Bandy Blasts Cats to Sweep
Feb. 21, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – Jett Bandy’s third home run of opening weekend capped a come-from-behind victory, 8-7, in extra innings as Arizona completed a three-game series sweep of visiting Utah Valley on Sunday afternoon at Kindal Field/Sancet Stadium in the second game of a doubleheader.
After winning the first game of the doubleheader, 18-1, Arizona (3-0) fell behind 6-0 in the second inning, but rallied with six of its own runs in the third inning. The teams traded single runs in the seventh and the game remained tied into the bottom of the tenth inning.
Bandy, who homered in each of UA’s first two games, ended the game abruptly by crushing a solo home run deep to left field off UVU reliever Craig Brimhall to lead off the the tenth inning. Bandy finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in for the game.
The Wildcats faced their first deficit of the season after the Wolverines (0-3) jumped on UA starter Daniel Workman for six runs in the second inning. Workman allowed six runs – all earned – in just 1.2 innings pitched. He allowed six hits.
But UA’s bullpen put the clamps down on the Wolverines from there. Freshman right hander Stephen Manthei set the tone coming in relief of Workman, pitching 4.1 innings of shutout ball while allowing just three hits.
Freshman Nick Cunningham took over in the seventh inning, and allowed a solo home run off the bat of Chris Bendon, which gave UVU a 7-6 lead.
In the home half of the seventh, the Wildcats answered with a single run. Senior Rafael Valenzuela hit a one-out single and moved to third after a single by Steve Selsky. Bandy then drove home Valenzuela with a one-out RBI groundout.
Sophomore Bryce Bandilla took over in the eighth inning on the mound for the Wildcats. The 6-foot-4 left hander shutout UVU over three innings over, setting the table for Bandy’s walk-off blast.
Bandilla earned his first win of the season. He struck out five batters in his three innings while scattering four hits and walking just one.
The Wildcats, who won their 2,500th all-time game on Friday in the opener, won their 16th-consectuive season-opening series.
Arizona will continue its season-opening 26-game homestand next weekend when it welcomes Long Beach State for a three-game series. The first game of the series is set for 6 p.m. on Friday night.
GAME 1 RECAP
TUCSON, Ariz. – Kyle Simon pitched eight strong innings and allowed just one run as the Arizona baseball team thumped visiting Utah Valley in the opening game of a double header at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Simon scattered five hits over his eight innings of work, tallying seven strikeouts against just one walk. Mark Hawkenson pitched a scoreless ninth inning.