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20070321 Baseball Slips by Morehead State, 5-4
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/21/2007
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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><?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> ? </B>It took a monster night from Diallo Fon and some outstanding bullpen work to help the <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> baseball team slip by <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Morehead</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State,</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> 5-4, at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Tuesday. </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; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The victory, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s third straight, improved the Wildcats to 17-6 on the year, while the Eagles dropped their third consecutive contest and fell to 4-14.</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>Fon, who made his second career start in left field on Tuesday, single-handedly equaled MSU&rsquo;s run total, going 4 for 5 at the plate with four runs scored, a triple and three stolen bases on the night. The redshirt freshman transfer from Vanderbilt scored single runs in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings to rally the Cats to a 4-4 tie and eventually the win.</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>Sophomore Brad Glenn chipped in with a hard-hit run-scoring infield single in the seventh to score C.J. Ziegler from third to hand UA a 5-4 edge. </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>From there on it fell on relievers Cory Burns and Daniel Schlereth to carry the Wildcats to victory. </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>Burns (2-1) picked up his second win of the year by tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings before giving way to Schlereth in the ninth. The Wildcat closer, who has successfully converted his last 10 save tries dating back to last season, moved into a tie for second all-time at <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> with his 14<SUP>th</SUP> career save with a hitless inning of work.</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>Michael Bottoms was charged with the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over four innings of work.</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>MSU took advantage of a walk and an error by UA starter Ryan Perry to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first, and then added a third run off of him in the third on another walk and a two-out single by Ryan Kinder to make 3-1.</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>After a Fon run in the home half of the third cut the lead to 3-2, the Eagles added another score off of defensive snafu in the fourth. With runners on second and third with one out, MSU&rsquo;s Trent Hanna hit into a fielder&rsquo;s choice that saw Chris McCaslin get thrown out at home by shortstop Robert Abel.</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>During the rundown to get McCaslin at the plate, Hanna advanced towards second and drew a throw from catcher Dwight Childs. As Hanna retreated back towards first, Marc Midden easily trotted home from third to an uncovered plate for the Eagles&rsquo; fourth run of the night. </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:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Morehead</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> will meet up for the final game of the two-game set on Thursday at 4 p.m. Freshman right-hander Jason Stoffel is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.</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>The Arizona pitching staff tied its season high with 15 strikeouts on the night ... Fon has scored eight runs over the past two games for the Wildcats and is 5 for 8 at the plate with two triples and a RBI ... Schlereth tied his career high with his seventh save of the season ... Arizona improved to 5-0 on the year in one-run games. </FONT></P>
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