Cats Crush No. 18 Titans, Win Series
March 7, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team pounded No. 18 Cal State Fullerton, 10-1, on a cold and blustery day at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium to capture the series victory on Sunday afternoon.
Arizona (6-4) exploded for nine runs in the first four innings of the game to take a commanding 9-0 lead and Daniel Workman turned in a strong six innings of work to earn his first victory of the season for the Wildcats.
Workman scattered seven hits and allowed an unearned run in his best outing of the season. The junior struck out three and walked none on the day.
The Wildcats jumped on the board with three runs in the first despite collecting just one hit. Two walks, a hit batter, an error and a sacrifice fly helped pace UA to its early lead.
In the second inning, first baseman Rafael Valenzuela delivered a two-out home run for the Wildcats. It was the first career round-tripper for Valenzuela, who finished the game 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Kevin Rath pitched the first two innings and suffered the loss after giving up the four runs – only three of which were earned. But the scoring spree continued for the Wildcats.
In the third, consecutive singles to open the inning by Steve Selsky and Bobby Brown set the stage for two more runs. Robert Refnsyder sacrificed the runners to second and Seth Mejias-Brean smacked a two-run single to centerfield to extend the lead to 6-0.
An inning later, the Wildcats scored three runs after loading the bases with no outs. A wild pitch, an RBI single by Selsky and a sacrifice flyout by Refsnyeder pushed the lead to 9-0.
The Wildcats capped their offensive outburst in the fifth inning with a single run. Bryce Ortega, who was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the game, doubled to lead off the frame. He came in to score on Valenzuela’s second hit of the day.
Workman was one cruise control through the sixth despite an unearned run in the fifth. A fielding error by Valenzuela ultimately extended the inning and ended Workman’s bid for the shutout.
Forecasted rain held off for the most part throughout the game despite a few brief periods of light rain over the early innings. Mostly cloudy and cool conditions dominated before giving way to heavy rain minutes after the conclusion of the 2:28 game.
Arizona will continue its season-long 26-game homestand with five more games this coming week. The Wildcats host St. Joeseph’s March 9-10 and Northern Colorado March 12-14.