March 6, 1998
- Junior third baseman Josh Hochgesang (Fullerton, CA/Sunny HS) had a career-high tying five RBI to lead top-ranked Stanford (18-1-1 overall, 6-1 in the Six-Pac) to a 13-4 win over No. 5 Arizona (22-3, 4-3) on Friday night at Sunken Diamond. Hochgesang also recorded five RBI against LSU at the College World Series on June 4, 1997.
Hochgesang delivered the key blow in an eight-run third inning that helped Stanford erase a 3-0 deficit and take the lead for good. With the bases loaded and one out and the score tied 3-3, Hochgesang drove a double into the gap that cleared the bases. He later added a two-run homer to left field in the sixth to finish 3-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBI. Freshman Joe Borchard (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) also had three hits, including a solo homer in the sixth.
Junior Jeff Austin (Kingwood, TX/Kingwood HS) took it from there, throwing a complete game five-hitter to improve to 6-0. After all owing three runs in the first, Austin allowed just one run on three hits over the final eight innings.
Junior Omar Moraga (Tucson, AZ/Sunnyside HS) and freshman Keoni deRenne (Honolulu, HI/Iolani HS) had two hits apiece for the Wildcats.
The two teams continue the three-game set on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond.
Friday's Linescore R H E
Arizona 300 010 000 --- 4 5 2
Stanford 008 013 01x --- 13 17 1
Hussman, Wood (6), Meyer (7) and Clark; Austin and Alvarado. WP - Austin (6-0). LP - Hussman (3-2). 2B - Moraga (ARIZ) 2, Jones (ARIZ), Gerut (STAN), Hochgesang (STAN), Alvarado (STAN). HR - Hochgesang (STAN) 6th inning, one on; Borchard (STAN) 6th inning, none on. Records - Arizona 22-3 overall (4-3 in the Six-Pac), Stanford 18-1-1 (6-1).