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20070226 Baseball Drops 8-6 Decision to UNLV
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/26/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on">LAS VEGAS</st1:City> ? The <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> pitching staff couldn&rsquo;t maintain a three-run advantage, as UNLV rallied from an early 6-3 deficit to defeat the Wildcats 8-6 at Wilson Stadium on Sunday. The Rebels broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning to avoid the three-game series sweep and improve to 7-8 on the year. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> dropped to 11-3 with the loss.</FONT></P> <P></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UNLV plated a pair of runs on two hits, a hit batter and a costly error by freshman third baseman Erik Castro to snap the tie in the eighth.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bill Rhinehart and a two-run homer by C.J. Ziegler, his third of the season.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The Rebels struck back in the second, scoring a pair runs on two hits and error to cut the UA lead to 3-2. Freshman Jarred Freierson delivered the big blow, driving in both runs on his first career hit, a double to right.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Brad Glenn extended the Arizona advantage to 4-2 with a two-out run-scoring single to plate Rhinehart from second in the top of the third, but UNLV responded with a run in the home half of the frame to make it 4-3 and had the bases loaded before starter David Coulon was able to strike out Freierson to end the inning and the threat.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The Cats tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth to push the lead to 6-3, but the Rebels answered with single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to tie the game at 6-6..</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will host rival <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> on Tuesday at 4 p.m. MST. The appearance by the Sun Devils will be their only trip to <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tucson</st1:place></st1:City> during the 2007 season. Left-hander Paul Bargas (1-0) is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.</FONT></P>
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