Cats Clobber Bears, 13-4
May 1, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – Preston Guilmet, the reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, turned in a second consecutive gem and again received welcomed run support as he moved into second place on Arizona’s all-time strikeout list in guiding the Wildcats to a 13-4 victory over California on Friday night at Jerry Kindall Field.
Staked to leads of 5-0 and 10-1, Guilmet turned in his longest outing – eight innings – since April 25, 2008, as he struck out 10 Golden Bears. On his final pitch of the game in the eighth inning, Guilmet struck out Jeff Kobernus to move past Don Lee for No. 2 on the school’s all-time strikeout list.
Guilmet, who trails only Carl Thomas’ 422 strikeouts, tied his season high for strikeouts and scattered eight hits while allowing just two earned runs – four overall – in earning his second consecutive victory to improve his record to 4-4 on the season.
The Wildcats (20-21, 6-13 Pac-10) sent nine hitters to the plate in the first inning and erupted for five first inning runs. Dillon Baird, who batted second in the lineup for the first time in his career, belted an RBI double to score Bryce Ortega, who had walked to lead off the game.
Jett Bandy, the Pac-10’s leader in doubles, smacked his 17th double of the season to drive in Baird. Three consecutive singles followed, and Dwight Childs sacrificed a run home on a safety squeeze bunt, to bring in UA’s fifth run of the opening frame.
The Golden Bears (19-24, 6-13 Pac-10), scored a single run in the second inning, but Arizona added three mores runs in the home half of the second, then tacked on two more in the third to lead 10-1.
Every UA starter scored a run and all collected a hit, except for Ortega, who drew two walks and scored a run.
Baird and Bobby Coyle each finished a home run short of the cycle to lead a Wildcats squad that had five players with two RBI and a total of 17 hits.
The victory marks UA’s third in its last four conference games and puts it in a position to win a second consecutive conference series with a win on Saturday or Sunday.
The second game of the series will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Jerry Kindall Field.