March 13, 2009
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TUCSON, Ariz. – Preston Guilmet earned his second victory in as many weeks and Jason Stoffel tossed three innings to close the door on visiting Michigan as Arizona prevailed in a pitchers duel, 2-0, on Friday night in front of 1,117 fans at Jerry Kindall Field.
A week after earning his first victory of the season, Guilmet was even more impressive on Friday, shutting out the Wolverines over six innings to go with six strikeouts.
Guilmet (2-1) lasted into the seventh inning, but handed the ball over to Stoffel after allowing a leadoff double to Anthony Toth. The junior closer, who earned his 22nd career save, immediately induced a pair of groundouts to shortstop Bryce Ortega, but the second throw pulled UA first baseman Rafael Valenzuela off the bag to runners on first and second.
A walk to Ryan LaMarre loaded the bases, but Mike Dufek tapped a ball back to Stoffel to start and inning-ending double play. Stoffel threw home to Dwight Childs, who then slipped as he relayed the throw to Valenzuela, but the junior first baseman was able to pick the ball out of the dirt to end the threat.
Stoffel slammed the door for his fourth save of the season, striking out four over the next two innings, as he picked up his second three-inning save in the last six days.
The Wildcats (9-7) captured an early lead in the bottom of the third as freshman Kyle Stiner singled to open the inning. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Childs and scored on an RBI single by Hunter Pace.
A 1-0 lead would prove to be enough for the Wildcats despite an impressive effort by Wolverine starter Chris Fetter (2-1). Fetter threw 7.2 innings for Michigan (10-3) and scattered eight hits while allowing only two runs.
Arizona added a run in the bottom of the fifth after Childs blasted a one-out triple to the right field wall. The junior catcher scored on a wild pitch from Fetter to push the lead to 2-0 after five innings.
The Wildcats were poised to add some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, loading the bases with two outs for Jett Bandy. The freshman designated hitter hit a shot to deep left field, but UM’s Kenny Fellows was able to track the ball down at the warning track with an over-the-shoulder grab before slamming into the wall.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday in the second game of the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.