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ASU Baseball: Sun Devils head south for weekend series against Arizona

Sun Devils look to play spoiler against rival Wildcats.

Andrew Palla/House of Sparky

Where/when: Hi Corbett Field; Thursday (6 p.m.), Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4:30 p.m.)

How to watch: Pac-12 Networks

Listen: Sun Devil Radio Network

Arizona State: The Sun Devils (21-28, 11-13 Pac-12) head to Tucson after a non-conference series spilt against Pacific. After an “embarrassing” effort, in the words of head coach Tracy Smith, the Sun Devils played a strong game Monday night. They didn’t commit an error in the field and got another solid start from senior left-hander Eli Lingos. With ASU assured of back-to-back losing campaigns for the first time ever, it looks to play spoiler against their rival Arizona, who currently sit as a bubble tournament team in part to a losing conference record.

Freshman sensation Spencer Torkelson remains stuck at 22 home runs, five away from the NCAA freshman record as he plays in his first Territorial Cup series. Fellow freshman infielder Gage Workman has raised his batting average to .301 after a big 3-4 game in ASU’s win over Pacific. Workman has shown strong potential at the plate to begin his Sun Devil career.

Arizona: The Wildcats (30-20, 10-14 Pac-12) enter the weekend coming off a non-conference win at Sacramento State. UA has played exceptional baseball at home this season, compiling a 21-5 record at Hi Corbett Field. Arizona defeated the Sun Devils in their lone matchup this year, a 6-2 victory at Muni on March 13.

At the plate, the Wildcats have a strong offense carried by a pair of juniors, outfielder Alfonso Rivas III, who holds .359 batting average and catcher Cesar Salazar, who’s at .339. Salazar not only provides a strong bat for the Wildcats, but also does a tremendous job behind the plate leading the pitching staff and posting a strong .992 fielding percentage.

On the mound, Arizona posses a strong Friday starter and one of the elite closers in the country. Junior right-hander Cody Deason (5-5, 2.64 ERA) has pitched better than his record indicates, as he’s held opponents to a .206 batting average this season. Junior closer Tylor Megill (1-3, 3.77 ERA) shut the door during Arizona’s win in Phoenix in March and impressed with his mid-90s fastball that has dominated collegiate hitters all season.