Cats Sweep cal
May 3, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team completed a three game sweep of California behind another steady pitching performance and an explosive offense as the Wildcats thumped the visiting Golden Bears, 12-8, on Sunday afternoon at Jerry Kindall Field.
Similar to Saturday night’s game, California (19-26, 6-15) claimed a 1-0 first inning lead but could not prevent Arizona (22-21, 8-13 Pac-10) from answering with a big inning of its own to take the lead for good.
Steve Selsky, who finished 3-for-4 on the day with three runs score and two RBI, ripped the first of his two solo home runs to lead off the home half of the second inning.
Dwight Childs later hit a one-out single before Kyle Stiner and Bryce Ortega picked up RBI singles later in the inning. Dillon Baird, who finished 3-for-5 in the game, tallied an RBI groundout to cap the scoring in the inning and stake UA to a 4-1 lead.
Arizona starter Daniel Workman settled in nicely after allowing the first inning run. The right hander, who earned his second win of the season, scattered five hits over six innings of work, allowing just two runs.
Workman’s effectiveness allowed the Wildcats to tack on a single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, before exploding with another four-run inning in the sixth.
Bobby Coyle, who tripled in each of the first two games of series, laced a bases-clearing triple to right center to open the game up.
Later in the inning, Hunter Pace, who went 3-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs, delivered a two-out RBI double to extend UA’s lead to 11-2.
The Golden Bears made a late-inning surge with six runs in the top of the eighth. Reliever Donn Roach allowed four consecutive base hits to open the inning, all of which came in to score.
After a flyout, Stoffel allowed a bases loaded triple to Brian Guinn, which cut UA’s lead to 11-8.
But, Selsky smashed his second solo home run of the game to center field to lead off the bottom of the eighth, and Stoffel cruised through the top of the ninth setting Cal down in order.
The victory gave UA its first Pac-10 series sweep of the season, and marked its fifth Pac-10 win in the last six contests.
Arizona will hit the road on Monday for a two-game mid-week series at Cal State Fullerton. The first game of the series is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Goodwin Field on Tuesday.