TUCSON, Ariz. – Behind a strong a pitching performance from first-time starter Xavier Borde, the University of Arizona baseball team improved to 5-0 on the young season with a convincing 11-1 victory Wednesday night to secure a two-game sweep of North Dakota State.
A junior, Borde (W, 1-0) did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and earned a win in his first collegiate start after two years of relief duty. The left-hander tossed 6.2 shutout innings and scattered a pair of hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.
The Wildcats afforded Borde plenty of early run support, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first and adding three more runs in the third inning. They sprinkled single runs in the fourth and sixth, before capping their scoring with a two-run eighth inning.
Juniors Scott Kingery and Kevin Newman paced an 11-hit offensive attack that accounted for the 11 runs. Kingery was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, while Newman turned in a 2-for-3 performance with two runs of his own and a pair of runs batted it.
Outside of the two returning All-Pac-12 players at the top of the order, Bobby Dalbec chipped in a pair of hits, scored twice and drove in a run.
Arizona (5-0) had only six players register a base hit in the game, but did have seven players score and eight account for a run batted in.
North Dakota State (0-5) mustered only three hits on the evening and totaled eight over the brief two-game series. The Bison were able to scratch across a run in the ninth inning off freshman Cameron Ming, who took over for Borde in the seventh and otherwise tossed 2.1 innings with three strikeouts.
Kingery's leadoff double and Newman's run-scoring single put Arizona ahead early. Tyler Krause's RBI triple continued to set the stage for a big inning as the Wildcats struck for four first-inning runs off starter David Ernst.
Ernst (0-2) yielded seven runs – six earned – on five hits and a pair of walks over 3.0 innings. The right-hander gave way to a trio of relievers to finish out the game.
Arizona, off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2007, hosts 17th-ranked Rice University for a three-game series this Friday through Sunday at Hi Corbett Field. All three contests will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network, beginning with Friday's game slated for 3 p.m. (MST).