May 8, 2010
Final Box Score (PDF)
TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 22 Arizona baseball tram found its offense on Saturday night as it collected 20 base hits in a 17-6 rout of Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday night at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. The victory was No. 999 in the career of head coach Andy Lopez.
A total of 10 players scored a run and nine had at least one base hit as the Wildcats erupted for their highest run production since a 19-0 thumping of Wichita State on March 17. Arizona reached the 20-hit mark for third time this season after last doing so on March 14 against Northern Colorado.
Joey Rickard led the attack with a career-best 5-for-7 performance at the plate to go with two runs scored and two RBI. Steve Selsky added three hits, including two doubles, to go with a four-RBI effort, and Robert Refsnyder went 3-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI.
Things did not start smoothly for the Wildcats, though. The Roadrunners put their first three batters if the game on with base hits and claimed a 2-0 lead.
However, Arizona quickly responded with four runs in the home half of the opening frame. Rafael Valenzuela drew a one-out walk and Jett Bandy was hit by a pitch to set up a two-run double by Selsky. Cole Frenzel followed with a run-scoring triple to right field and came in to score on the play as a relay to third base was thrown into the visiting dugout.
The Roadrunners scratched across a third run off UA starter Kyle Simon in the third inning to cut the deficit to 4-3, but that was all the damage they could do against the right-hander. Simon finished with eight strikeouts in 8.0 innings pitched to improve to 7-4 on the season despite scattering 12 hits.
The Wildcats, who had scored a total of 17 runs in their previous four games, kept their foot on the gas pedal. A two-run third inning was followed by a six-run explosion in the fourth. For good measure, they added four runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to take a 17-3 advantage.
Grayson Adams pitched the ninth inning for the Wildcats, allowing three runs, which set the score at its final, 17-6.
Arizona (30-15) reached the 30-win mark for the fourth-straight season and the eighth time in Lopez’s nine seasons at the school. Lopez, who now has 312 victories with the Wildcats, will try for his 1,000th career victory beginning tomorrow.
The two teams will play the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday at noon at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.