March 28, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore.- The Arizona baseball team (21-10 overall, 2-2 Pac-10) opened its three-game road series at Oregon State with a 13-9 victory over the Beavers in Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Thursday. The victory snapped a six-game road losing streak and evened the Wildcats' Pac-10 record at 2-2. The loss was the first of the conference season for OSU, which also fell to 15-10 overall.
The Wildcats rapped out 14 hits in the game, including three home runs, as Arizona jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead through the first three innings. Chris Cunningham opened the scoring in the first with his team-leading 32nd RBI of the season on a one-out single to score Justyn St. Clair from second. Marc Kaiser followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Brian Anderson, giving UA a 2-0 lead.
Brad Hassey's three-run home run in the second, his fourth of the season, pushed the Arizona lead to 5-0 and the Cats added two more in the inning on a balk by OSU's Ben Rowe and a sac fly by Cunningham.
Up 7-0, Arizona crossed home three more times in the top of the third on Moises Duran's two-run homer and a wild pitch that scored Hassey from third.
After hitting a batter and giving up a two-out single in the first, Wildcat starter Sean Rierson cruised through next three innings, retiring 11 straight Oregon State hitters on just 28 pitches. Trouble set in for the right-hander in the bottom of the fifth as the Beavers roughed him up for six runs on five hits. Chris Biles two-out grand slam highlighted the scoring outburst, which cut the Arizona lead to five runs at 11-6.
Kaiser's solo home run in the sixth bumped the lead back to six for UA, but the resilient Beavers answered with one in the home half of the inning to cut the lead to 12-7.
After Duran scored on an errant throw on Brad Hassey's sac bunt attempt in the seventh put the Wildcats ahead 13-7 it appeared the game was all but over.
Down to their final out, the Beavers made the game interesting with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. However, senior Wes Zlotoff, who had come on in the inning in relief of Chris Goodman, got Andy Jarvis to ground out to Duran to end the game and seal the Arizona victory.
Led by Hassey's 3 for 5, four RBI, two run day at the plate, eight of the nine Arizona starters on offense collected at least one hit in the game and seven scored at least one run. Duran followed a fine showing against Arizona State last Sunday with three hits, three runs and two RBIs on Thursday.
Rierson tallied his team-high tying fifth win of the season in seven innings of work. He struck out five and walked just two. Rowe (4-2) was tagged for the loss, giving up ten runs in only 2.2 innings. He walked five and struck out two.
The two schools will meet again on Friday for the second game of the series at 2 p.m. Joe Little with take the mound for Arizona in search of his sixth win of the season.