Baseball Takes Series Over No. 4 Stanford
April 27, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif.- The Arizona baseball team won its three game series over No. 4-ranked Stanford with an 11-5 victory at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. The two-games-to-one-win marked the first time since 1993 that the Wildcats (30-16, 9-6) have won a season series against the Cardinal (28-13, 10-5) and was also the first time since 1999 that Stanford lost a Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond.
Arizona trails conference leaders Stanford and Arizona State by one game in the Pac-10 standings.
Moises Duran's double to left field in the sixth inning scored John Hardy from third to snap a 6-6 tie and start a run of six unanswered runs on Sunday, as the Wildcats scored two in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the eighth pull away from the Cardinal.
The much-maligned Wildcat bullpen put aside its recent struggles in helping Arizona claim the series clinching win. Relievers Kevin Guyette, Derek Rodriguez and Mark Worrell shut down the Cardinal offense to just one run on four hits over the final 6 1/3 innings. Guyette (3-3), who replaced starter Joe Little in the third, picked up his third win of the year with 2 2/3 innings of work.
Offensively, Arizona posted 17 hits in the game, including four doubles, its Pac-10 single-season record tying 43rd triple and a home run. Sophomore John Hardy led all players at the plate with a perfect 4 for 4 day. He hit his second home run of the season, while finishing with three runs scored.
Freshmen Brad Boyer and Derek Decater combined to record six hits for Arizona in the game. Boyer, who went 3 for 5, also scored a pair of runs and stole two bases, while Decater finished 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs on the day.
Stanford's Matt Manship was charged with his third loss of the season after giving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings on the mound.
Arizona concludes its eight-game road trip on Monday. The Wildcats will face off against Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif., to close out the non-conference portion of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. There is no radio broadcast of the game available.