Feb. 24, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team swept its fourth series of the season with its 13-9 victory over UC Irvine at Frank Sancet Field Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats belted out a season-high 16 hits in the game, including three home runs to run their record to 14-4 for the season. The sweep evens UCI's record at 8-8.
Sophomore Marc Kasier punctuated an impressive offensive weekend with a 5-for-5 day at the plate. He hit his team-high-tying fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning and finished with two RBIs and three runs scored.
In three games against the Anteaters, Kaiser hit a team-high .643 with three home runs, five RBIs and six runs scored. His slugging percentage calculated to an astronomical 1.286 for the series.
Arizona took control early in the game on Sunday on Chris Cunningham's two-out, first inning home run to right field that plated Kaiser for a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats added two more an inning later on an RBI single by Saturday's hero Brad Hassey and sacrifice fly by Cunningham.
Kaiser's RBI single in the fourth gave Arizona a 5-0 advantage as the Wildcats appeared to be cruising to the win. The Anteaters, however, had different ideas as they pulled within one with four runs in the top of the fifth and took the lead at 7-5 with three in the sixth. Effren Trejo's bases clearing double in the fifth off of Arizona starter Chris Goodman provided the big blow in UCI's comeback.
Arizona tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of solo home runs by Clayton Bried and Kaiser. Bried's round trip was the first of his career, while Kaiser's was his fourth in three games.
Two Wildcat defensive replacements, Pat Reilly at first and Justyn St. Clair at third, accounted for two runs in the bottom of seventh to give Arizona its second lead of the game at 9-7. Reilly's first career triple plated the walked Moises Duran before St. Clair rewarded him with trip home on sacrifice fly in the next at bat.
Not to be outdone, UCI evened the score yet again with two in the eighth. Matt Anderson hit his first home run of the season off of UA reliever Kevin Sears to plate Jordan Szabo and knot the game at 9-9.
Arizona put the game away with four runs in the bottom the inning on Cunningham's sac-fly, his second of the game for his fourth RBI, and St. Clair's bases loaded double that cleared them all for three runs.
Senior Wes Zlotoff finished off the Anteaters in the ninth for his first win of the season. UCI reliever Jimmy Alstot picked up the loss after giving up five runs in two innings pitched.
In addition to Kaiser's offensive performance, Bried finished the day 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Cunningham plated four with only one hit and St. Clair was impressive in two at bats, going 1-for-1 with a double, sac-fly and four RBIs.
The Wildcats will return to action on Tuesday for a single game with their neighbors to the east, New Mexico State. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.