Three-game weekend sweep at Standford's Sunken Diamond swallows Wildcats' chances

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Standford's Sunken Diamond is appropriately named.

No college baseball team on the verge of breaking out of its rut should venture to the home of the Cardinal. Just ask Arizona.

One week after winning their first series of the season, the Wildcats (9-35, 5-19 in the Pacific 10 Conference Southern Division) dropped all three games this weekend to ninth-ranked Stanford, including both ends of yesterday's doubleheader, 10-3 and 5-1.

Despite allowing four home runs to Arizona hitters, Stanford pitching dominated the afternoon.

In the first game, Standford right-hander Todd Bartels (5-2) pitched his second complete game of the season to pick up the win. Bartels scattered seven hits while striking out four and walking none.

Cardinal right-hander Jason Middlebrook (6-1) pitched seven innings in game two, allowing four hits while striking out a career-high nine batters.

Middlebrook received all the support he would need in the first inning when Dusty Allen hit his seventh home run this season with two men on base.

Menno Wickey provided Arizona's only ofense with a solo homer in the third inning, his fourth of the year. Wickey also hit a solo shot in the first game.

UA right-hander Mike Schiefelbein made his first appearance since March 29 in the second game. Schiefelbein, who was benched because of his wildness, pitched two innings in relief of Rich Tomey, allowing one hit and no runs while walking no one.

With the sweep, Standford (30-16, 17-7) pulled ahead of USC in the Six-Pac race. The Cardinal own a half-game lead over the Trojans, who earlier swept the season series from Arizona. Read Next Article