ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ?- The No. 6-ranked Arizona baseball team rapped out 18 hits, including 14 for extra bases, in a 14-3 win over New Mexico at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M, on Tuesday. The Wildcats finished the contest with six home runs, seven doubles and a triple, while scoring in seven of the nine innings.
The victory, Arizona’s fourth this year and 23rd straight over the Lobos dating back to 1997, improved the Wildcats to 27-11 overall and was UA’s ninth in its last 10 games. UNM fell to 19-19 for the year with the loss.
Junior Trevor Crowe, who hit two of Arizona’s six home runs in the contest, opened the game with a solo shot deep over the right field fence to mark the 22nd time in 38 games this season he has reached base to lead off a game for the Wildcats. Crowe finished the game 3 for 4 with a pair of solo home runs, three RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.
Chris Frey (3 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) chipped in with a two-run homer in the third and Jordan Brown’s three-run shot in UA’s five-run fourth, his team-leading 11th of the year, gave Arizona a 10-1 advantage and chased UNM starter Karsten Gaarder (1-6) from the game. Brown, the Pac-10 RBI-leader, went 2 for 5 with a double and a team-best three runs driven in the contest.
Rierson, who moved into second all-time at Arizona with his 54 career start, gave up just one run on four hits in four innings of work. He struck out three and walked none in the no-decision effort.
Arizona will continue its week-long break from conference play with a road trip to Sacramento, Calif., for a three-game meeting with UC Irvine and Sacramento State on Friday and Saturday.