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Baseball Takes Series vs. Stanford With 12-3 Win
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/23/2006
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Left-hander David Coulon gave the depleted Arizona pitching staff a solid six innings, and the UA offense came up big for a second straight game, as the Wildcats won their first conference series of the season with a 12-3 victory over Stanford at Kindall Field on Sunday.

 

Arizona improved to 17-20 on the year and to 5-7 in the Pac-10 with its fourth-straight season series win over the Cardinal. Stanford fell to 17-17 overall and to 3-9 in the conference with the loss.

 

            With left-handed starter Eric Berger shelved for the remainder of the season and closer Mark Melancon out for an extended period, the pitching-thin Wildcats needed a strong showing out of Coulon, and the southpaw delivered.

 

Scattering five hits and inducing the Cardinal into a pair of rally-killing double plays over six innings, Coulon (2-3) worked around three defensive errors to allow just three runs and pick up his second win of the year. He struck out four and walked three on the afternoon.

 

Right-hander Ryan Perry tossed three scoreless, one-hit innings the rest of the way to close the door and earn his first career save.

 

Less than 24 hours after pounding out 14 runs on 18 hits on Saturday, the Arizona offense finished Sunday’s series finale with 15 hits, including two doubles, a triple and UA’s fourth home run on the weekend. The Wildcats scored at least one run in an inning from the third frame on, and put a cap on the victory with three in the sixth and five in the seventh to win going away.

 

With the game scoreless after two and half innings, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Stanford first baseman Brent Milleville misplayed David Plante’s two-out grounder into a two-base error and a Brad Boyer run.

 

Junior Bill Rhinehart extended the lead to 2-0 with a solo home run to left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth, his second HR of the year, and classmate Jason Donald pushed the advantage to three runs with a RBI-single to score Colt Sedbrook from second in the fifth.

 

The Cardinal cut the lead to one with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a single by Chris Lewis and a sacrifice fly by Milleville, but keyed by a two-run triple by Sedbrook, the Wildcats countered with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame to push the advantage to 6-2.

 

             Catcher Konrad Schmidt started the rally with a one-out single up the middle off of Matt Manship and was followed with a four-pitch walk to T.J. Steele to place runners on first and second for Boyer and force the Cardinal starter from the game.

 

Boyer greeted reliever David Stringer with a single through the right side of the infield in the next at-bat to plate Schmidt for a 4-2 lead and advance Steele to second.

 

Sedbrook, who went 3 for 5 with a game-high three RBI and a run scored, followed with tomahawk line drive on a hit and run to left field. Outfielder Jim Rapoport made a diving effort on the ball, but saw it skip past him to the wall and allow Steele and Boyer to score.

 

The Cardinal added a run in the seventh, but a pair of costly fielding errors and four Wildcat hits in the bottom of the frame led to five runs and essentially the end of the game. Schmidt, who finished 3 for 5 on the day, came up with a RBI double in the inning and Boyer chipped in with another run-scoring single as part of a 2 for 4, three-run game.

 

Stanford’s Manship (1-5) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

 

Arizona will continue a busy week in which it will play six games over the next nine days when it hosts Southern Utah for a mid-week two-game set on Tuesday and Wednesday. Game time for the series opener on Tuesday is set for 6 p.m., with a starter yet to be announced. Both games against the Thunderbirds can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM.

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