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No. 15 Arizona Powers Past Liberty

May 5, 2007
|  Tucson, Ariz.
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Catcher Errol Hollinger had a 2-run single Saturday night in Tucson.

Catcher Errol Hollinger had a 2-run single Saturday night in Tucson.

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 's third consecutive victory ups its season mark to 34-11.

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 Liberty third baseman committed a throwing error, allowing both runners to move into scoring position. The Wildcats cashed in on the miscue as the next batter, Bill Rhinehart, lifted a run-scoring sacrifice fly to left for a 1-0 advantage.

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 Arizona center fielder's fifth of the season. 

L
iberty got on the scoreboard in the top of the third. With one out, Aaron Phillips (Jr., SS, Claremore, Okla. ) beat out an infield single.  Two batters later, P.K. Keller (Jr., RF, Clearwater, Fla.) ripped a triple to the base of the center field wall, plating Phillips and making the count 4-1, Arizona .

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, Arizona advantage.

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, Liberty broke through for two runs in the sixth inning on a two-out, two-run single by Errol Hollinger (So., C, Upland, Calif. ). Hollinger's hit narrowed the gap to 10-3.

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, Hummelstown, Pa. ) took the loss to even his mark at 4-4 on the season. The sophomore gave up nine runs on nine hits in four innings. Arizona starter Brad Mills ran his mark to 9-4 with the win, allowing three runs on seven hits in a 5 2/3-inning start. 

Kenneth Negron (So., LF, Kingwood, Texas) and Patrick Gaillard (Sr., SS, Taylors, S.C. ) had two hits apiece for the Flames. Steele went 5-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs scored and Sedbrook went 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Wildcats. Five other Arizona hitters also had multiple hits in the contest.

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.