March 11, 2011

Baseball falls in series opener at Arizona

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Northern Colorado baseball team scored the first run of the game against No. 14 Arizona, but the Wildcats shut down the Bears from that point on, going on to win 11-1.

Senior Bret Fanning started the game with a single to right field, Adam Hilker followed with a single and Fanning scored when senior T.J. Berge hit a sacrifice fly to center for the 1-0 lead for the Bears (0-5). The Wildcats (11-3) tallied four runs in the second and one in the third. Neither team scored in the fourth, but Arizona notched five in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

"We had two big innings," said Head Coach Carl Iwasaki. "We were in the game until we gave up the five runs in the fifth."

Senior right-handed pitcher Joe Sawicki (0-2) started the game on the hill. In 4.1 innings, he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) on 11hits, walking two and striking out one.

Cameron Tallman threw 0.2 innings, not allowing a run on two hits. Chris Carlberg pitched the next two innings, giving up one run on three hits, striking out two. Senior Brendan Hall was on the hill for the final frame and shut down the Wildcats, not allowing a hit in four batters faced.

"One of the bright spots tonight was definitely Chris Carlberg," said Iwasaki. "He had two shutout innings and gave up just one earned run with nine batters faced."

Northern Colorado scored its one run on five hits and tallied four errors in the game, while Arizona scored 11 runs on 16 hits and committed zero errors.

The top of the Bears lineup got all five hits as Fanning and Hilker each had two and Berge had one.

The two teams take the field again tomorrow at 1:00 pm in the second of a three-game series.