Baseball Drops 11-9 Decision to No. 2 Stanford

May 15, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz.- Brian Hall's bases-loaded triple highlighted a four-run Stanford third inning as the Cardinal rallied from an early deficit to defeat Arizona 11-9 at Kindall Field on Saturday.

The loss dropped the Wildcats to 25-21-1 for the year and to 7-9 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal victory improved it to 39-8 overall and into a tie with Washington for the Pac-10 lead with a 12-4 conference mark.

Trailing 6-3 after two innings, Hall's two-out three-run triple tied the game at six runs apiece before Chris Carter handed the Cardinal the lead for good one batter later with a single to right to plate Hall. Stanford tacked on single runs in the next three innings to extend the advantage to 9-6.

After scoring one in the eighth to cut the lead to 9-7, the Wildcats loaded the bases with one out, but Stanford's David O'Hagan got Jeff Van Houten to foul out and pinch hitter Bill Rhinehart to pop up harmlessly to first baseman John Mayberry, Jr., to end the threat

Stanford, which added an insurance run on a RBI single by Adam Sorgi in the top of the ninth, withstood a pair of runs by Arizona in the bottom of the inning to hang on for the win.

Paced by a two-run single by Jason Donald, the Wildcats jumped out to the ill-fated lead with five runs on three hits in the first and one more in the second. Stanford scored an unearned run in the top of the first and two in the second before pulling away with the four-run third.

SU's Mark Romanczuk (10-1) picked up his Pac-10-leading 10th win of the season despite giving up six runs on five hits over five innings. The sophomore southpaw struck out eight and walked four. O'Hagan earned his team-leading sixth save of the year after working the final two innings.

Arizona's Koley Kolberg (7-5) was charged with his second consecutive loss after giving up nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits. The right-hander was pulled after pitching a season-low 4 2/3 innings.

The loss wasted a 3 for 3-night at the plate by junior Richard Mercado. The Wildcat backstop finished with a RBI and two runs scored. Donald added a pair of hits, three RBI and two runs scored in defeat.

Stanford's Hall paced the Cardinal attack with two hits in four plate appearances, three RBI and two runs scored. Teammate Danny Putnam chipped in with a 3 for 5-night, while Carter and Chris Lewis each added a pair of RBI.

Arizona and Stanford will meet up for the second contest of the three game set on Sunday at 7 pm. The game can be heard live on the radio on KNST 790 AM.

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