TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The No. 11-ranked Arizona baseball team (5-0) swept its doubleheader against Northern Colorado (0-2) at Kindall Field on Saturday by scores of 16-1 and 13-2. The two victories pushed the Wildcats’ record to 5-0 to start a season for the second straight year and marked the third and fourth straight games UA has posted double digit runs against its opposition.
Combined, Arizona scored 29 runs on 31 hits in the two games. Over half of UA’s hits went for extra bases as the Wildcats finished with nine doubles, three triples and four home runs over the course of the doubleheader. The Arizona pitching staff did its part as well, limiting UNC to just three runs, two earned, on 10 hits, while striking out 20 and walking only four over 18 innings of work.
Leading 1-0 after two and half innings, senior Jeff Van Houten drew a one-out walk to start a game-breaking five-run third in the opening game.
Jordan Brown followed Van Houten’s free pass with his second home run of the season to make it 3-0 Arizona.
A hit by pitch to Bill Rhinehart and a single through the left side of the infield by Nick Hundley followed Brown’s blast and placed runners on first and second for Frey. The junior outfielder laced a 1-0 pitch to deep center for his first of two triples in the game, plating both Rhinehart and Hundley for a 5-0 UA advantage.
Freshman Bryan Kervin, who finished a team-best 4 for 5 at the plate, rewarded Frey with a trip home with a single to center one batter later.
Arizona tacked on a run in the fourth, fourth in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh for its most lopsided with of the young season.
The offense was more than enough for UA starter John Meloan. The right-hander improved to 2-0 on the year after blanking the Bears over six innings on just four hits. He struck out nine and walked two for his 16th career win.
Reliever Sean Jarrett picked up his first career save after working the final three innings. He gave up an unearned run in the seventh, but limited UNC to just two hits while striking out four and walking none.
Northern Colorado’s Angelo Telitz (0-1) was charged with loss after giving up six runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings. He finished with one strike out and three walks in his first start of the year.
In game two, sophomore Bill Rhinehart hit two of his team-leading three home runs to highlight Arizona’s offense. He led off the second inning with a solo shot to right and drove in three more with blast to right-center in the third. He finished the game 3 for 6 with a career-high six RBI, a double and three runs scored.
Junior starter Kevin Guyette (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Senior Sean Rierson picked up the save with a hitless final three innings of work.
UNC’s Craig Ayers (0-1) was hit with the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits in four innings.
Arizona and Northern Colorado will play the series finale of the three game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. The game can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM.
Saturday’s doubleheader was played because rain postponed Friday’s series-opening contest ... Arizona has scored at least one run in the 27 of the 40 innings it has batted in this season. In the last three games alone, the Wildcats have failed to score at least once in an inning just five times in 24 innings ... Junior John Meloan has not given up a run in his first 13 2/3 innings of work this season. He has struck out 21 and walked five ... All nine offensive starters in the doubleheader finished with at least two hits on the day and scored at least one run ... Junior Trevor Crowe extended his hitting streak to 13-straight with three hits in game one and two in game two ... Senior Jeff Van Houten has hit in 12 consecutive games dating back to last season ...