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(DAILY_WILDCAT)

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By Chris Jackson
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 16, 1998

Wildcats still launching homers at record pace

The Arizona baseball team's offense has done its part to carry the team this year.

Leading the way have been the team's big power hitters, seniors Colin Porter, Kenny Corley, Jason Hendricks and junior Greg Clark.

All four have reached double digits in home runs, giving this Arizona team the distinction of being just the fifth club in UA history to have that many players reach double digits in a season.

The quartet has combined for 47 of the team's 74 home runs. That mark is tied for the third most in UA history, though it's still well off the pace of the 1993 club's record of 115 shots.

Hendricks is currently in the lead among the four after smashing his 13th against Grand Canyon on Tuesday night.

Porter has 12, while Corley and Clark each have 11.

Corley broke the mark for all-time home runs this year and is the first UA player to ever hit 10 home runs in three different seasons.

When Arizona State came to Tucson and swept the Wildcats two weeks ago, it seemed like a surprise. Now, it seems like Arizona was lucky to get away giving up as few runs as it did.

The No. 15 Sun Devils are on a roll, having just swept Southern Cal and having won at No. 11 Oklahoma.

Overall, ASU has won eight in a row and 12 of its last 14 to move into second place in the Pacific 10 Conference's Southern Division.

The Sun Devils obliterated the Trojans by the score of 24-4 in the final game of their series last Sunday. They had earlier beaten USC by scores of 7-5 and 18-3.

Leading the way during the streak has been third baseman Andrew Beinbrink and starting pitcher Ryan Mills.

They were named pitcher and player of the week for their performances last week. Beinbrink went 6 for 10 in the USC series with three homers and eight RBI. He had a .723 on-base percentage and a 1.600 slugging percentage. It was the second time in his career that Beinbrink won the award. For the season, he's batting .327 with nine homers and 59 RBI.

Mills pitched eight innings in the 18-3 win, giving up only two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out a career-high 15 batters. It was the second time he's won the award as well. For the year, Mills is 5-3 with a 4.28 ERA and 98 strikeouts.

It's the end of the world as we know it, but California feels fine.

The last place Golden Bears upset No. 1 Stanford last Friday by the score of 4-3. It was just Cal's second win of the year in the Six-Pac. Sophomore Curtis Johnson had an RBI single in the top of the ninth to give Cal the win at Stanford. The win ended a 26-game conference losing streak for Cal, which had last won at Arizona, April 14, 1996.

Cal freshman southpaw Jason Dennis pitched the first complete game of his career to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Stanford will be looking to pick itself back up again this weekend when it travels to face Arizona.


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