Baseball Holds on to Beat Seventh-Ranked Stanford 5-4
May 12, 2001
PALO ALTO, Ariz. - Brian Anderson is making a late season push for Freshman All-America honors. The first year Wildcat belted his second home run in as many days and also worked out of his second bases loaded, no out jam of the season as the Arizona Wildcats held on to beat seventh-ranked Stanford 5-4 at Sunken Diamond, Saturday afternoon. The much-needed win improves Arizona's record to 30-22 overall and 9-11 in the Pac-10.
Arizona starter Sean Rierson (6-4) followed up his impressive performance at Arizona State with a seven inning, eight hit, two run effort against the Cardinal on Saturday. The freshman right-hander held Stanford in check, striking out one and walking none while picking up his sixth victory of the season.
Arizona got on the board first, jumping on Stanford starter Jeff Bruksch for four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Junior All-America candidate Shelley Duncan launched his Pac-10 leading 22nd home run of the season to plate Erik Torres and Ernie Durazo and give Arizona a 3-0 advantage. After Matt Abram flied out to right for the first out of the inning, Anderson hit his third career home run, a solo shot to left, improving the Cat lead to 4-0.
Stanford loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, but only managed to cut the lead in half thanks in part to one of four double plays turned by the Cats on the afternoon.
The Cardinal loaded the bases again in the bottom of the eighth on a double by Andy Topham that chased Rierson from the game and single by Chris O'Riordan and walk by Sam Fuld off of reliever Daryl DeSalvo. So for the second time this season, pitching coach Bill Kinneberrg turned to Anderson to get the Cats out of a jam. Moving in from centerfield, Anderson got Stanford no. 3 hitter Ryan Garko to pop out to third and induced clean up hitter Jason Cooper in to an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.
Brad Hassey scored what would prove to be a game winning insurance run in the top of the ninth on a passed ball by Garko for a 5-2 lead.
The Cardinal did not go quietly in the home half of the ninth. Carlos Quentin struck out to lead off the inning, but back-to-back walks to Jonny Ash and Scott Dragicevich gave Stanford life. Left fielder Brian Hall followed with a ground ball to short that forced Dragicevich out at second, but the relay throw from Moises Duran arrived too late to double up Hall and end the game. With runners on the corners and two out, pinch hitter Arik VanZandt walked to load the bases. O'Riordan, who finished the game 4-for-5, stepped up and laced Anderson's 0-1 offering to center for a two RBI single, cutting Arizona's lead to 5-4. Fuld followed with an apparent game ending ground ball to second, but as the ball approached Duran it took a funny hop, hitting the freshman infielder in the chest for an inning extending error. For the second time in the inning and the third time in the game Anderson faced a bases loaded situation. But fortune would smile on the Cats as Garko fouled out to catcher Ken Riley on the first pitch he saw from Anderson to end the game.
Offensively the Cats rapped out 13 hits on the afternoon. Hassey, Torres, Durazo, Duncan and Anderson all paired hits for Arizona. Duncan finished with three RBI while Torres extended his season long hitting streak to 11 games.
The two teams will meet for the rubber game of the three game set tomorrow at 1 p.m.