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20070210 Baseball Hangs on for Wild 9-6 Win Over New Mexico
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Release: 02/10/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN></B><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">TUCSON</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State></st1:place> ? The top of the ninth inning, in which Arizona closer </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222540"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222540"><FONT size=2>Daniel Schlereth</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> walked the bases loaded but also struck out the side to earn his second save of the year, capped off a wild final three innings, as UA (6-0) hung on to defeat New Mexico (1-1) by a score of 9-6 at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Friday.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The game featured 14 walks by the two pitching staffs, five hit batters by <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State>, three total errors, three wild pitches, a passed ball and a run-scoring balk. The Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth with only one hit in the frame and two in the eighth without recording a single base knock.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Down 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Wildcats rallied for four runs to retake the lead when pinch hitter </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222527"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222527"><FONT size=2>Travis Peep</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> came through with the only hit in the inning, a two-out, three-run double to right field. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>UNM starter Bobby LaFromboise hit </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38718"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38718"><FONT size=2>Bill Rhinehart</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> to lead off the frame and walked </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743917"><FONT size=2>C.J. Ziegler</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> and </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222519"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222519"><FONT size=2>Brad Glenn</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> to load the bases. After </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222543"><FONT size=2>T.J. Steele</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> struck out, freshman </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743899"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743899"><FONT size=2>Erik Castro</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> knotted the game at 3-3 with a one-out sac fly to score Rhinehart. </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743909"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743909"><FONT size=2>Kevin Rodland</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> then drew a two-out walk to re-load the bases for Peep, who lined the first pitch thrown to him down the right field line to clear the bases with a three-run double for a 6-3 UA advantage.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Aided by a wild pitch and a dropped fly ball in left field, New Mexico stormed back to tie the game in the top of the seventh with three runs on two hits. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Former Wildcat Drew McDonald notched the first run for the Lobos when he doubled off of reliever </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222514"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222514"><FONT size=2>Cory Burns</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> to lead off the inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and came home on a Matt Foote ground out to second. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>With Scott Gracey, who had walked after McDonald&rsquo;s double, on third and one out, Jay Russell hit a shallow fly ball to left for what looked to be the second out in the frame, but Glenn dropped the ball for an error that allowed Gracey to trot home.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>Another walk and wild pitch by </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743911"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743911"><FONT size=2>Jason Stoffel</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> paved the way for a game-tying single by Ian Hollick to make it 6-6 after six and half innings.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><FONT size=2>The wildness continued in the home half of the seventh. After </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743892"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743892"><FONT size=2>Robert Abel</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> was hit by UNM reliever Shane Dyer to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Glenn handed the Wildcats their third and final lead of the night with a two-out single through the left side of the infield to make it 7-6.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The top of the eighth featured back-to-back one-out walks by Schlereth, but the left-hander worked out of the jam with a strikeout and pop out to second to hold the Lobos scoreless.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>In the bottom of the inning, </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743909"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=743909"><FONT size=2>Kevin Rodland</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> reached on a fielding error by shortstop Gracey to lead off the frame and advanced to second on a sac-bunt by </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222515"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222515"><FONT size=2>Daniel Butler</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2>. Reliever Brandon Hewett then hit </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222518"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222518"><FONT size=2>Jon Gaston</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> and the two UA runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball by reserve catcher Mark Rockey. Another walk, this time to Abel, loaded the bases for Rhinehart who delivered a sac fly to center field to make it an 8-6 UA lead. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Ziegler was hit by another pitch in the next at bat to load the bases yet again for Glenn, who was plunked by Hewett on the first pitch thrown to him for his second RBI on the night. The final line for the Wildcats in the bottom of the eighth ? two runs on no hits, one <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> error, one walk, three hit batters and three left on base.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Not to be out-done, Schlereth made the ninth interesting by walking the first two hitters, Russell and Jordan Pacheco, striking out Daniel Stovall and loading the bases with a one-out walk to Hollick before striking out Matt Hibbits and Adam Courcha to end the game.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UA starter </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222520"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=222520"><FONT size=2>Preston Guilmet</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2>, who did not factor in the decision, was the lone bright spot for the two pitching staffs after he followed up his one-hitter in the season-opener last Friday with six solid innings of work against the Lobos. He allowed just three runs on five hits and finished with four strikeouts and only one walk. Stoffel (1-0) was credited with his first career victory and Schlereth with his second save.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>UNM&rsquo;s Dyer (0-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering the go-ahead run to Glenn in the seventh. </FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>In what was a well-played game early, UNM&rsquo;s Stovall hit a two-run homer in the sixth to hand the Lobos their ill-fated 3-2 lead.</FONT></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p><FONT size=2> </FONT></o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><FONT size=2><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Arizona and New Mexico will meet up for game two of the three-game set on Saturday at 1 p.m. Left-hander </FONT><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38681"><A class=ARTICLELINK href="/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=38681"><FONT size=2>Brad Mills</FONT></A></A><FONT size=2> is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.</FONT></P>
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