No. 7 Baseball Defeats Arizona 6-5

May 11, 2001

No. 7 Stanford pulled to within a half-game of the Pac-10 lead after beating Arizona 6-5 today at Sunken Diamond before a record breaking crowd of 4,458. The Cardinal is now 13-6 in the conference and trail first place USC, which is 13-5.Jeremy Guthrie picked up his ninth win of the season and J.D. Wilcox, who pitched the final two innings, recorded his fourth sve of the year. Guthrie struck out eight and did not walk a batter in seven innings while Wilcox allowed just two hits and struck out three in his two innings of work.

The Cardinal has now won three straight and five of its last six games.Chris O'Riordan, Carlos Quentin and Scott Dragicevich each had three hits for Stanford to spearhead the Cardinal offense.

'We've been finding ways to win games,' said Cardinal head coach Mark Marquess. 'And tonight, we got a big hit from Cooper and a good relief performance from Wilcox. J.D. pitched very well in a clutch situation. I thought we swung the bats well against a very good Arizona pitcher.'Stanford took the lead 6-5 in the bottom on the seventh, three coming on Jason Cooper's eighth home run of the season . After Cooper's blast tied the score at 5-5. Three consecutive singles by Quentin, Jonny Ash and Dragicevich netted the Cardinal the go-ahead run.

The Wildcats scored four runs off Guthrie in the sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Erik Torres led off the inning with a double and scored one out later when Shelley Duncan's single to right was misplayed by Quentin, allowing Torres to score. Matt Abram followed with a double, scoring Duncan and putting Arizona on top 3-2. Centerfielder Brian Anderson then hit his first homerun of the year, a two-run shot that pushed the score to 5-2.

The two teams will play game two of a three-game series tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) at Sunken Diamond beginning at 1:00 pm. The series concludes on Sunday (May 13) with a 1:00 pm game. Stanford will complete the regular season with a three game series at Washington State May 18-20 in Pullman, WA.

ARIZONA    1  0  0  0  0  4  0  0  0  -- 5  10  2STANFORD   1  0  0  1  0  0  4  0  x  -- 6  14  1

BATTERIES: Arizona - Kaiser, Sulser (7), Little (8), DeSalvo (8) and Riley. Stanford - Guthrie, Wilcox (8) and GarkoWP - Guthrie (9-4), LP - Kaiser (7-6), SAVE - Wilcox (4)HR'S: Stanford - Cooper, 8th (7th inning, three-run). Arizona - Anderson, 1st (6th inning, two-run)T - 3:05, A - 4,456Updated Records: Stanford (38-13, 13-6), Arizona (29-22, 8-11)

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