Guilmet Fans 12 in Win Over Ducks

May 22, 2009

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EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Preston Guilmet, making perhaps his final start as a Wildcat, turned in a gem as he struck out 12 batters in leading Arizona to a 3-1 victory over Oregon on Friday afternoon at PK Park.

The 12 strikeouts by Guilmet were a season high and left him three short of matching UA career leader Carl Thomas’ 422 strikeouts thrown from 1954-56. But on Friday, each strikeout was critical to securing UA’s 28th victory of the season, one that guarantees the Wildcats finish the season with a winning record.

The Ducks (14-40, 4-21 Pac-10), who the Wildcats last faced in 1966, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Danny Pulfer singled to lead off the inning and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sean Potkay. Kenny Bartz delivered a triple to left center, scoring Pulfer and putting the Ducks on top.

From there, Guilmet settled down and retired 15 consecutive Ducks, giving the UA offense a chance to scratch across a few runs of Oregon starter Erik Stavert. The task wasn’t easy, though, as Stavert nearly matched Guilmet’s gem with 10 strikeouts of his own.

Arizona (28-25, 11-14 Pac-10), however, put a pair of runs on the board in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead, one it would never relinquish.

With two outs, Bryce Ortega reached on a single and Dillon Baird followed with a walk to put a pair of runners on for Jett Bandy. Bandy then laced his team-leading 21st double to right center field, scoring Ortega and Baird.

In the sixth, Steve Selsky hit his seventh homer of the season, a solo shot to left field to give UA a 3-1 lead.

Guilmet continued his domination of the Ducks, pitching into the eighth inning, before being relieved by Cory Burns after 7 2/3 innings.

Burns came on to carry the game into the ninth inning and struck out a batter to end the eighth and another to lead of the ninth.

After a single, Jason Stoffel came in to replace Burns. Stoffel retired each of the two batters he faced, earning his 10th save of the season.

Baird extended his team-leading hit streak to 20 games with an eighth inning single, which gave UA just its sixth hit of the game.

The limited offensive output was still enough for Arizona, though, as Guilmet, Burns and Stoffel combined to strikeout 15 and walk none.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday at 1 p.m. at PK Park.