March 13, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Junior Terrence Taylor followed an outstanding performance in his first career start on Wednesday with a 4 for 6, four RBI afternoon on Thursday as the No. 21 Arizona baseball team shutout visiting Wagner 15-0 at Frank Sancet Field. The victory was Arizona's third in a row and improved its record to 15-7 for the season. Wagner fell to 0-6 with the loss.
Taylor, who became eligible to play last weekend and went 3 for 4 with four runs scored on Wednesday, tallied two hits and three RBIs in the first inning alone as the Wildcats batted around to open a game for the third straight day.
The Wildcats posted seven runs on five hits in the first and chased Wagner's starter Robert Kostic after only two thirds of an inning. Kostice (0-3) was tagged with the loss after getting charged with all seven runs in the first.
Including Taylor's outstanding day, eight of Arizona's nine starters collected at least one hit in the game. Sophomore Richard Mercado went 3 for 5 with four runs scored in the win, while junior Brian Anderson extended his hitting streak to 22 straight games with an infield single in the third.
Arizona starter Richie Gardner (4-0) made his first start after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot over a month ago and dominated the Seahawk lineup. The right-hander picked up his fourth win of the season with six innings of work. He scattered four hits and struck out eight.
Relievers Brian Pemble and Derek Rodriguez combined to blank Wagner over the final innings to complete Arizona's fourth shutout of the season. Pemble struck out a season-high five batters in two innings. The three Arizona pitchers gave up only five hits all afternoon.
Arizona and Wagner meet up again on Friday at 7 p.m. in the second game of the three-game set. Arizona's Joe Little is scheduled to start on the mound for the Wildcats.