All good things come to an end as the Ducks handed Arizona Baseball their first home loss, but the Wildcats rallied to win two of three vs. Oregon.
The season continues to roll on for the Arizona Baseball team. After a minor setback on Thursday evening versus Oregon, the Wildcats rallied to win the final two games. At the end of the week, the Wildcats rose in the polls one spot from No. 7 to No. 6 according to the National College Basketball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Arizona’s week actually started on Tuesday, when the Cats had a rematch with in-state foe, Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The Wildcats won the first match, 3-2.
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On Tuesday, Arizona jumped out to a lead early, scoring two runs in the third, and two more in the fourth to make it 4-2 Wildcats.
The Wildcats would do a great job in keeping the Lopes’ offense at bay, despite surrendering eight hits. Junior Seve Romo would come on in the third, pitching three-and-a-third solid innings, surrendering just one hit, and picking up the win. He’s now 2-0 on the season.
Offensively, Arizona was led by JJ Matijevic, fresh off his Pac-12 Player of the Week award. The ‘Dirt Bae’ from Pennsylvania would go four of five from the plate, bringing in an RBI and scoring a run.
Arizona would pace themselves to the 7-3 victory!
The Wildcats’ weekend series actually kicked-off on Thursday, when the Ducks came to Tucson, thinking upset. Freshman Randy Labaut would take the mound, pitching a respectable five-and-a-third innings, giving up three runs on nine hits.
Alfonso Rivas would come on in relief, struggling against the opportunistic Ducks, as they tacked on three more runs in his two-plus innings of work.
Arizona would also miss out on a few opportunities offensively, stranding 11 runners on base, despite getting 11 hits as a team, and scoring four runs.
Oregon would ultimately go on to win game one, by a 8-4 final. It would also be Arizona’s first loss at Hi Corbett Field this year.
Friday’s action kicked-off, with senior, ace pitcher, JC Cloney on the mound. Seemingly unfazed from his “injury”, Cloney looked pretty sharp, pitching five scoreless innings of baseball, before Oregon was able to take advantage.
Cloney finished the game, pitching six innings, while striking out five batters, and surrendering three runs.
The Wildcats would jump to a 2-0 lead early, before tacking on their final three runs in the fifth inning.
Junior college transfer Mitchell Morimoto would come up huge in this one, going two of four from the plate, driving in a run. Freshman sensation Nick Quintana would also come up big, scoring two runners in the fifth inning from his lone hit in the game.
Despite Oregon’s late attempt to rally, Deason would shut the door on the Ducks in the ninth inning, helping secure the 5-4 win for Arizona in front of a large crowd!
In Saturday’s finale, it was an offensive barrage for Arizona. The Wildcats would come out swinging, scoring eight runs in just the first two innings. Quintana would also hit a monstrous two-run homer in the second inning, to push Arizona’s lead to 8-1.
Junior Rio Gomez would take the mound in this one, hurling six-and-two-thirds solid innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, picking up the win and improving his record to 4-3.
Offensively, the Wildcats would tack on 10 more runs over the course of the final seven innings, receiving a number of contributions, from a few Arizona batters.
Arizona would ultimately go on to win in dominating fashion, 18-4. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 26-9 (9-6) on the season.
The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday, when Utah comes to town for a three-game series at Hi Corbett.
First pitch will be at 6:00 pm on Thursday!
At Zona Zealots, we’d like to say congratulations to the Wildcats on another successful week. It feels good to win, and even better to do it at home! Bear Down, and the Beat the Utes! Tucson is MLB Training Ground!