After catcher Riley Moore broke up a no-hitter by San Jose State's D.J. Slaton with a single in the seventh inning, the No. 10-ranked Arizona Wildcats finally came alive on a windy Sunday at Hi Corbett Field.
Arizona scored five runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to win 9-4, making a winner out of starting pitcher Stephen Manthei and clinching a three-game sweep of the Spartans.
Manthei (1-0) yielded six hits, struck out three and walked none in 7 2/3 innings, his longest career outing.
Trailing 3-0 after six innings, the UA (7-1) got walks from Johnny Field and Brandon Dixon after Moore's single, and Trent Gilbert's single made it 3-1 and chased Slaton from the game with the bases still loaded.
Spartans reliever Daniel Chavez also had trouble with his control, walking Kevin Newman and Ryan Koziol to tie the game at 3. UA pinch hitters Cody Ramer and Joseph Maggi followed with RBI groundouts, and the Cats led 5-3 after seven.
Manthei retired the first two Spartans in the eighth but was replaced by Mathew Troupe after an error by shortstop Newman. Troupe gave up a walk and an RBI single, then got a strikeout to end the inning.
In the eighth, the Cats tacked on four runs after Moore led off with a double.
RBI singles by Gilbert and Koziol made it 7-4. And with the bases loaded, Maggi drew a walk and Scott Kingery was hit by a pitch for Arizona's final two runs.
Troupe set down San Jose State in order in the ninth for his third save of the season.
The Cats won their fourth straight and 12th in a row at Hi Corbett since last season.
Arizona hosts Utah Valley on Tuesday (6 p.m.) and Wednesday (1 p.m.).
Compiled from a news release