The one-run victory snapped a two-game losing streak for UA and improved it to 21-23 overal on the year. The Rebels lost for a second straight time and fell to 19-28 for the season.
Tied 6-6 after 10 and half innings, Peep lined a one-out single up the middle in the 11th to start the rally. Senior Brad Boyer followed with a full-count walk to place runners on first and second for Colt Sedbrook.
Sedbrook narrowly beat out a potential inning-ending double play at first after hitting a grounder to short. Boyer was retired on the play and Peep advanced to third.
Donald, who extended his hitting streak to a season-high 15 straight games after going 2 for 5 on Friday, battled reliever Jabe Beard to a 2-2 count before lining the ball over the head of right fielder Ryan Bird for the game-winning hit. The victory was the second extra-inning win for the Wildcats this season
Trailing 6-4 after eight complete, the Rebels rallied for a pair of runs off of closer Daniel Schlereth in the ninth to tie the game at 6-6. The left-hander, who transferred to
Schlereth avoided any further damage with the go-ahead run at third by striking out Keith Smith, Adam Miller and Bird to end the threat and the inning.
The Rebels cut the lead to two in the sixth on a Braden Walker RBI-double and a strange run-scoring fly ball off the bat off Mike Cruz.
With Walker at second and one down, Cruz lofted a deep fly to Derek Decater in center. The senior caught the ball for the second out and Cruz advanced to third. However, as Donald jogged back towards the infield on the relay,
The Rebels’ Beard (2-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering Donald’s RBI-single in the 11th. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings of work and finished with three strikeouts and one walk.
UA’s Schlereth picked up the win and improved 3-1 on the year after working a career-high five innings in relief of starter Preston Guilmet. Schlereth struck out seven and walked five on the night.
Guilmet pitched well in the no-decision effort, giving up three runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two.
The Wildcats and Rebels will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Wildcats will honor the men and women of the armed forces with Davis-Monthan Day and will wear green hats with the Air Force Base’s shield stitched on the side. Left-hander Brad Mills is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.