TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 11-ranked Arizona baseball team wrapped up its regular season non-conference schedule with a series-sweeping 7-2 win over visiting Utah Valley State on Sunday. The Wildcats improved to 32-15 overall with the win and dropped to UVSC to 16-36.
Junior Nick Hundley highlighted Arizona’s 10-hit day offensively, going 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Leading 5-2 after seven, Hundley hit his team-leading 12th homer of the season in the eighth, a two-run shot to left, to give Arizona a five-run cushion and the final margin of victory.
Classmates Brad Boyer and Chris Frey each finished with a pair of hits in the game for the Wildcats. Boyer went 2 for 3 with a RBI and two runs scored, while also hitting his third triple of the series. Frey finished 2 for 4 with a run scored for UA.
Freshman Eric Berger (6-0) picked up his sixth win of the year after relieving classmate David Coulon in the third inning. Berger surrendered just two hits over 3 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Trailing 2-1, he worked out an inherited one-out jam with runners on second and third in the third inning by getting a pair of fly outs to right to keep the deficit at one.
Sophomore Mark Melancon worked the final three innings to pick up his team-leading seventh save of the year. Melancon struck out three, walked none and surrendered just one hit in his team-leading 25th appearance of the year.
UVSC starter Brady Drake (4-6) was charged with the loss. The Wolverine left-hander went the distance, giving up all seven runs on 10 hits. He finished with four strikeouts and two walks.
Arizona will play its final nine regular season games against Pac-10 opponents. The Wildcats will next travel to Tempe for a three-game series against No. 22 Arizona State. The series is scheduled for Saturday-Monday with game times of 6:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
All three games of the ASU series will be broadcast live on 1290 AM The Source.
Arizona finished its non-conference slate with a 20-12 record ... The Wildcats batted .330 as a team against non-Pac-10 schools and hit 82 doubles, 25 triples and 37 home runs ... The pitching staff posted a 4.02 ERA with eight saves and had a better than 3 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (321-104) in non-conference games ... Weekend Numbers ?- Arizona hit .382 in the three-game series against Utah Valley State ... The Wildcats hit nine doubles, seven triples and three home runs in the series with the Wolverines ... The pitching staff went 3-0 with a save and a 1.00 ERA ... The UA hurlers struck out 27 UVSC hitters and walked only three all weekend ... Trevor Crowe, Brad Boyer and Jeff Van Houten all went 7 for 13 over the weekend (.538) to lead an Arizona offense that out-scored Utah Valley State 35-3 ... Crowe and Boyer each hit three triples and a double ... Van Houten led all UA players with six RBI in the series ... Nick Hundley hit two home runs over the weekend (Nos. 11 and 12) to wrest the team home run lead from Jordan Brown.