Wildcats Fall In Extra Innings For Second Straight Day To No. 10 Baylor
Feb. 9, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team's rally from a deficit came up empty for the second straight day as No. 10 Baylor (2-2) pulled out a 11-9, 11-inning win over the Wildcats at Frank Sancet Field on Sunday.
The extra-inning loss was the second in consecutive games for Arizona, which dropped to an even 3-3 for the season.
Powered by Michael Griffin's three-run homer, the Bears jumped out to a quick 4-0 first inning lead off of Arizona starter Richie Gardner. BU then added three more in the third and one in the fourth for a commanding 8-0 lead.
The Wildcats cut into the lead on Jordan Brown's first collegiate home run, a three-run shot to right in the bottom half of the fourth to make the score 8-3.
Arizona then began to chip away at the Baylor lead with two runs in the sixth and tied the score at 8-8 with three runs in the seventh. Freshman Trevor Crowe and junior Moises Duran each came up with RBI singles in the sixth and Brad Boyer's two-RBI double in the seventh on a routine fly ball that was lost by Baylor's right fielder David Murphy highlighted Arizona's rally to even the score.
Baylor scored a lone run in the top of the ninth to take a one-run lead, but UA responded in the home half of the inning on Crowe's two-out double to right field that plated Dallas Haught from first.
Both teams stranded runners on base in the 10th, before Baylor prevailed with two runs in the top of the 11th to seal the win and take the series two games to one. Baylor's Griffin singled home Murphy with the eventual winning run and Trey Webb added an insurance run with a RBI single to plate Mark Saccomanno to close out the scoring.
BU's Ryan LaMotta (1-0) picked up the win in relief, as he worked the two extra innings. Arizona's Derek Rodriguez (0-1) picked up the loss.
The Wildcats will take to the road for the first time in 2003 next weekend with a trip to Irvine, Calif., for a three game series against UC Irvine. The Wildcats swept the Anteaters three games to none last season in Tucson.