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Baseball Rallies for a 4-3 Win Over UCLA
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/14/2006
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally from a 2-1 deficit in a 4-3 win over UCLA in its Pac-10 home opener at Kindall Field on Thursday.

 

The victory, UA’s first to begin a three-game series since defeating Minnesota in the opening game of the Dairy Queen Classic on March 3, improved the Wildcats to 15-16 on the year and to 3-4 in the Pac-10. UCLA dropped to 18-15 on the year and into a tie with Arizona in the conference race at 3-4.

 

Senior Derek Decater, who drove in UA’s first run with a single in the second inning, started the three-run seventh on a walk by Bruins’ reliever Paul Oseguera, and then advanced to second on a balk. Classmate Brad Boyer followed with a full-count free pass by Oseguera to place runners on first and second for Colt Sedbrook.

 

The Wildcats’ third baseman laid down his team-leading eighth sacrifice bunt of the season to advance the base runners to second and third for freshman Jon Gaston.

 

Gaston, who hit in the third-hole in the batting order for first time in his UA career, singled to center in the next at-bat to plate Decater to tie the game, and a throwing error at home by UCLA center fielder Josh Roenicke on the play allowed Boyer to score and hand UA a 3-2 lead.

 

Junior Jason Donald plated Gaston from second with his second double of the game to push UA’s advantage to 4-2, and then left it on the shoulders of reliever Daniel Schlereth to put the game away.

 

The UA southpaw, who entered the game in place of starter Preston Guilmet in the sixth, worked a career-high four innings to pick up his second victory of the year. Schlereth surrendered a run in the ninth, and allowed the tying run to reach second with two outs in the final inning, but got Chris Jensen to ground out Boyer at second to end the game and hand UA the one-run win.

 

Schlereth (2-0) allowed the one run on two hits, while finishing with three strikeouts and two walks. UCLA’s Oseguera (2-1) was charged with the loss after giving up three runs on a hit and two walks.

 

Sedbrook (2 for 3), Donald (2 for 4, 2 2B, RBI) and catcher Konrad Schmidt (2 for 3, R) all finished with two hits on the day for the Wildcats. UCLA’s Brandon Crawford, who led off the game with a solo home run to right, led the Bruins, going 3 for 5 with a RBI and two runs scored.

 

Arizona and UCLA will meet up for the second game of the three-game series on Friday at 6 p.m. Junior left-hander Brad Mills is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats in a contest that can be heard live on 1290 AM.

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