TEMPE, Ariz. -- No. Arizona State took advantage of an erratic Arizona bullpen to score seven runs in the seventh inning and rally for a 12-8 non-conference victory over the 13th-ranked Wildcats on Tuesday at Packard Stadium.
Arizona (24-12) overcame an early two-run deficit and used a six-run fifth-inning to take a 7-2 lead. But Arizona State (24-13) chipped away with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and a single run in the sixth before erupting for seven runs in the seventh.
Arizona starter Tyler Crawford turned over a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning, but relievers Tyler Hale, Stephen Manthei and Mathew Troupe surrendered eight runs on just four hits, along with four walks and two hit batters.
Troupe (2-1) took the loss, issuing bases-loaded walks to Rouric Bridgewater and Andrew Aplin with two out in the seventh to allow the Sun Devils to tie the game at 8, followed by a two-run single by Deven Marrero and a two-run double by Joey DeMichele.
Joseph Lopez (1-0) earned the win in relief for the Sun Devils. He was helped by his defense, which converted a bases-loaded line drive into an inning-ending double-play in the top of the seventh, spoiling a potential big inning for the Wildcats.
Seth Mejias-Brean hit a three-run homer in the fifth to stake Arizona to a 6-2 lead. Trent Gilbert then singled home Riley Moore to make it 7-2, capping a six-run inning.
Arizona out-hit the Sun Devils 13-12, but the Sun Devils pitchers walked only one. Robert Ravago pitched a perfect eighth inning and Jake Barrett punctuated a perfect ninth with a swinging strikeout to close out the win for ASU.
Both teams take to the road this weekend for three-game Pac-12 series starting on Friday. ASU is at Stanford, while Arizona is at Washington.