TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona baseball team dug itself an early hole, but quickly bounced back and shut down North Dakota State over the final eight innings to win, 7-2, on Tuesday night at Hi Corbett Field.
Right-handers Cody Hamlin and Nathan Bannister combined on a five-hitter with four strikeouts apiece. Hamlin (W, 1-0) earned the win after allowing two runs over 5.0 innings, while Bannister earned a save for his spotless 4.0 innings to close out the contest.
Kevin Newman and Bobby Dalbec each tallied a pair of hits, with Newman scoring drive and Dalbec collecting a pair of run-scoring singles. Tyler Krause added two runs scored.
North Dakota State (0-4) struck first with two runs in the opening frame. Hamlin hit leadoff man Jon Hechtner before John Skrbec drove in the first run with a one-out double. Skrbec scored when Mason Pierzchalski followed with an RBI single.
Hamlin settled in from there, shutting out the Bison over his next four innings. He retired the last eight batters he faced before turning the game over to Bannister to open the sixth.
Bannister, who had yet to debut this season, was in control from the get-go. The junior pitched to the minimum over his first nine batters faced, allowing only one hit and later a walk in the ninth. He qualified for the save after pitching at least three complete innings.
Arizona (4-0) overcame its early defict with a three-run bottom of the first. Scott Kingery reached on an error to open the rally, moved to second on Newman's single and then to third when Krause drew a walk to load the bases.
Bison starter Reed Pfannenstein was called for a balk, pushing the runners up and a base and bringing Kingery across the plate.
Riley Moore's ground out drove in Newman for the tying run, and Dalbec's first single of the game plated Krause for the go-ahead run.
The Wildcats added a fourth run in the second inning and then screod three times in the third.
Krause's second triple of the year sent home Newman, who led off the third frame with a walk. An infield single from Moore left runners at the corners for Dalbec, who delivered his second hit of the game to knock home Krause. Moore later scored on a double play to finish the scoring.
Pfannenstein (L, 0-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs – six earned – on eight hits. He also walked two.
Reliever Brian VanderWoude tamed the Wildcats' bats over 5.0 shutout innings. He allowed only two hits and struck out six.
The two teams will conclude the brief midweek series Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.
Arizona improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2007 season when it started the year 9-0 …