Feb. 7, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- A pair of sophomores teamed up for the Arizona baseball team on Thursday and together beat San Diego State, 1-0. Starter Sean Rierson went the distance in his third appearance of the season and second baseman Moises Duran launched a one-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth in the opening game of the three game series at Frank Sancet Field.
Neither Rierson or Aztec starter Chris Dunwell seemed to give an inch in the game, as both surrendered just five hits a piece and combine for 16 strikeouts on the day. Rierson who's complete game shut out is the first for an Arizona pitcher since Rob Shabansky went the distance against California on April 6, 1997, punched out nine SDSU hitters and walked none for his third win of the season.
Duran's home run came at a most opportune time. With his starting pitcher beginning to tire, the second baseman lofted Dunwell's 122nd pitch of the game into the air towards right field and just over the fence for Arizona's fifth hit of the game and his third home run of the season.
Arizona's last 1-0 victory came almost 10 years ago on February 28, 1992, against USC in Los Angeles. Former Wildcat Tim Schweitzer went the distance against the Trojans on the strength of a four hitter.
Thursday's game, which lasted just two hours and six minutes, is the first of three games the two schools will play this weekend. The Wildcats and Aztecs will meet again for game two of the series on Friday with first pitch slated for 3 p.m. Arizona's Joe Little is scheduled to face SDSU's Rory Shortell on the mound.