Long Beach rallies to top Cats

Arizona played tough against Long Beach State but could not hold the lead and lost in the bottom of the ninth on Jeremy Reed's one-out, bases loaded single in the bottom the ninth inning. The loss was the Wildcats' fifth straight road loss and dropped their record to 17-6.

Game Day coverage of Arizona Baseball is sponsored by Tucson Pool and Spa. If you are in the market for a new spa, pool service or supplies, stop by our showroom at 170 N. Harrison. For more information, call 296-0993.


Arizona led 5-2, but saw the lead dwindle when the 49ers got 2 in the sixth and two more in the eighth.

Arizona got the scoring started with two home runs in the second inning. Chris Cunningham led off the inning with a solo shot. Two batters later Brian Anderson hit his first round tripper of the season.

The lead was short lived. Long Beach State used the long ball in the second as well. 49er catcher Brad Davis hit a two-run shot to knot the game at two apiece.

Arizona broke the game open with three in the fourth. Anderson drove in his second RBI of the game. The Wildcat center fielder, who is returning to the line-up after recovering from a knee injury, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored

Arizona could not hold the lead. The 49ers chased starter Joe Little in the sixth with a pair of runs. They got two more in the eighth and took a 6-5 lead into the ninth inning.

The Wildcats rallied in the top of the ninth. With Anderson aboard Justyn St. Clair hit a two out RBI single to tie the contest at six.

The Cats went into the bottom of the ninth trying to send the game into extra innings. They trotted out Tony Sulser to try and get through the inning, but the Wildcat closer couldn't hold the game. Mike Hofius and Brad Davis hit one-out singles to put runners at the corners. Davis hit a grounder to Sulser but in an attempt to get the inning-ending double play, his throw pulled Hassey off the bag and the bases were loaded. Reed hit a shot over left fielder Marc Kaiser's head and Hofius scored the game winner from third.

Wildcat Authority Top Stories