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Baseball Falls to Eastern Michigan, 7-5
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/05/2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Eastern Michigan (2-8) ended a seven-game losing streak and avoided a three-game series sweep by defeating Arizona 7-5 at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Sunday. The loss was Arizona’s third straight on a Sunday and dropped the Cats to 13-5 overall.

 

            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 Arizona rally for the win.

 

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.

 

Arizona rallied for a pair of runs in the eighth and one in the ninth before running out of outs. Despite equaling EMU’s 11 hits on the day, the Wildcats struggled offensively on a windy day in Tucson, flying out 17 times in the contest and stranding 10 runners on base.

 

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 Arizona players to record hits in the game.

 

UA will return to action next weekend when they head to Hawaii for a five-game road trip over spring break. The Wildcats will take on Hawaii in Honolulu next Friday-Sunday and will then head to the Big Island to face Hawaii-Hilo for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Arizona Baseball  

13-5 Overall, 0-0 Pac-10

 

Last Week ?- 2-2

Feb. 27 ?- vs. Arizona State ?- L, 22-8

March 2 ?- vs. Eastern Michigan ?- W, 9-2

March 3 ?- vs. Eastern Michigan ?- W, 8-7

March 4 ?- vs. Eastern Michigan ?- L, 7-5

 

Up Next

March 9 ?- at Hawaii, 6:30 p.m. HST

March 10 ?- at Hawaii, 6:30 p.m. HST

March 11 ?- at Hawaii, 1 p.m. HDT

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, Colo.

 

            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 Eastern Michigan’s Aaron Powell looking with the tying run on third in Saturday’s 8-7 win over the Eagles. He allowed just two hits over the week and issued just one walk.

 

Overall

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.

 

Offense

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).

 

Pitching

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

 

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