Baseball Completes Three-Game Sweep Over UT-Pan Am

April 18, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team tied a season high with its fifth-straight win to complete a three-game series sweep over Texas-Pan American on Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium on Sunday. The 5-2 victory improved the Wildcats to 21-15-1 for the season and equaled the number of consecutive wins UA posted to start the year against UC Riversidie and Cal State Fullerton. Pan American fell to 16-28 with the loss.

Sophomore right-hander Kevin Guyette (5-4) held the UTPA bats in check long enough for the offense to warm up and give him a lead before exiting. The Wildcat starter picked up his fifth win of the year after giving up just one run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Tied 1-1 after three innings, Guyette and Bronc starter John Lopez traded zeros on the scoreboard before the Wildcats finally broke through with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-1 lead.

Lopez (0-1), who was charged with the loss after giving up three runs on four hits over six innings, issued back-to-back walks to sophomores Trevor Crowe and Nick Hundley to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

Reliever Johnny Gibson, who replaced Lopez after the two walks, advanced Crowe and Hundley to second and third on a wild pitch before giving up a run-scoring single to senior Moises Duran. Duran's line drive to left plated Crowe from third and an error by outfielder Louie Alamia on the play allowed Hundley to score as well for a 3-1 UA lead.

Freshman Jason Donald made the Bronc fielding miscue irrelevant with a double down the left field line in the next at bat to place runners on second and third with no outs. Junior John Hardy and sophomore Brad Boyer followed with a pair of sacrifice flies to plate Duran and Donald and extend Arizona's lead to four runs.

UTPA added a run in the eighth off of reliever Mark Melancon to cut UA's advantage to 5-2, but went down in order to closer Derek Rodriguez in the ninth to hand Arizona the series sweep. The final inning of work for Rodriguez earned him his second save of the week and his seventh of the season.

Arizona, which wrapped up a busy week of six games in seven days with a 5-1 record, will hit the road for the next three weeks. The Wildcats will travel to Seattle, Wash., next weekend for a three-game Pac-10 series against Washington before traveling to Cal and UCLA for a nine-game road swing. First pitch for the series opener against UW on Friday is set for 6:30 pm. All three games against the Huskies will be broadcast live on KNST 790 AM.

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