March 21, 2010
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TUCSON, Ariz. – Josh Garcia hit his first career home run and collected four runs batted in as the Arizona baseball team completed a series sweep of Sacramento State with a 10-6 victory and extended its winning streak to 11 games on Sunday afternoon at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
The Wildcats (16-4) opened up a 5-0 lead after five innings and cruised into the seventh inning with a shutout intact, but the visiting Hornets posted three runs in the frame to make things interesting.
UA starter Kyle Simon, who had been dominant in his first six innings of work as he allowed just four hits, lost command and hit three batters in a row to begin the seventh, which loaded the bases. A run-scoring single by Kyle Baskett ended Simon’s performance.
Stephen Manthei replaced Simon and allowed a walk that forced in a run and, one out later, an RBI single. An inning-ending double play – UA’s third double play of the game – kept the score at 5-3.
Arizona answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the seventh on Garcia’s first career homer. Jett Bandy, who improved his season average to .506 with four hits in the game, led off with a single and moved to second when Steve Selsky was hit by a pitch. Robert Refsnyder advanced both runners on a sacrifice bunt, which set the table for Garcia’s three-run blast.
Trailing 8-3, the Hornets continued to threaten the Wildcats in the eighth inning. Augey Bill issued a leadoff walk and then allowed a single, before being replaced by Grayson Adams. Adams then induced a pair of flyouts, but walked the third batter he faced, which loaded the bases.
With the tying run on deck, Nick Cunningham entered in a save situation as he faced the top of the order. Hornet third baseman Josh Powers lifted a deep fly ball down the left field line that looked to clear the bases. However, Refsynder made a highlight reel catch has he dove towards the warning track and hauled in the fly ball to end the inning.
The Wildcats added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 10-3 lead, and the Hornets plated three in the top of the ninth off Cunningham, which set the score at its final, 10-6.
Simon, who picked up a win against Wichita State in a five-inning outing on Wednesday, improved his record to 3-2 with a second win in as many starts. He allowed the three runs on four hits in six-plus innings of work. He hit five batters in the game.
The Wildcats, winners of 13 of their last 14 games, opened up the game with a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Garcia delivered a two-out single to left field. A second run could have scored on the play, but Refsnyder was thrown out trying to advance from first to third before the run touched home.
Arizona then added single runs in the second and third innings, and a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
Garcia made his first start for the Wildcats since February 27 against Long Beach State. He finished 2-for-5 in the game as the designated hitter.
Bandy’s four hits and three runs led an Arizona offense that rapped out 16 hits in the game, marking the 18th time in 20 games the Wildcats have tallied double-digit hits.
Arizona will turn its attention to New Mexico as the Lobos come to town for a mid-week series March 23-24. The two-game series will begin on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.