May 20, 2007
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona's Bill Rhinehart hit for the cycle with four RBI and C.J. Ziegler went 4-for-6 with six runs batted in as the 14th-ranked Wildcats completed a series sweep of the Washington baseball team with a 17-8 win Sunday at Kindal Field.
Arizona retained second place in the Pac-10 with the win, improving to 39-13 overall and 14-7 in the conference. Washington dropped to 27-26 overall and 9-12 in the league.
The Wildcats led 10-3 at one point before the Huskies scored four runs to get within three, but Rhinehart's two-run, two-out triple in the eighth put the game away. Rhinehart also homered and singled in the game, finishing a double away from the cycle.
Husky leadoff hitter Michael Burgher opened the game by reaching on an error by third baseman Brad Glenn. After moving to second on an errant pickoff attempt, he went on to score on a two-out single from Curt Rindal, giving the UW the early 1-0 lead.
However, Arizona answered in the bottom of the first. After a walk and a groundout, Ziegler doubled to drive in the tying run. Rhinehart then belted his 10th homer of the season over the right-field wall, giving the Wildcats a 3-1 lead.
Arizona added to its lead with three more in the third. After a double from Colt Sedbrook and an RBI single from Ziegler opened the inning, Harrison Bishop came on in relief of starter Jorden Merry. After getting two quick outs, Bishop hit a batter and walked another to load the bases. Catcher Dwight Childs followed with a bloop double to center, sending home two runs to make it a 6-1 game.
In the fourth, the Huskies cut down that lead with two as RBI singles from Bradley Boyer and Matt Stevens drove in runs. But Arizona got those two runs back in the bottom of the fourth as Rhinehart singled and Brad Glenn belted his ninth homer of the season to center, increasing the lead to 8-3.
Arizona's bats remained hot in the fifth as the fourth of four singles, a liner to center from Ziegler, drove in two more.
UW third baseman Brian Pearl drove in two runs with his second double of the day in the sixth, cutting the lead to 10-5. The Huskies got two more in the seventh without a base hit, using a walk, an error, a wild pitch and an RBI groundout to narrow the gap to 10-7.
But, Arizona got another big inning in the seventh, scoring three more runs, including two on a two-out triple from Rhinehart, to stretch the lead to 13-7. The Wildcats tacked on two more in the eighth when Jon Gaston hit an RBI triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly.
In the eighth, Ziegler finished his day with a two-run single and Rhinehart followed with a double to complete his 4-for-6 day and his cycle.
Starter Mike Colla (3-2) picked up the win for the `Cats. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits over five innings. Merry (6-8) took the loss, giving up five runs in his two-plus innings of work.
Rindal had three hits for the Huskies while Pearl was 2-for-4 with the two doubles.
The Huskies close out the regular season next weekend with a three-game series vs. California. Game on is Friday at 6:30 p.m. Game two follows Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and the season finale gets underway Sunday at 1:00 p.m. A live audio broadcast of Friday's game will be available on the internet only at gohuskies.com. Saturday and Sunday's games will both air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference #14 Arizona 17, Washington 8 Washington 100 202 201 -- 8 10 0 Arizona 303 220 34x -- 17 19 5 Jorden Merry, Harrison Bishop (3), Nick Hagadone (4), Brandon McKerney (8) and Brett Wilcox. Mike Colla, Brad Mills (6), Cory Burns (6), Daniel Schlereth (7), Jason Stoffel (9) and Dwight Childs. W - Colla (3-2). L - Merry (6-8). 2B - UW, Brian Pearl 2; UA, C.J. Ziegler, Colt Sedbrook, Childs, Bill Rhinehart. 3B - UA, Rhinehart, Jon Gaston. HR - UA, Rhinehart (10), Brad Glenn (9). T - 3:26. A - 532. Records: UW 27-26 overall, 9-12 Pac-10; UA 39-13, 14-7 Pac-10.