Left-hander Brad Mills and right-hander Jason Stoffel carried the torch for the Wildcat pitching staff and the bottom three hitters in the batting order ?- Jon Gaston, Dwight Childs and Robert Abel ?- went a combined 5 for 8 with five RBI and six runs scored as UA posted its longest winning streak since opening the 1999 season with 13 consecutive victories.
The Wildcats, who utilized the even number innings by scoring two runs apiece in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth on Saturday, jumped out to an early advantage off of Beaver starter Joe Paterson.
In the second, Gaston drove home Brad Glenn and advanced T.J. Steele to third with a one-out single to put the Cats on the board. Childs followed Gaston with a sacrifice fly to left to plate Steele and make it 2-0.
In the fourth, nine-hole hitter Abel drove in a pair of runs with a two-out double to right center to make it 4-0, and after OSU plated a run in the fifth, Diallo Fon made it 6-1 Arizona with a two-run triple in the sixth.
Abel added his third RBI of the game with a one-out single in the eighth, and Colt Sedbrook capped off the scoring by rewarding Abel with a trip home on a run-scoring base knock through the left side of the infield in the same inning.
On the mound, Mills scattered nine hits over 6 2/3 innings while allowing just two runs. He struck out eight and walked four on the night. The effort improved the senior left-hander to 6-2 on the year and moved him into a tie with Preston Guilmet for the team lead in wins.
Leading 6-1, Stoffel replaced a tiring Mills with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. The freshman right-hander got off to a rocky start by walking the first batter he faced, pinch hitter Scott Santschi, to hand OSU its second run of the night, but settled down thereafter to earn his first career save. He did not allow a hit over 2 1/3 innings of work and finished the contest with four punchouts against a pair of walks.
Individually, Gaston led the way at the plate in going 3 for 3 with an RBI and a game-high three runs scored. Abel added a pair of hits in three ABs, including his fifth double of the year, three RBI, his 17th stolen bases of the season and a run scored. Despite going 0 for 2 on the night, Childs chipped in with a pair of runs scored and a RBI.
The series loss by Oregon State is its first since dropping two of three to Arizona State in Tempe in early May of last year ... Bill Rhinehart tied the school single-game school record when he was hit by three pitches on Saturday ... Arizona’s 12 strikeouts against Oregon State on Saturday marked the sixth consecutive contest it has posted double digit Ks ... The Wildcats played an error-free game for the first time in seven straight contests.