April 12, 2010

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Valenzuela helps Arizona edge Gonzaga

Tanis knocks in four as Mercer wins at Florida A&M


In Spokane, Wash., Rafael Valenzuela had two hits, including a homer, and two runs as Arizona edged Gonzaga 5-4 Monday at the Patterson Baseball Complex. Valenzuela went deep in the third to give the Wildcats (23-9) the early lead before the Bulldogs (12-19-1) answered with a home run by Drew Heid (2 for 4, 2 R) in the bottom of the frame. Seth Mejias-Brean had a two-run single to cap a four-run sixth for Arizona, coached by Andy Lopez (left). Clayton Eslick (2 for 4) had a RBI double and scored in a three-run eighth as Gonzaga pulled to within one. Augey Bill (1-0) earned the win in relief, going three innings with one hit, one run, one walk and two strikeouts.


Mercer 13, Florida A&M 2

In Tallahassee, Fla., Jacob Tanis went 3 for 6 with two runs and four RBI to lead Mercer past Florida A&M at Moore-Kittles Field. Tanis, who was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week earlier in the day, had a RBI single in the first to start the scoring. Nick DiMauro (1 for 2, 2 R), Thomas Carroll (2 for 6, 2 RBI) and Michael Langley (3 for 6, 2 RBI) each had run-scoring singles in a five-run third as the Bears (20-17) took a commanding 6-0 lead. Billy Burns went 2 for 4 with two walk, four runs and four steals for Mercer. Jacob Matthews (2-0) allowed five hits and one run in 5.0 innings with no walks and four strikeouts to earn the victory. Oscar Santola had two hits and a run for the Rattlers (6-18-1).


(photo courtesy of UA Media Relations Office)