Jones Hits for Cycle and Breaks Horner's Record as Arizona State Tops Wildcats, 24-10
TUCSON, Ariz.Senior left fielder Mitch Jones hit for the cycle and broke Bob Horner's 22-year-old single-season school record for home runs as Arizona State defeated Arizona, 24-10, in Tucson Sunday afternoon to earn a share of the Pac-10 title.
The Sun Devils improved to 42-13 with the win. They clinched a share of the Pac-10 regular-season title with both UCLA and Stanford, thanks to the Cardinal's 17-11 victory over the Bruins in Palo Alto Sunday afternoon. The three teams finished with identical 17-7 league marks, but Arizona State will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament since it took two of three games from both UCLA and Stanford. Arizona finished the year 26-30 and 8-16 in the Pac-10.
Jones doubled in a pair of runs in the first, was hit by a pitch in the second and drove in another run with a single in third. After flying out in the fifth, he hit a three-run homer, his 26th of the season, to left center off senior right-hander Mike Crawford, surpassing Horner's 1978 school mark in the sixth inning. After collecting another single in eighth, Jones tripled in the ninth to become the first Sun Devil in three years to achieve the cycle. For the day, Jones was 5-for-6 with three runs scored and six RBI.
Junior center fielder Jeff Duncan went 4-for-6 with four runs, while junior catcher Casey Myers scored four times and drove in three, including his 16th home run of the year.
Arizona was led at the plate by junior right fielder Ryan O'Donnell who went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs. Senior center fielder Troy Gingrich reached base four times and scored three runs.
After falling behind 6-1 and 10-6, Arizona battled back to within one after six innings, but ASU put the game away with 14 runs over the last three innings. Senior lefty Tony Milo (5-7), the first of eight Wildcat pitchers, took the loss.
#3 Arizona State 244 000 545 - 24 23 2
Arizona 151 002 100 - 10 17 1
Liebeck, Switzer (2), Waldrip (5), Doble (6)
and Myers; Milo, Crawford (3), Pemble (7),
Elias (7), Capek (8), Meyer (9), Burns (9), Huff (9)
and Meyer, Riley (9). W-Switzer (11-2). L-Milo (5-7).
Sv-Doble (8). Hrs-ASU: Myers (16), Jones (26),
Phelps (8); UA: Jones (3).