Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Offense Stumbles in 4-0 Loss To Hawaii
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 11, 2007
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            HONOLULU ?- The Hawaii pitching staff limited Arizona to a season-low three hits in a 4-0 shutout win at Les Murakami Stadium on Saturday. The Rainbow victory tied the three-game series at 1-1 and improved them to 15-6 on the year. The Wildcats dropped to 14-6 with the loss.


            UH batted around in the bottom of the seventh and rallied for four runs on five hits, including a pair of doubles, off of three different Wildcat pitchers to snap a scoreless tie.


            Shortstop Eli Christensen opened the frame with a double down the left field line off of starter Brad Mills and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Landon Hernandez off of reliever Mike Colla.


            DH Vinnie Catricala put UH on the board in the next at bat with a double to plate Christensen and was followed by an infield single by Jorge Franco and a RBI base hit by Derek Dupree to make it 2-0 UH with one out and runners on first and second.


            Freshman Jason Stoffel replaced Colla on the mound for the Cats and surrendered a two-run single up the middle before getting UA out of the inning.


            Meanwhile, UH starter Mark Rodrigues (5-1) kept Arizona off the scoreboard for the second time this season by allowing just three hits for seven strong innings before giving way to reliever Tyler Davis in the eighth. Rodrigues finished the win with four strikeouts and no walks, while teaming up with Davis to get UA to fly out 14 times on the night.


            Mills (4-2) was victimized by the lack of offense for the hard-luck loss. The senior left-hander gave up just one run on five hits over six innings, while finishing with seven Ks and two walks.


            Arizona and Hawaii will meet up for the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. HST. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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