Cats Tame Lions Again, 9-5
May 10, 2009
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team cruised to a second straight victory over Loyola Marymount, 9-5, behind some timely hitting and pitching on Sunday night at Jerry Kindall Field.
Freshman Kyle Simon earned his first victory as a starting pitcher – and third overall – as he dodged trouble in the early innings before lasting six solid innings in which he struck out a career-high six batters and allowed just three runs.
The Wildcats (24-23) gave Simon the run support he needed, tying the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third and then adding a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. All three runs in the inning came with two outs – an important theme for the Wildcats on the night.
Trailing 3-0, junior Dillon Baird delivered a clutch two-out RBI double to put Arizona on the board in the home half of the third as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Jett Bandy followed with a double to drive in Baird, and Brad Glenn delivered a run-scoring single to tie the game.
As a team, Arizona hit 5-for-9 in the game with runners in scoring position and drove in five runs with two outs.
In the fourth, the Wildcats claimed their first lead of the game thanks to a defensive miscue by the Lions to open the inning. Bobby Coyle reached on a fielding error by LMU first baseman Ryan Wheeler.
The Wildcats kept on the offensive again in the fifth. After a one-out single by Glenn, Steve Selsky extened his 11-game hitting streak with a run-scoring triple down the left field line. Selsky later scored on a sacrifice fly by Bobby Coyle to push UA’s lead to 7-3.
Simon turned the game over to his bullpen in the seventh inning.
Cory Burns pitched a scoreless seventh inning before yielding a leadoff double in the eighth.
Jason Stoffel came on in relief of Burns, but could not prevent the inherited runner from scoring after a groundout and single. The run was charged to Burns and snapped a 12-consectuive scoreless innings stretch.
Stoffel later allowed another base hit, but escaped further damage as the Lions left two runners on in the eighth.
Arizona added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth, as Bryce Ortega blooped a double to shallow center field and tally more two-out runs for the Wildcats.
Despite allowing a run in the ninth, Stoffel and the Wildcats held on for a 9-5 win.
The Wildcats, who swept California last weekend, will attempt to complete a second straight series sweep on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.