Guilmet, who has gone nine innings in each of his last four starts, improved to 7-0 while lowering his Pac-10-best ERA to 1.58 in his third complete game of the season. He allowed just the one run, on a solo homer in the second, and five hits, while walking only one. He struck out the side in four of his nine innings of work to help UA improve to 10-0 in games he has started this season.
Offensively T.J. Steele led a big night at the plate for the Cats, finishing 3 for 5 with four RBI, a double, his third home run of the year and two runs scored. C.J. Ziegler hit his team-leading eighth homer of the year and two doubles to go 3 for 5 on night. He added three RBI and a run scored.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on Steele’s solo homer to right, but the Cardinal answered back with a solo blast Brian Juhl in the home half of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.
Steele added to his tally with a two-run double in the fourth to make it 3-1 Arizona, before coming around to score on Dwight Childs’ triple two batters later to stake the Cats to a three-run edge.
Dating back to the Hawaii game on March 9 (last five starts), Preston Guilmet is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 44 innings of work. He has punched out 54 batters, walked only 12 and opponents are batting just .175 against him during this stretch ... Guilmet's 15 Ks were the most for a UA pitcher since Kevin Guyette punched out 15 on Feb. 26, 2005 against UC Riverside ... Guilmet's 15 Ks tied the team single-game high for the year ... T.J. Steele's home run in the second inning on Friday ended a seven-game homerless drought for the Wildcats ... Steele's four RBI on Friday were a career-high ... C.J. Ziegler's two-run homer in the ninth was his first since March 13 at Hawaii-Hilo ... Of Ziegler's 48 hits for the season, more than half have gone for extra bases (16 doubles, two triples, eight home runs - 26 total, 54%) ... Over his last five games, Ziegler is batting .571 (12 for 21) with five doubles, a home run, nine RBI and seven runs scored ... Arizona has now won 12 straight Pac-10 games and four consecutive road conference contests dating back to last season ...