May 10, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - Senior David Coulon allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings on Saturday and junior relief ace Daniel Schlereth struck three over the final two frames, as the pair of southpaws teamed up to hurl Arizona's seventh shutout of the season, the most for any UA club since 1976.
The 7-0 victory over Utah Valley improved the Wildcats to 33-15 for the year and to 20-3 at Kindall Field this season. The Wolverines dropped to 14-33 overall with the loss.
Coulon (7-3), who has taken part in three of UA's seven shutouts this season and five total in his four-year career, worked quickly to keep the UVU offense off balance all night. The left-hander retired the first eight batters he faced to start the contest, struck out five and did not allow a runner to get past second base. Aided by some timely defense behind him and on his own, he was able to work around four walks to pick up his team-leading seventh win of the year.
Schlereth, who entered the weekend tied for ninth in the Pac-10 in strikeouts this season despite being a reliever, retired the final six UVU hitters in order, striking out one in the eighth and a pair in the ninth to raise his season total to 65 Ks in just 45 2/3 innings of work.
Offensively junior T.J. Steele led the way finishing 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles, his 19th stolen base of the season, two RBI and two runs scored.
Classmates Brad Glenn and Jon Gaston each paired hits on the night, with Gaston connecting on his 10th home run of the season, a solo shot to right in the sixth, and Glenn adding his 10th double of the year.
Sophomore Diallo Fon hit a solo homer in the seventh, his third of the year and UA's seventh in two games against Utah Valley, to raise Arizona's team total to 61 for the year.
Arizona will close out the non-conference portion of the regular season on Sunday when it tries for the series sweep. Left-hander Eric Berger is the scheduled starter with first pitch slated for noon. In celebration of Mother's Day, all moms will be admitted free of charge to the game when accompanied by a ticket purchaser.