The four-run win pulled the Wildcats’ overall record back to .500 at 11-11, while UCI (17-10) saw its season-high five-game win streak end with the loss.
Guilmet (2-3), who surrendered just one unearned run on seven hits, held the UCI offense in check over 6 2/3 strong innings to pick up his first win on the mound since Feb 25. The right-hander got the starting nod in place of an ailing Eric Berger and finished with five strikeouts, while not issuing a walk.
Melancon, who entered the game with the Wildcats leading 3-1, worked out a jam in the seventh by striking out Cody Cipriano with the tying runs on second and third. The right-hander proceeded to strike out the side in the eighth and work a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save of the year. He finished with five Ks, one walk and did not allow a hit.
Offensively Rhinehart led a nine-hit night for
Trailing 1-0 after the first half inning, Rhinehart’s one-out single to left scored Stephen Pearson from second to tie the game. The left-hander then hit a solo homer to left in his next at-bat in the fourth to hand UA a 2-1 lead, and he added a run-scoring double in Arizona’s two-run eighth to cap off the perfect night at the plate.
Teammate Jason Donald chipped in with a pair of hits in three at-bats and added a RBI and a run scored in the winning effort. Catcher Konrad Schmidt added a fifth RBI for