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Baseball Downs Washington, 13-4
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/20/2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona offense continued its resurgence by collecting 13 runs on 13 hits and left-hander David Coulon turned in a solid six innings on the mound in a nine-run win over Washington at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Saturday.

 

The 13-4 victory handed Arizona (38-13, 13-7) the most regular season wins in six years under head coach Andy Lopez and moved the Cats into sole possession of second place in the Pac-10 standings. Washington, which has dropped four straight Pac-10 contests, fell to 27-25 overall and to 9-11 in the conference.

 

After watching Washington jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on three straight two-out base hits, senior Bill Rhinehart (3 for 5, R, 2 2B, RBI) tied the game in the home half of the frame with one of his two doubles on the night. His 12th two-bagger of the season plated Colt Sedbrook (2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 HBP) who reached base by being hit by one of his two school-record-tying pitches in the game.

 

Washington tacked on another run in the top of the third for a 2-1 edge, but the Wildcats took advantage of a Husky error, three wild pitches by UW starter Elliott Cribby and a couple of timely hits to score six runs in the bottom of the frame.

 

Sedbrook got things rolling in the third after reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Matt Hauge. C.J. Ziegler (2 for 5, R, 2B, 2 RBI) made the Huskies pay with a double down the left field line to score his junior classmate all the way from first.

 

Rhinehart followed with a single to right to place runners on the corners with one out. Cribby (1-2), who was charged with the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits in four innings of work, uncorked his first wild pitch in the inning to plate Ziegler and give UA a 3-2 lead. The right-hander’s wildness cost him again in the next at bat.

 

Cribby struck out Brad Glenn on a 1-2 offering for what should have been the third out in the inning, but the ball in the dirt squirted away from catcher Joey Dunn allowing Glenn to reach on the wild pitch.

 

With runners on first and second and still only one out, T.J. Steele (1 for 4, 2 R,  RBI) delivered a run-scoring single up the middle to plate Rhinehart and move Glenn to second. Cribby’s third wild pitch in the frame advance the pair to second and third for DH Jon Gaston.

 

Gaston (2 for 3, 2 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI), who was fitted for glasses earlier in the day, used his improved vision to drill his team-leading seventh triple of the season to right for two more Arizona runs and a 6-2 UA lead.

 

Catcher Dwight Childs rewarded Gaston with a trip home with a single up the middle for the final run in the inning.

 

A bases loaded double by Sedbrook in the fifth pushed UA’s lead to 10-3 and a two-run homer by Gaston and a RBI single by Ziegler led to three more runs in the eighth and capped off the offensive night for the Cats.

 

Meanwhile Coulon (4-3), who picked up a second straight start in place of an ailing Brad Mills, limited Washington to four runs on nine hits in six-plus innings. The southpaw finished with five strikeouts and only one walk to earn his fourth win of the year.

 

Right-handers Ryan Perry and Jason Stoffel teamed up to toss three scoreless innings the rest of the way to close out the series-clinching win. Perry struck out three in two innings of work and Stoffel kept his perfect conference contest ERA intact with an inning of work in the ninth.

 

Arizona will close out the regular season home slate on Sunday with a chance to earn its third Pac-10 series sweep of the year. Right-hander Mike Colla is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats in the 12 p.m. game.

Note
Colt Sedbrook was hit by two pitches on Saturday to move him into a tie with Jason Donald for first on the all-time HBP list at Arizona. Sedbrook has been hit by 38 pitches in just a little under two seasons to tie the career mark.

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