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Baseball Opens Pac-10 Slate with a 5-4 Win over Defending Champs
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/31/2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The One-Run Wildcats struck again, as No. 25 Arizona extended its winning streak to nine-straight games with a 5-4 victory over No. 2 Oregon State in its Pac-10 opener at Kindall Field in Tucson on Friday.

 

The victory improved to the Wildcats to 23-6 on the year and 1-0 in the Pac-10, matched the Cats’ longest winning streak for the season and improved them to 8-0 in games decided by one run. Oregon State, which saw its season-high 12-game win streak snapped with the loss, dropped to 23-4 on the year and to 0-1 in the conference.

 

For the night it was timely two-out hitting by the Wildcats and the right arm of starter Preston Guilmet that carried them to victory. Sophomore Brad Glenn drove in three runs with two outs in the game and freshman Dwight Childs added two more two-out RBI, including what proved to be the eventual game-winning run.

 

Meanwhile, Guilmet (6-0) tossed his second consecutive complete game despite some rough going early on. The sophomore saw his 21 1/3 scoreless innings streak end just one out further along when Mitch Canham smacked a one-out, two-run homer to left in the first. After the initial waves, Guilmet settled in to limit the Beavers to just one more earned run on four hits over the following eight innings to pick up his team-leading sixth win of the year. He finished the victory with 10 strikeouts against just two walks.

 

Down 2-0 after Canham’s first inning blast, Glenn cut the advantage in half in the bottom of the frame with his first two-out hit of the night. Colt Sedbrook set the table with a one-out walk and advanced to third on Bill Rhinehart’s two-out single. Glenn followed with a single to left center off of OSU starter Mike Stutes to make it 2-1 Beavers.

 

After trading zeros over the next three innings, Oregon State extended its lead to 3-1 when Darwin Barney singled home Scott Santachi with a two-out single up the middle in the fifth

 

Stutes, who saw his pitch count rise early, appeared to be headed for an easy home half of the inning after getting Diallo Fon and Sedbrook to fly out, but a walk to C.J. Ziegler started a rally that would end with the Cats up 5-3.

 

After the free pass to Zielger, Rhinehart delivered a single to right to place runners on first and second with two outs for Glenn.

 

A passed ball by Canham advanced the pair to second and third, but catching miscue didn’t turn out to be a factor when Glenn drilled a towering drive to center off of Stutes. Outfielder Chris Hopkins made a play on the ball, but came up just short as it fell just in front of the wall for a two-run triple to tie the game at 3-3.

 

Walks to T.J. Steele and Jon Gaston loaded the bases and ended Stutes’ night in favor of reliever Jorge Reyes. Facing Childs, Reyes jumped ahead 0-2, but the freshman backstop sent his third offering to right-center to plate Gaston and Steele for a 5-3 edge.

 

OSU took advantage of a dropped fly ball by Gaston in right and an error by shortstop Robert Abel in the eighth to score an unearned run, but a pop up on a sacrifice bunt attempt and a strike ?'em out, throw ?'em out double play left the Beavers one-run shy of pulling even.

 

Stutes was charged with his first loss of the season after allowing all five runs over 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered six hits and five walks, while striking out three on the night.

 

Arizona and Oregon State will continue their three-game conference series on Saturday at 6 p.m. Left-hander Brad Mills (5-2) is the scheduled starter for the Cats.

 

Notes

Arizona has won four of its last seven contests by just one run ... Of Brad Glenn’s team-leading 32 RBI this season, 23 of them have come with two outs in an inning ... Preston Guilmet has struck out double digit hitters in each of his last three starts ... Mitch Canham’s home run in the first inning on Friday was just the 10th allowed by the Arizona pitching staff this season.

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