Second-Ranked Stanford Cruises to 19-1 Win Over Baseball
April 6, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The second-ranked Stanford baseball team did not let the short turnaround between Friday's 18 inning marathon and Saturday's 1 p.m. first pitch become a problem as it racked up 26 hits en route to a 19-1 victory over the Arizona Wildcats on a blustery day at Frank Sancet Field on Saturday. The Cardinal improved to 22-6 on the season and 2-0 in the Pac-10 with the victory, while the Wildcats fell to 21-14 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
The Wildcats, who have now lost four straight for the third time this season, managed only six hits off of two Cardinal pitchers. Senior shortstop Brad Hassey tallied half of the hits himself with a 3 for 4 day at the plate. Brian Anderson, Marc Kaiser and Richard Mercado were the only other Arizona players to collect base hits in the game.
The Wildcats scored their lone run of the game when Justyn St. Clair touched home on a wild pitch in the sixth inning.
The Cardinal, meanwhile, used the windy conditions to their advantage as they posted back-to-back home runs in the second inning to jump out to an early lead. Sam Fuld hit what appeared to be a harmless pop fly to left with a pair of runners on, but the ball, aided by a stiff breeze, carried over the wall for a three-run homer. Leadoff hitter Chris O'Riordan, who hit two fence busters on the day, followed with a solo shot to left for a 4-0 Stanford lead.
The Cardinal added two more in the top of the third, three in the fourth, seven in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth to hand the Wildcats their most lopsided loss of the season.
Paced by Tobin Swope's 5 for 5 day at the plate, eight of the nine starters for Stanford collected multiple hits in the game and six had two or more RBIs.
Arizona starter Joe Little (5-3) picked up the loss in just three innings of work. The southpaw gave up nine runs, seven earned, on 13 hits. He struck out two and walked none. Arizona relievers Will Miller, Matt Wersel and Kevin Sears gave up six runs, three runs and one run, respectively.
Stanford starter Tim Cunningham (5-1) was the beneficiary of the potent Cardinal offense, but also kept the Wildcat bats at bay as well. The lefthander won his fifth game of the season by keeping the ball down and out of the stiff wind. Cunningham, who struck out only one, induced the Wildcats into 15 ground ball outs in seven innings pitched. Jonny Dyer tossed two innings of one-hit relief to close out the game.
The Wildcats will attempt to stave off a three-game sweep on Sunday in the series finale at 1 p.m. UA's Marc Kaiser will take on SU's John Hudgins on the mound.