Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report:
Arizona scored early and often to support a strong start from Garrett Irvin to rout Stanford 20-2 on Saturday afternoon at Palo Alto, Calif.
The win came after the Wildcats (32-12, 16-7 Pac-12) lost the opening game of the series Friday 5-4 in 13 innings.
Arizona closes its series with Stanford (25-10, 11-6) on Sunday.
The Wildcats have won six straight conference series and they have won 11 of their last 12 games.
And THAT is how you respond. All eyes on Sunday now 👀 #BearDown
— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) May 9, 2021
Irvin (4-1) was brilliant for the Wildcats, lasting seven innings and allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out five.
The Wildcats had 15 hits — eight of which went for extra bases — 15 walks and four hit batters. Their 15 walks were four more than their previous season high and the most for the team since drawing 17 free passes against UMass Lowell in February 2019.
Arizona scored in all but two innings, the seventh and the eighth, for their second 20-run performance of the year.
Among the highlights were Nik McClaughry hitting his first career home run and finish a double shy of the cycle, Danie Susac’s 12th home run of the season and Donta’ Williams walking four times.
20-2 Cats!!!! pic.twitter.com/B4CaMb2s86
— Jay Johnson (@UACoachJ) May 9, 2021
With victory soundly in hand, southpaw Gil Luna relieved Irvin to open the eighth inning and shut down the Cardinal over the final two frames. Luna allowed just one hit and struck out three to send the Wildcats away victorious.
Top Arizona batters:
C Daniel Susac: 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2B, HR, 5 RBIs
SS Nik McClaughry: 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3B, HR, 3 RBIs, BB
RF Ryan Holgate: 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB
CF Donta’ Williams: 0-for-1, 2 R, 4 BB, HBP
1B Branden Boissiere: 1-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, HBP
LF Mac Bingham: 1-for-3, 3 R, RBI, BB, HBP
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Susac hit his eighth conference home run of the year, tying CDO great Shelley Duncan (1999) for the most Pac-10/12 homers by a freshman in a single season.
Arizona’s 18-run margin of victory was their largest of the season.