May 19, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona scored runs in only two of seven innings played on Monday, but a nine-run third and six-run seventh proved to be enough in a 15-11 win over No. 16 Stanford at Kindall Field.
The eight-inning victory, halted due to a predetermined time limit because of travel, marked Arizona's sixth consecutive series win over the Cardinal dating back to 2003 and improved the Cats to 36-16 overall, 10-11 in the Pac-10 and 23-4 at home. Stanford dropped to 31-20 for the season and 12-9 in the league to hand Arizona State at least a share of the Pac-10 title.
Trailing 8-0 after two and half innings, the Wildcats pulled off the third-largest come-from-behind win in school history when C.J. Ziegler hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to cap off a wild back-and-forth contest.
The Cardinal jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second when it sent 10 hitters to the plate and roughed up UA starter Eric Berger for five runs on four hits. SU's Adam Gaylord, Cord Phelps and Jason Castro drove in one run each on singles in the frame and Toby Gerhart tacked on two more with a base knock.
Stanford added three more runs on four hits in the third on a two-run homer by Gerhart and a throwing error by T.J. Steele to end Berger's day on the mound.
The Wildcats roared back to take the lead in the third, scoring nine runs on seven hits after sending 14 batters to the plate. Colt Sedbrook, who finished 4 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored, chipped away at the eight-run lead with a bases-loaded single to put the Cats on the board.
Sedbrook cut the advantage in half, coming home on a throwing error by right fielder Jeff Whitlow after C.J. Ziegler flied out for the first out in the frame.
Steele followed with a two-run single up the middle to force Cardinal starter Jeffrey Inman from the game and make it 8-6 Stanford.
Dillon Baird greeted reliever David Stringer with a two-run homer to right center to tie the game at 8-8 and Sedbrook came up with his second run-scoring base hit in the inning to hand the Cats a one-run lead.
Stanford scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to take an 11-9 lead on a Phelps homers, a Joey August double and Brent Milleville sac fly, respectively.
With the clock working against them, Arizona mounted a six-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to pull off the improbable victory.
Bobby Coyle plated Bryce Ortega from third with a one-out single to right to make it 11-10 Stanford and knock reliever Max Fearnow from the game. Blake Hancock entered and surrendered three straight singles, including a RBI base hit by Glenn that tied the game, before departing without recording an out.
Michael De Groot came on with the bases loaded and one out and saw his first and only pitch of the game to Ziegler sail over the centerfield wall for a grand slam and a 15-11 Arizona advantage.
Relief ace Daniel Schlereth (2-0), who came on in the seventh, retired the Cardinal side in order in the eighth to wrap up the wild affair and pick up his second win of the season.
SU's Hancock (1-2) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on three hits.
Arizona will close out the regular season this Thursday-Saturday when it host rival Arizona State for three games at Kindall Field. First pitch for the series opener on Thursday is slated for 7 p.m. with Preston Guilmet the scheduled starter.
Arizona's rally from eight runs down tied for the third-largest come-from-behind victory in school history. The Wildcat rallies from greater deficits (10 and nine runs) also came against Stanford in 1991 and 2002 (See PDF at the top) ... The Wildcats recorded 14 of their 17 hits in the game in the two run-scoring innings ... Senior C.J. Ziegler's grand slam was the first of his career, his 18th homer of the season and the 31st home run of his career. He is now tied for fifth in a single season at Arizona is tied for sixth in career homers ... Classmate Colt Sedbrook extended hit hitting streak to 12 straight games on Monday. The third-year Wildcat is batting .543 (25 for 46) with five doubles, a triple, 15 RBI and 10 runs scored during his streak.