PHOENIX, AZ – Hoping to rebound following their sweep at the hands of OSU, Arizona Baseball (23-19, 9-15) fell to Grand Canyon in Extra Innings.
Back in action following their three-game sweep at the hands of Oregon State this past weekend, Arizona Baseball returned to the baseball diamond hoping to rebound as they took on in-state foe Grand Canyon for the third time this season.
This time traveling to Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark for another mid-week tilt, Arizona would turn to Jackson Kent who got the start on the bump for the Wildcats.
Even though Jackson lasted a respectable three-and-a-third innings, Kent surrendered three runs on six hits, before eventually being relieved by Casey Hintz, Eric Orloff, Dawson Netz, TJ Nichols, and Trevor Long in sequential order.
And once again, it wasn’t a day to remember for Arizona as the Wildcats’ bullpen surrendered a late run in the 12th inning to fall to the Lopes in extra innings, losing by a 4-3 final.
Although the Wildcats’ pitching looked a bit better in this one, Arizona Baseball came up short in the end, falling to GCU in extra innings.
Entering this one losers in four straight games, Arizona Baseball was hoping to get back into the win column against a formidable opponent in GCU.
However, it, unfortunately, didn’t take long for Arizona Baseball to fall behind as GCU struck first, plating three runs in the second inning to lead 3-0.
Luckily, the Wildcats responded in a big way, using some timely hits in the ensuing inning as they plated two runs, cutting GCU’s lead to just 3-2 after three innings.
Unfortunately, things would go a bit quiet for a while in this one as neither offense would find their rhythm.
Trailing 3-2 in the ninth and desperately needing a run, Arizona came through in a big way as Wildcat infielder Tony Bullard blasted a solo shot down the left-field line to tie the game at 3-3.
Unfortunately, that would be the last of the offense we would see from Arizona in this one as GCU would use some timely hits in the 12th inning to come away with the 4-3 win in walk-off fashion.
Where does Arizona Baseball go from here?
With the loss, Arizona falls to 23-19 (9-15) on the season and will return to action this weekend against Air Force for a three-game series against the Falcons in Tucson. First pitch for Friday is set for 6:00 P.M. MST!