May 23, 2010
Final Box Score (PDF)
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team fell behind 8-0 and tried to rally late, but ultimately 11 runners were left on base as the Wildcats dropped the third game of the three-game series by a score of 8-4 to Stanford on Sunday afternoon at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The Cardinal (30-21, 13-11 Pac-10) jumped out to an 8-0 after four innings of play as starter Daniel Workman allowed seven earned runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work. Stephen Manthei replaced Workman in the fourth inning, and despite allowing a pair of hits and a run in the inning, kept the Cardinal from running away with the game.
The Wildcats (32-20, 11-13 Pac-10) were able to chip away with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Joey Rickard delivered an RBI single and Rafael Valenzuela collected an RBI on a sacrifice flyout to put the Wildcats on the board.
Steve Selsky hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning, which prompted Stanford to lift starter Dean McArdle. McArdle pitched five-plus innings and allowed three runs on three hits as he improved to 5-0 on the season.
Arizona threatened to add more runs off releiver Danny Sandbrink. Alex Mejia came to the plate later in the inning with two runners on and two outs, but grounded out to second base to end the inning.
Sandbrink escaped trouble again in the seventh inning as Valenzuela drew a walk and Jett Bandy singled with one out. But Sandbrink induced a pair of groundballs to get out of the jam.
The Wildcats tacked on a run to cut the deficit to 8-4 in the home half of the eighth. Bobby Brown doubled and Mejia drove him home with a one-out single.
Arizona was a base runner away from bringing the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning after Bandy reached on his second double of the game and Frenzel drew a two-out walk. But releiver Alex Pracher, who took over for Sandbrink in the ninth, got Robert Refsnyder to ground into a game-ending fielder’s choice.
In all, the Wildcats stranded 11 base runners in the game, including seven over the final four innings.
Stanford plated three runs in the top of the second inning on two hits and one walk. The big hit came off the bat of Jake Schlander, who hit a two-run triple to put the Cardinal on the board.
After adding another run in the third, the Cardinal erupted for four runs in the fourth to take the commanding 8-0 lead. Three of the runs were charged to Workman, with the final run going on Manthei’s line.
Otherwise, Manthei, Vincent Littleman and Nick Cunningham combined to keep the Cardinal off the board over the final five innings.
Arizona will wrap up its 2010 regular season schedule with a three-game series at Oregon State May 28-30 in Corvallis, Ore.