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20070207 Baseball Hangs on to Beat Utah Valley State, 4-2
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Release: 02/07/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN></SPAN></B><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">TUCSON</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> starter <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=99800"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=99800"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=99800"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=99800">David Coulon</A></A></A></A> struck out a career-high 11 batters and held <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Utah</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Valley</st1:PlaceType> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> hitless for six innings and it almost wasn&rsquo;t enough, as the Wildcats (4-0) held on to defeat the Wolverines (0-1), 4-2, at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Tuesday. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Coulon was in control from the start as the left-hander retired 12 of the first 13 UVS hitters in the game, including eight on strikes, and he went a full six innings without surrendering a hit. However, with UA leading 3-0 in the top of the seventh, back-to-back base knocks ended his night and turned the game over the UA bullpen. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Reliever <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743911"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743911"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743911"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743911">Jason Stoffel</A></A></A></A>, who came on with no outs and Coulon&rsquo;s runners on first and second, struggled early to find the strike zone, tossing a wild pitch on his first offering and giving up a two-run double to Dan Bulow that cut the score to 3-2. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>However, after another wild pitch sent Bulow to third as the potential tying run, the freshman right-hander settled in and stuck out Austin Heaps and Dick Bargewell looking and ended the threat with a fly ball off the bat of Derrick Thomas for the final out in the frame.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Stoffel retired the side in order in the eighth and gave way to left-hander <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222540"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222540"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222540"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222540">Daniel Schlereth</A></A></A></A> in the ninth after giving up a single by Adam Openshaw to leadoff the inning. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Schlereth, UA&rsquo;s save leader from last season, induced UVS&rsquo; Jace Brinkerhoff into liner at second that caught Openshaw too far away from first for a double play. A two-out single by Bulow in the next at-bat extended the inning a batter further, but Schlereth struck out Scott Croshaw to end the game and pick up the save. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Offensively, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Senior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38718"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38718">Bill Rhinehart</A></A>, who went 3-for-3 on the night, drove home <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222518"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222518"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222518"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222518">Jon Gaston</A></A></A></A> with the first run of the game and junior <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917">C.J. Ziegler</A></A></A></A> tacked on another with a sacrifice fly later in the inning.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Wildcats added a run in the sixth on a RBI-double by Gaston, and <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543">T.J. Steele</A></A></A></A> helped with a little breathing room in the bottom of the seventh with a run-scoring double that extended his hitting streak to 12-straight games. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Coulon (1-0) picked up the win, surrendering just the two runs on two hits over the six-plus innings. As noted above he struck out a career-high 11 batters and walked two. UVS&rsquo; Bryan Smith (0-1) was charged with the loss despite giving up just two runs on five hits over four innings. He struck out five and walked four on the evening.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Utah</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Valley</st1:PlaceType> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> will conclude the two-game series on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Freshman left-hander <A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743896"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743896"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743896"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743896">Paul Bargas</A></A></A></A> is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
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