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Baseball Completes Three-Game Sweep of New Mexico
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/12/2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- C.J. Ziegler hit his second home run of the season as a part of another monster day at the plate, and David Coulon tossed four scoreless innings of relief, as Arizona (8-0) completed a three-game sweep of New Mexico (1-3) with an 8-3 win at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Sunday.

 

            Ziegler, who is batting a team-high .565 with 17 runs scored and 13 RBI after UA’s first eight games, tore apart the Lobo pitching staff for a second straight day. The junior DH finished Sunday’s series finale 3-for-5 with his sixth double of the year, two RBI and a game-high four runs scored.

 

After singling to lead off the bottom of the second, he came around to score on T.J. Steele’s base hit to break a scoreless tie, then hit a two-out, two-run homer high over the left field fence in the third and added a leadoff double and another run in the fifth.

 

Ziegler finished the three-game series against UNM 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, two home runs, two walks, a HPB, five RBI and seven runs scored.

 

On the mound, Coulon (2-0) entered the game in the top of the fifth in place of starter Mike Colla, and hung zeros on the scoreboard over the next four innings. The junior left-hander surrendered just two hits while striking out two and walking three. The scoreless effort earned him his second win of the year.

 

Colla, who did not work the required five innings for the win as the starter, pitched well over four innings. The right-hander gave up just two runs on three hits, while striking out four and walking two.

 

UNM’s Jacob Norton (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

 

Arizona, which is off to its best start since starting the 2005 season 9-0, will head out on the road for the first time in 2007 with a trip to Southern California to take on Cal State Fullerton in a weekend series next Friday-Sunday. The Titans swept a three-game series against the Wildcats in Tucson last season. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 8 p.m. Tucson time.

 

Notes

Dating back to the 2006 season, Arizona has won 13-straight games ... Sophomore T.J. Steele extended his carry over hit streak from 2006 to 16-straight games after going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored on Sunday ... Senior Bill Rhinehart had a 10-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-4 on Sunday, but the senior first baseman extended his RBI streak to 10-straight contests with a sac-fly in the sixth inning ... Freshman Robert Abel helped keep Rhinehart’s RBI streak alive when he scored from second on a fly ball to left. UNM outfielder Jay Russell slipped on the warning track after making the catch to allow Abel to move up two bases on the fly-ball out ... Abel, who went 2-for-4 on Sunday, has at least one hit in all eight career games as a Wildcat ... Arizona, which finished with 10 hits on the afternoon, record double digit hits in a game for the sixth time this season

 

Arizona Baseball Week in Review

Results

Feb. 6 vs. Utah Valley State ?- W, 4-2

Feb. 7 vs. Utah Valley State ?- W, 13-2

Feb. 9 vs. New Mexico ?- W, 9-6

Feb. 10 vs. New Mexico ?- W, 8-1

Feb. 11 vs. New Mexico ?- W, 8-3

 

Player of the Week Nominee

Brad Glenn, So., Tulsa, Okla.

 

Sophomore Brad Glenn went on a tear at the plate to help lead Arizona to a perfect 5-0 week. The outfielder went 9-for-17 (.529) with a double, three home runs, eight RBI and four runs scored in five games against Utah Valley State and New Mexico. He finished with a 1.118 slugging percentage and also drew two walks and was hit by four pitches to help lead to a .652 on base percentage. Glenn tied the Arizona school record when he hit three home runs in a single game against Utah Valley State on Wednesday, and narrowly missed out what would have been his record-breaking fourth homer when he hit a double off the left-center field wall in his final AB of the game. He finished the contest 4-for-4 with a HBP, three runs scored and a career-high five RBI.

 

Glenn’s Stats for the Week

.529, 9-for-17, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 4 HBP, 1.118 SLG%, .652 OB%

Feb. 6 vs. Utah Valley State ?- 1-for-4

Feb. 7 vs. Utah Valley State ?- 4-for-4, 3R, 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, HBP

Feb. 9 vs. New Mexico ?- 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI

Feb. 10 vs. New Mexico ?- 2-for-4

Feb. 11 vs. New Mexico ?- 1-for-2, RBI, 2 HBP, BB

 

Pitcher of the Week Nominee

David Coulon, Jr., Hanford, Calif.

 

Left-hander David Coulon (2-0) picked up a pair of wins in his first two appearances of the season last week. The junior took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his first start of the year against Utah Valley State on Tuesday, and then went four scoreless innings in relief against New Mexico on Sunday. Coulon struck out a career-high 11 hitters in the start against the Wolverines on Tuesday and lost his no-hit bid in the top of the seventh. Against New Mexico, he allowed just two hits over four innings to help him limit the opposition to a .129 batting average in 10 innings of work for the week.

 

Coulon’s Stats for the Week

2-0, 1.80 ERA, 10 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 13 K, 5 BB

Feb. 6 vs. Utah Valley State ?- W, 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R , 2 ER, 11 K, 2 BB

Feb. 11 vs. New Mexico ?- W, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 3 BB

 

Notes from the Week

Overall

The Wildcats have won 13-straight games dating back to the end of the 2006 season ... The 8-0 start is the best for the Wildcats since opening the 2005 season 9-0 ... UA improved to 5-0 all-time against Utah Valley State and to 160-32 all-time against New Mexico.

Offensive

Arizona batted .342 (54-for-158) and averaged 8.4 runs and 10.8 hits per game during the week ... The Cats collected 11 doubles, two triples and hit nine home runs in the five games ... The team finished with a .608 slugging percentage and a .430 on base percentage ... C.J. Ziegler led the Cats at the plate, batting .571 with two doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and a team-high nine runs scored ... UA’s 3-4-5 hitters ?- Bill Rhinehart, Ziegler and Brad Glenn ?- teamed up to go 26-for-49 (.530) with eight home runs, five doubles, 26 RBI and 21 runs scored in the five games ... T.J. Steele extended his carry over hit streak from 2006 to 16-straight games by hitting safely in all five games last week ... After starting out 1-for-7 at the plate in the first three games, Jon Gaston went 9-for-19 with a double, a triple, a home run, two RBI and eight runs scored in the five games last week.

Pitching

The Arizona pitching staff went 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA in 45 innings of work ... The staff allowed only 14 runs in the five games, struck out 47 batters during the week while limiting the opposition to a .185 batting average and just 5.8 hits per game ... As noted above, junior David Coulon went 2-0 for the week with a 1.80 ERA ... Senior Brad Mills improved to 2-0 for the year after going seven solid innings (3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 1 BB) in a start against New Mexico on Saturday ... True freshman Paul Bargas won his first career start against Utah Valley State on Thursday, as the left hander allowed just one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked none ... Left-hander Daniel Schlereth earned his first two saves of the year after moving back to the closer role ... Redshirt frosh Brett Lorin appeared in two games (3 IP) and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out four.

 

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