Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Trails Sac State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 21, 2009
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Feb. 21, 2009


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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team trails the Sacramento State Hornets by a score of 10-2 after seven innings of play in Tucson.


After leading 9-1 after three innings, the Hornets added two more runs in the top of the fourth to take the 10-2 lead.


Arizona added a second run in the bottom of the fifth inning after a Daniel Butler lead-off double. Bryce Ortega singled home Butler, and Arizona loaded the bases with two outs later in the inning.


With Steve Selsky standing in with two strikes, the freshman took an inside pitch off his left leg. It appeared to bring home a third run and extend the inning, but home plate umpire Steve Corvi ruled that Selsky did not attempt to get out of the way of the pitch. The pitch was called a ball, and Selsky brought back to the box. He struck out swinging on the next pitch.


Arizona starter Matt Veltmann allowed three first inning runs – all unearned – the Hornets jumped on the Wildcats early.


Veltmann, making his Arizona debut, gave up a two-out, three-run homerun to Justin Lamb, which staked the Hornets to a 3-0 lead. The inning started off with an error by first baseman Dillon Baird, who could not handle a throw from second baseman Mike Weldon allowing Hunter Martinez to reach base.


Veltmann was able to record the next two outs, but then gave up a single to Dan McCarthy, which set up Lamb’s three-run home run.


In the second inning, the Hornets added four more runs. A Brad Glenn error allowed Blake Crosby to each base to start the inning, and two more Wildcat defensive miscues led the all four runs being unearned off Veltmann.


Arizona responded in the home half of the second with a run after leadoff double by Steve Selsky. With two outs and Selsky on third, a wild pitch to Daniel Butler brought Selsky home to score UA’s first run.


Leading 7-1 after two innings, Sacramento State added an eighth run in the top of the third thanks to a Josh Powers solo shot to lead off the inning.


Veltmann was replaced by Bryce Bandilla in the inning.


The Hornets added two more runs in the top of the fourth as Wheeler singled and Crosby followed with a walk. Bandilla retired the next two batters, but gave up a two-out, two-run single to Powers to put the score at 10-1.


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