Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Falls To UC Riverside, 8-5
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 11, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            RIVERSIDE, Calif. ?- UC Riverside score four runs on three hits in the sixth inning to snap a 4-4 tie and hand the Arizona baseball team its second straight loss in an 8-5 win at the Riverside Sports Complex on Friday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 2-2 on the year, while UCR improved to 4-1.


            After trading early runs to reach the 4-4 stalemate, UCR opened the bottom of the sixth with a single by right fielder Aaron Grant off of UA starter Eric Berger. Brian Steinmeyer followed with a slash double down the left field line to advance Grant to third.


            Preston Guilmet replaced Berger on the mound and got the first out in the inning on a run-scoring grounder to third by UCR’s Aaron Wible that broke the 4-4 tie. Grant advanced to third on a Guilmet wild pitch and came home when catcher Konrad Schmidt’s throw to third sailed in the left field for a throwing error on the play.


Trailing 6-4, Guilmet walked Jeff Abney, hit pinch hitter Drew Garcia and advanced the pair to second and third on a wild pitch before being lifted from the game in favor of Daniel Schlereth.


Schlereth induced Brett Bigler into an RBI-grounder to short for the second out in the frame before giving up a run-scoring single to D.J. Hollingsworth to make it a four-run UCR advantage at 8-4. Hollingsworth was caught trying to steal second to end the inning.


Arizona threatened to make a game of it with a RBI double by Jason Donald in the top of the seventh, and had runners on first and second with two outs for pinch hitter Brad Glenn.


The Wildcat freshman lofted a ball to deep center field, but the cool night air swallowed the hit for an inning-ending flyout.


Highlander relievers Dan Runzler and Daniel Stange retired the Wildcats in order over the final two innings to make a winner out of starter James Simmons (2-0). Stange picked up his second save of the season after working a perfect ninth inning. Simmons, who lasted 6 1/3 innings, gave up four earned runs on 10 hits with eight strikeouts. The three UCR hurlers combined to punch out 12 UA hitters on the night.


Berger (1-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering six runs on 11 hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked none.


Arizona opened the scoring in the game on a two-run triple by freshman T.J. Steele in the top of the second, but UCR’s Kyle Barrett hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the frame to hand the Highlanders their first lead of the night.


UA countered with a pair of runs in the top of the third on RBI-singles by Derek Decater and David Plante for a 4-3 lead, but allowed UCR to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a RBI ground out by Andrew Martinez.


Offensively, Arizona rapped out 10 hits in the game and was led by Jason Donald (2 for 5, 2 2Bs, RBI), Colt Sedbrook (2 for 4, R, RBI) and Jon Gaston (2 for 4, R), who finished with two hits each.


The Wildcats and Highlanders will meet up for the second game of the three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tucson time. Freshman Mike Colla will take the mound as UA’s starting pitcher.

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