Feb. 4, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team benefitted from a wild Southern Utah pitching staff and a little timely hitting in Monday's, 10-1, victory over the Thunderbirds at Frank Sancet Field. The Wildcats tallied nine walks and scored six of their 10 runs without the assistance of a hit. All total, Arizona could only muster up five hits all game long with no player coming up with more than one.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first on three consecutive walks to Brad Hassey, Chris Marini and Marc Kaiser. The very next hitter, first baseman Chris Cunningham, picked up his 10th RBI of the season the hard way as he became the 11th Wildcat batter to be hit by a pitch this season. Moises Duran drove in another run on the fourth walk of the inning, plating Marini from third.
At that point Southern Utah's coach Kurt Palmer put the call into the bullpen for right-hander Chris Gardner. The Thunderbird reliever gave up a sacrifice fly to Richard Mercado that scored Kaiser from third to make the score 3-0 without Arizona collecting a single hit.
The lead was more than enough for Arizona starter Chris Goodman. The sophomore worked six innings in his first start of the season. He gave up one earned run, struck out four and walked only one for his first win in 2002. Reliever Jason Snyder made his Wildcat debut in working the final three innings. He allowed just four hits, while recording four K's and no walks.
Arizona added a single run in the third on a Mercado single, one in the fourth on Hassey RBI ground out, two in the fifth on Cunningham's first home run of the season, one in the seventh on a Moises Duran ground out and two in the eighth on a Justyn St. Clair triple and a Jeff Van Houten ground out.
Cunningham's home run, a two run blast that hit the scoreboard in right center, was his first four bagger in exactly two years. The senior's last home run came on February 4, 2000, against New Mexico. He finished the game 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
Kaiser was Arizona's only other standout on offense, going 1-for-1 with three walks and four runs scored.
The two schools will conclude their two game series on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.