April 5, 1997

Arizona Shuts Down Cal Baseball 12-0

TUCSON, Ariz.---Left-handers James Johnson (4-4) and Tony Milo combined to three-hit California (13-25, 1-16 in Six-Pac play), leading Arizona (27-16, 10-7) to a 12-0 victory here Saturday afternoon and giving the Cats their first ever back-to-back shutouts in league play. Sophomore righty Darrell Hussman blanked the Bears on four hits Friday night, 2-0.

The consecutive shutouts are the Wildcats' first since sweeping a doubleheader from Azusa Pacific, 9-0 and 10-0, on Feb. 21, 1976. Prior to this weekend, Arizona had posted just four Six Pac shutouts in its 19 years in the league and never more than one in any single season.

Johnson worked seven innings, allowing three singles and four walks while striking out six before giving way to Milo, who struck out three in two hitless innings. Arizona has not given up an extra base hit in its last 20 innings. The Bears have managed just two runs in their last five games.

Offensively, the Cats' top four hitters combined for 10 runs, 10 hits and eight RBI. Junior shortstop Jake Thrower collected three hits, including a pair of doubles, while driving in three. Junior first baseman Kenny Corley hit his team-best 11th home run of the season.

California center fielder Curtis Johnson went 2-for-3 for the Bears.

The two teams meet again Sunday at 1 p.m. at Sancet Field.

Arizona 12, Cal 0
California  000 000 000 -    0   3   4
Arizona     004 023 03x -   12  15   0

Shirley, Sumner (6) and Hill; Johnson, Milo (8) and Clark. W-Johnson, 4-4. L-Shirley, 2-4. HR-Corley (11).