No. 3 Arizona State traveled to Tucson on Friday night just two games back of conference leading Oregon and left a full three games back after a 10-9 walk-off loss to the unranked Arizona Wildcats.
Arizona had lost five straight coming into this year’s Territorial Cup matchup, but the southern rivals managed to erase an eight run deficit to hand the Sun Devils their eighth loss of the season and sixth in conference play.
ASU got off to hot start early, thanks in part to Arizona starter Shelby Babcock’s seven walks in the first three innings of the game. In the second inning, ASU had the bases loaded with two outs and they capitalized on an Alix Johnson two-run single that was followed up by Cheyenne Coyle’s 19th home run of this season to give the Sun Devils a 5-0 lead. The Sun Devils would extend their lead in the third to 8-0 after a three-run homer off the bat of Nikki Girard.