TUCSON, Ariz. – JJ Matijevic hit two home runs and Cal Stevenson added a grand slam as Arizona beat in-state foe Arizona State 11-2 Tuesday night, in front of 4,644 fans at Hi Corbett Field.
Matijevic hit a solo homer to lead off the third inning and then added a two-run shot in the fifth. The junior first baseman finished 3 for 4 with five RBI, two home runs, a double and three runs scored.
All total, the Cats banged out 11 hits, scored 11 runs and held Arizona State to two runs on seven hits. Arizona improved to 21-7 on the season and 17-0 at home. Arizona State dropped to 12-15 on the season.
The win came in front of new Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke, who attended his first game as an official Arizona employee. Heeke was presented with a red Arizona jersey before the game from coach Jay Johnson.
Once the pregame festivities ended, Arizona put on a show for the season's largest crowd of the season.
After the Sun Devils plated a run in the first inning, Arizona's offensive onslaught began in the bottom half of the frame. After Alfonso Rivas walked and Jared Oliva singled, Matijevic brought both runners home with a double to right-centerfield. Matijevic then stole second with two outs and scored on a throwing error by the catcher when he tried to pick Matijevic off third base.
Leading 3-1, Rivas had a two-out RBI single to score Louis Boyd, who walked earlier in the inning. Matijevic added another run in the third with his solo shot.
After a scoreless fourth, the Cats erupted for a six-run inning and sent 10 men to the plate. Oliva started the inning with a single and was brought home on Matijevic's home run to right-center. Matijevic's home run marked the first time since Ryan Aguilar hit two home runs at Washington last season.
After Matijevic's home run, Nick Quintana and Mitchell Morimoto put together back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt and a walk loaded the bases for Stevenson with two outs. Stevenson launched a home run to right field to make it 11-1. It was Stevenson's first career home run at Arizona.
Lost in the offensive explosion was the solid performance from four Arizona pitchers. Left-hander Cameron Ming started the game and went two innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits, while striking out one. Junior right-hander Tylor Megill then took over and tossed four scoreless innings. Megill gave up just two hits and struck out four, while not issuing any walks.
Seve Romo tossed two innings, allowing one run on two hits and senior Austin Schnabel tossed a scoreless ninth to close it out.
Rivas finished 2 for 3 for the Cats with an RBI, a run scored and a walk. Boyd coaxed two walks and scored a pair of runs. Oliva went 1 for 3 with two runs scored.