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Baseball Runs Streak to 16-Straight
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/15/2007
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            PALO ALTO, Calif. ?- Brad Mills tossed Arizona’s second complete game of weekend on the mound and the UA offense exploded for 11 runs in the fifth inning, as the No. 12 Wildcats (30-6, 8-0 Pac-10) defeated Stanford (14-17, 0-8 Pac-10), 15-1, at Sunken Diamond on Saturday to extend their winning streak to 16-straight games.

 

            Mills (8-2) followed right-hander Preston Guilmet’s complete-game, five-hitter on Friday with a seven-hit, nine-inning outing of his own on Saturday.

 

The left-hander blanked the Cardinal over the first eight innings, retired 10 straight batters from the sixth to the ninth and finished with four strikeouts against just one walk to earn his team-leading eighth victory of the year. The outing was the first complete game effort in Mills’ four-year career at Arizona and lowered his ERA from 3.21 to 2.89 for the season.

 

Mills and Guilmet have teamed up to limit Stanford to just two runs on 12 hits over 18 innings in the first two games of the series.

 

Leading 3-0 after four innings, the Arizona offense sent 15 batters to the plate in the fifth and scored a season-high 11 runs on eight hits. All nine Wildcat batters scored at least one run in the inning and C.J. Ziegler and T.J. Steele had two hits each in the frame. Brad Glenn hit a three-run homer, his sixth of the year, in his second at bat in the inning to go along with a walk and another run scored to highlight the offensive outburst.

 

Arizona jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third on a first-and-third balk by Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher and added two more runs in the fourth on sacrifice fly by Erik Castro and a squeeze bunt by Dwight Childs to make it 3-0 before breaking out in the fifth.

 

With Mills cruising and the game well in hand, the Cats tacked on a single run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Glenn and Gaston.

 

Glenn, who homered for the first time since March 2, finished the contest 3 for 5 with a game-high three RBI and two runs scored. Steele added three hits, two runs and a pair of RBI, while Ziegler (2 for 5, RBI, 2 runs), Colt Sedbrook (2 for 5, RBI, R) and Gaston (2 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 runs) all paired hits for the Wildcats in the win.

 

The Cardinal avoided the shutout loss in the ninth with consecutive one-out doubles Brendan Domaracki and Brent Milleville, but Mills regained his form in the next at bat when he snagged a lined shot by Joey August back up the box  and doubled up Milleville at second for a game-ending double play.

 

Gallagher (2-5) was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on six hits over four-plus innings of work. He struck out one and walked two.

 

Arizona, which ensured a fifth-straight season-series victory over Stanford with the win on Saturday, will go for its fourth-straight Pac-10 series sweep dating back to last year in the finale against the Cardinal on Sunday. Right-hander Ryan Perry is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats in the 1 p.m. game.

 

Notes

Arizona has won 13-straight Pac-10 games dating back to last season ... The Cats have won five consecutive Pac-10 road games dating back to last year ... The last time Arizona held a 30-6 overall record 36 games into a season was 1978 ... The 11 runs scored in the fifth inning on Saturday against Stanford were the most in a single frame since scoring 13 runs in the third inning against USC on May 1, 2005 ... Arizona’s 16-game winning streak is the longest current streak in the nation and the most consecutive wins for UA since opening the 1998 season 16-0 ... The last time Arizona won at least 17-straight games was all the way back in 1974 when UA won 21-straight games en route to a 58-4 regular season record.

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