TUCSON, AZ – Despite the Wildcats trailing late, Arizona Baseball (30-13, 13-8) rallied to take down Nevada (21-18, 13-8) by a 6-5 final.
Entering this game riding a two-game winning streak, Arizona Baseball brought the bats out again, plating six runs on 11 hits, the Wildcats rallied to walk off Nevada by a 6-5 final to open the weekend’s action.
Offensively, Arizona’s Tanner O’Tremba, Daniel Susac, Chase Davis, and Tony Bullard led the way going a combined 10-13 from the plate with each player accounting for at least one RBI. Bullard would hit the only home run in the game for the Wildcats.
Even with the Wildcats seemingly busting the seams off the ball, Arizona’s pitching would come up big in this one too. Despite surrendering four runs early on, the Wildcats held the Wolf Pack to just a single run (unearned) over the final three-and-a-third innings while striking out four batters.
Despite being tied 5-5 late, the Wildcats were able to capitalize on some late, errors committed by the Wolf Pack, as Arizona Baseball escaped with the win.
Fresh off of a mid-week tilt win against New Mexico State in Las Cruces just days ago, Arizona looked to stay hot as they took on Nevada to open game one of this four-game series against the Wolf Pack.
Unfortunately, Arizona would fall behind 3-0 early on as Nevada plated all three of those runs in the second inning thanks to some timely hits. Luckily for us, the Wildcats wouldn’t go quietly, slowly chipping away at Nevada’s lead.
Despite getting a run back in the fourth inning, Nevada would plate another run in the fifth to make it 4-1.
Trailing by three runs, that is when the Wildcats’ offense would finally come alive, as they got a run back in the sixth when Chase Davis flew out to left field, scoring O’Tremba to make it 4-2.
Still trailing by two runs to enter the seventh, Arizona would explode for three runs in the inning to take the 5-4 lead against Nevada, even starting the inning with a solo home run from Bullard.
Nevada would get a run back in the eighth, and despite their best attempt to rally, Arizona shut the door on the Wolf Pack, leaving the door open for the Wildcats.
Tied 5-5 in the ninth, Arizona would load the bases in the inning, where Nevada would then walk Davis, scoring Nik McClaughry from third to give the Cats the 6-5 win.
Pitching, Arizona would start the game with Chandler Murphy on the mound who would last five-and-two-thirds innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits with a strikeout.
He would then be replaced by George Arias, Jr., Quinn Flanagan, and Trevor Long in sequential order. The Wildcats’ relievers were red hot in the three-plus innings pitched. Together they surrendered just one run (unearned) on one hit while striking out three.
Long would pick up the win to improve to 4-0 on the season as he pitched the final inning for the Wildcats, holding the Wolf Pack scoreless.
Where does Arizona Baseball go from here?
With the win, Arizona improves to 30-13 (13-8) on the year and will return to action on Friday evening when they resume action in game two of this four-game series against Nevada at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats will then follow that up with a quick Tuesday evening against Grand Canyon at home next week.