Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Win Opener At Utah, 11-2
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 05, 2012
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April 5, 2012

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Arizona 11, Utah 2 (Box Score)

SALT LAKE CITY - Kurt Heyer pitched a complete game to earn his 20th career win, the Wildcats' bats pounded out 19 hits and fourth-ranked Arizona defeated Utah, 11-2, on Thursday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City.

Arizona (22-8, 8-2 Pac-12) won its sixth-straight conference game and, for the first time in 17 ballgames, never tailed. The Wildcats scored three first-inning runs and enjoyed a 9-1 lead after five innings before cruising behind Heyer's performance on the mound.

Heyer improved to 5-1 on the season as he scattered eight hits, allowed just two runs, struck out four and walked none. It was his second complete game of the season - fifth of his career - and UA's third in the last four games.

All nine Wildcat starters collected a base hit, eight scored a run and six had a run batted in. Johnny Field had a career-high four base hits to go with four runs scored, Alex Mejia went two-for-four with three RBI and Bobby Brown collected two hits, including a triple, to go with three RBI to pace the 19-hit attack that tied a season high for the Wildcats.

Arizona opened the scoring with three first-inning runs on four consecutive base hits. Joey Rickardsingled to lead off and moved to third on Field's double. Mejia followed a double of his own to drive in both runners, before Refsnyder singled home Mejia to push the lead to 3-0.

Utah scored its first run in the bottom of the second inning, when former Wildcat Shaun Cooper hit a solo home run over the right wall.

The Wildcats scored two more runs on three hits in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Brown lined a single up the middle to score Field and Refsnyder.

Utah starter Joe Pond gave up another run in the fourth before being chased in a three-run fifth-inning. Pond (2-5) surrendered eight runs - all earned - on 13 hits. He struck out three and walked one.

Pond was replaced by Josh Chapman, who gave up two runs - one earned - on five hits in 2.2 innings of relief. Blake Golding finished the game for the Utes, throwing 2.0 innings and allowing one run on one hit.

Arizona added single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, before the Utes pushed across their final run in the bottom of the ninth to set the score at its final, 11-2.

The two teams continue the three-game series on Friday evening at Spring Mobile Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. MDT.

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