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.
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 ...