ASU put five chess pieces on the infield to defend against a Wildcat squeeze bunt.

ASU put five chess pieces on the infield to defend against a Wildcat squeeze bunt.
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The Arizona Wildcats beat Arizona State by a score of 4-2 in front of the largest crowed to ever watch UA baseball at Hi Corbett Field. Here are some of the postgame quotes.

On the chess match late in the game with ASU bringing in a fifth infielder in the eighth inning:

Arizona head coach Jay Johnson: “I live for that kind of stuff. … It was a blast. I thought (Justin) Behnke was going to kill somebody right there. It was fun. That’s like Todd Graham putting nine guys in the box and RichRod whipping up some kind of pass play.”

UA starting pitcher J.C. Cloney: “I was wondering who drew that play up. I’ve never seen that in my life. I’ve seen pro guys bring in a fifth infielder when it’s the bottom of the ninth and they don’t want (to give up) the winning run but in the eighth inning to see that I was confused and I was just happy that I wasn’t the one at the plate trying to figure out what’s going on.”

On breaking a 50-year-old attendance record:

Outfielder / first baseman Ryan Aguilar: “It means the world to us. The fans are everything and we wouldn’t be anything without the fans. We were just glad tonight to put a good show on and send the fans home with a win.”

Cloney: “It was unreal. It was a lot of fun. My favorite part was after you get a nice strike called the crowd roars and the adrenaline starts pumping and you can’t wait to throw the next pitch.”

Johnson: “Awesome. Well, let’s get 10,000 tomorrow and I’m sure (athletic director) Greg Byrne and (assistant A.D.) Matt Brown and the staff will figure out how to accommodate all of them.”

On Aguilar forcing out a runner at second base on a throw from left field:

Johnson: “He’s just an athlete. … He’s a first baseman 10 seconds ago and then that’s a big play in that game right there.”

Aguilar: “When I’m coming in on it, yes, I’m thinking (about throwing to second) because the runner’s going to freeze because he doesn’t know if I’m going to catch it or not so as soon as I knew I came up with it clean I knew I had a good shot of getting him out at second.”

Johnson on Nathan Bannister and Cloney combining to throw 15 straight scoreless innings from second inning Friday through the seventh inning Saturday: “They’re awesome at life, (but) mainly pitching.”

Aguilar on the victory: “It was a good win coming back from last night. Yesterday we pretty much won from the (end of the) first inning on and we just wanted to come out and make a statement tonight and I think we did that.”

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