March 17, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team put it all together in its 14-2 victory over UNC Wilmington at Frank Sancet Field on Sunday. The Wildcats got a complete game performance out of starter Marc Kaiser and the offense rapped out a season-high 17 hits at the plate. The victory, Arizona's 900th all-time win at Sancet Field, gave the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage in the series and improved their record to 19-8 for the season. UNC Wilmington fell to 12-5 with the loss.
Kaiser (4-1), who was roughed up for six runs in five innings last weekend at Long Beach State, shut down the Seahawk offense to the tune of just five hits on 93 pitches. He struck out three, walked one and gave up two runs, only one of which was earned. The complete game performance was the second of his career at Arizona. He retired the side in order in four innings and gave up back-to-back singles only once in the game.
The Arizona offense gave Kaiser all the run support he would need with seven runs in the second and third innings alone. Highlighting the scoring outburst was Jeff Van Houten's team-high-tying sixth home run of the season.
The freshman right fielder launched the fourth grand slam of the season for Arizona with two outs in the bottom of the second, placing the 2002 team in an eight-way tie for the school single season record . The 1955, `56, `61, `88, `93, `98 and `99 teams all hit four bases loaded home runs in a single season. Of Arizona's 14 runs in the game on Sunday, nine came with two outs in an inning.
All nine Arizona starters collected at least one hit and one run in the game. Senior Justyn St. Clair led the way with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate. The third baseman tallied three RBIs and scored twice in the game as well.
Classmate Brad Hassey extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 consecutive games with two hits in three at bats. He was also hit by pitches twice to run his total to a team-high nine HBP for the season.
Wilmington starter Chris Coughlin (0-1) was tagged with the loss. The Seahwak righthander was pulled after giving up seven runs in just 2.1 innings of work. He surrendered seven hits in his first loss of the season.
UNCW's Russ Simmerman was the lone Seahawk to collect multiple hits in the game, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored on the afternoon
The Wildcats, who are 18-2 at home this season, will play host to rival Arizona State next weekend in the 2002 Pac-10 opening series. The Wildcats and Sun Devils will play three games Friday-Sunday. Saturday's game, which will begin at 2 p.m. MST, will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 7 p.m.