It may go down as one of the ugliest wins of coach Andy Lopez's career.
But he's not giving it back - not this one.
Lopez's Arizona Wildcats topped rival Arizona State 10-9 Tuesday night in front of 5,396 fans in a nonconference matchup at Hi Corbett Field.
It was as bad-looking as it was exciting.
The two teams combined for eight errors and 13 walks and 10 pitchers were used. The game took three hours and 42 minutes.
But in the end, the Wildcats (24-12, 8-7) came back from an 8-2 to deficit thanks to some bad fielding by the Sun Devils and some clutch hitting, and took round one of the rivalry. Scott Kingery doubled in the winning run in the eighth inning.
"That's how you get gray hair," Lopez said. "I was really proud of our guys and the way they came back. They did a marvelous job.
"It was like two games. The first half wasn't very impressive, and the second half was pretty good."
Arizona starter Nick Cunningham lasted just two innings and the Sun Devils (22-11-1, 8-7) built a six-run lead through 5 1/2 innings.
The Wildcats began their comeback in the sixth. The UA loaded the bases with no outs on two walks and a single. After a strikeout from catcher David Real, Joe Maggi lifted a fly ball to center field to score the first run. Johnny Field then reached on a walk to load the bases for Trent Gilbert.
Gilbert hit an innocent ground ball to second baseman James McDonald, who threw the ball away, scoring two runs for the Wildcats.
The Sun Devils got one back in the top of the seventh to push their lead to 9-5, but the comeback was just starting for the Wildcats.
In the bottom of the inning, Jordan Berger hit a sacrifice fly to score Kevin Newman to make it a three-run game again. One hitter later, Maggi came up with runners on first and second and lined a single that scored Riley Moore.
Kingery, the runner on first, went to third base and Maggi rounded first aggressively, getting caught in a rundown. But Kingery took advantage and dashed home to make it a one run game at 9-8.
Left-handed reliever Augey Bill pitched a scoreless eighth to keep it a one-run game. The Wildcats then grabbed the lead for good in their half of the inning.
Brandon Dixon started the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Zach Gibbons. After an out by Newman, Dixon got aggressive and signaled to Lopez that he wanted to steal third. He took off and catcher R.J. Ybarra's throw sailed into left, allowing Dixon to trot home with the tying run.
Moore then singled with two outs to bring up Kingery. The freshman, who grew up in the Sun Devils' backyard while attending Phoenix Mountain Pointe High School, roped a double down the left field line to score Moore from first and give the Cats a 10-9 lead.
"It felt great," Kingery said. "You know when you make solid contact and I knew I had made solid contact. I wasn't sure if the ball was going to get over his head, but I just started running. That's an amazing way to start off your first rival game against your hometown team. It doesn't get any better than that."
Closer Mat Troupe pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down the win.
"It was a sloppy game, so we have to get better, but it always feels good to get a win, especially against ASU," said Bill who earned the win with two scoreless innings.
The two teams face off again on April 30 in Tucson in another non-conference game before meeting for a three-game Pac-12 series in May.
• What: Arizona at Stanford, three-game series
• When: Friday at 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Arizona); Saturday at 2 p.m. (no TV); Sunday at 2 p.m. (Pac-12 Arizona)
• Radio: All games on 1290-AM
Contact reporter Daniel Berk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk