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Baseball Sweeps Double-Header vs. Northern Colorado, 12-0 and 6-2
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 25, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona baseball team swept its double-header with Northern Colorado (7-12) on Saturday by scores of 12-0 and 6-2. The victories improved the Cats to 20-6 on the year, extended their winning streak to six straight games and handed them the 999th and 1,000th all-time wins at Sancet Stadium.


            In game one, sophomore Preston Guilmet blanked the Bears on three hits over a full nine innings for the first complete game of the season for the Wildcats, and the dormant UA offense woke up to score 12 runs on 17 hits, including four doubles, a triple and a home run.


            Guilmet (5-0), who extended his streak to 21 1/3 scoreless innings with the shutout on Saturday, won his fifth game of the year with his first career CG. The right-hander struck out 11 on the day and walked just one  He worked around a one-out first and third jam in the fifth inning with a strikeout and fly out, and then stranded a leadoff double in the sixth at second base with three more punchouts to keep UNC off the scoreboard. Over his last two starts he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 23 strikeouts and five walks in 17 innings pitched.


            Offensively, eight of the nine starters in game one finished with at least one hit. Bill Rhinehart led the way, finishing 3 for 3 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and four RBI. The senior drove in the first four runs of the game, including two on his fifth HR of the year.


            Leadoff hitter Diallo Fon added three hits in five at bats and scored twice, while C.J. Ziegler chipped in with three more knocks, including a double and his first career triple, two RBI and two runs scored. T.J. Steele (2 for 5, 2 RBI, R) and Robert Abel (2 for 3, 2 R) added a pair of hits each for the Cats in the win.


            UNC’s Chris Reap (2-3) was charged with the loss after allowing nine runs on 12 hits over 6 1/3 innings.


            In game two, the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second off of starter Brad Mills, but left-hander settled down and the UA bats rapped out 15 more hits in the win.


            Trailing 2-0 after two and half innings, the Wildcats cut the advantage to one with a run in the third, tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth, took the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth before putting the finishing touches on the sweep with two more runs in the seventh.


            Abel (3 for 4, 3 R) and Fon (3 for 5, 2 RBI) teamed up to go 6 for 9 at the plate and steal a combined seven bases in the contest. Abel tied the UA single game record with four steals to improve to a perfect 15 for 15 in stolen base tries for the year and Fon added three thefts, but was also caught for the first time this season.


            Colt Sedbrook (2 for 3, 2B, RBI, R) and Jon Gaston (2 for 4, 2B, RBI) finished with a pair of hits for the Cats in the win.


            On the mound, Mills (5-2) saw his pitch count rise early in the contest but settled down late to go seven innings for his fifth win of the year. The left-hander tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts, allowed just two runs on five hits and did not walk a batter on the night. Relievers Cory Burns and Daniel Schlereth tossed a scoreless inning each to close out the sweep.


            UNC reliever Tyler Pearson (0-4) was charged with the loss after giving up the go-ahead runs in the sixth.


            Arizona and Northern Colorado will close out the weekend series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.


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