March 3, 2009
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team utilized effective relief pitching and a rejuvenated offense to crush visiting Holy Cross, 15-4, on Tuesday evening at Jerry Kindall Field.
In all, six Wildcats scored at least two runs and five batted in two runs, while Matt Chaffee led an effective effort from the bullpen to earn his third win in eight days.
Looking to bounce back from a three-game losing streak, things didn’t start off as planned for the Wildcats. The visiting Crusaders scored an early run in the top of the first inning and added another in the second to claim a 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats (5-4) tied the game in the home half of the second inning. Freshmen Steve Selsky and Jett Bandy singled in the inning and both came home to score to tie the game at 2-2.
Holy Cross (0-4) reclaimed the lead with a single run in the top of the third inning, but Arizona bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Selsky again started the Wildcat rally, doubling to centerfield. He advanced to third on a groundout to second by Brad Glenn, and scored on another groundout by Bandy.
Even with two outs, Arizona was not done scoring in the fourth. With e game tied at 3-3, Mike Weldon reached first as Holy Cross right fielder John Pedrotty dropped a routine fly ball that should have ended the inning.
Instead, Dwight Childs tripled to right center and Hunter Pace doubled to left field to bring home two more runs and continue the two-out scoring for Arizona.
Leading 5-3 in the fifth, Arizona extended its lead with two insurance runs. Bobby Coyle hit a one-out triple to begin the threat and Glenn hammered his first home run of the season to left field, pushing the lead to 7-3.
Chaffee, who entered in the second inning for starter Cody Lewis, pitched 2.2 innings and allowed only one run on five hits. He turned the game over to Joe Allison, who pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball, and Cory Burns, who tossed one inning and allowed just one run.
That put the Wildcats on cruise control and they opened the floodgates with five more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Once again it was Selsky who lead things off, doubling to left field. A one-out walk to Bandy and a pinch hit single by Matt Presley brought Selsky in to score.
Childs then reached on an error by shortstop John Sills, which could have ended the inning with a double play. Instead, Pace walked and Ortega doubled to bring home two more runs.
The Wildcats added two more unearned runs in the inning and led 12-4 after seven innings.
Arizona posted three more runs in the eighth, which were aided by two Crusader errors following a leadoff double by Glenn and pushed to score to its final at 15-4.
Daniel Workman, who made his Arizona debut, pitched the final two innings, recording three strikeouts and allowing no hits.
The Wildcats and Crusaders will wrap up their mid-week series on Wednesday. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.