Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Downs Cal, 1-0, in 11 Innings
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 06, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona’s Brad Glenn collected the first hit since the fifth inning for UA but it couldn’t have come at a more-timely spot in the game, as the Wildcats extended their winning streak to 12-straight games with a 1-0 win over Cal in 11 innings at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Thursday.


            The victory improved the Wildcats to 9-0 in single-run games this season and improved their overall record to 26-6 and their conference mark to 4-0. Cal dropped to 17-15 overall and to 2-2 in the Pac-10 with the loss.


            After nothing but zeros for the first 10 innings of play, Glenn drilled what would have been an extra base hit to the gap in right center off of Bear reliever Matt Gorgen to plate C.J. Ziegler from third with two outs in the bottom of the 11th to hand Arizona its third walk-off victory in its last nine games.


            Ziegler reached on a one-out walk and was all but escorted to third when Cal center fielder Brett Jackson fired the ball into the Arizona dugout trying to double-up Ziegler after a Bill Rhinehart fly out. The dead-ball allowed the junior first baseman to advance two bases and set the stage for Glenn.


            After falling behind 1-2 in the count, Glenn came up with just the fifth hit in the game for the Cats to end the contest. With Ziegler easily trotting home, Glenn was only credited with a single on the play, but the RBI was his team-leading 38th of the year and his 24th of the season with two outs.


            The two starters in the game, Cal’s Tyson Ross and Arizona’s Preston Guilmet, matched each other pitch-for-pitch in a stalemate over the first eight innings. Neither sophomore right-hander factored in the decision despite posting nearly identical numbers. Ross gave up just four hits over eight innings and finished with five strikeouts and four walks, while Guilmet went nine innings for a third consecutive start and allowed just seven hits with six Ks and four walks.


            Gorgon (1-2), who was charged with the loss, took over for Ross in the ninth and tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings before giving up Glenn’s game-winning hit. UA reliever Jason Stoffel (3-0) replaced Guilmet to start off the 10th and worked two hitless innings to pick up his third victory of the season. The freshman right-hander struck out two and walked one.


            Both teams had numerous opportunities to pull ahead in the game, as Cal stranded nine runners on base and the Wildcats seven, excluding Glenn who was left on base after winning the game.


Cal left a runner in scoring position in the first three innings and had someone at third with less then two outs in both the eighth and ninth and failed to score each time. In the 10th, Jackson walked with one out, but got doubled up after rounding second and heading to third on a routine fly ball to right.


Meanwhile, Arizona left four runners at third base in the first eight innings and six in scoring position in the game.


Arizona and Cal will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Friday at 6 p.m. Left-hander Brad Mills (6-2) is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

Thursday's game was the second consecutive extra-inning contest Arizona and Cal have played against each other. The Golden Bears secured a 2-1 series victory over the Wildcats on a one-out walk-off home run by Brian Nesbitt in the 13th inning last year in Berkeley ... Arizona last won a 1-0 game in 2005 when it went to Cal State Fullerton and defeated the Titans ... Thursday marked the third shutout victory for Arizona this season. The Wildcats last had at least three shutout wins in a season in 2005 when they finished with six ... Arizona is 4-0 to start a Pac-10 season for the first time since 1997 ... Starter Preston Guilmet lowered his ERA from 1.89 to 1.65 with the nine shutout innings on Thursday ... Thursday was the first time in five starts that Guilmet has not earned a decision ... The Wildcats are 9-0 in games started by the sophomore right-hander this year ... Jason Stoffel has not allowed a run in his last four appearances, spanning 7 2/3 innings. Stoffel is 2-0 with a save during his recent scoreless streak ... UA was without the services of closer Daniel Schlereth who is still ailing from a strained oblique muscle ... Jon Gaston, who had two wisdom teeth removed on Monday, missed his first start in six games. He did get a pinch-hit at-bat in the ninth ... Arizona improved to 3-0 in extra-inning contests this season ... During its 12-game win streak, Arizona has won five contests by a single run ... The Wildcats, who finished with a season-high-tying three double plays on Thursday, have recorded at least one twin killing in eight straight games

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