Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Breaks Out With 14-4 Win Over Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 23, 2006
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball team exploded for the most hits in game in over two months, and left-hander Brad Mills turned in a strong six-inning performance on the mound, as the Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak with a 14-4 win over Stanford in Pac-10 action at Kindall Field on Saturday.


            The 18-hit, 10-run victory tied the three-game series at 1-1, and improved the Wildcats to 16-20 on the year and to 4-7 in the conference standings. Stanford saw a modest two-game win streak end, and its record fall to 17-16 overall and to 3-8 in the Pac-10 with the loss.


            Trailing 4-3 after four and half innings, the Wildcats roared back to take the lead with three runs on four hits in the fifth, and blew the game open with seven runs on six hits in the eighth.


            All nine Arizona starters finished with at least one hit in the game, and six with two or more, as it fell just two hits shy of equaling its season-high of 20 set on Feb. 19 against New Mexico.


            Junior Jason Donald led off the offensive night with a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the first to stake the Wildcats to an early 2-0 lead. The Cardinal countered with a run on a passed ball in the third to cut the advantage to one, and took the lead with a pair of runs on a RBI-triple by Jim Rapoport and a throwing error by Travis Peep in the fourth.


            Konrad Schmidt’s first home run in an Arizona uniform, a solo shot to left, tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth, but the resilient Cardinal fought back to retake the lead at 4-3 with a run on a RBI-ground out by Chris Lewis in the top of the fifth.


            Senior Brad Boyer led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple to the gap in right-center and was followed with a bunt single by Colt Sedbrook to place runners on the corners for David Plante.


            The freshman left fielder, who finished 3 for 4 with a RBI and run scored, plated Boyer with the tying run and advanced Sedbrook to third on a single to right in the next at-bat.


A passed ball by Cardinal catcher John Hester plated Sedbrook for the go-ahead run and Bill Rhinehart added a one-out single to hand the Wildcats a two-run edge.


            Peep, who made his first career start at third base for Wildcats and went 3 for 4 with two RBI and run scored at the plate, extended the UA lead with a RBI-double in the sixth for a 7-4 advantage.


            Arizona then put the game away in the eighth as it sent 12 batters to the plate and came up with seven runs on six hits and a Cardinal error. Rhinehart and pinch-hitter Derek Decater led the way, as each delivered a two-run double in the frame.


            The offensive outburst overshadowed a fine effort by Mills on the mound. The junior southpaw gave up just four runs, only two earned, on seven hits over six innings to improve to 4-3 on the year. He struck out five and walked three on the night.


            Daniel Schlereth overcame a rough start to work a scoreless final three innings to pick up his third save of the year. Leading 7-4 at the time, the left-hander issued three straight two-out walks to load the bases in the seventh, but got Rapoport to fly out to left to end Stanford’s last scoring threat.


            The Cardinal’s Jeremy Bleich (2-3) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs, five earned, on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings on the mound. He struck out four and walked none in the losing effort.


            Arizona and Stanford will meet up for the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Left-hander David Coulon is scheduled to start the game on the mound for the Wildcats.

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