The Wildcat offense rapped out 20 hits in the game, including seven doubles and two home runs, to reach double digits for the first time in seven contests. Led by a four-hit night by T.J. Steele (4 for 5, 2B, R, RBI), a three-double game by C.J. Ziegler (3 for 5, 3 2B, 2 RBI, R) and a four-RBI effort by Diallo Fon (3 for 4, HR, 4 RBI, 4 R), eight of nine UA starters in the contest finished with at least one hit, including six with two or more.
Meanwhile, Guilmet (9-1) put his first loss of the season - suffered last week at UCLA - behind him with seven impressive innings. The right-hander held the Flames hitless for the first 5 2/3 innings before surrendering a single to center with two outs in the sixth. The looping hit was the only one allowed by the sophomore who lowered his Pac-10- leading ERA to 1.68 with seven shutout innings. He struck out six and walked none for his team-leading ninth win of the year.
Left-hander Daniel Schlereth worked the final two innings to finish off the win.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second on a RBI single by Robert Abel, a three-run homer by Fon and a run-scoring double by Ziegler. Fon’s blast, a line-drive shot over the wall in left center, was his first collegiate home run.
Arizona then took advantage of a Liberty error, one of four committed by the Flames in the game, for a single run in the fourth before coming up big again in the sixth. Powered by Brad Glenn’s seventh homer of the season, a two-run shot to left,
The Cats added two more runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Bill Rhinehart and Steele, and answered
Dwight Childs, Abel, Ziegler and Oliver Padre all hit doubles in the inning for the Cats. For Ziegler it marked the second game this season with a school-record-tying three doubles, while Padre collected his first career hit in a pinch hit appearance.
Arizona and Liberty will meet up for game two of the three-game set on Saturday at 6 p.m. Left-hander Brad Mills (8-4) is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.