Bullpen Betrays Arizona In Ninth Inning

April 14, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz.- The struggling Arizona bullpen suffered another ninth-inning loss on Monday. The No. 24-ranked Wildcats (26-13) gave up four runs in the ninth inning to fall, 12-11, to Sacramento State (21-16) at Frank Sancet Field. The loss is the sixth blown save of the season for the Arizona bullpen and the fifth in the ninth inning alone.

Sac State's Bret LeVier launched his fifth home run of the year, a three-run blast to left, off of UA's Brian Pemble to help the Hornets rally from a three-run deficit and steal the victory in the final inning.

Southpaw Pemble took over for classmate Wes Zlotoff to open the top of the ninth. The Arizona senior surrendered a single, a walk, a RBI double and LeVier's three-run homer to the first four batters he faced in the frame, surrendering Arizona's 11-8 lead in the process. The outing left Pemble with his second loss of the season and dropped his record 2-2.

Sac State's Renecke Stelzriede (3-2) picked up his third win of the season with two perfect innings of relief after Mel Cuckovich surrendered a tie-breaking three-run homer to Moises Duran in the seventh inning that gave Arizona its tenuous 11-8 lead.

Defensively, the Wildcats struggled all over the field. Arizona tallied a season-high six errors in the game and the pitchers tossed four wild pitches and hit two batters. Arizona used a season-high seven pitchers in the contest, with only Chris Frey, Zlotoff and Mark Worrell escaping without giving up any runs. The trio combined to pitch just 2 1/3 innings.

Offensively, Arizona rapped out 14 hits in the game. Junior Brian Anderson finished 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and a run scored. Classmates Terrence Taylor and Mo Duran went a combined 5 for 8 with five RBIs, four runs scored and three stolen bases in the loss.

The Wildcats, who have just two non-conference games remaining on the schedule, return to Pac-10 play this week with a three-game series against Washington State in Pullman. All three game of the Thursday through Saturday series can be heard live on KNST (790-AM).

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