Cardinal Clip Cats, 3-1
May 21, 2010
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team dropped the opening game of a Pac-10 series against Stanford by a score of 3-1 on Friday evening at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The visiting Cardinal overcame an early 1-0 deficit to plate two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth inning to claim a 3-1 lead after five innings. The Wildcats stranded nine runners on base over the final five innings of the game as they could not deliver a key two-out hit.
Brett Mooneyham allowed a leadoff home run to Joey Rickard on his second pitch of the game, but otherwise was effective in his 7.2 innings in which he scattered eight hits and tallied four strikeouts. Alex Pracher earned his fourth save of the season, shutting down Arizona over the final 1.1 innings of the game.
The Cardinal erased UA’s 1-0 lead on Colin Walsh’s two-run home run to left field in the top of the fourth. Tyler Gaffney led off the inning with a single.
The Stanford duo cost the Wildcats another run an inning later. Gaffney reached on a two-out single and came in to score on a double to right center by Walsh to take a 3-1 lead.
Arizona (31-19, 10-12 Pac-10) threatened to respond in the bottom of the fifth inning as it loaded the bases with two outs. But Rickard, who was 2-for-2 with the homer to that point in the game, popped up a 1-0 pitch in foul territory that ended the inning.
Stanford (29-20, 12-10 Pac-10) again skirted trouble in the Arizona half of the seventh. A pair of two-out singles brought Rickard to the plate again with runners on base, but the freshman outfielder flied out to deep left centerfield to end the threat.
In the ninth, Rickard represented the tying run with two outs. Pinch hitter Bobby Brown singled to bring Rickard to the plate. Rickard hit a chooper to the first baseman, who tossed over to Pracher covering the bag. Rickard’s head first slide was just late of the throw as the game ended.
Heyer dropped to 6-3 on the season despite pitching 7.0 innings in which he scattered eight hits and struck out seven. He allowed three runs – all earned – while walking one batter.
Stephen Manthei kept the Wildcats within striking distance as he pitched scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters.
The two teams will meet in the second game of the series on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
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