Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Improves to 7-0
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 11, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The middle of the Arizona batting order continued its torrid start to the 2007 season, and Brad Mills proved to be the tonic for the UA pitching staff after a wild night on Friday, as the Wildcats (7-0) won their seventh straight game to open the year with an 8-1 victory over New Mexico (1-2) at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Saturday.


            UA’s 3-4-5 hitters, Bill Rhinehart, C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn, accounted for much of the offense on the day, teaming up to finish the contest 7-for-11 with six RBI and five runs scored.


Leading 2-0 after four and a half innings, Rhinehart (2-for-3, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Ziegler (3-for-4. 2 R, 3 RBI) hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches in the fifth to account for all four of UA’s runs in the frame.


Rhinehart hit a three-run blast over the fence in right-center off of UNM starter Stephen Smith for his team-leading fourth bomb of the year, and Ziegler followed with a solo shot to left on the very next offering by Smith for his first home run as a Wildcat.


            Mills meanwhile helped set straight the UA pitching staff that saw three relievers walk seven batters over the final three innings on Friday. The senior southpaw improved to 2-0 on the year after limiting the Lobos to just one run on three hits over seven innings of work. He struck out six and walked one.


            Redshirt freshman Brett Lorin worked two scoreless innings the rest of the way to seal the victory. The right-hander punched out two and walked one in his third career appearance.


            UNM’s Smith (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering seven runs on 10 hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one in his first start as a Lobo.


            The Wildcats, who finished with 11 hits on the afternoon, jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the fourth on an RBI-double by Ziegler and a run-scoring single by T.J. Steele, and then answered UNM’s lone run scored in the game in the fifth with the four-run frame on the back-to-back homers. UA then tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh on sac-fly by Dwight Childs and Ziegler’s third run-scoring hit on the afternoon.


            Arizona, which has won 12-straight games dating back to the 2006 season, will go for its second three-game series sweep of the season on Sunday at 12 p.m. Sophomore right-hander Mike Colla is the scheduled starter for the Cats.



Sophomore T.J. Steele extended his carry over hit streak from last season to 15 straight games after going 1-for-4 with an RBI on Saturday ... Rhinehart, Ziegler and Glenn, the 3-4-5 hitters for Arizona in all seven games thus far, are batting a combined .506 (37-for-73) with 10 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 35 RBI ... Rhinehart has a least one hit and one RBI in all seven games thus far ... Ziegler has been walked eight times and been hit by three pitches helping him to a team-high .677 on-base percentage. He has also struck out only once ... Arizona has recorded double-digit hits in five of its seven games thus far, while the pitching staff is allowing just an average of 5.7 hits per contest to the opposition


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