February 16, 2005
TUCSON - Arizona junior first baseman Jordan Brown hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning Tuesday to give the No. 10 Wildcats a dramatic 7-6 victory over No. 11 Arizona State in non-conference play at Kindall Field at Sancet Park.
The Sun Devils pulled ahead with a two-out, basesloaded walk to sophomore Joe Persichina in the top of the 14th before the Wildcats staged the two-out rally. Senior right fielder Jeff Van Houten laced a single up the middle and Brown followed, drilling a 2-1 fastball from ASU senior reliever Ty Marotz over the right-field fence to give UA the victory.
The Sun Devils dropped to 6-5 with their second straight loss. Arizona improved to 7-0 and ended a streak of seven consecutive non-conference losses to the Sun Devils. ASU has still won 16 of the last 21 meetings against the Wildcats dating back to the 2000 season.
The rivals will meet one more time in non-conference play next week (Feb. 23) in Tucson before ASU hosts the Pac-10 series May 14-16 at Packard Stadium.
Marotz took the loss for the Sun Devils to fall to 0-1 on the year. The heartbreaking loss spoiled a pair of solid pitching performances from junior right-hander Tony Barnette and sophomore right-hander Pat Bresnehan.
Making his first career start, Barnette scattered five hits and two runs in 5 1 /3 innings. Bresnehan tied a career high with seven strikeouts in the longest outing of his career (5 1 /3 innings).
Arizona freshman reliever Mike Koons earned the win, giving up one run and two hits in three innings of work.
Freshman starting pitcher Eric Berger gave up five hits and four runs in 3 2 /3 innings.