TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Home runs were the special of the day for the Arizona baseball team, but 36 inches was all that separated sophomore Brad Glenn from a feat never seen in over 100 years of Wildcat baseball. His fifth at-bat of the game turned out to be a double high off the left-center field wall, but his fourth hit in the contest was the lone one that didn’t carry the fence at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Wednesday.
Glenn’s three home runs in
All totaled, the Wildcats scored their 13 runs on 16 hits to mark the fourth time in five games they have reached double-digits in both categories. Eight of the nine starters for UA in the contest finished with at least one hit, including sophomore T.J. Steele who extended his carryover hit streak to 13-straight games.
Glenn, who went 4-for-4 with a career-high five RBI and three runs scored, is now tied for the single-game home run record at UA with Dennis Haines, Ron Hassey, Erik Torres and Shelley Duncan. He hit a two-run bomb to left in the first, another two-run shot to center in the fourth and a solo homer to left in the sixth.
In the eighth, he smashed a line drive ball to gap in left-center only to see the ball pound the fence about three feet shy of going over for the record.
The offensive fireworks stole the show from an impressive pitching debut by freshman Paul Bargas (1-0). The left-hander picked up his first career victory after holding the Wolverines to one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked none.
Relievers Brett Lorin and Cory Burns closed out the game over the final three innings, and finished with two and three strikeouts, respectively. None of the
UVS’ Tai Penrod (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up five runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings. All five Wolverine pitchers in the game surrendered at least one run.
Arizona (5-0), which has won 10-straight games dating back to last season, will take a break from game action on Thursday before welcoming in New Mexico for a three-game series at Kindall Field this Friday-Sunday. Game time for the series opener on Friday is set for 4 p.m.
Dennis Haines hit his three HRs against UTEP on April 7, 1972; Ron Hassey had three HRs against Weber State on March 20, 1974; Erik Torres hit three HRs against Washington on April 8, 2000; Shelly Duncan was the last Wildcat to hit three homers prior to Glenn when he went yard three times against Utah on Feb. 23, 2001 ... Hassey and Duncan are the only two to hit their three home runs in consecutive ABs ... Glenn, who finished with 14 total bases, came up just one base short to tying the school record of 15 held by Dennis Haines (1972) and Kevin Long (1988) ... The single-game school record for home runs by a team is seven, set by the 2001 team against Washington State ... The pitching rotation for the Wildcats this weekend will be: Friday ?- RHP Preston Guilmet, Saturday ?- LHP Brad Mills and Sunday ?- RHP Mike Colla