Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Cruises with Bruises to 18-0 Win over Southern Utah
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 26, 2006
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona left-hander Matt Baugh allowed just four hits and struck out a career-high 10 batters over seven strong innings, the UA offense rapped out 18 hits on the night and four different players helped snap the single season school record for getting hit by pitches, as the Wildcats cruised to an 18-0 win over Southern Utah at Kindall Field on Tuesday.


            UA’s third-straight victory improved its overall record to 18-20 on the year, while Southern Utah dropped to 20-15 with the loss.


            Baugh (1-0), making his first career start at Arizona, dominated the Thunderbird batting order as he equaled the longest outing by a starting pitcher for the Wildcats this season. The sophomore southpaw recorded five of the first six outs in the game via the K, and he fell just one punch-out shy of equaling Eric Berger’s individual season-high of 11 set at Mississippi State. The four-hit effort earned him his first career win.


            Cory Burns and Preston Guilmet worked a hitless inning each to mop UA’s second shutout victory of the year.


            Offensively, the Wildcat hitters knocked out double-digit hits and runs for a third straight game, with seven different players finishing with multiple hits. Arizona wrapped up the win with three doubles, a triple and two home runs.


            UA, which scored at least one run in the final six innings in Sunday’s 12-3 win over Stanford, scored a run in the first, two in the second, one in the third and five in the fourth on Tuesday before seeing its scoring streak end at 10 straight innings with a scoreless fifth. The Wildcats tacked on a run in the sixth inning and tied the season-high for runs in an inning with eight in the eighth.


            Seniors Brad Boyer (3 for 5, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Derek Decater (3 for 5, 2 R), along with junior Jason Donald (3 for 6, 3 RBI, 2 R), all finished with three hits on the night. Donald and Boyer each hit two-run homers in the fourth inning, the fourth HR of the year for the Donald and the first for Boyer.


            Freshmen T.J. Steele (2 for 4) and Brad Glenn (2 for 3) chipped in with a pair of hits each, with Steele collecting three RBI and a pair of runs and Glenn two runs driven in and one run scored. Pinch hitter Stephen Pearson went 2 for 2, including a bases-loaded triple for three RBI, as he came to bat twice in the eight-run eighth.  


            Bill Rhinehart, Colt Sedbrook, Konrad Schmidt and Steele were all hit by pitches in the game, pushing the Wildcats’ HBP total to a school record 70 for the year. The previous record, set in 2002, was 69 in 55 games.


Sedbrook’s dose, his 19th HBP of the year, moved him into a black and blue tie for the single season lead with current teammate Jason Donald. Donald, the all-time HBP record holder at Arizona with 35, set the single season mark just last season.


            Arizona and Southern Utah will meet up for the second game of the two-game set on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM.


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