No. 21 Baseball Records Fifth Shutout of the Season With 20-0 Win Over Wagner

March 14, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz.- The No.21 Arizona baseball team cruised to its secondstraight and fifth overall shutout of the season in a 20-0 win over Wagnerat Frank Sancet Field on Friday night. The victory improved Arizona's record16-7, while Wagner remained winless at 0-9.

The Wildcats recorded 17 hits in the game, including a school record tyingfive triples and an inside the park home run, while three pitchers combinedto give up just two hits over the course of nine innings. All total, 11 ofthe 14 Arizona batters that had at least one at-bat recorded a hit.

Sophomore Jeff Van Houten led all Arizona players with a 3 for 3 night atthe plate, including Arizona's first inside the park home run in over 10years. The outfielder laced Wagner reliever Matt Herzberg's 2-2 pitch downthe right field line in the fifth inning, rounded the bases and crossed homeplate standing up. Former Wildcat Jason Thompson was the last Arizona playerto circle the bases with the ball still in play on Feb. 1, 1993 against NewMexico.

On the mound, junior Joe Little carried a no-hitter through the first 4 2/3innings before giving up an infield single to Wagner's Troy Sogluizzo.Sophomore John Hardy made an outstanding play just to knock the sharply hitball down, but could not make the throw to preserve the no-no for the Arizona lefty.

Little (4-2) picked up his fourth win of the season with six innings ofone-hit ball. He struck out nine and walked two before giving way torelievers Chris Goodman and Scott Burns, who combined to strike out fivemore Seahawk batters to help tie a team season-high 14 strikeouts in a game.

The Wildcats and Seahawks will close out the three-game series on Saturday.First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on790 AM KNST.

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