TUCSON, Ariz. - For the fourth time in four years, The University of Arizona has captured the annual Territorial Cup Series trophy from rival Arizona State University.
The 2012-13 competition came down to the final matchups of the year, with the Wildcat baseball team winning the final point as it secured a season series victory over the Sun Devils on Sunday afternoon. The point propelled Arizona to a 9.5-8.5 victory in the multi-sport competition.
"We are very proud of our student-athletes and coaches that helped us secure the fourth straight Territorial Cup Series," Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. "Among our goals is to be one of the top athletics departments in our conference, which, in turn, will make us one of the top departments in the nation.
"To accomplish this, we must be strong in our state," Byrne explained. "We will continue to emphasize our performance in the Territorial Cup Series as another way to continue to improve our department."
The Territorial Cup Series pits the two schools either in head-to-head games between the institutions, like basketball, or the higher finish in Pac-12 Championships events as in track and field. A half-point is awarded if the teams split an annual series, as in women's volleyball this year. There are 18 events or sports counted.
The Wildcats finished this year's academic calendar strong, winning full points in three of the final four sports in May. Softball opened the month by taking two-of-three contests at Hillenbrand Stadium, and the women's outdoor track and field team registered a full point for a higher finish at last weekend's Pac-12 Championship meet in Los Angeles.
Those victories, coupled with Arizona State winning the men's outdoor track and field point, set up a winner-take-all scenario in the baseball series in Tempe this weekend. After splitting two games in Tucson earlier this year, the Wildcats won two-of-three this weekend to win the season series on the diamond.
In addition to baseball, Arizona earned full points for women's cross country, men's basketball, women's swimming and diving, men's swimming and diving, women's gymnastics, women's golf, softball and women's outdoor track and field. The Wildcats claimed a half-point in volleyball.
Arizona won the initial competition, which began in 2009-10. The Wildcats since defended their inaugural title by winning again in 2010-11, 2011-12 and now 2012-13.
2012-13 Territorial Cup Series Results
Volleyball - Split point (head-to-head)
Football - ASU (head-to-head)
Soccer - ASU (head-to-head)
Men's Cross Country - ASU (Pac-)
Women's Cross Country - Arizona (Pac-12s)
Men's Basketball - Arizona (head-to-head)
Women's Basketball - ASU (head-to-head)
Women's Indoor Track and Field - ASU (Pac-12s)
Women's Swimming and Diving - Arizona (Pac-12s)
Men's Swimming and Diving - Arizona (Pac-12s)
Women's Gymnastics - Arizona (head-to-head)
Women's Tennis - ASU (head-to-head)
Women's Golf - Arizona (Pac-12s)
Men's Golf - ASU (Pac-12s)
Softball - Arizona (head-to-head)
Women's Outdoor Track and Field - Arizona (Pac-12s)
Men's Outdoor Track and Field - ASU (Pac-12s)
Baseball - Arizona (head-to-head)
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