Long Beach State Rallies Late, Down Wildcats, 7-6, In Baseball
March 9, 2002
LONG BEACH, Calif.- Jeremy Reed's one-out, bases loaded single in the bottom the ninth inning off of Wildcats' reliever Tony Sulser capped Long Beach State's come-from-behind victory over Arizona at Blair Field, Saturday afternoon. The 49ers came back from a 5-2 deficit to hand Arizona its fifth straight road loss of the season and drop UA to 17-6 overall.
LBSU rallied from the three run deficit to take a one-run lead on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and two in the eighth for a 6-5 advantage heading into the ninth. Senior Justyn St. Clair extended Arizona's hopes of pulling out the win with a two-out single in the top of the ninth to plate Brian Anderson, notching the game at six runs each in the process.
The 49ers, however, dashed the Wildcat hopes with a pair of one-out hits by Mike Hofius and Brad Davis. With runners on the corners, Mike Davis grounded the ball to Sulser for a potential inning-ending double play. The righthander's throw to second pulled Brad Hassey off the bag allowing Davis to slide in safe, loading the bases for Reed. The center fielder ended the game three pitches later with drive over Marc Kaiser's head in left to plate Hofius from third.
LBSU's Josh Alliston picked up the victory in relief to improve to 2-1 for the season, Sulser was tagged for the loss and dropped to 1-2 overall.
Arizona opened the scoring in the second with a pair of solo homers by Chris Cunningham, his team leading fifth of the season, and Anderson, his first of the season.
The 2-0 lead was short lived as LBSU answered with a pair of its own to tie the game in the home half of the inning on Brad Davis' two-run shot to left off of Wildcat starter Joe Little.
UA snapped the deadlock with three more in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. Freshman Richard Mercado and Anderson drove in a run each in the inning. Anderson, starting just his second game since recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee, finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored to lead the team.
The two schools will meet for the final game of the three-game set tomorrow at 1 p.m. Arizona will send Kaiser to the mound in an attempt to end the two-game losing streak.