May 13, 2006
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona scored 13 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 29-4 victory over Washington State in the Pacific-10 Conference series opener Saturday evening at Kindall Field.
The Cougars dropped to 31-18 following the loss, 7-9 in conference action. The Wildcats improved to 22-25, 7-9 in Pac-10 play.
In the fourth the Wildcats sent 18 batters to the plate, including 13 before the first out was recorded, as they broke the game open. Bill Rhinehart opened the frame with a home run to right and Brad Boyer added a three-run triple. WSU used four pitchers in the inning as Arizona collected eight hits and took advantage of two WSU errors.
The Cougars scored first with a two-run third inning. A leadoff walk to Ryan Krauser followed by a single to right by Jeff Miller put runners on the corners with no outs. Greg Lagreid then grounded out to third, scoring Krauser with the game's first run. Travis Coulter's single to left put runners at the corners for Jay Miller, who singled through the left side, scoring brother Jeff for the 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third the Wildcats answered, taking a 3-2 lead. Brad Glenn led off with a double then scored on T.J. Steele's triple to the wall in left-center. The final two runs came when the Cougars recorded outs, the first on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Colt Sedbrook and then an RBI groundout by Jon Gaston.
Krauser's sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Zach McAngus to tie the game at 4-4. That was as close as the Cougars came as the Wildcats erupted in the bottom of the inning. Arizona added four runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and eight more in the seventh to take a 29-3 lead.
The 29 runs scored and 27 hits were a Cougar opponent season high and the most runs scored against a WSU team since Arizona State posted 25 against WSU, April 27, 2003.
For WSU McAngus and Jeff Miller each had two hits while Coulter and Jared Prince extended their season-long hitting streaks to 14 games. Reese Baker suffered the loss as he allowed six runs in his three innings of work.
Rhinehart led the Wildcats with five hits while T.J. Steele added four hits and five runs scored. Boyer had a pair of hits and a game-high seven RBIs. On the mound Preston Guilmet picked up his third win of the season as he allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.
These same two teams continue their series Sunday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.