Arizona Baseball struggles continue as the Wildcats drop their second straight series and have lost six straight conference games.
Sometimes a funk is hard to get out of, and when you play in a tough baseball conference like the Pac-12, it can be especially daunting. For the Arizona Baseball team, they’re trying to get back on track.
It looked like maybe things were a bit more positive earlier in the week, as the Wildcats defeated the New Mexico State Aggies in Tucson this past Tuesday. However, the trip to Northern California proved to be a bit humbling for our Cats, losing all three games to Stanford.
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The pitching looked better this weekend, but it was the bats that went quiet for Arizona, scoring just six runs in three days.
In game one of the series, Cameron Ming got the start for Arizona, pitching six-and-a-third, strong innings of baseball, allowing just three runs (two earned) on six hits.
However, the efforts weren’t enough as Arizona struggled to get Ming any run support, scoring just two runs on nine hits, while stranding seven runners on base.
The Wildcats dropped game one by a 3-2 final, with Ming picking up the loss and falling to 5-1 on the season.
Game two started with Wildcat ace, JC Cloney on the mound. In his first game pitching for quite some time, Cloney did quite well, pitching six-and-a-third solid innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out eight Cardinal batters.
Once again, it was the bats that were quiet. Cloney ultimately got the no decision, but instead, it was Arizona pitcher Rio Gomez who picked up his fifth loss of the season when he surrendered Stanford’s go-ahead run in the seventh.
Stanford’s pitchers would also keep Arizona’s hitters in check, holding the Wildcats to just three runs on four hits.
The Cardinal would go on to win game two by a 4-3 final.
Trying to avoid their second straight conference sweep, Cody Deason took the mound hoping to change the Wildcats’ fortunes.
Once again, it was another solid pitching performance from Arizona, as they held Stanford to just three runs (all of Deason in his five innings pitched) to go along with just eight hits.
However, it was once again the Cardinal defense that came up huge, holding Arizona’s potent offense to just four hits. The Wildcats didn’t get their lone run of the game until the ninth inning when JJ Matijevic homered to center field.
Arizona would, unfortunately, lose this one. They dropped their sixth straight conference game, losing by a few runs, 3-1.
With the losses, the Wildcats now drops to 27-15 (9-12) on the season with just 14 left in the regular season. Arizona will have a day off on Sunday, before returning to baseball action against Santa Clara on Monday.
This was hard to watch. By the way, that last pitch? Didn’t look like a strike, did it?
At Zona Zealots, we hope the team can shake the losing blues, and get to back having fun and winning. It’s a long season, and we are confident Jay Johnson and the boys can turn it around soon. It is time to start having fun again, seems like last season’s free-spirited dugout needs a recharge, maybe? Bear Down, Arizona!