Cats Rout UCLA in Game 2, 19-5
March 28, 2009
LOS ANGELES – The Arizona baseball team scored more runs than it had scored in single game in over two years at it rapped out 20 total hits, including 10 for extra bases, as the Wildcats routed host UCLA, 19-5, on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The first five batters in the lineup combined to go 13-for-24 at the plate for the Wildcats to go with 11 runs scored and 12 RBI. At the bottom of order, junior catcher Dwight Childs kept things clicking for the UA offense, turning in a career-best day by going 5-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored, four RBI and his second home run of the season.
The Wildcats also received a career best start on the mound from sophomore Matt Veltmann. The right hander turned in six solid innings – the longest outing of his career – in earning his second victory of the season. The sophomore from San Diego, Calif., scattered six hits and allowed only three runs.
Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning. A day after launching three home runs into the night sky on Friday, the Wildcats kept their power swings going on Saturday. Dillon Baird crushed a towering home run off the right field batting cages to lead off the inning and Shaun Cooper, making his second start in as many at designated hitter, followed with a shot over the left center field fence for his first career round-tripper.
The home run was just a sign of things to come for Cooper, who finished 3-for-5 on the day with two doubles as and a team-high five RBI.
The Wildcats posted a season-high for runs in an inning by pushing eight runs across in the fourth inning and forcing UCLA starter Rob Rasmussen from the game.
Rasmussen threw eight straight balls to start the inning as he walked Baird and Cooper. With runners at first and second, Steve Selsky hit a sharp grounder to Bruin third baseman Casey Haerther who attempt to force out Cooper at second, but the throw sailed high and into the outfield grass. Baird scored on the play and Cooper moved to third base.
But a second defensive miscue led to an even bigger inning for the Wildcats as Rasmussen fielded a sacrifice bunt from Kyle Stiner, but threw high at first base allowing all to advance safely, including Stiner.
The Bruins went to the bullpen and brought in left hander Mitchel Beacom, but the Wildcats weren’t done scoring. Ortega delivered with a three-run triple to the right field wall and the UA shortstop scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Hunter Pace.
Later in the inning, a two-out single by Baird, who led off the inning with a walk, was followed by a double to left center by Cooper, which scored Baird from first.
Rasmussen, who struck out six over the first three innings, finished with eight runs allowed to drop to 1-2 on the season.
Veltmann, who pitched against the minimum over the first three innings despite allowing a walk in the first, gave up his first hit to Blair Dunlap to lead off the bottom of the fourth. The Bruins finally scratched a run across later in the inning on a two-out, RBI double by Justin Uribe.
The Wildcats added five more runs in the top of the fifth to push the UA lead to 15-1. Dwight Childs hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot, to right field to lead off the frame, and Ortega followed with his second triple of the game.
With three runs already on the board in the inning, Cooper delivered his third hit of the game, a double to left center that drove in two more runs.
The Bruins added two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh to cut UA’s lead to 15-5, but the Wildcats would add on insurance runs of their own with two runs apiece in the eighth and ninth innings to push the score to its final, 19-5.
Freshman Donn Roach earned his first career save, pitching the final three innings of the game in relief of Veltmann. Roach scattered five hits and allowed only two runs.
The two teams will conclude the series on Sunday afternoon with the third game of the three game series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Game Notes: The 19 runs scored by Arizona was the most it had scored in a single game since March 13, 2007 at Hawaii-Hilo (19-3) … The 19 runs were also the most scored by an Arizona team in a Pac-10 game since a 27-4 rout of Washington State in Tucson on May 13, 2006 … The 19 runs were the most for a UA team to score on the road in a Pac-10 game since a 20-9 victory at UCLA on May 8, 2004 … The 20 hits by the Wildcats matched their season high previously set against Michigan on March 14 … The 3:56 minute game was the longest for UA in 2009.