May 18, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - The bullpen trio of Ryan Perry, Daniel Schlereth and Jason Stoffel allowed just one hit over 4 2/3 scoreless innings as Arizona held on for a 9-6 win over Stanford in the opening game of the conference series at Kindall Field on Saturday.
Arizona's fifth straight win improved it to 35-15 for the year and to 9-10 in the conference. Stanford, which has dropped four of its last five Pac-10 games, dropped to 30-19 for the year and to 11-8 in the league.
UA's relievers finished the contest with five strikeouts and two walks while allowing just a lone base hit to quash Stanford's come-from-behind rally.
Perry entered the game in the fifth with UA leading 9-6 but with runners on first and second and only one out. The right-hander retired Randy Molina on a grounder to short and ended the threat on a fly out to center. Perry (5-3), who picked up his fifth win of the season, worked a scoreless sixth before ceding to Schlereth in the seventh.
The left-hander retired the side in order in the seventh and worked around back-to-back walks in the eighth to turn the three-run game over to closer Stoffel in the ninth.
The right-hander made quick work of the top of the Cardinal batting order in the finale frame to nail down his team-leading 10th save of the season. Stoffel moved into a tie for second on the single season list with the conversion and is now just one save away from tying Mark Melancon's all-time record of 11.
The Wildcats, who finished with 16 hits on the night, built a 9-1 lead after the first two innings, but the Cardinal took advantage of a rare off night by ace Preston Guilmet and a pair of defensive miscues to claw its way back into the contest.
Trailing 1-0 after a half inning, junior Jon Gaston put the Wildcats on the scoreboard with a two run single in the bottom of the first. UA then sent 11 batters to the plate and exploded for seven runs on seven hits, including three consecutive bunt singles, in the second to seemingly blow the game open.
DH Dillon Baird led off the frame with a double to the gap in right-center. Dwight Childs, Bryce Ortega and Diallo Fon all followed with bunt singles to plate Baird and load the bases for senior Colt Sedbrook.
Sedbrook came up with a two-run single that scored Childs and Ortega to make it 5-1 Arizona. Brad Glenn scored Fon on a sacrifice fly in the next at bat for a five-run edge, and Jon Gaston put an end to Stanford starter Austin Yount's day with a single through the right side of the infield
Cardinal reliever Danny Sandbrink was then rudely greet by C.J. Ziegler who hit his team-leading 17th home run the season, a three-run blast to left, to cap off the scoring for the Wildcats. Ziegler's fifth home run in his last four games played bumped him into a tie for seventh on the single season list at Arizona.
Stanford cut into the eight-run advantage with three in the third on a two-run homer by Cord Phelps and an error by Ortega to make it 9-4.
A fielding error by Ziegler on a leadoff grounder by Sean Ratliff led to two more runs in the top of the fifth. The Cardinal plated one on a run-scoring ground out by Jake Schlander and cut the UA lead to 9-6 on a Guilmet wild pitch.
The potent UA bullpen cooled the Stanford bats and put the comeback bid to bed allowing just a single off of Perry in the fifth the rest of the way.
Stanford's Yount (3-3) was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs on eight hits in just 1 1/3 innings of work.
Arizona and Stanford will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Sunday at 6 p.m. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.