Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Downs UNLV, 9-3
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 25, 2007
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            LAS VEGAS ?- The Arizona baseball team scored nine runs on 13 hits and left-hander Brad Mills went six strong innings as UA defeated UNLV 9-3 at Wilson Stadium on Saturday. The win improved the Wildcats to 11-2 on the season, while UNLV dropped to 7-9 with the loss.


            Offensively the Wildcats continued a season-long trend by scoring eight of their nine runs in the game with two outs. Individually, all nine UA starters finished the contest with at least one hit, including sophomores T.J. Steele and Jon Gaston who extended their hitting streaks to 21 and 10-straight games, respectively.


Steel (2 for 4, 2 R), Travis Peep (2 for 3, R, 2B), Dwight Childs (2 for 3, R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI) and Bill Rhinehart (2 for 5, R) all paired hits for the Wildcats in the series-clinching victory.


            On the mound, Mills (3-1) recovered from a shaky start against Cal State Fullerton last weekend, giving up just three runs ?- two earned ?- on eight hits over six innings against the Rebels on Saturday. The southpaw struck out seven and walked just one to pick up his team-leading third win of the year.


            Reliever Paul Bargas tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings before giving way to Cory Burns in the ninth who closed out the game with a 1/3 of an inning of work.


            UNLV starter Chris Saddoris (0-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings.  


            The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, scoring a run on two hits and a Rebel error in the first. Jon Gaston drove home Robert Abel from third for UA’s first run of the game.


            After UNLV rallied to tie the game at 1-1 through three, Arizona tacked on two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings for a 5-1 edge. Childs drove home a run in the fourth with a two-out triple and Brad Glenn plated a pair in the fifth with a two-out, two-run single.


            The Cats added three more runs in the top of the seventh, including a pair on a two-out two-run single by C.J. Ziegler, and answered a two-run home half of the seventh by UNLV with a lone run in the eighth to close out the scoring.


            Arizona will try for its third three-game series sweep of the season in the finale on Sunday. Arizona left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the 2 p.m. MST contest.

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