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#SunDevilMoments First Round Matchup: Ballage's Moonwalk vs. Baseball's string of walk-offs

This first round matchup pits one of the most memorable runs in program history against an incredible run of walk-offs for the Arizona State baseball team.

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Now that we have unveiled all 16 of our moments in the #SunDevilMoments series, it is time to continue with our first-round matchups. You, the fans will have a chance to vote for your favorite moment in each matchup with the moment garnering the most votes advancing to the next round until there is one winner.

Here is how the bracket looks as of now:

#SunDevilMoments First Round - Seed No. 1: Kalen Ballage's moonwalk at UCLA vs. Seed No. 16: Baseball walks off in four consecutive games

#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 1: Kalen Ballage's moonwalk at UCLA

The Sun Devils stepped into Rose Bowl Stadium with little to make many question how the result of their contest against the No. 7 UCLA Bruins would turn out.

ASU was coming off the heels of a 42-14 blowout loss to USC. It finished the September portion of the campaign 2-2, and was looking to begin October on the right foot--and, somehow, it did.

Thanks to a complete performance, the Sun Devils were in the driver's seat with just under a minute left to go, lined up on the Bruins' 23-yard line.

ASU faced third-and-six, but already up by eight points and within field-goal range, the Sun Devils decided to run the ball to eat more clock.

Mike Bercovici handed it to tailback Kalen Ballage on a zone read, freezing edge defender Deon Hollins in the process. Ballage slammed into a cluster of blockers and defenders around the 20-yard line, before surging ahead to the first-down marker.

Game over, time to head back to Tempe and cele- ... Is he still going?

Now turned with his back facing the end zone, with the help of right tackle Billy McGehee and tight end Kody Kohl, Ballage was carrying a pair of UCLA defenders, still heading towards the goal line.

As more Bruins attempted to join in the scrum, offensive linemen Vi Teofilo and Nick Kelly, and Bercovici joined in the effort, moving the pile on, and before they knew it... paydirt.

It was only Ballage's second game of the season after missing the first three with mononucleosis. He finished the contest with 11 carries for 59 yards, including the game-cinching touchdown.

The play may not have been on par with the Jael Mary, but Ballage's "Moonwalk" score was the perfect end cap to a deserved 38-23 win for ASU against a very good opponent in UCLA.

You can view a video of the play here.


#SunDevilMoments Seed No. 16: Baseball walks off in four consecutive games

Heading into Arizona State's three-game series with UC Davis, the Sun Devils were coming off an intense 14-inning victory at Cal State Fullerton. The club was now 10-3, heading into a set with the Aggies that figured to be a fairly easy one compared to the drama seen at Goodwin Field just a couple of nights before.

Little did they know, it would be anything but easy.

Tracy Smith's team jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the visitors from Davis in game one of the series, only to see that lead disappear thanks to a five-run ninth inning. The game would remain tied through the 10th and into the bottom half of the 11th, when the maroon and gold were able to string together three consecutive singles (all with two outs).

The last of those singles came off the bat of Brian Serven, who laced a ball right back up the middle to give his club their first walk-off of the weekend.

Walk-off number two came no less than 24 hours later. After UC Davis once again tied the game up in the ninth, the two teams went all the way to the 12th inning before a winner was decided. Serven got to play hero one more time, taking a bases loaded walk to hand Arizona State the 4-3 victory.

On Sunday, sophomore Ryan Lillard decided he wanted to get in on the action as well. This time it was the Sun Devils who were forced to piece together a late rally, getting two runs in the home half of the eighth to tie the game, then using an RBI single from Lillard an inning later to win it.

Incredibly, Arizona State had swept UC Davis in walk-off fashion on three straight days. And what's even more unbelievable is that the team wasn't done.

While the fourth walk-off in five days might not have officially counted in the record books, it was still surreal to see the Sun Devils win in the same form yet again in their exhibition game against Meiji University from Tokyo.

This time, it was Andrew Snow who did the trick. Snow's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth broke a 3-3 tie against the Meijiro, getting Arizona State a win in a game that otherwise could have ended in a tie.


Now it's your turn to vote and decide which moment will move on to the quarterfinals.