Wildcats win series with 11-5 win over Cardinal

<b>PALO ALTO, Calif.<b> - The Arizona baseball team won its three game series over No. 4-ranked Stanford with an 11-5 victory at Sunken Diamond on Sunday. The two-games-to-one-win marked the first time since 1993 that the Wildcats (30-16, 9-6) have won a season series against the Cardinal (28-13, 10-5) and was also the first time since 1999 that Stanford lost a Pac-10 series at Sunken Diamond.

Arizona trails conference leaders Stanford and Arizona State by one game in the Pac-10 standings.

Moises Duran's double to left field in the sixth inning scored John Hardy from third to snap a 6-6 tie and start a run of six unanswered runs on Sunday, as the Wildcats scored two in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the eighth pull away from the Cardinal.

The much-maligned Wildcat bullpen put aside its recent struggles in helping Arizona claim the series clinching win. Relievers Kevin Guyette, Derek Rodriguez and Mark Worrell shut down the Cardinal offense to just one run on four hits over the final 6 1/3 innings. Guyette (3-3), who replaced starter Joe Little in the third, picked up his third win of the year with 2 2/3 innings of work.

Offensively, Arizona posted 17 hits in the game, including four doubles, its Pac-10 single-season record tying 43rd triple and a home run. Sophomore John Hardy led all players at the plate with a perfect 4 for 4 day. He hit his second home run of the season, while finishing with three runs scored.

Freshmen Brad Boyer and Derek Decater combined to record six hits for Arizona in the game. Boyer, who went 3 for 5, also scored a pair of runs and stole two bases, while Decater finished 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs on the day.

Stanford's Matt Manship was charged with his third loss of the season after giving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings on the mound.

Arizona concludes its eight-game road trip on Monday. The Wildcats will face off against Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif., to close out the non-conference portion of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. There is no radio broadcast of the game available.

GAME TWO: Stanford 10, Arizona 9

The Arizona baseball team blew its seventh save of the season, falling, 10-9, to No. 4-ranked Stanford at Sunken Diamond on Saturday. The Cardinal (28-12, 10-4 Pac-10) scored four runs in the eighth inning off of the Wildcat bullpen to steal the victory and even the series at a game apiece.

After taking a 9-6 lead in the top of the eighth, senior Wes Zlotoff walked Stanford leadoff hitter Ryan Garko and then threw Danny Putnam's come-backer past shortstop John Hardy into centerfield field for an error to place runners on the corners with no outs. Stanford's Jed Lowrie cut the lead to 9-7 in the next at-bat with a single to right, scoring Garko.

Classmate Brian Pemble spelled Zlotoff on the mound, but couldn't close out the inning, surrendering a run-scoring infield single to pinch hitter Donny Lucy and a two-run double to Sam Fuld to complete the comeback and hand the Cardinal a 10-9 lead.

Stanford closer Brett Manship retired the Wildcats in order in the top of the ninth to finish off the come-from-behind win and earn his fifth save of the season.

Pemble (2-3), who gave up the go-ahead run, was charged with his third loss of the season after working just a third of an inning. Stanford's Jonny Dyer (2-1) picked up his second win of the year for the Cardinal in relief.

The late-inning meltdown erased an outstanding day for Arizona junior Brian Anderson. The third-year starter, who hit UA's game-winning home run on Friday, hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the third inning and finished 4 for 5 with a triple and five RBIs on Saturday.

Classmate Moises Duran helped Arizona to its doomed 9-6 lead with a two-run homer, his 11th of the season, in UA's three-run eighth.

GAME ONE: Arizona 4, Stanford 3

Brian Anderson's solo home run in the top of the eighth inning lifted Arizona starter Richie Gardner and the Wildcats to a 4-3 win over No. 4 Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday. The victory improved the Wildcats to 29-15 for the season and one game back of Stanford (27-12, 9-4) for the Pac-10 lead at 8-5.

Anderson hit Cardinal starter John Hudgins' 0-2 pitch over the left field wall for his team-high-tying 11th home run of the season to snap a 3-3 tie.

Gardner and John Meloan then combined to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth, stranding the tying and go-ahead runs on first and second. The effort earned Gardner (7-1) his seventh win of the season and Meloan his second save.

Stanford jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Brian Hall's RBI single that scored Jonny Ash from second.

The Wildcats countered to take a 3-1 advantage in the fifth on Brad Boyer's run-scoring triple and Moises Duran's 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot that scored Boyer from third.

The Cardinal tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning on Ryan Garko's two-run single. UA's John Hardy made a nice play on the ground ball up the middle, but his throw pulled Pat Reilly off the base for an infield single, allowing both Carlos Quinten and Sam Fuld to score on the play and even the score at 3-3.

After three starts with no decisions, Gardner finally won his seventh game of the season with 8 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander struck out seven and walked four, while giving up just the three runs on seven hits.

Meloan closed out the win with two-thirds of an inning of work. The freshman got a pair of fly outs, including the game-ender to Dallas Haught in left, for Arizona's seventh save of the season.

Stanford's Hudgins fell to 7-3 for the year, despite tossing his fourth complete game. The Cardinal junior gave up all four runs on seven hits, with six strikeouts and two walks.

Stanford and Arizona will meet up again on Saturday for the second game of the three-game set. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and all the action can be heard live on the radio on KNST (790-AM).

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