Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Wins 13th-Straight with 15-12 Victory over Cal
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 07, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- A night after Arizona and Cal went scoreless for 10 and half innings, the two schools teamed up for 27 runs on 31 hits in a 15-12 Wildcat victory at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Friday.

            The win was Arizona’s 13th-straight and improved it 27-6 overall and to 5-0 in the Pac-10 for just the second time in school history. Cal dropped its third-consecutive decision and fell to 17-16 overall and to 2-3 in conference play.


            Arizona jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first, as it sent 10 batters to the plate and collected six hits off of Cal starter Alex Rollin. Sophomore Brad Glenn, who went 2 for 4 with four RBI and three runs scored in the contest, delivered the big blow in the first with a three-run double before scoring on a error by center fielder Taylor Grigsby on a single by T.J. Steele in the next at bat.


            Up 4-0, Dwight Childs added to the early tally with a run-scoring ground out and freshman teammate Robert Abel chipped in with a two-out run-scoring single.


            After Arizona pushed the lead to 7-0 with a run in the fourth, Cal got on the board with a pair of runs on two hits in the top of the fifth to make it a five-run UA advantage.


            The Cats answered with a season-high seven runs in the bottom of the frame to seemingly put the game out of reach. After Rollin allowed two more UA runs in to make it 10 on the night, reliever Dane Furguson entered and compounded the problems for the Bears by hitting back-to-back Wildcats to load the bases, walking Bill Rhinehart to force in a run and then drilling Brad Glenn with his third HBP in the inning to drive in another.


            Failing to record an out and trailing 11-2, Ferguson was lifted in favor of Travis Erickson, who eventually stopped the bleeding but not before Steele delivered another run with an infield single and Jon Gaston hit a two-run double to make it 14-2 Cats.


            The resilient Bears made a game of it by scoring three runs in the sixth off starter Brad Mills, five in the seventh off of relievers Brett Lorin and Paul Bargas and two more in the eighth off of Bargas before Cory Burns finally came on to tidy up the win over the final 1 1/3 innings.


            Mills (7-2) picked up his team-leading seventh win of the season in 5 1/3 innings of work. The senior southpaw allowed five runs on five hits and finished with four walks and a pair of strikeouts. Burns picked up his second career save by closing out the final four outs on the night.


            Cal’s Rollin (6-2) was charged with the loss after allowing 10 runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He finished with four strikeouts and two walks.


            Arizona, which has never opened a Pac-10 season 6-0, will look for its third-straight conference sweep dating back to last season in the three-game series finale with Cal on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. with right-hander Ryan Perry scheduled to start for the Wildcats.



Arizona has opened the conference schedule 5-0 just once before - 1997 ... Arizona has never been 6-0 to start a Pac-10 season since joining the conference in the 1978-79 school year ... Prior to the current win streak, UA last won 13-straight games when it opened the 1999 season 13-0 ... The last time Arizona won at least 13 straight games this late in a season was in 1974 when UA won 21 consecutive games from March 18-April 13 ... The last time Arizona had a 27-6 overall record 33 games into the year was 1978. The ’78 team improved to 30-6 before finally losing its seventh game of the year.


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