Cats Cruise to Series Sweep of UM, 14-0
March 15, 2009
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team completed its first three-game sweep of the season with a 14-0 whitewashing of visiting Michigan before a Sunday afternoon crowd of 884 fans at Jerry Kindall Field.
After outlasting the Wolverines in a pitchers duel on Friday and rallying from behind Saturday, the Wildcats put any doubt about today’s outcome to rest early. Arizona scored three runs in the first, one in the second and four in the third to claim an early 8-0 lead on its way to a 20-hit performance, including eight for extra bases.
The Wildcats also received another quality start from freshman Bryce Bandilla, who turned in 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball while scattering five hits to earn his second victory. The left-hander gave way to Ryan Doyle and Donn Roach, who combined for 3.2 scoreless innings and allowed only one base hit.
Six different Wildcats collected multiple hits in the game, paced by first baseman Dillon Baird who came within a homerun of hitting for the cycle on a 4-for-5 day at the plate. Catcher Daniel Butler drove in five runs while going 3-for-5 at the plate, and Matt Presley added three hits of his own.
The Wolverines threatened to score in the first and second innings, but had a pair of runners thrown out at the plate. In the first, UM second baseman Kevin Sislo attempted to score from second on a single to centerfield by Kenny Fellows, but Hunter Pace gunned Sislo down at the plate to turn away UM in the first.
In the second, UM right fielder Nick Urban tested the arm of Presley in left field, but was thrown out at home after John Lorenz singled to left.
Arizona jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning following back-to-back singles by Rafale Valenzuela and Bobby Coyle to lead of the game. With one out, Baird collected a pair of RBI on a double to left center, then scored later in the inning on an RBI single by Presley.
After tallying a single run in the second, the Wildcats added four in the second, highlight by a three-run home to left field by Butler.
The Wildcats added insurance runs in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings on their way to a three-game sweep, including bookend shutouts on Friday and Sunday. The series concludes a 13-game homestand and a stretch of 18 games in 24 days to begin the season.
Arizona will begin Pacific-10 Conference play next weekend with a three-game road series at Arizona State. The series will begin on Friday, March 20, at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.