PALO ALTO, Calif. ?- The No. 8-ranked Arizona baseball team (36-17, 16-5 Pac-10) won its seventh Pac-10 series of the season and remained alive for a share of the Pac-10 title with an 11-8 win over No. 22 Stanford (31-21, 11-10 Pac-10) at Sunken Diamond on Sunday.
Arizona’s victory over the Cardinal, combined with a 12-2 loss by Oregon State to USC, moved the Wildcats into a tie in the loss column in Pac-10 play with the Beavers. Arizona has three games remaining this season against California and will need to pull off a series sweep in order to tie the idle Beavers (41-9, 19-5 Pac-10) for the regular season title.
Should the two schools tie for the Pac-10 crown, Arizona would attain the automatic NCAA postseason berth by virtue of the tie-breaking head-to-head results. The Wildcats won the regular season series between the two schools two games to one in April.
Against the Cardinal on Sunday, junior Trevor Crowe continued his historic season by joining the 100-hit club at Arizona with a 3 for 6-day at the plate. In going over the century mark in hits, Crowe became just the sixth player in school history to do so. He hit his school record-breaking 13th triple of the year on Sunday to drive in a key run in the seventh inning and finished with a pair of runs scored.
The Wildcats rapped out 18 hits in the contest, the most given up in a game by the Cardinal pitching staff this season, including four doubles, a triple and a home run by senior Jeff Van Houten. All nine starters finished with at least one hit for the ninth time this year.
Junior Brad Boyer chipped in on Sunday by going 3 for 5 with a game-high four RBI, a run scored and a double. Junior Derek Decater added three RBI in the winning effort and freshman Bryan Kervin went 3 for 3 with two runs scored.
Freshman reliever David Coulon (3-2) picked up his third win of the season after shutting down the potent Stanford bats over three innings. He gave up two runs, one earned on four hits with one strikeout and no walks.
Closer Mark Melancon picked up his team-leading ninth save of the season after shutting the Cardinal out over the final 1 2/3 innings.