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Pitching and Defense Carry Baseball to Series Win in Hawaii
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/12/2007
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            HONOLULU ?- The Arizona pitching staff limited Hawaii to just one run on six hits and the defense played error-free baseball to carry the Wildcats (15-6) to a series win over the Rainbows (15-8) with a 3-1 victory at Les Murakami Stadium on Sunday.

 

            Left-hander David Coulon tossed 6 1/3 strong innings and got dominant relief out of Cory Burns and Daniel Schlereth to keep the Hawaii bats at bay, and the defense chipped in by turning an early double play, nailing two runners stealing base and seeing outfielder T.J. Steele throw out UH’s Brandon Haislet at home in the fourth.

 

            Meanwhile, four defensive letdowns by Hawaii eventually cost it a chance at taking the series win.

 

            Tied 1-1 in the top of the eighth, the Wildcats took advantage of three Hawaii errors to score two runs without a hit to pull out to a 3-1 edge. Freshman Dwight Childs led off the frame with a walk and came all the way around to score when the Bows committed two errors on Robert Abel’s sacrifice bunt attempt in the next at bat.

 

            UH reliever Matt Daly fielded Abel's bunt cleanly but threw the ball past Kris Sanchez at first and down the right field line allowing Childs to advance to third. UH right fielder Jorge Franco was charged with the second error on the play when he found trouble corralling the ball to let Childs trot home with the go-ahead run and Abel to move all the way around to third.

 

            After Steele and Colt Sedbrook were retired for the first two outs in the frame, the Rainbow defense played benefactor again on a fly ball to left off the bat of C.J. Ziegler. UH’s Derek Dupree appeared to have the sharply hit ball in sight, but lost track of it for another error and another Arizona run.

 

            On the mound for the Cats, Coulon was sharp from the get-go surrendering just one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking two. He gave way to Burns with one out in the seventh with contest tied 1-1 and a runner at second.

 

            Burns (1-1), who picked up his first career victory, struck out the next two Rainbow hitters in the frame to leave the go-ahead run at second. He then worked a perfect eighth before turning the game over to Schlereth in the ninth.

 

            Schlereth worked around a one-out walk and ended the game with three strikeouts for his team-leading sixth save of the year.

 

            The Wildcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with three hits in the first, but had to rely on pitching and defense after collecting just one more hit over the next eight innings.

 

            Arizona, which snapped a three-week streak of losing on Sunday, won its fifth three-game series of the season. The Wildcats will take Monday off before heading to the Big Island to take on Hawaii-Hilo for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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