May 2, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Arizona starter Richie Gardner held the Cal baseball team hitless over the first six innings, as the No. 20-ranked Wildcats defeated the Golden Bears, 9-5, at Frank Sancet Field on Friday.
The win moved the Wildcats (32-16, 10-6 Pac-10) a half-game behind rained-out Stanford (28-14, 10-5 Pac-10) and idle Arizona State (43-9, 10-5 Pac-10) for first place in the conference standings. Cal fell to 25-22 overall and 9-10 in the Pac-10 with loss.
Gardner (8-1) baffled the Cal lineup over the first six innings. The junior right-hander struck out eight and walked just two in the first six frames, before Conor Jackson broke up the potential no-hitter with a solo home run to lead off the top of the seventh. Gardner finished the game with nine strikeouts in seven innings of work. He gave up three runs on just three hits en route to his team-high eighth win of the season.
The triple, Crowe's first of the season, handed Arizona the out-right Pac-10 single season record of 44, breaking its tie with the 1986 Arizona team. Nick Hundley's single up the middle rewarded Crowe with a trip home and gave Arizoan a 3-0 advantage.
The Wildcats added five more runs in the fourth on Moises Duran's RBI-double, Anderson's two-run ground ball, that Cal's David Nicholson misplayed for an error, Van Houten's run-scoring double, that chased Cal starter Jesse Ingram from the game, and a RBI single by Crowe.
Arizona, led by Crowe's 2 for 4, 3-RBI night at the plate, finished with eight hits in the contest. Van Houten was the only other Arizona player to pair hits, finishing 2 for 5 with two runs scored.
The Wildcats stole four bases in the game to improve their season total to 126. Freshman Brad Boyer stole his team-high 21st base of the season, one away from tying Damon Mashore for the Arizona freshman record.
Ingram (2-2), who gave up eight runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings, was charged with his second loss of the year.
Arizona and Cal will meet up again on Saturday for the second game of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game can be heard live on KNST (790-AM).
Note: First pitch for the series finale on Sunday has been changed from 1 p.m. to noon.