Offense Sputters in Loss at Stanford
April 25, 2009
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Arizona baseball team received a solid start from Kyle Simon, but could not find its offense on Saturday after as it fell to the Stanford Cardinal, 3-1, at Sunken Diamond Stadium.
Simon (2-4) turned in the longest outing of his career by allowing just three runs in seven innings of work, but he was out-dueled by Cardinal left-hander Brett Mooneyham.
Mooneyham (4-2) kept the UA hitters off balance throughout the game, allowing just one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings of work.
Arizona (18-20, 4-13 Pac-10) was unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities throughout the game, as it left nine runners on base. The Wildcats were just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the game and did not tally a two-out base hit.
Simon escaped major trouble early after he walked the first three batters of the game. After a fielder’s choice groundout brought a run across, Simon induced a ground ball double play to Bryce Ortega at shortstop to prevent further damage.
The Wildcats evened the game up in the top of the fourth inning. Ortega singled to lead off the frame and was driven home by Dillon Baird, who lined a single up the middle.
Stanford (18-17, 8-9 Pac-10) regained the lead in the home half of the fourth as Brent Milleville hit a solo home run to left field.
The Cardinal extended its lead with one-out double by Jake Schlander which set up a two-out RBI single by Joey August in the fifth inning.
Leading 3-1, Stanford turned the game over to Drew Storen, who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to close the game and earn his sixth save of the season.
The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. Arizona will return home to host Arizona State in a single mid-week game on Wednesday, April 29, at 3 p.m.