Game 3, Sunday
Arizona 12, Gonzaga 1
The Arizona offense pounded out double-digit runs on double digit hits for a third straight day and senior Brad Mills went a solid six-plus innings on the mound as the Wildcats (3-0) completed a three-game sweep over visiting Gonzaga (0-3) with a 12-1 win at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Sunday.
The series sweep was the fourth in six season-opening weekends under head coach Andy Lopez and extended UA's carryover win streak from last season to eight straight games.
The Wildcats struck early to stake themselves to a 4-0 lead with a run in the first and three in the third, and added to the advantage with three more scores in the fifth and four in the sixth for a 11-0 edge before the Bulldogs plated their lone run in the top of the seventh.
Mills (1-0) went 6 2/3 innings, giving up just four hits while striking out five. He walked just one Bulldog. Bret Lorin and Cory Burns finished out the game for the Wildcats.
Game 2, Saturday.
Arizona 10, Gonzaga 3
he Arizona offense continued its early-season success and right-hander Mike Colla turned in a fine 4 2/3-inning relief appearance as the Wildcats (2-0) defeated Gonzaga (0-2) 10-3 at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Saturday.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a run-scoring fielder's choice by T.J. Steele and a two-out, two-run single off the bat of Dwight Childs.
The Bulldogs took advantage of two walks by UA starter Daniel Schlereth for a pair scores in the top of the third to cut the lead to one at 3-2.
GU's Ryan Wiegand chased Schlereth from the game after only 2 1/3 innings by driving home the Bulldogs' first run of the season with a one-out single in the frame, and DH Mark Castellitto added another score in the next at bat with a double down the right field line.
The UA offense answered Gonzaga's two-run third with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the frame to extend the advantage to 7-2.
Game 1, Friday
Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet had UA's seventh all-time no-hitter in sight, but the right-hander came up just three outs shy of the rare accomplishment as the Wildcats (1-0) dominated their record-setting season-opener with a 14-0 whitewashing of Gonzaga (0-1) at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Friday.
Guilmet, who at one point retired 17-straight Bulldog hitters in the contest, held Gonazga hitless over the first eight innings before surrendering a line drive single to right by GU's Evan Wells with no outs in the top of the ninth. Despite missing out on the no-no, Guilmet (1-0) was still pretty good as he retired the side in order in five of his eight-plus innings of work, struck out four, walked just two and went a career-high 8 1/3 innings for his first victory of the year.
Right-hander Cory Burns took over for his classmate with one out in the ninth and struck out the final two hitters to end the contest and help toss UA's first one-hitter since 2005.
Guilmet's dominating pitching performance cast a shadow over what turned out to be a record-setting performance by the Arizona offense. Rapping out eight doubles, three triples and a home run for a total of 12 extra base hits on the night, the Cats eclipsed the single-game school record for EBH of 11 held by the 1985 and 2001 teams. All nine UA starters finished with at least one hit on the night and the Cats ended up with 20 hits total in the game.