TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Senior Jeff Van Houten tied the school record for consecutive games with a hit to help the No. 10-ranked Arizona baseball team snap its two-game losing streak in a 15-4 win over UNLV at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium on Wednesday.
The victory improved the Wildcats to 15-7 overall for the year, while the loss snapped UNLV’s season-high three-game winning streak and dropped the Rebels to 6-15.
Van Houten, who finished with seven straight games with a hit to end the 2004 season and has collected a base knock in all 21 games he has played in this season, tied former Wildcats Ernie Durazo and Jack Daugherty for the Arizona two-season hitting streak record of 28 with a first inning double. He finished the game 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored to mark the 14th game during his hitting streak he has collected two or more hits.
Chris Frey hit a two-out, two-run single in the first to opening the scoring for Arizona and the Wildcats tacked on seven more in the third, one apiece in the fifth and sixth before capping off the day with four runs in the seventh.
As a team, the Wildcats rapped out 17 hits in the game, including three doubles and a triple, as all nine starters in the contest finished with at least one base knock. The top four hitters in the batting order, Trevor Crowe (2 for 4, 2 R), Van Houten, Jordan Brown (3 for 4, 3 R) and Nick Hundley (2 for 2, 2 R, RBI), combined to finish 10 for 15 with three RBI and nine run scored
Freshman Jason Seefeld delivered a key three-run double with the bases loaded in the seven-run third inning and classmate Brett Scyphers collected his first two RBI as part of a 2 for 3-day at the plate.
Freshman southpaw David Coulon (2-0) bounced back from a tough outing in his last appearance on the mound to limit the Rebels to three runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings. He did not give up a base hit through the first 4 1/3 innings, while striking out seven and walking three for his second win of the year.
UNLV starter Efren Navarro Jr. (1-2) was charged with the loss after giving up eight runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Arizona will depart for Southern California on Thursday for a three-game series against defending national champion Cal State Fullerton this Friday-Sunday. Junior John Meloan will take the mound in the series opener for the Wildcats.
Sophomore Jason Donald was hit by his team-leading ninth pitch of the season in the fourth inning against UNLV on Wednesday. The school record for HBP in a year is 15 set by Kenny Corley in 1997 ... Arizona struck out 12 in the game on Wednesday, the 15th time the Wildcat pitching staff has finished with 10 or more punchouts in 22 games this season ... All three of Arizona’s pitchers on Wednesday were freshmen (David Coulon, Mike Koons and Matt Baugh)