Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Steele's Two HRs Lead Baseball to 16-3 Win Over Liberty
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 06, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Led by two homers by T.J. Steele and one by Brad Glenn, the Arizona offense battered the Liberty pitching staff for 21 hits in a 16-3 win at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Saturday. UA’s 13th straight home victory improved the Wildcats to 34-11 on the year, while the Flames dropped to 28-21 with the loss.


            Steele, who went 5 for 6 with a career-high five RBI and three runs scored in the game, launched a three-run homer in the first inning that sailed over the 35-foot high batter’s eye in straight away center. He then went back-to-back with Glenn on a line-drive shot to left-center in the third to bring on the rout.


            Glenn’s shot, a three-run blast that was part of the 3 for 4, four RBI and four run game, cleared not only the outfield fence but the Kindall Field facility wall as well, landing in the alley behind the UA baseball complex.


            Steele’s two-homer game marked the fourth time this season that a UA player has posted multiple home runs in a contest, and his and Glenn’s consecutive fence-busters were the fourth back-to-back jobs by the Wildcats this season as well.


The Wildcats scored four runs each in the first and third innings, before tacking on single run in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth.


            Other offensive standouts for the Cats included Colt Sedbrook (4 for 6, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R), Hunter Pace (2 for 3, 2B, RBI, R), C.J. Ziegler (2 for 6, 2 R), Bill Rhinehart (2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, R) and Dwight Childs (2 for 5, R).


            On the mound senior Brad Mills (9-4) turned in a workman-like performance to pick up his ninth win of the year. The left-hander allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.


Relievers Ryan Perry, Cory Burns and Jason Stoffel teamed up to toss 3 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to finish off the win. Perry struck out three in two innings of work, while Stoffel struck out the side in the ninth.


Liberty starter Dustin Umberger (4-4) was charged with the loss after allowing nine runs on nine hits in four innings. He struck out four and walked two.


Arizona will go for a final non-conference series sweep on Sunday at 12 p.m. Right-hander Mike Colla is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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