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Arizona baseball swept by No. 2 Stanford

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The Cardinal bats stayed hot, while the Wildcats were missing some key contributors

arizona wildcats, nick quintana, cesar salazar, michael flynn Rachel Huston

No. 2 Stanford continued to hit Sunday and completed the sweep of Arizona with a 7-2 victory.

The Wildcats fall to 23-15 overall and 6-9 in the Pac-12. They have lost four of their last five conference games.

Just like Friday and Saturday night’s game, Stanford’s offense revved up as the game went on. Stanford tied the game at 1-all in the third, added a run in the fifth, two in the sixth, and three in the seventh.

The Cardinal finished the day with 13 hits and six came with two outs in an inning.

Stanford first baseman Andrew Daschbach continued his hot hitting. He had four hits and a walk. He also scored twice. Tim Tawa had added with three hits and Kyle Stowers had two. Both contributed with two RBIs in the game as well. Beau Branton, the leadoff hitter, also got on base twice, spurring the Stanford offense.

The Cardinal pitching was superb. Starter Erik Miller pitch well. He lasted five innings, giving up three hits and one unearned run. Reliever Brenden Beck was even better, allowing just one hit and keeping Arizona off the bases until the eighth when he allowed two hits.

Arizona’s bullpen got hammered on Sunday. Starter Juan Aguilera pitched solidly, but only lasted three innings. He was charged with the first Stanford run. Relievers Avery Weems and Ryan Gowens both gave up an unearned run while Zach Sherman and Zach Stone gave up two earned runs.

Arizona’s hitting was nonexistent Sunday except for flashes in the second, eighth, and ninth innings. It managed just two hits and one walk outside of the second and eighth and ninth innings. In all, the Wildcats notched just seven hits and one base on balls.

Arizona’s star offensively was designated hitter Tate Soderstrom, who entered in the eighth inning and singled. He then added an RBI double in the ninth off Stanford closer Jack Little.

Arizona’s only other run came via an RBI single by pinch-hitter Seve Romo in the second, which gave UA an early lead. Nick Quintana and Cameron Cannon both doubled. Quintana scored on Romo’s single.

Arizona’s hitting woes were partially because of the loss of catcher Cesar Salazar, who left Saturday’s game with a concussion, and centerfielder Cal Stevenson who left last Sunday’s game at USC with a hand injury.

Salazar and Stevenson are leaders in almost every category, and neither played Sunday.

Arizona is now 38th in RPI. It returns to action Friday in Salt Lake City when it begins a three-game series against Utah. Then the Wildcats face Utah Valley on Monday in Orem.