Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball's Streak Ends at 16 with 6-3 Loss to Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 16, 2007
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            PALO ALTO, Calif. ?- Stanford avoided a three-game series sweep and ended Arizona’s 16-game winning streak with a 6-3 victory at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. The loss dropped the No. 12 Wildcats to 30-7 for the year and to 8-1 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal improved to 15-17 overall and earned their first conference win to move to 1-8 in the Pac-10.


            Stanford, which hit the ball hard all day long, overcame a 2-1 deficit with three runs in the third inning and pulled away late with two in the seventh to snap the longest winning streak in the nation.


            Leadoff hitter Sean Ratliff hit a solo home run in the third inning and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to pace the Cardinal day at the plate, while reliever Erik Davis tossed four scoreless innings from the sixth to the ninth to reign in the red-hot Wildcats and earn his first save of the year.


            Stanford starter Jeffrey Inman (3-2) picked up the win with five solid innings on the mound. The freshman right-hander allowed just three runs on five hits while striking out six and walking four.


            The Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on single by Brad Glenn and answered Stanford’s run in the second with a sacrifice fly off the bat of C.J. Ziegler to take a 2-1 lead after two and half innings.


            Ratliff hit his sixth homer of the season off of UA starter Ryan Perry down the right field line with one out in the home half of the third to tie the game, and a Perry wild pitch and a Michael Taylor double each scored runs to hand Stanford a 4-2 lead.


            Perry (0-1), who gave up four runs on six hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work, was charge with his first loss of the year.


            Arizona pulled within one in the fourth on a run-scoring ground out by Robert Abel and had runners on first and second with two outs and Ziegler at the plate, but Colt Sedbrook, who went 2 for 4 with a run scored in the loss, was gunned down at second base trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt to end the inning.


            Arizona threatened again in the ninth, loading the bases with one out, but a double play ball ended the game and the Wildcats’ streak.


            Arizona will return to the road next weekend when it travels to Pullman, Wash., for a three-game set against Washington State.


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