Baseball Nipped 6-5 by Seventh-Ranked Stanford
May 11, 2001
Palo Alto, Calif. - The seventh ranked Stanford Cardinal rallied from a 5-2 deficit to defeat the Wildcats 6-5 before a record crowd at Sunken Diamond, Friday night. The loss drops the Cats' overall record to 29-22 and 8-11 in conference play. With only five games remaining in the regular season, Arizona faces must win circumstances in its quest to reach the postseason. The victory pulls the Cardinal to a half game of USC's lead for the Pac-10 title.
Arizona, who trailed 2-1 through five, came alive in the in sixth to score four runs on four hits. Senior Erik Torres, who finished the game 3-for-5 with three doubles, led off the inning with a two-bagger down the left field line. After Ernie Durazo popped out for the first out, Shelley Duncan hit an opposite field single that was mishandled by the right fielder allowing Torres to score. Matt Abram followed with another double to the left field corner to plate Duncan and scored one batter later on freshman Brian Anderson's second collegiate home run.
The 5-2 lead held until the bottom of the seventh when Stanford's Jason Cooper smashed Wildcat Starter Marc Kaiser's offering over the rightfield wall for a game-tying three run homer. Stanford scored what proved to be the winning run on Scott Dragicevich's single two batters later.
The Cats appeared to tie the game in the top of the eighth on Justyn St. Clair's grounder to deep in the hole at short, but first base umpire Darrel Mason punched out the junior for the third out of the inning on a bang-bang play, negating Anderson's appearant run from third.
Offensively the Cats rapped out 10 hits on the evening. Torres became the first Arizona player to collect three doubles in a single game since Kenny Corley in 1998. Anderson was the only other Wildcat to collect multiple hits, finishing up 2-for-4 with the home run and double.
Kaiser (7-6), who worked 6.1 innings, picked up his sixth loss of the season.
The Cats and Cardinal return to action tomorrow for game two of the three game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game can be heard live on 790 KNST.