Baseball Routs Grand Canyon, 17-8
April 16, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team scored seven runs in the fourth inning and nine in the fifth en route to a 17-8 victory over Grand Canyon University at Frank Sancet Field on Tuesday. The non-conference win bumped Arizona's record to 25-15 overall for season, while Grand Canyon fell to 33-14 with the loss.
Trailing 4-1 through three and half innings, senior designated hitter Chris Cunningham opened the Arizona scoring barrage with his team-leading ninth home run of the season with one on in the bottom of the fourth.
Pat Reilly and John Hardy each reached base via a fielding error and an infield single, respectively, to place runners on first and second. Junior Ken Riley followed with a single to right to plate Reilly, tying the score at four runs apiece, before Moises Duran was hit by a pitch to load the bases for senior Brad Hassey.
The Wildcat shortstop cleared them all with a triple to the left centerfield gap, scoring Hardy, Riley and Duran to give Arizona its first lead of the game at 7-4. UA tacked on one more in the inning on Justyn St. Clair's infield single to short, plating Hassey from third.
The Wildcats added nine more an inning later as they batted around for the second consecutive inning. Reilly's first career home run, a grand slam to right center, provided the big blow in the inning, in which a total of 12 hitters came to the plate. The bases loaded home run extended the 2002 team's school record to six on the season.
The Wildcats tallied the nine runs on five hits, two walks and two batters getting hit by pitches, raising the total to three HBP for the game and 50 for the season. The 2002 team trails only the 1998 (55) and '97 (59) squads for the most hit by pitches in a single season.
All nine Arizona starters tallied at least one hit and one run in the game as the Wildcats rapped out 15 hits in the game. Hassey and St. Clair led the way with three hits each. Hassey matched Reilly's game-high with four RBIs.
Reliever Tony Sulser came on in relief of starter Will Miller to pick up his second win of the season with two innings of work. Jason Snyder, Wes Zlotoff and Brian Anderson each pitched an inning to close out the victory. Grand Canyon starter Mike Quill was tagged with the loss, giving up eight runs in just 3.1 innings pitched.
Arizona will close out its non-conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series against UC Riverside at Sancet Field. Sean Rierson will take the mound in Friday's game in search of his team-leading seventh win of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.