Suspended Baseball Game Ruled Eight Inning Victory For Arizona
April 7, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- Administrators from Arizona and Stanford have consulted with Pac-10 officials and have announced that Sunday's suspended baseball game between the two schools has been declared a 15-13 victory in favor of the Wildcats. The contest was suspended after eight innings on Sunday in order to accommodate Stanford's travel plans.
The victory improves Arizona's record to 22-14 overall and 3-6 in the Pac-10, while Stanford falls to 22-7 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.
The Wildcats rallied from an eight-run deficit through the first four innings to take a 15-11 lead in the seventh inning. Stanford scored two in the top of the eighth to move within in a pair of runs at 15-13 before the game was halted after three hours and 23 minutes of play.
Arizona's Chris Goodman (2-2) picks up his second victory of the season with the Monday decision. The sophomore right-hander gave up just one run in 4.2 innings of relief. He struck out three and walked only one as he effectively shutdown a potent Cardinal offense that roughed up starter Marc Kaiser for 10 runs on 11 hits in just 2.1 innings. Senior Wes Zlotoff notched his first save of the season with one inning of work in the 15-13 win.
Stanford's J.D. Wilcox (1-1) is charged with the loss after giving up Arizona's go-ahead runs in the sixth inning. The Cardinal reliever was charged with two runs in one inning of work.
The Cardinal jumped out to a 10-2 lead through four innings only to see the Wildcats score six in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh to take a 15-11 advantage.
The Wildcat comeback was sparked with senior Justyn St. Clair's lead off home run to left to start the home half of the fifth.
After Brian Anderson reached on an infield single and Chris Cunningham walked, Marc Kaiser, the starting pitcher in the game who moved to DH after being pulled in the third, advanced the pair to second and third with a sac bunt. Freshman Pat Reilly and sophomore Moises Duran followed with back-to-back RBI singles to cut the Stanford lead to 10-5.
Stanford then pulled starter John Hudgins and replaced the righthander with Drew Ehrlich. The reliever struck out Ken Riley for the second out, but surrendered three more run-scoring singles to John Hardy, Brad Hassey and St. Clair before the inning ended. The seven-hit, six-run inning cut the Cardinal advantage to 10-8 through five.
Stanford answered with a lone run in the top of the sixth on Jason Cooper's leadoff home run, but the resilient Wildcats battled back to tie the score with three runs in the home half of the inning on an RBI double by Reilly and run scoring singles by Riley and Hassey.
Arizona took the lead in the seventh on Hardy's two-out, two-RBI single to left that scored Kaiser and Reilly and added two more on Cardinal shortstop Tobin Swope's fielding error on a St. Clair ground ball for a 15-11 advantage.
Stanford cut the four-run Arizona lead to just a pair with two runs in the eighth before the game was suspended in the bottom of the inning. Carlos Quentin plated Cooper and Ryan Garko on a ground rule double with no outs, bringing the score to the suspended 15-13.
The Wildcats will return to the road next weekend with the previously mentioned series at California. Arizona will face the Golden Bears in a three-game series beginning on Friday, April 12.