CatsB Blast Cardinal, 11-1; Guilmet Dominates
April 24, 2009
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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Arizona pitcher Preston Guilmet returned to his native northern California and turned in another gem in front of friends and family while receiving some welcomed run support as the Wildcats cruised to a victory over Stanford, 11-1, on Friday night at Sunken Diamond Stadium.
Guilmet picked up his first win since March 13 as the Wildcats (18-19, 4-12 Pac-10) rapped out 14 hits and paced the veteran righty to an early lead, something that had been missing in Guilmet’s recent starts.
Backed by the offensive output, Guilmet (3-4), pitching front of dozens of friends and family, tossed seven complete innings, scattered five hits, struck out three and allowed only one run as he picked up his 24th career victory.
Guilmet’s performance on Friday night was not his first at Sunken Diamond. As a sophomore, the Citrus Heights, Calif., native tossed a complete game five-hitter, allowing just one run while striking out fifteen en route to becoming the 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.
However, his second masterful performance here did not come easily at first. His first inning of work was shaky, throwing 29 pitches in the opening frame before stranding two Cardinal runners.
A few settled innings allowed the Arizona offense to awaken and it did so with a bang in the fourth inning.
Bobby Coyle laced a double down the left field line to open the inning before Arizona batted around in the order and exploded for four runs in the top of the fourth inning as Stanford starter Jordan Pries lost his control that limited the Wildcats to just two hits over the first three innings.
Pries (3-1) walked two batters and hit another, and the Wildcats totaled three hits in the inning to stake themselves to a 4-0 lead.
The Cardinal (17-17, 7-9 Pac-10) tallied its first and only run in the bottom of the sixth as Guilmet surrendered his first home run of the season – a solo shot off the bat of Toby Gerhart.
Arizona quickly answered as Glenn homered to left to lead off the seventh, and Dwight Childs scored an unearned later in the inning.
For good measure, the Wildcats tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the eight, which effectively ended the night from Guilmet as he turned the game over to Bryce Bandilla with an 11-1 lead.
The bottom half of the Wildcats’ order was sensational, as the No. 4-9 hitters combined to score all 11 runs, collect 12 of the team’s 14 hits, and drive in seven runs. Glenn, who hit his 40th career home run, went 3-for-5 and was one of five Wildcats to collect multiple hits.
The two teams will square off again on Saturday afternoon for the second game of the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sunken Diamond Stadium and can be heard live on 1290 A.M. in Tucson.
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