Twenty minutes after the Arizona Wildcats completed their most impressive - and perhaps most important - sweep in years, the home clubhouse door opened and seven relief pitchers, clad in workout shirts and game pants, trudged back onto the field to throw bullpen sessions.
They had to get their work in somehow.
Starter James Farris threw a complete game, the UA's second in as many days, as the eighth-ranked Wildcats defeated No. 2 Stanford 6-2 Sunday at Hi Corbett Field.
The three-game sweep, UA's first against the Cardinal since 1993, was a credit to the starting pitching - and a break for the relievers.
Kurt Heyer, Konner Wade and Farris worked a combined 26 innings over three days, surrendering five earned runs and 19 hits. The three pitchers combined to strike out 23 batters and walk just three. Stanford (16-6, 2-4 Pac-12) entered the series having hit 16 home runs, second-most in the conference; the club left town without a round-tripper and was credited with just four extra-base hits.
"It's becoming kind of a competition between us (to see) who can throw the best and who can get the most wins," Farris said. "I'm glad we came out and did what we did this weekend."
In fact, the only home run of the series belonged to Arizona - and it was a big one.
Robert Refsnyder ripped a three-run shot with two outs in the fifth inning Sunday, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving the Wildcats an edge that, given their pitching, was a game-changer. The junior crushed John Hochstatter's fastball over the left field wall and off a metal support structure; the homer was just Arizona's third in 23 home games at Hi Corbett, the program's new home field.
"It was a good feeling," said Refsnyder, who was homerless before Monday. "The wind helped it. Off the bat, I didn't know if I hit it that hard."
The Wildcats (21-7, 7-2) extended their lead in the sixth, when Riley Moore walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Joey Rickard's RBI single.
Given the way Farris was throwing, Arizona might as well have led by 20 runs. The sophomore right-hander retired Stanford in order in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. He allowed two runners to reach in the ninth before getting pinch hitter Justin Ringo to fly out.
The crowd of 2,959 roared as Farris was mobbed by teammates. The UA drew 10,656 fans over the weekend, its largest three-game home attendance in almost 20 years. In May 1992, 13,466 fans attended a three-game sweep of Arizona State.
This year's sweep was just as sweet.
"With all the national writers talking about Stanford, and how great they're perceived, and all their prospects and future millionaires …," Refsnyder said. "There's a lot of talent on their team. I can't think of a better sweep."
• Who: Arizona at Utah Valley
• When: 5 p.m. Wednesday
By the numbers
Combined attendance for Arizona's three-game sweep of Stanford at Hi Corbett Field
Combined attendance for Arizona's last home series against Stanford (2010) at Kindall/Sancet Stadium.
May 15-17, 1992
Last time Arizona drew more than 10,000 fans for a three-game home series: 13,466 attended a three-game sweep of Arizona State.