TUCSON, AZ - Abilene Christian University scored twice in the second inning, then rode the arms of Garrett deMeyere and Ladgie Zotyka for a 2-1 victory over host Arizona on Friday evening at Hi Corbett Field.
Staked to the early two-run lead, deMeyere (W, 4-5) tossed six strong innings, allowing just one run and scattering eight hits to earn the victory. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
Zotyka was equally strong in relief, throwing three shutout innings with one hit allowed and a pair of strikeouts. He earned his third save of the season.
The combined effort overshadowed a strong out for Arizona starter Cody Hamlin (L, 6-4), who took the tough-luck loss. Hamlin turned in seven-plus innings, surrendered the two runs in the second, including one unearned run. The righty struck out seven, walked one and allowed eight hits.
Russell Crippen's leadoff single sparked the two-run second for the visiting Wildcats. After stealing second, Crippen scored on Colton Hall's RBI single to center. Later, an error put runners at first and third to set up an RBI ground out by Brayden Gomez, who was also 2-for-3 on the evening.
Abilene Christian (16-38) threatened again in the sixth, putting two on with one out. But Hamlin avoided trouble with two quick outs to end the threat.
Kevin Newman was 2-for-4 for Arizona, including a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth that sparked the only scoring of the game. He scored on JJ Matijevic's two-out single, and the Wildcats went on to strand two runners in the final inning of work for deMeyere.
Arizona (29-24) mustered just the one run on nine hits, losing for only the second time in 25 such contests when out-hitting the opposition.
Friday's contest was the final meeting between the two schools this weekend. Abilene Christian will face Hawai'i on Saturday at 2 p.m. Hawai'I will then turn around and take on Arizona in a second game scheduled for 6 p.m.
Arizona will honor six seniors prior to first pitch of the evening game. The game will be broadcast by the Arizona IMG Sports Network on 1290 AM in Tucson.