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Huge two-home run game from Chase Davis leads to Arizona baseball sweep of Stanford

Jackie Cabrera

Arizona baseball player Daniel Susac runs towards first base on March 4 at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats would win 7-2.

Coming off a series win over the University of California, Berkeley to open Pac-12 play, the Arizona baseball team entered a crucial home series against Stanford University. On the back of a couple of insane come-from-behind victories, the Wildcats were able to sweep the No. 12 ranked Cardinal to pick up three huge wins. Here is a rundown of how each game went. 

Saturday: Arizona wins 3-2

This was the definition of a pitching duel between Stanford starter Alex Williams and Arizona starter TJ Nichols.

Stanford scored 1 run in the fourth inning and 1 run in the sixth inning to take a 2-0 lead after six innings. 

The Wildcats were able to get on the board against Williams in the seventh inning on a throwing error that scored Mac Bingham, cutting the deficit to 2-1. 

That was it for Williams and Arizona took advantage, scoring 2 runs in the eighth inning off the Stanford bullpen. 

Garen Caulfield opened the frame with a double, later scoring on a single by Tanner O’Tremba to tie the game 2-2. Arizona took the lead two batters later as Tommy Splaine singled and Daniel Susac went on to score on an error on the same play. Arizona took advantage of three errors committed by the Stanford fielders. 

Nichols began the ninth inning, allowing a single when he was taken out. He finished the game allowing 2 runs on eight hits over eight innings to go along with eight strikeouts and zero walks. 

Trevor Long took over for Nichols, allowing a single followed by a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position with still nobody out. He went on to force a ground out on a play where the runner on third base could have scored but stayed at the base. The next hitter lined out to Bingham in center field who then threw the runner out at the home plate trying to tag from third base for the final out of the game and secure the opening victory for Arizona. 

Sunday: Arizona wins 6-5

After a crazy win the night prior, the Wildcats and Stanford were right back on the field the next afternoon on Sunday. 

The Cardinal hitters were able to get to Arizona starter Garrett Irvin for 2 runs in the first inning. 

Arizona got 1 run back in the bottom half of the frame on a sac fly by O’Tremba.

Both teams were held scoreless the next five innings as Irvin settled in including four straight frames without allowing a hit. 

Irvin finished the game allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over six innings to go along with six strikeouts and one walk. 

Stanford took a 5-1 lead after 1 run in the seventh inning and 2 runs in the eighth inning when the rally began for the Wildcats.

Singles by Daniel Susac and O’Tremba in the eighth inning were followed by a 3-run home run by Chase Davis to cut the deficit to 5-4. 

A couple of walks and a single by Tyler Casagrande later and the game was tied 5-5. Arizona went on to tack on one more run to cap a five-run eighth inning and take a 6-5 lead heading into the ninth inning when Christian Holden tossed a 1-2-3 frame to secure the series win for Arizona. 

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Sunday: Arizona wins 10-3

Stanford struck first with 1 run in the second inning on starter Dawson Netz before Arizona tied the game in the fourth inning on a triple hit by Mac Bingham.

Stanford took the lead back with 2 runs in the fifth inning and then the Chase Davis game began. 

First, a 2 run moonshot in the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3. 

One inning later and Davis was back at it again, launching another long ball over the Terry Francona Hitting Center, this time a grand slam on an 0-2 count with two outs.

Davis knew his first long ball was off a fastball so he decided to sit curve ahead of the grand slam and the rest was history.

“I took a nice rip on it and did damage,” Davis said. 

Two more runs later capped off a 6 run eighth inning for the Wildcats to blow the game wide open.

Netz went five innings, allowing 3 runs on six hits to go along with four strikeouts and one walk.

Quinn Flanagan tossed the final four innings, allowing just one hit to go along with five strikeouts.

“We tried to simplify it whether we win or lose the game, each game is its own entity,” Arizona head coach Chip Hale said. “Obviously you feel good about winning a series. We talk about that a lot but we try to get over to them that this is a 60-game something season and every game is important. It doesn’t matter if you win the first two or lose the first two. This is a whole new game right now.”

Up next for the Wildcats is one game against the University of New Mexico on the road on Wednesday before Arizona returns home for a three-game series against UCLA this weekend.

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