TUCSON, Ariz.- The No. 11-ranked Arizona baseball team improved to 6-0 for the year with a 10-0 series-sweeping win over visiting Northern Colorado at Kindall Field on Sunday. The game was halted after seven innings to allow the Bears (0-3) to catch their flight home.
The Wildcat offense scored in double digits for the fifth straight game and the pitching staff limited UNC to just three singles while striking out 11 and walking only one to help Arizona to its best start since 2002.
Junior Trevor Crowe broke a scoreless tie in the second with a bases-loaded infield single. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Brad Boyer and run-scoring singles by Jeff Van Houten and Jordan Brown later in the frame pushed the lead to 4-0 and gave UA starter David Coulon all the offense he would need.
Coulon (1-0), who lasted four innings in his debut against New Mexico a week ago, finished with seven punch outs on the day, including the side in the second, for his first career win. He gave up just three hits over five innings and walked one.
Arizona tacked on an insurance run in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the seventh. UA failed to score in just five of 23 innings it hit in during the series.
Individually, Nick Hundley hit a solo home run in the third, his team-high tying third of the year, as part of a 2 for 3 day at the plate. The junior backstop finished with three runs scored in the game.
Van Houten added to the Wildcat cause with three RBIs on three hits on the day, while Crowe finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored, his 29th straight successful stolen base (third of the season) and his team-leading seventh double of the year.
Arizona will take Monday off and return to action on Tuesday with a non-conference game against in-state rival Arizona State at Kindall Field at 4 p.m. Berger is scheduled to make his first career start in the game.
Trevor Crowe has led off three of Arizona’s six games this season with a double ... Both Crowe and Jeff Van Houten extended their carry-over hitting streaks to 14 and 13 straight games, respectively, on Sunday ... In addition to Crowe and Van Houten, teammates Jason Donald, Jordan Brown, Nick Hundley and Bill Rhinehart have all collected at least one hit in UA’s first six games this season ... Brown, Arizona’s early run-producing leader, has posted multiple RBIs in five of Arizona’s six games ... The Arizona pitching staff has struck out 73 batters in the first six games, an average of 12 per contest, while walking only 11 total ... The two shut out victories in six games marks the first time since 1999 (two in four games) that Arizona has blanked two opponents this early in a season ... The Arizona bullpen has yet to give up an earned run in 18 2/3 innings this season.