Baseball Blanks No. 24 Texas A&M, 11-0

Feb. 28, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team recorded its third shutout win of the season, defeating No. 24 Texas A&M 11-0 at Frank Sancet Field on Friday. The Wildcats improved to 10-4 for the season with the win, while Texas A&M suffered just its third loss of the year and fell to 9-3.

Junior Sean Rierson and senior Brian Pemble combined to blank the Aggies on just six hits. Rierson scattered all of the A&M hits and needed just 69 pitches to go seven innings for his third win of the year. Although he struck out only one, the right-hander did not walk a batter for the third straight start, a string of 23 innings pitched.

Pemble came on to close out the win with a hitless eighth and ninth innings. The Wildcat southpaw struck out three in his second appearance of the season.

For Rierson (3-0) it was the second shutout that he has been a part of this year, having also given up no runs in his two-hitter on Feb. 15 at UC Irvine. A&M's Logan Kensing (3-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season, giving up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Offensively, a three-run first set the tone for the Arizona bats on the day. A sacrifice fly by junior Moises Duran scored freshman Brad Boyer from third to open the scoring. Freshman Trevor Crowe followed with a two-out double to the gap in left center and was rewarded with a trip home on Brian Anderson's fourth home run of the season, a deep shot that cleared the fence in left field.

The Wildcats added a lone run in the fourth on Boyer's RBI single and six more in the fifth on just three hits. Moises Duran's team-lead tying fourth home run led off the fifth and Jeff Van Houten's second home run of the season helped Arizona to a comfortable 10-0 lead.

Arizona added unearned run in the seventh on a throwing error by A&M's catcher Justin Pouk that scored John Hardy to close the scoring.

As a team the Wildcats rapped out 13 hits in the game, including seven for extra bases. Boyer led all players individually with three hits in five at bats. He drove in one and scored twice. Crowe, Van Houten and Pat Reilly all added two hits each in the game. For Reilly, his first-inning double extended his team-high hitting streak to 19 straight games.

The two schools meet up again on Saturday for the second game of the series. Arizona's Joe Little will face off against Zach Dixon on the mound in the 1 p.m. game.

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