Baseball Smashes Records and Sacramento State in Final Non-Conference Tilt
April 28, 2003
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-The Arizona baseball team set or tied four school records in a 21-13 win over Sacramento State Monday at Hornet Field. The win brings the Wildcats' victory total on the season to 31, equaling the team's total number of wins from the 2002 season.
Arizona fell behind early, trailing the Hornets 5-1 after two innings, but rallied with five runs in the third inning to take the lead. After freshman center fielder Terrence Taylor reached base on a hit by pitch, freshman Brad Boyer drove him in with his fifth home run of the season. Following a bases-empty single by junior Moises Duran also in the third inning, designated hitter Derek Decater drove in his second and third runs of the day with a home run over the right-center field fence. Arizona held a 6-5 edge after entering the fourth inning.
The Wildcats fell behind again as Sacramento State scored four in the bottom half of the sixth inning, powered by a two-run home run from Mikela Olsen. The Hornets held a 12-9 advantage heading to the seventh inning, but Arizona outscored the host Hornets 12 to 1 in the game's final three frames to secure the 21-13 win.
The heart of Arizona's lineup enjoyed a tremendous day at the plate as the Wildcats' first, second, third and fourth hitters combined for 11 hits and 19 RBIs. Boyer, the Wildcats' leadoff hitter, went 4-for-5 while scoring six runs and totaling four RBIs. His six runs equal a 52-year-old school record previously held by Cliff Myrick who crossed the plate six times against Colorado in 1951.
Duran, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., drove in six runs on a 3-for-5 performance at the plate. He had two home runs on the day, including his fourth career grand slam. With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning, the right-handed Duran drilled pitcher Andy Mohr's 2-2 offering over the left field fence to give Arizona the lead for good. The blast set the mark for most career grand slams by a Wildcat.
Decater, a freshman from Sammamish, Wash., also totaled six RBIs and two home runs on a 3-for-4 day. He also scored six runs in Monday's game. Outfielder Brian Anderson, fresh off a 7-for-14 performance in the weekend series against Pac-10 rival Stanford, continued his hot hitting as he scored twice and drove in three runs. His sixth inning home run is his 13th of the year.
The day saw the Wildcats slam seven home runs to tie the school record for most home runs in a single game, set on April 8, 2001, against Washington State. Decater and Duran each slugged two to lead the way while Anderson, Boyer and Dallas Haught each contributed one.
Another milestone of note from Monday's game was Arizona's efficiency at driving in runs as the team left no runners on base. In 100 years of Arizona baseball, the team had never accomplished that feat until Monday. Previously, Arizona had posted a low of one man left on base on three occasions-in 1979, 1983 and 1988.
Brian Pemble earned the win on the mound for the Wildcats, throwing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Pemble was the only pitcher in the game not to give up a run, earned or unearned. The win evens Pemble's record on the season at 3 wins and 3 losses.
Monday's win closed Arizona's eight-game road swing, which saw the Wildcats post a 5-3 record over that time. Arizona returns to Tucson where it will play host to conference foes California and Oregon State in a six-game homestand, starting Friday at 7 p.m. at Sancet Field. The Wildcats stand at 9-6 in the Pac-10 Conference, one game behind first-place Stanford and Arizona State.