No. 8 Cardinal Falls In Seventh Inning To No. 2 Arizona, 3-2
May 5, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 8 Stanford (40-15, 5-12 Pac-10) was upended 3-2 by No. 2 Arizona (46-8, 14-3 Pac-10) on Saturday night in Tucson, as the Wildcats struck for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the victory in front of 2,739 fans. The Cardinal jumped out to 2-0 lead in the top of the first and was in command until the Wildcats came alive in the final frame.
For the second straight night, the Cardinal got on the scoreboard first. After leadoff hitter Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) flew out to open the game, senior Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) drew a one-out walk. Senior Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.) followed with her fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left-center field, giving Stanford a 2-0 lead.
Both teams would have several opportunities to break through in the middle innings, but to no avail. The Cardinal, which left nine runners on base in the contest, stranded runners on second and third in the second and fourth innings. In the top of the fifth, Stanford failed to capitalize with runners at first and second and two out.
The Wildcats, who left five runners on base, went down 1-2-3 in four different innings, and watched a scoring chance waste away in the bottom of the first. After receiving a leadoff double from Lovieanne Jung and one-out walk to Jennie Finch in the opening frame, Stanford's Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) was able to settle down and retire the next two hitters to escape the Wildcat scoring threat.
Arizona's offense would come alive in the bottom of the seventh, as the Wildcats came up with three runs to capture the victory. Leneah Manuma led off the inning with a towering home run to right field to cut the Stanford lead to 2-1. On the next pitch, Arizona's Mackenzie Vandergeest drilled a solo home run of her own, a line drive shot over the center field fence to knot the game at 2-2. The next hitter, Jackie Coburn, was hit by a pitch but forced out at second base for the first out of the inning on Jenny Gladding's fielder's choice. The Wildcat's Rebekah Quiroz came in to pinch run for Gladding and moved to second on Carrie Hagen's single. Nyberg followed by striking out pinch hitter Candace Abrams for the second out, before Jung doubled to right field to score Quiroz with the game-winning run and a 3-2 Arizona win.
Stanford's Nyberg (23-9) suffered the tough-luck loss, working 6.2 innings and allowing seven hits with six strikeouts. Gladding (19-5) notched the win for Arizona, limiting the Cardinal to five hits over seven innings with five walks and four K's.
With Saturday's loss, the Cardinal has dropped 10 of its last 11 conference games. Seven of Stanford's 12 Pac-10 losses have been decided by one-run, with five of those coming in the final inning of play.
Stanford will play its final regular season Pac-10 road game of the year on Sunday when it takes on No.2 Arizona at 1 p.m.