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Guilmet Dominates in CG Blanking of Washington
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/19/2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Preston Guilmet tossed a complete game three-hitter and shut out Washington for the first time in 120 consecutive games, as Arizona won its Pac-10 series opener against the Huskies, 7-0, on Friday.

 

The victory halted UA’s two-game skid and improved the Wildcats to 37-13 for the year while matching last season’s Pac-10 win total with a 12-7 league mark. Washington dropped to 27-24 overall with the loss and to 9-10 in the conference.

 

            Guilmet (11-1), who was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award earlier this week, finished his fifth complete game win of the season with seven strikeouts and only two walks. His 11 victories this season are the most for any Arizona pitcher in a single year since Scott Erickson won a school record 18 games in 1989.

 

Guilmet surrendered just a two-out double in the first inning, a bloop single to right in sixth and an infield single to shortstop in the seventh to lower the opponent’s season batting average against him seven points to an even .200 for the year. The shutout win dropped his Pac-10-leading ERA to 1.58 for the year, while the nine-inning performance was the sixth of the year for the sophomore right-hander (In addition to his five CGs this year, he went nine innings in a no-decision, extra-inning affair with Cal on April 5).

 

While Guilmet’s performance on the mound dominated the game, the Arizona offense returned to life after struggling in the two losses to USC last weekend.

 

Brad Glenn walked in a run and T.J. Steele delivered a three-run triple in the bottom of the first, his fourth three-bagger of the year, to hand Arizona a 4-0 lead and Guilmet more than enough runs.

 

UW starter Jason Erickson (4-2) was victimized by an error on the first play of the game on a grounder off the bat of Hunter Pace and then hit Colt Sedbrook and walked C.J. Ziegler to load the bases. After a Bill Rhinehart strikeout, Glenn drew a free pass to force in Pace and Steele lined Erickson’s first pitch in the next at bat to gap in left center to plate all three teammates.

 

Glenn added a second RBI in the third with a single up the middle to make it 5-0 UA, before Oliver Padre drove home another run in the fifth on a run-scoring ground out to give Arizona its most runs scored in a Pac-10 game since defeating Stanford 15-1 on April 14 (10 conference contests). Sedbrook capped off the night with a RBI single up the middle in the sixth.

 

Arizona and Washington will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

 

Notes

Arizona tied the season-high for regular season wins under head coach Andy Lopez (37 wins in 2005) ... The Wildcats presented framed jerseys to seniors Brad Mills and Bill Rhinehart in a pregame ceremony ... Guilmet’s seven Ks on Friday raised his Pac-10-leading total to 126 for the year. He needs just five more strikeouts this season to eclipse John Meloan and Kevin Guyette’s 16-year Arizona high of 130 Ks set in 2005.

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