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Bat Cats thump Harvard 13-2

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Bat Cats thump Harvard 13-2

CREATED Mar 4, 2012

 TUCSON, Ariz. (UA Athletics) - The seventh-ranked Arizona baseball team polished off a three-game series sweep of visiting Harvard with a convincing 13-2 victory before a crowd of 1,745 at Hi Corbett Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats relied on a steady outing from starting pitcher James Farris, errorless defense and a balanced hitting attack to cruise to the 11-run victory on the heels of a more tightly contested 3-1 ballgame on Saturday night.

Farris, a sophomore, improved his record to 2-1 with a solid seven-plus innings on the mound. The right-hander allowed two earned runs and scattered six hits, while racking up six strikeouts against one walk. Relievers Michael Lopez and Mathew Troupe combined for the final six outs of the game.

Arizona (8-2) pounded out 13 base hits in the game, led by Johnny Field's three hits. Field joined Alex Mejia, Seth Mejias-Brean and Trent Gilbert as four Wildcats to tally a pair of runs batted in.

Harvard (0-3) committed six errors to aid the Wildcats, particularly in the early stages. Crimson starter Jacob Kremers (0-1) pitched three innings and surrendered three runs - all unearned - on three hits allowed. Kremers, who suffered the loss, was replaced by Tanner Anderson, who gave up five runs on four hits, but was charged only one earned run. Altogether, seven of the first eight runs allowed by the Crimson were unearned.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, UA posted single runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively. With a 4-1 advantage, the Wildcats broke the game open with four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, before capping the scoring with a lone run in the eighth frame.

The Crimson mounted their biggest threat in the second inning, but was unable to take advantage of a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Farris settled down and induced a run-scoring groundout, a strikeout and a pickoff to escape the jam with no more than one run scoring.

A total of eight Wildcats had at least one run scored and one RBI in the game. The top four hitters in the lineup (Joey Rickard, Mejia, Robert Refsnyder and Mejias-Brean) accounted nine of the runs scored.

Arizona will take Monday off before hosting a busy slate of games at Hi Corbett Field this week. The Wildcats host UC Davis on Tuesday (5 p.m.) and Wednesday (1 p.m.), before welcoming in Eastern Michigan on Friday (6 p.m.) to start a three-game series.