TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball team wrapped up an impressive first weekend of play with a series-sweeping 15-6 victory over New Mexico at Kindall Field on Sunday. The win improved the Wildcats to 3-0 for the year and extended UA’s winning streak over the Lobos (0-3) to 22 straight.
With three freshman pitchers working the first eight innings, the Arizona offense rapped out 19 hits, including six doubles and three home runs, and scored at least one run in the first five innings in support of them. Eight of the nine Arizona starters in the game finished with at least one hit, six with two or more.
Trailing 3-2 after two innings, the Wildcats broke the game open with four runs in the third, one in the fourth and seven in the fifth.
Junior Jordan Brown led the way individually, going 4 for 5 with his first homer of the season, his second double, three RBI and three runs scored. He finished the weekend 7 for 14 with five runs scored and a team-best eight RBI.
Sophomore shortstop Jason Donald chipped in on Sunday with a 2 for 3 day at the plate. He hit a three run homer in the fourth inning and added a run-scoring single in the eighth to finish with a game-high four RBI. Classmate Bill Rhinehart hit his first four-bagger of the season, a solo shot in Arizona’s seven-run fifth, en route to a 2 for 4 day at the plate.
Freshman southpaw David Coulon took the mound for his first career start and made an impression early, striking out the side in order in the first. A pair of walks and throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt led to a three-run second for New Mexico, but he settled in thereafter, holding the Lobos scoreless over the next two innings. He gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in four innings of work. He struck out five and walked two in the no-decision effort.
Fellow lefty Eric Berger (1-0) came on in relief in the fifth and picked up his first career victory. Making his debut on the mound, he surrendered three unearned runs on just one hit over 2 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
UNM’s Darren Coltrinari was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Arizona will return to action next weekend when Northern Colorado comes to Tucson for a three-games series Friday-Sunday.
Arizona hit .419 as a team on opening weekend and outscored New Mexico 38-11 ... The Wildcats collected 13 doubles, a triple and five home runs in the three games ... Arizona finished seven for seven in stolen bases ... The pitching staff finished with a 2.00 ERA while limiting UNM to to a .173 team batting average ... The UA hurlers struck out 42 and walked just six in the series.