After a minor stumble earlier this week in Wichita the Arizona baseball team got right back to work, closing out the weekend with a three-game sweep over San Francisco to avoid its first losing week of the season.
The Wildcats played as well as they have all season in the first two games of the series, outscoring the Dons 21-0 through 18 innings. After Arizona jumped out to an 8-1 lead early in game three, San Francisco made a game of it late, scoring two runs in the 6th and 7th innings, but Arizona's bullpen managed to hang on for the win, clinching the series sweep.
WildcatAuthority.com now takes a look back at Arizona's fourth series sweep of the season.
Saturday 3/19: Arizona 14 San Francisco 0
W: Kurt Heyer (3-1) L: Matt Lujan (2-2)
Sunday 3/20: Arizona 7 San Francisco 0
W: Kyle Simon (5-0) L: Kyle Zimmer (1-3)
Monday 3/21: Arizona 8 San Francisco 5
W: Tyler Hale (3-0) L: Matt Hiserman (2-2)
Player of the Series: Cole Frenzel. Here's another award that's been long overdue, Frenzel went 8 for 12 at the dish this series, collected four RBIs, and scored five runs. Everyone knew Frenzel was going to be a guy that could hit the ball for power to all fields. However, not a lot of people thought he would be able to post a .413 batting average, which is good enough for second on the team, just behind Joey Rickard's ridiculous .495 mark.
Arizona has played 21 games so far this year, and Frenzel has reached base safely in every single one of them.
Rookie Watch: Johnny Field is continuing to prove he deserves a spot in the starting lineup, even despite Steve Selsky's return. Field almost duplicated Frenzel's numbers this weekend, going 7 for 12 at the plate, with four RBIs. After not playing at all in the Wichita State series, Field started all three games in left field against San Francisco.
It doesn't matter whether this guy is a freshman or a senior, with the way he's been playing, coach Andy Lopez is going to have a tough time leaving him out of the lineup for any extended period of time.
1. The Bullpen: This isn't a typo; the bullpen was locked in this series and it deserves credit when credit is due. The pen went 7.1 innings, surrendered two runs and only walked two batters. If you're Arizona, these are numbers you can live with.
2. Drama free baseball: Arizona scored two runs in the 1st inning in all three games this series. In fact the Wildcats only trailed for a half inning the entire series, and that was only because San Francisco scored one run in the top of the 1st frame in game three. Arizona followed a simple pattern all series long: it got ahead early and stayed there.
3. Shutting down the Catalysts: Although Arizona pitching gave up 12 hits to San Francisco's heart of the order, the 3-4-5-6 hitters for the Dons only managed three RBIs in the series because the Wildcats made sure there were no runners on base when the big bats came to the plate. The top of the order for San Francisco managed just six hits in the series, with only one of them going for extra bases.
When you sweep a team as effectively as Arizona did this weekend, it's going to be difficult to find three negative things to harp on. Though the Dons aren't the most talented team in the world, the Wildcats still had to go out and take care of business this weekend, and they did just that. This series had a very similar feeling to opening weekend against North Dakota State.
Quote of the Series
"I'm glad we rebounded this series, but quite honestly it's a marathon not a sprint. When you play 56 games, there are going to be some nights where you just don't play well. That happened in Wichita, but you move on. You move on by playing well and that's what we did this series."
--UA head coach Andy Lopez
On Deck: Arizona now travels to Tempe this Friday, where it will open the conference season against in-state rival Arizona State.
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