Guilmet, Wildcats Cruise to 13-4 Victory
March 6, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team cruised to a 13-4 victory over visiting Massachusetts on Friday evening behind an effective pitching effort by senior Preston Guilmet and another explosive offensive performance by the Wildcat offense.
Guilmet earned his first win of the season, pitching 7.1 strong innings while limiting the Minutemen to four runs. The senior topped the 100-pitch mark for the first time on the season and scattered 11 hits to go with five strikeouts.
Massachusetts (2-2) claimed an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, receiving a two-out RBI double by Brian Baudinet. But Arizona (7-4) quickly answered, scoring three runs in its first trip to the plate in the bottom of the inning.
Minutemen shortstop Austin Weymouth couldn’t handle a grounder off the bat of Bryce Ortega, allowing the UA shortstop to reach on a leadoff error. Ortega put himself in scoring position with his team-leading seventh stolen base of the season, and came in to score following a single by Bobby Coyle and a Brad Glenn RBI single to centerfield.
The Wildcats were able to steal a third run in the opening frame after Jett Bandy was hit in the helmet by a pitch. With two outs and the runners at the corners, Bandy took off an a delayed steal attempt, and Glenn was able to score before Bandy was caught stealing on the play.
UA added a fourth run in the third inning, while the Minutemen put a lone run on the board in the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-2 through five innings.
In the sixth inning, the Arizona offense opened the game up with three runs to chase Minutemen starter Jared Freni, who suffered his first loss of the season.
After a leadoff walk to Baird, Presley tripled to right center field to score Baird from first. Bandy was then hit for a second time in the game by Freni, Codi Harshman bunted Bandy to second, to set up a two-run single by catcher Dwight Childs to push the UA lead to 7-2.
Arizona remained on the offensive in the seventh, adding four more runs to put the game out of reach. Presley again came through with a big hit, doubling to left field to bring home a run. He scored later in the inning and UA led 11-2 through seven innings.
Massachusetts added two runs in the eighth to chase Guilmet out of the game, but at that point the UA hurler has already turned in his longest outing since a complete game victory over Oregon State on April 25, 2008.
For good measure, the Wildcats answered the two runs with two of their own in the bottom of the eighth to set the score at its final, 13-4.
The two clubs will square off in the second game of the three game series on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.