Tempe. The Golden Bears had battled the top-ranked Sun Devil tough the entire game with junior Mark Canha tying the contest, 2-2, in the top of the ninth with an RBI double.
Cal fell to 12-10 overall in 0-3 in the conference, while ASU improved to 23-0 on the year and 3-0 in league play. ASU won Friday night's game, 12-5, and Saturday night's game, 6-1.
The Bears scored the first run of the conest in the top of the first inning when junior second baseman Brian Guinn led-off the game with a double down the right field line off Arizona State starter Jake Borup (7.2 innings, two hits, one run, one walk, 13 strikeouts). Borup proceeded to walk sophomore center fielder Danny Oh and allowed Guinn to advance to third on a wild pitch. Guinn then scored on Canha's fielder's choice RBI.
The contest remained scoreless for the next six innings as Cal sophomore right-hander Dixon Anderson was solid against the nation's top team (7.1 innings, nine hits, one earned run, two walks, four strikeouts).
The Sun Devils finally broke through with two runs in the eighth inning off Anderson on Kole Calhoun's RBI double and Riccio Torrez's RBI single up the middle.
Down, 2-1, the Bears were able to tie it in the top of the ninth inning when Oh reached on ASU second baseman Zack MacPhee's error and scored on Canha's double.
Unfortunately for Cal, the Sun Devils rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off junior right-hander Brian Diemer (0-1, 1.1 inning, two hits, one run, one strikeout). With two down, Raoul Torrez single through the left side, stole second base and scored the winning run on Drew Maggi's RBI single up the middle
The Bears return home Tuesday, March 30 for a 2:30 p.m. non-conference game at Evans Diamond against Fresno State.
Arizona State: None.