Cats Shut Out, Sweep Shockers
March 17, 2010
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team extended its winning streak to eight games as it shut out visiting Wichita State, 19-0, on Wednesday night at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.
Kyle Simon pitched five innings to collect his second win of the season, and four UA relievers combined for four hitless innings as the pitching staff picked up its first combined shutout since March 15, 2009, against Michigan.
Freshman Robert Refsnyder tallied a career-high five hits in six at-bats to go with five RBI as he lead an Arizona offense that scored 19 runs on 19 hits in the game, including seven extra-base hits. The seven RBI by Refsnyder were the most for a UA player in a game since Brad Boyer drove in seven on May 13, 2006.
The Wildcats again jumped on the Shockers early as they roughed up starter Tim Kelley, who suffered his first loss of the year, for five runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Arizona led 10-0 after four innings.
A total of nine Wildcats scored at least one run, including Steve Selsky who crossed home four times and had two hits in the game. Selsky, Jett Bandy and Alex Mejia turned in two-RBI performances at the plate to go along with Refsnyder’s seven.
Simon scattered six hits over his five innings of work and struck out four with just one walk. He turned over an 11-0 lead to the bullpen.
Bryce Bandilla, Grayson Adams, Tyler Hale and Nick Cunningham combined to allow no hits and no walks over the final four innings. Only an error in the ninth inning by Cunningham, who dropped a toss at first base as he was covering the bag, prevented the bullpen’s combined effort from being a perfect outing.
Arizona’s total of 19 runs marked a new season-high and was the sixth time in the last eight games it scored at least 10. The Wildcats, who had 19 hits, have collected at least 10 hits in a game in eight straight games, and 15 of 17 on the season.
The Wildcats (13-4) will now turn their attention to Sacramento State for a three-game series this weekend. The series will begin on Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium.