Cats Tame Lions Again, 9-5

May 10, 2009

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, 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.

Later in the inning, Hunter Pace crushed an RBI double to centerfield to score Coyle. Pace added UA’s fifth run as Kyle Stiner collected an RBI on a groundout.

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.


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