Cats take series with win over Riverside

Arizona took two-of-three from UC Riverside with a 13-5 win over the Highlanders. Arizona moves to 27-16 on the season. Joe Little (6-4) picked up the win, pitching six solid innings.

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Leading just 1-0, the Wildcats took control in the fifth inning, expoding for seven runs in the inning. John Hardy belted a two-run shot to cap the Wildcat scoring in the inning. Chris Cunningham added a two-run double and came home to score on a Pat Reilly grounder to the shortstop.

UCR answered with three runs in the top of the sixth. Brad Hassey countered, hitting his fifth home run of the season to leadoff the bottom of the inning.

Riverside cut it to 9-5 but could get no closer. Arizona closed out the game with four more runs.

Cunningham and Hardy each had three RBI's for the Cats

Riverside starter Chris Smith was the story as the Highlanders beat the Wildcats 12-5 at Frank Sancet Field. Smith's complete game along with a six run fifth propelled Riverside.

Arizona starter Marc Kaiser was solid early but got into trouble in the fifth. A hit batter and a bad throw on a come-backer to the mound to lead off the inning started the Highlander onslaught. A Brian Emmons double to left was UCR's first hit and scored two-runs.

A throwing error by John Hardy led to another run and a 3-1 UCR lead. A Jimmy Anderson single drove in another run just two batters later and scored on Tony Festa's first home run of the season to complete the six run inning.

After Arizona answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 6-4, but UCR added three more in the top of the sixth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth to take a commanding lead. The Wildcats scored one in the bottom of the ninth before succumbing to Smith and the Highlanders.

Brian Anderson paced the Wildcat offense with a pair of hits in the game and two RBIs. Senior Chris Cunningham plated a pair on his third triple of the season in the sixth. Moises Duran added three more hits in four at-bats and scored a run.

Kaiser (5-3) was tagged with his third loss of the season, giving up nine runs in the game, only four of which were earned. He struck out five and walked just one.

Sean Rierson was the story in the Wildcats' first game over UC Riverside, a 5-1 win. The sophomore hurler pitched a complete game, striking out eight in the first game of a three game series. The win improved Rierson's record to 7-2, while the Wildcats are now 26-15.

Rierson got in trouble on several occasions, but thanks in part to great defense pitched out of four jams.

Highlander starter A.J. Shappi retired the first 10 batters he faced and took a 1-0 lead into the fourth. Justyn St. Claire got on base thanks to an error and Chris Cunningham tied the game on a double.

After taking the lead into the fifth the Cats broke the game open in the eight. Cunningham drove in his second run of the contest and Richard Mercado added a two-run single of his own.

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