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The Arizona State University baseball team scored 13 unansweredruns, including a 10-run sixth inning, to erase a five-run deficit and defeatvisiting Arizona, 14-6, in a non-conference game between the rivals Wednesdayafternoon at Packard Stadium.

Arizona (11-16) jumped out to a 6-1 lead, but the Sun Devils chipped away withthree runs in the fifth inning before capturing the lead and all but puttingthe game away in the sixth.

Momentum firmly shifted when the Wildcats, leading 6-1, had the bases loadedand just one out in the top of the fifth. Reliever Jordan Aboites inherited thejam and quickly induced an inning-ending double play hit by Zach Gibbons.

Arizona State (13-10) then came to bat in the home half of the fifth and platedthree runs off Wildcat starter Tyger Talley to cut the deficit to 6-4.  Inthe sixth, Arizona reliever Tyler Crawford issued consecutive walks to open theinning before left-hander Xavier Borde also issued a walk to load the bases.

That was when things fell apart for the Wildcats.

Arizona State sent 13 more hitters to the plate – 16 for theinning – and scored 10 runs on six hits, another walk, a hit batsmen, a passedball and two errors.

Brian Serven, who drew the second walk of the sixth, went 2-for-3 with threeruns scored in the game, including a two-run single in the endless sixthinning. Servin scored twice in the inning, as did Jake Peeveyhouse, who drewthe leadoff walk to open the frame. Peevyhouse was 2-for-3 on the afternoon andscored three runs, including twice in the sixth.

Nathaniel Causey finished 4-for-5 with a run scored and another batted in topace the 15-hit attack for Arizona State. Six Dun Devils finished the game withmultiple hits.

The Wildcats seemed in control early.

Trent Gilbert, who was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, singled to open the secondinning. Gibbons followed with a single and Bobby Dalbec later doubled home bothrunners to put the Wildcats on top, 2-0.

Arizona State tallied a run in the second off Talley, but Arizona regained atwo-run lead in the fourth when Gilbert belted his second home run of theseason – a solo shot to right-center.

The Wildcats then scored three times in the top of the fifth to claim theirfive-run advantage. Dalbec drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on MichaelHoard's double to prompt a pitching change.

Starter Seth Martinez was replaced by Eric Melbostad, who faced Scott Kingery.Arizona's leadoff hitter slapped a sharp grounder to shortstop ColbyWoodmansee, whose throw skipped past first baseman Nathaniel Causey to allow apair of runs to score, as Kingery moved into scoring position.

Melbostad then walked Joseph Maggi, and Kevin Newman poked a single through theright side to drive in Kingery. Gilbert followed with a line drive single toleft field to load the bases, forcing another pitching change.

That was when Aboites entered and coaxed Gibbons into an inning-ending doubleplay, sending the Sun Devils to the dugout down 6-1.

After the 10-run explosion, Arizona State's bullpen shut down the Wildcats therest of the way.

Aboites (W, 3-1), who earned the win, tossed 2.2 hitlessinnings. Hever Bueno and Josh McAlister each pitched scoreless innings tofinish the game.

Borde (L, 0-1) suffered the loss for the Wildcats, who used five pitchers inrelief of Talley, who did not factor into the decision. Talley pitched fivecomplete innings with four runs allowed on eight hits.

Arizona returns home to resume Pac-12 Conference play with a three-game seriesagainst No. 7 Oregon State this weekend in Tucson, Ariz. The series beginsFriday night at 7 p.m. (MST) at Hi Corbett Field. All three games will bebroadcast on the Pac-12 Network.

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