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20070211 Baseball Improves to 7-0
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Release: 02/11/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN></B><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">TUCSON</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? The middle of the Arizona batting order continued its torrid start to the 2007 season, and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38681"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38681">Brad Mills</A></A> proved to be the tonic for the UA pitching staff after a wild night on Friday, as the Wildcats (7-0) won their seventh straight game to open the year with an 8-1 victory over New Mexico (1-2) at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Saturday.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UA&rsquo;s 3-4-5 hitters, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38718"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38718">Bill Rhinehart</A></A>, <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917">C.J. Ziegler</A></A> and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222519"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222519">Brad Glenn</A></A>, accounted for much of the offense on the day, teaming up to finish the contest 7-for-11 with six RBI and five runs scored. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Leading 2-0 after four and a half innings, Rhinehart (2-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Ziegler (3-for-4. 2 R, 3 RBI) hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches in the fifth to account for all four of UA&rsquo;s runs in the frame. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Rhinehart hit a three-run blast over the fence in right-center off of UNM starter Stephen Smith for his team-leading fourth bomb of the year, and Ziegler followed with a solo shot to left on the very next offering by Smith for his first home run as a Wildcat.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Mills meanwhile helped set straight the UA pitching staff that saw three relievers walk seven batters over the final three innings on Friday. The senior southpaw improved to 2-0 on the year after limiting the Lobos to just one run on three hits over seven innings of work. He struck out six and walked one.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Redshirt freshman <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222522"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222522">Brett Lorin</A></A> worked two scoreless innings the rest of the way to seal the victory. The right-hander punched out two and walked one in his third career appearance.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UNM&rsquo;s Smith (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering seven runs on 10 hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one in his first start as a Lobo.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The Wildcats, who finished with 11 hits on the afternoon, jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the fourth on an RBI-double by Ziegler and a run-scoring single by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543">T.J. Steele</A></A>, and then answered UNM&rsquo;s lone run scored in the game in the fifth with the four-run frame on the back-to-back homers. UA then tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh on sac-fly by <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743901"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743901">Dwight Childs</A></A> and Ziegler&rsquo;s third run-scoring hit on the afternoon.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>, which has won 12-straight games dating back to the 2006 season, will go for its second three-game series sweep of the season on Sunday at 12 p.m. Sophomore right-hander <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222516"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222516">Mike Colla</A></A> is the scheduled starter for the Cats. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><FONT size=2>Notes<o:p></o:p></FONT></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2>Sophomore <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543">T.J. Steele</A></A> extended his carry over hit streak from last season to 15 straight games after going 1-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday ... Rhinehart, Ziegler and Glenn, the 3-4-5 hitters for Arizona in all seven games thus far, are batting a combined .506 (37-for-73) with 10 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 35 RBI ... Rhinehart has a least one hit and one RBI in all seven games thus far ... Ziegler has been walked eight times and been hit by three pitches helping him to a team-high .677 on-base percentage. He has also struck out only once ... <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> has recorded double-digit hits in five of its seven games thus far, while the pitching staff is allowing just an average of 5.7 hits per contest to the opposition</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P>
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