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    “Glenn, baseball stay hot”

    UA catcher Dwight Childs prevents New Mexicos Brian Cavazos-Galvez from scoring by throwing out Coty Wilson at first base after a dropped third strike to end the fourth inning. The Wildcats beat the Lobos 4-1 in last nights game at Sancet Stadium.
    UA catcher Dwight Childs prevents New Mexico’s Brian Cavazos-Galvez from scoring by throwing out Coty Wilson at first base after a dropped third strike to end the fourth inning. The Wildcats beat the Lobos 4-1 in last night’s game at Sancet Stadium.

    Arizona 4, New Mexico 1

    In tough situations that rely on clutch hits, UA third baseman Brad Glenn keeps a calm and simple approach to hitting despite the pressure.

    Evident in his 3-for-4 performance last night, Glenn led the No. 23 Arizona baseball team’s offense to a 4-1 win over New Mexico (27-15) as the Wildcats (26-11) earned their 11th straight victory.

    Two of Glenn’s three hits included an RBI with two outs, highlighted by a two-run home run on a 3-0 count from a fastball down the middle.

    Glenn’s home run lifted his tally to seven in 14 games, and extended Arizona to a 23-4 record when leaving the park.

    “”I think now (Glenn has) just settled in, stayed within his strengths and he’s done a great job,”” said UA head coach Andy Lopez.

    Glenn began the season struggling with a .193 batting average through April 11. But since then, the junior is hitting over .400 in the past seven games while providing the heroics on Saturday night with his two-run walk-off home run against Washington State.

    “”(I’m) just staying relaxed at the plate and not worrying about anything else,”” Glenn said. “”As far as my plan, I just tried to stick with it.””

    Added UA winning pitcher Mike Colla: “”Brad’s (just) Brad. He’s gonna hit and obviously he did tonight. He’s just on fire right now. … We have 3-4-5 (hitters) that can do damage.””

    Glenn provided the support to Colla’s gem – six innings with five hits and one earned run.

    Colla (4-2) felt comfortable after making early-inning mechanical adjustments and believed his game plan with catcher Dwight Childs provided a solid approach to the team he won against on April 15.

    “”With these mid-week games we need quality starts,”” Lopez said.

    Added Glenn: “”You can’t beat (Colla’s performance). Four runs isn’t a huge margin in college baseball, especially on a Tuesday, but he did a great job shutting them down.””

    Colla felt Childs deserved credit for calling a game where he rarely shook off a pitch on the mound.

    “”When you have faith in the guy behind the plate, it makes it a lot easier to throw it,”” Colla said.

    The Wildcats had faith in more than just Childs’ catching with the familiar opposing pitcher that allowed his first career home run on April 15. New Mexico starter John Hesketh (2-4) allowed Childs’ grand slam in Albuquerque and last night he took a pitcher’s meeting before facing Childs again. In Childs’ first at-bat, he launched an RBI single, scoring right fielder Jon Gaston and raising his batting average 12 points.

    “”Dwight knows what he’s doing when he calls games,”” Colla said.

    And with his solid start came Arizona’s bullpen to finish the game, with co-closers Daniel Schlereth and Jason Stoffel working together to record the save. In the last six outs of the game, Schlereth and Stoffel struck out all six Lobos giving Stoffel his eighth save of the season.

    Schlereth has now recorded two strikeouts in 14 of his 22 appearances this season.

    “”Obviously the bullpen was pretty good at the end there,”” Lopez said.

    In the fifth inning, Colla escaped a leadoff ground-rule double by New Mexico’s Adam Courcha with first baseman C.J. Ziggler’s stellar diving catch to his right that took a hit away from Lobo shortstop Scott Gracey. Colla recorded a strike out and fly out to right field to end the inning.

    “”There’s nothing better when you have a guy make a defensive play that robs a hit,”” Colla said.

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