With the departure of names like Heyer, Refsnyder, Mejias, Mejias-Brean and Rickard, the #14 Arizona Wildcats and defending National Champions have a lot of big shoes to fill with a lot of new faces this season. On the opening night of the season and despite the loss of some key players, Arizona looked to start right where it left off with a 16-0 victory over the Coppin State Eagles. The game was exciting for only two innings before Arizona blew the game open with a seven run 3rd inning.
Of the familiar faces, Konner Wade took the mound as Arizona’s new Friday night ace (replacing Kurt Heyer), striking out eight and allowing only one hit in six innings. On offense, Johnny Field was once again spectacular, hitting 3 for 5 with a triple and five RBIs. Neither of these two performances are surprising considering that Wade and Field are anticipated to be the faces of Arizona baseball this year.
Of the new faces, designated hitter Tyler Parmenter went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIS. Lead off hitter and outfielder Scott Kingery got on base all but one time, getting hit by a pitch on three different at bats and ripping two singles.
Arizona will face Coppin State two more times this weekend, with James Farris taking the mound on Saturday at 2pm and Stephen Manthei getting the start on Sunday at noon.