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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/08/2008
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????????????CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas ?C?Arizona left-hander David Coulon tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts over eight shutout innings and leadoff hitter Diallo Fon accounted for both of top-ranked UAˇ?s hits and two of its three runs in a 3-0 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi at the Whataburger Classic on Saturday.

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The Wildcats ninth straight win improved them to 9-1 on the year, while Islanders, who defeated Notre Dame 5-2 on Friday, dropped to 3-8 with the loss.

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????????????Fon, who was the only Wildcat to record a hit in the contest, led off the game with a line-drive solo shot over the right-center wall to put the Wildcats up 1-0. The home run was Fonˇ?s second of the season and the last hit for the Wildcat offense until he doubled in a run in eighth inning. The second-year leftfielder finished the game 2 for 3 with pair of RBI and a run scored.

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????????????Coulon, who was perfect through the first four innings, had little trouble in his third start of the year. The southpaw retired the TAMUCC side in order in seven of his eight frames of work and recorded at least one K in all eight innings, including the side in the eighth.

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Coulon worked out of his lone jam of the night, second and third with one out in the fifth, with a flyout and a K to keep the Islanders off the board.

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????????????Closer Jason Stoffel came on and survived an eventful ninth inning to nail down his team-leading fifth save of the season and preserve UAˇ?s scoreless streak to all 18 innings pitched by the Wildcat staff in the Whataburger Classic.

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????????????Down 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Islanders made it interesting with an infield single to lead off the frame, followed by a looping single over second to put runners on first and second and then loading the bases with one out on a fielding miscue by third baseman Dillon Baird.

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????????????Stoffel took matters into his own hands to end things, striking out the next two hitters for three Ks in the frame to shut down the rally and end the threat.

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????????????The Wildcats scored a run without a hit in the second to make it 2-0 early on when Bryce Ortega drove T.J. Steele home from third on ground out to first. Steele reached first after getting hit and then stole second before being sacrificed to third by Mike Weldon.

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????????????Arizona will close out the weekend of play when it meets up with Notre Dame on Sunday. Right-hander Ryan Perry is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats in the 10 a.m. MST game.

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Notes

In 18 innings pitched in Corpus Christi this weekend the Arizona pitching staff has allowed just eight hits and two walks, while striking out 27 batters ˇ? Fonˇ?s homer in the first was UAˇ?s 19th of the season and made it all 10 games this season that the Cats have hit at least one over the fence.

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