Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Defeats La Salle, 15-4
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 25, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball team scored at least one run in all eight innings in a 15-4 win over La Salle at Kindall Field on Friday. The Wildcats’ second straight victory pushed their record to 6-4 for the year, while the Explorers dropped to 0-1 after their first contest of the season.


            Aided by three consecutive hit batters, the Wildcats opened the game with five runs on three hits in the first inning. Bill Rhinehart, Konrad Schmidt and Brad Glenn were all plunked in succession by La Salle starter Brandon Geib (0-1), with the latter two driving in runs for a 2-0 Arizona lead.


            Freshman T.J. Steele delivered a bases-loaded triple later in the frame to hand the Wildcats a five-run advantage and more than enough runs for starter Eric Berger and the Arizona bullpen.


            Berger (2-2), who finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts, recorded six of the first nine outs of the game via the punchout, five of them looking. The sophomore southpaw picked up the win after giving up one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings.


            Relievers Ryan Perry, Mike Colla and Mark Melancon closed out the victory over the final 3 2/3 innings.


            Offensively, the Wildcats rapped out 15 hits in the game and eight of the nine starters finished with at least one base knock. Arizona scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings, two in the fifth and three in the sixth, before capping off the night with lone runs in the seventh and eighth


Steele and freshman classmate Jon Gaston posted identical numbers, going 3 for 5 with a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored each.


            Senior Derek Decater collected three hits in five at-bats and finished with two RBI and a run scored, while classmate Brad Boyer led all players with three runs scored. Sophomore Colt Sedbrook, who was hit by his team-leading seventh pitch of the year, went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the win.  


            Arizona and La Salle will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 4 p.m. Freshman Preston Guilmet will make his first career start in the mound for the Wildcats.

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