Stanford Falls To No. 8 Arizona On Fireworks Night, 9-4
May 20, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - No. 8 Arizona (35-16, 15-4 Pac-10) scored six runs in the top of the third inning and never trailed in a 9-4 victory over Stanford (30-20, 10-9 Pac-10) before a season-high crowd of 3223 on Town & Country Village Fireworks Night at Sunken Diamond on Friday. The Wildcats handed Stanford starter Jeff Gilmore (9-2) just his second loss of the season in a game televised live by College Sports Television, touching the Cardinal ace for season-highs of nine runs (eight earned) and 13 hits. Arizona starter John Meloan (9-2) earned the victory, scattering four runs on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts over the first 7.1 innings before Mark Melancon got the final five outs of the game without allowing a hit.
Five Arizona players -- Trevor Crowe (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB), Derek Decater (2-4, 2B, RBI), Jason Donald (2-4), Bryan Kervin (2-4) Brad Boyer (2-5, 2 RBI) - had two hits each while all nine Wildcats starters had at least one hit.
Stanford will conclude its 2005 regular season home schedule and current seven-game homestand with the final two games of its current series versus Arizona on Saturday and Sunday with starts scheduled each day for 1:00 pm, PT. Saturday's scheduled pitching matchup pits Arizona RHP Kevin Guyette (9-4, 3.75) versus Stanford LHP Mark Romanczuk (5-5, 4.11). Arizona has named RHP Sean Rierson (3-2, 5.70) as its probable starting pitcher for Sunday's series finale, while Stanford has not announced a probable starter.
A full recap will follow.
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