April 15, 2009
Final Box Score | Arizona Overall Stats
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team rapped out 14 hits and scored 13 runs in a two-inning stretch to pound New Mexico, 13-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Jerry Kindall Field.
After cruising to a 9-3 victory behind outstanding pitching and defense on Tuesday night, the Arizona offense awakened in the third inning to overcome an early 1-0 deficit.
The Wildcats strung together seven consecutive hits in the third inning, highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Shaun Cooper, who homered for the second consecutive game.
Arizona (16-16) chased Lobo starter Willy Kessler in the inning after the right hander lasted only 2 1/3 innings while allowing the seven runs.
Leading 7-1, the Wildcats kept things going in the home half of the fourth inning. Facing relievers Kenny Toves, UA added six more runs on five hits, jumping out to a commanding 13-1 lead.
Eight different Wildcats scored in the two-inning stretch, while seven drove in at least one run.
The top three hitters in the lineup – Bryce Ortega, Hunter Pace and Brad Glenn – combined to go 7-for-10 in the game with six runs scored and three RBI.
For a second consecutive day, the Wildcats sent a first-time starter to the mound. Right hander Daniel Workman pitched an effective four innings, allowing only one run on five hits.
Matt Veltmann came on in the fifth inning, pitching a hitless two innings to earn his third victory – first out of the bullpen – on the season.
The Lobos (28-10) scored two runs in the seventh and eight innings to cut the deficit to 13-5, but could not get any closer as Donn Roach pitched the final 1 2/3 innings.
The Wildcats will hit the road on Thursday and travel to the Pacific Northwest. Arizona will play Washington State in a three-game conference series beginning on Friday, April 17 in Pullman, Washington.