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No. 15 Arizona Powers Past Liberty
The No. 15 Arizona Wildcats rapped out 21 hits, including three home runs, in a 16-3 victory over the Liberty Flames, Saturday night in a non-conference game at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium.
Liberty drops to 28-21 on the year with its fifth straight setback, while
Arizona jumped out to an early lead with four runs in its first at bat of the evening. Colt Sedbrook singled with one out. C.J. Ziegler followed with a chopper down the third base line which he beat out for an infield single. On the play, the
The inning continued as Brad Glenn walked to put runners at the corners with two outs. T.J. Steele then ripped a three-run home run over the center field fence, to give the Wildcats a 4-0 edge after one inning of play. The round tripper was the
Liberty got on the scoreboard in the top of the third. With one out, Aaron Phillips (Jr., SS,
The Wildcats struck for four more runs on back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the inning. After the first two batters of the frame reached, Glenn hit his eighth home run of the year, a three-run shot over the left centerfield fence. The next batter, Steele, followed with his second homer of the game, also to left center, providing the home team with an 8-1 lead.
Arizona pushed across a single run in the fourth frame on a sacrifice fly by Glenn and Zeigler added a bases-clearing double in the fifth for a 10-1,
The Flames threatened in the top of the fifth by loading the bases with one out, only to see the scoring opportunity go by the wayside as the next batter bounced into a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame. However,
The Wildcats then plated an additional run in the sixth, added two more tallies in the seventh and a single run in the eighth for the final margin.
Liberty starter Dustin Umberger (So., RHP,
Kenneth Negron (So., LF, Kingwood,
The Flames and Wildcats meet again tomorrow afternoon in the final game of the series at Kindall Field. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST.