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Guilmet Flirts With No-No, Baseball Cruises 14-0
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/03/2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet had UA’s seventh all-time no-hitter in sight, but the right-hander came up just three outs shy of the rare accomplishment as the Wildcats (1-0) dominated their record-setting season-opener with a 14-0 whitewashing of Gonzaga (0-1) at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Friday.

 

            Guilmet, who at one point retired 17-straight Bulldog hitters in the contest, held Gonazga hitless over the first eight innings before surrendering a line drive single to right by GU’s Evan Wells with no outs in the top of the ninth. Despite missing out on the no-no, Guilmet (1-0) was still pretty good as he retired the side in order in five of his eight-plus innings of work, struck out four, walked just two and went a career-high 8 1/3 innings for his first victory of the year.

 

Right-hander Cory Burns took over for his classmate with one out in the ninth and struck out the final two hitters to end the contest and help toss UA’s first one-hitter since 2005.

 

Guilmet’s dominating pitching performance cast a shadow over what turned out to be a record-setting performance by the Arizona offense. Rapping out eight doubles, three triples and a home run for a total of 12 extra base hits on the night, the Cats eclipsed the single-game school record for EBH of 11 held by the 1985 and 2001 teams. All nine UA starters finished with at least one hit on the night and the Cats ended up with 20 hits total in the game.

 

Individually, junior C.J. Ziegler etched his name in the school record book in his first career game at Arizona. The Pima Community College transfer, who went 4-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored, tied the record for most doubles in a single game with three two-base hits.

 

The contributions from newcomers didn’t stop with Ziegler however, as UA’s four freshmen starters ?- Robert Abel, Kevin Rodland, Dwight Childs and Erik Castro ?- teamed up to go a combined 9-for-20, with three doubles, four RBI and six runs scored.

 

Sophomore T.J. Steele got into the offensive onslaught with his first career home run and a run-scoring triple to finish 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Classmate Brad Glenn chipped in with a double and triple to go 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, and senior Bill Rhinehart broke out in his final season-opener at UA with two hits, including a triple, two runs scored and a RBI.

 

Gonzaga’s Brandon Harmon (0-1), was charged with the loss after getting roughed up for eight runs on 13 hits over five innings of work.

 

The Wildcats and Bulldogs will meet up for the second game of the three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. Left-hander Daniel Schlereth is the scheduled starter for the Cats.

 

Notes

John Meloan was the last UA pitcher to flirt with a no-hitter when he went 7 2/3 hitless innings against New Mexico in UA’s 2005 season-opening game ... UA’s last one-hit pitching performance was a complete-game, 11-0 effort over UCLA by Kevin Guyette on April 4, 2005 ... Ziegler’s three-double game was the 28th all-time at Arizona ... Brad Boyer was the last Wildcat to record three two-base hits in a game when he did so against Washington State last season ... Arizona improved to 4-1 in season-opening games under head coach Andy Lopez and is now 13-1 on opening day dating back to 1994 ... The Wildcats started five newcomers to the program on opening day ?- DH Ziegler, 2B Rodland, SS Abel, C Childs and 3B Castro ?- and saw them go a combined 13-for-25, with six doubles, 10 runs scored and seven RBI.

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