No. 17 Baseball Downs Oregon State, 9-4
May 18, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Junior Moises Duran hit a pair of home runs and classmate Sean Rierson tossed his team-leading fourth complete game of the season as the No. 17-ranked Arizona baseball team clinched its seventh Pac-10 series win of the season with a, 9-4, victory over Oregon State at Frank Sancet Field on Sunday.
The win improved Arizona to 35-17 overall and 13-7 in the Pac-10. The 35 overall victories this season equal the most wins for an Arizona team since 1993 and the 13 Pac-10 victories are the most since the 1999 team went 13-11 in conference play.
Oregon State fell to 22-28 overall and 6-17 in the Pac-10 with the loss.
Duran, who finished the game 4 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, broke open the scoring for Arizona in the bottom of the first with his team-high-tying 14th home run of the season. The solo home run to left was the first surrendered by OSU starter Jake Postlewait (4-1) this season and gave Arizona a 1-0 edge.
Duran, who had doubled and scored in Arizona's two-run third, broke his tie with Brian Anderson for the team lead in homers with a two-run blast to center in the fourth to help Arizona to a 7-1 lead.
The early offensive outburst was all Rierson (9-1) needed, as the right-hander went the distance for the seventh time in his career. The junior gave up three earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks for his team-high-tying ninth win of the season. The zero-walk outing was the 13th of Rierson's career and his fourth this year alone.
Including Duran's 4 for 5 night, Arizona rapped out 14 hits in the game, including six for extra bases. Sophomore John Hardy continued his late season surge, finishing 3 for 4 with a RBI and a run scored. Freshmen Derek Decater and Chris Frey each paired hits in the game. Decater finished with two runs scored and Frey with a pair of doubles.
Junior Dallas Haught, who has 12 hits this season, launched his sixth home run of the year in the second inning. All three of Haught's hits in Pac-10 play have gone over the fence for home runs.
Arizona will look to complete its first Pac-10 series sweep of the season in the series finale with the Beavers on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for noon and the game can be heard live on the radio on KNST (790-AM).
Note: Stanford clinched the 2003 Pac-10 championship with a 9-8 win over UCLA in Palo Alto on Sunday. Arizona is currently tied with Arizona State (47-11, 13-7 Pac-10) for second place in the conference standings.
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