March 12, 2010
Final Box Score (PDF)
TUCSON, Ariz. – Freshman Kurt Heyer threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts and the Arizona offense collected 19 hits as the Wildcats defeated Northern Colorado, 9-1, in the opening game of the three-game series on Friday at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
Heyer, who scattered three hits and allowed just one run, turned in UA’s first complete game effort since Preston Guilmet’s outing on April 25, 2008, at Oregon State. He improved to 2-0 on the season.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander entered Friday’s game second amongst Pac-10 pitchers in strikeouts. His 10 strikeouts on Friday were three-off his season-opening mark of 13 against Utah Valley and pushed his season total to 36 through four games.
Heyer set the tone for the Wildcats over the early innings, retiring the first seven batters he faced, while the Wildcats offense scored just one run in the first two frames and stranded four runners on base.
In the third inning, the Wildcats forced UNC starter James Quisenberry from the game with a five-run outburst. Quisenberry allowed eight hits and six runs – five earned – in two-plus innings of work.
Jett Bandy’s lead-off double in the third started the scoring that put the game out of reach from the Bears. The Wildcats rapped out four more hits in the inning from there.
Bandy continued his torrid start to the season with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, improving his average to an even .500 on the season. Classmate Steve Selsky tallied a pair of hits as well, bumping his average to .450.
A pair of freshmen combined for seven of UA’s 19 hits as a team. Centerfielder Joey Rickard turned in a career-best 4-for-5 performance offensively, which included four RBI, while Seth Mejias-Brean went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Rinard, who started at designated hitter, added two hits apiece, respectively, for the Wildcats, who despite the hit parade left 11 runners on base.
The only blemish on Heyer’s performance was a solo home run to centerfield in the eighth inning off the bat of Mark Shannon.
Ben Packard threw five innings of relief for the Bears as he scattered nine hits but allowed just two runs. Eric Skufca allowed a lone run in the ninth.
The Wildcats (9-4) will host the Bears (3-6) in the second game of the series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
Final Box Score (PDF)