Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Hangs on For 2-1 Win in Halted Game
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 11, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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HONOLULU ?- Hawaii made it interesting, but the Arizona baseball team prevailed 2-1 over the Rainbows in the weather-halted game from Friday. UH, which loaded the bases with no outs and then pushed across a run with two outs to cut the Arizona advantage in half, saw its come-from-behind bid fall 90 feet short when Jonathan Hee hit into a game-ending fielder’s choice to short with the bases loaded.


Closer Daniel Schlereth, who worked the final three outs on Saturday after tossing seven pitches before the game was halted on Friday, earned his team-leading fifth save of the year despite surrendering his first run of the year as a reliever.


Schlereth’s two days of work earned Arizona starter Preston Guilmet (4-0) his fourth win of the season.


            Prior to the rain falling on Friday, the Wildcats got an outstanding performance out of Guilmet. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 batters over eight innings, while limiting the Rainbows to just five hits. He twice worked out of jams, leaving the bases loaded in the second and stranding runners on second and third with nobody out in the third.


            Offensively, the Wildcats scored a run in the fifth on a double steal. Freshman Robert Abel got things going with a one-out single up the middle before moving up to second on a wild pitch and stealing third. After T.J. Steel struck out, Colt Sedbrook was hit by his fourth pitch of the season to put runners on first and third.


            With Bill Rhinehart at the plate, Sedbrook broke for second on a steal attempt, but pulled up short on the throw and got into a run down. As UH worked on retiring Sedbrook, Abel broke for home and scored before the Rainbows finally caught Sedbrook for the final out in the frame.


            UA added another run in the eighth on a one-out Sedbrook double and a run-scoring single by Rhinehart in the following at bat.


UH’s Ian Harrington (3-4) was charged with the loss despite giving up just two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two in the loss.


Arizona and Hawaii will meet up for game two of the three game set at 6:35 p.m. HST.



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