Cats bounce back to capture first series
TUCSON (Arizona Athletics) - Cody Hamlin tossed seven strong innings on the mound and received a healthy dose of run support as the Arizona baseball team brushed off a Saturday setback with a 7-1 victory Sunday at Hi Corbett Field to take two-of-three games from visiting Kent State.
A junior college transfer from Western Nevada College, Hamlin (W, 1-0) was in control throughout his first start as a Wildcat. The redshirt sophomore right-hander allowed just one run and scattered four hits, while striking out three Golden Flashes in the decisive victory.
Sophomore cleanup hitter Zach Gibbons paced the offensive support with a pair of hits, two runs scored and a run batted in. Freshman first baseman Bobby Dalbec chipped in the first three hits of his career out of the sixth spot, while scoring a run and driving in another.
Arizona (2-1) won its season-opening series for the 20th-consecutive season dating back to 1994, and did so in front of nearly 10,000 spectators over the weekend. A crowd of 2,853 was on hand for the rubber game Sunday.
Arizona continues a season-opening 23-game homestand with five games at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats welcome Utah Valley for a pair of mid-week games (Feb. 18-19) before hosting Alcorn State (Feb. 21-23) next weekend. First pitch Tuesday evening against the Wolverines has been set for 6 p.m. (MST).