The Eagles roughed up starter David Coulon (2-1) for six runs on eight hits over just 3 2/3 innings and weathered a late
Trailing 1-0 after two, EMU plated four runs on four hits in the third and added two more in the fourth to chase Coulon and go up 6-2. Derek Lehrman hit his second home run of the year, a solo shot to right, in the sixth to push the advantage to 7-2.
Eastern starter Sean Hoffman (1-0) picked up his first victory of the year by limiting UA to just two runs ?- one earned ?- on seven hits over seven innings of work. He struck out four and walked just one. Reliever Matt Shoemaker picked up his first save with an inning of work in the ninth.
Offensively, EMU’s Jeff Davis led the way at the plate, finishing 3 for 4 with two runs scored. The Eagles’ Jeff Hehr (2 for 5, 2 RBI), Lehrman (2 for 4, 2 R, RBI) and Josh Ivan (2 for 4, RBI) all paired hits in the win.
UA’s Jon Gaston finished the contest 4 for 5 with a double and run scored, and freshman Robert Abel chipped in with three hits, including a double and a triple, in the loss. Bill Rhinehart (2 for 5) and Colt Sedbrook (2 for 4, R, RBI) were the only other
UA will return to action next weekend when they head to
13-5 Overall, 0-0 Pac-10
Last Week ?- 2-2
Feb. 27 ?- vs.
March 2 ?- vs.
March 3 ?- vs.
March 4 ?- vs.
March 9 ?- at
March 10 ?- at
March 11 ?- at
March 13 ?- at Hawaii-Hilo, 6 p.m. HDT
March 14 ?- at Hawaii-Hilo, 1 p.m. HDT
Pitcher of the Week Nominee
Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Lone Tree,
Sophomore closer Daniel Schlereth appeared in three games last week and worked a combined 3 1/3 innings. Of the 10 outs he recorded in the three games, nine came via the strikeout. He recorded his team-leading fourth save of the year when he struck out
The Wildcats opened the week with a 22-8 loss to rival Arizona State in a non-conference game in Tucson ... The Sun Devils raced out to an 8-0 advantage in the first and never looked back ... ASU rapped out 20 hits in the game, including three doubles and three home runs ... The Devils turned a triple play in the fourth inning of the game ... Arizona pitchers walked a season-high 12 batters in the loss ... The Wildcats bounced back to win their three-game series over Eastern Michigan in Tucson ... The Wildcats won the opening two games, 9-2 and 8-7, but couldn’t pull out the sweep after falling 7-5 on Sunday.
As a team, UA hit .355 for the week (50 for 141) with seven doubles, three triples and five home runs ... The Wildcats also went 9 for 9 in stolen base tries to extend their streak to 19-straight successful steal attempts ... Individually, Jon Gaston led all UA players at the plate, batting .538 (7 for 13) in the four games with a double, a triple and three runs scored ... Bill Rhinehart finished the week 8 for 20 with four RBI and two runs scored ... C.J. Ziegler hit three home runs last week and finished the four games 7 for 19 (.368) with five RBI, four runs scored and a .842 slugging percentage ... Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in consecutive games (2/27 vs. Arizona State and 3/2 vs. Eastern Michigan).
Held back by 22 earned runs against Arizona State, the Wildcats pitching staff finished the week with a 8.25 ERA ... Despite the rough outing against the Sun Devils, the UA staff rebounded to limit Eastern Michigan to 3.67 ERA over the weekend ... After walking a season-high 12 batters against ASU, the UA pitchers issued just four walks in three games against EMU ... The Cats finished the week with 38 strike outs in 36 innings of work ... The individual standouts on the mound were sophomores Preston Guilmet and Daniel Schlereth and senior Brad Mills ... Guilmet (3-0, 2.50 ERA) surrendered a season-high 12 hits to Eastern Michigan in Friday’s win, but limited the Eagles to just two runs over 7 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking none. His efforts earned him his third win of the year ... As noted above, Schlereth (1-0, 4 saves, 1.46 ERA) appeared in three games over the week and recorded nine of 10 outs via the K over his 3 1/3 innings of work. He picked his team-leading fourth save of the year on Saturday against EMU ... Mills (4-1, 3.18 ERA) won his team-leading fourth game of the season after striking out a career-high 10 hitters in Saturday’s win. He held EMU to just one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings