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VIDEO: UA beats ASU in dramatic fashion, reclaims Territorial Cup Series trophy

Posted: 10:32 PM, May 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-20 20:29:10Z

The Territorial Cup returned to Tempe in November -- but thanks to some late-game heroics on the baseball diamond, the Territorial Cup Series trophy is Tucson-bound for the first time in five years.

The Arizona Wildcats' baseball team rallied to defeat the Arizona State Sun Devils in a 10-9, 11-inning thriller in Tucson on Saturday night, giving UA the series victory as well as its first Territorial Cup Series title since (at least) 2012-13. 

The Wildcats fell behind early 7-2 but tied the game at 9-9 on a two-run error by Hunter Bishop in the seventh inning, then won it on a base hit in the 11th inning from freshman and pinch hitter Donta Williams. The victory, which also happened to occur on UA's Senior Day, will provide a boost to the Cats' postseason hopes.

Established before the 2009-10 athletic season, the Territorial Cup Series trophy goes to the winner of a majority of head-to-head competitions in all NCAA sports in which ASU and UA both compete. Heading into Saturday's baseball game, the two schools were deadlocked at 10 points apiece .

The Wildcats won the trophy in each of its first three years of existence. The 2012-13 winner is disputed due to a disagreement over whether indoor track and field counted as a participating sport that season. The Sun Devils had won the trophy dispute-free in each of the last four seasons.

UA won the first game of the three-game series 6-4 on Friday, but the Devils responded with a 10-5 victory on Friday to set up Saturday night's showdown.

The Wildcats improved to 32-21 overall and 12-15 in the Pac-12, while ASU fell to 22-30 and is on its way to back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in program history.