Baseball Strolls to 11-2 Victory Over UNLV

April 13, 2004

LAS VEGAS, Nev.- UNLV pitchers walked the Arizona baseball team a season-high 12 times, including five free passes in a six-run sixth inning, to hand the Wildcats an 11-2 victory in the opening game of a two-game set at Earl E. Wilson Stadium on Tuesday.

The Wildcats (17-15-1) broke the game open with nine combined runs on just two hits in the sixth and seventh innings after starters Koley Kolberg and Matt Wagner had battled to a 1-1 tie after five complete.

The Wildcats sent 10 hitters to the plate in the top of the sixth and came away with the six-run lead after three Rebel pitchers issued five walks and gave up a two-run single to Jordan Brown and a RBI-ground out to Richard Mercado before finally getting out of the inning.

Arizona added three more runs in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to 10-1 without recording a hit. Following a base on balls to junior Pat Reilly to lead off the inning, sophomore Trevor Crowe was hit by a pitch from UNLV reliever Kevin Skogley to place runners on first and second with no outs. A Skogley balk and wild pitch scored Reilly from third and a passed ball by catcher C.J. Ebarb plated Crowe two pitches later.

A strikeout by sophomore Nick Hundley and three straight walks to junior John Hardy, sophomore Brad Boyer and junior Jeff Van Houten paved the way for a sacrifice fly off the bat of Richard Mercado and the third run without a hit in the inning.

Kolberg (5-2), who gave up just one unearned run on eight hits in six innings of work, picked up his team-leading fifth win of the year. He struck out two and walked two. UNLV's Wagner (2-2) was charged with the loss despite giving up just three runs on three hits in five innings on the mound.

UNLV opened the scoring the bottom of the first when Peter White came home with an unearned run on throwing error by UA's Brad Boyer on a two-out grounder by Ryan Ruiz. The Wildcats rallied to tie the game in the top of the second on a Hardy single to left that plated Crowe.

Kolberg and Wagner then traded zeros on the scoreboard before the Rebel pitchers started issuing walks in the sixth.

Individually, Hundley and Hardy paced the Wildcats at the plate combining to go 4 for 6 Hundley scored a pair of runs and drove in one after entering the game in the sixth inning as a pinch hitter and Hardy added two RBI and a run scored.

Junior Jeff Van Houten drove in a pair of runs and scored once despite going 0 for 2 at the plate. Van Houten finished with a sac fly and three walks in the game

Arizona and UNLV will meet up for the two-game finale on Wednesday at 3 pm. UA's Kevin Guyette is scheduled to face Matt Minor on the mound.

Notes: The Wildcats easily eclipsed their previous season high of eight walks set against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 14 on Tuesday night ... Seven Arizona players drew at least one walk in the game ... Junior Pat Reilly was issued his first two walks of the season in back-to-back at bats in the sixth and seventh innings. Reilly had gone 66 at bats with out being walked before Tuesday's game ... Junior Richard Mercado saw his season-high 10-game hitting streak come to an end with a 0 for 4 night. Despite not getting a hit, Mercado still drove in a pair of runs in the game with a sac fly and a RBI ground out.