The Arizona baseball team was able to secure the series sweep over the New Mexico Lobos thanks to an 11-run 5th inning in game one and a Robert Refsnyder walk-off dinger in the finale.
WildcatAuthority.com was there to see the team reel off its fifth series sweep of the season.
Tuesday 3/29: Arizona 12 New Mexico 3
W: Bryce Bandilla (2-1) L: Richard Olson (1-3)
Wednesday 3/30: Arizona 10 New Mexico 9
W: Matt Chaffee (3-1) L: Cory Maltz (1-2)
Player of the Series: Robert Refsnyder. He went 3 for 9 in the series and was 0 for 3 at the plate until his final at bat in game two. Obviously these aren't the most eye popping numbers we've seen out of Refsnyder this year, but he came up with the timeliest hit of the season, with his walk-off blast in the 9th inning to give the Cats the win in game two.
This was no regular walk-off either, as Arizona held a 7-2 lead in this game and actually trailed heading into the seventh. New Mexico played tough, but this was one of those games Arizona had to have considering its next 10 games are against conference opponents ranked in the top 25. This was the second time this season Refsnyder has been able to provide the game winning hit for Arizona.
1. Getting them on and bringing them home: Arizona scored 22 runs on 28 hits this series, including two innings where the Wildcats batted around the order. These were the most runs Arizona has scored in a two-game series this year, and in the end it looks like it needed every one of them.
2. Jett Bandy: Bandy was the definition of clutch this series, as he had four RBIs on just two hits in the two games. The Arizona catcher didn't even start game two, but when he was called on to pinch-hit for Jacob Meskin in the seventh he came through, slapping a 1-2 pitch to left field, bringing home Refsnyder from second base to tie the game.
While Refsnyder deserves credit for his 9th inning heroics, there's nothing more difficult in baseball than having to come in cold off the bench with the game on the line, but that's exactly what Bandy did.
3. Home Sweet Home: With Tuesday's win, it brings Arizona's home win streak to 11 games. Arizona overall has a 15-1 record at home this season with it's only home loss coming to the Rice Owls on March 2nd.
1. The Defense: Coming into the series, the Wildcats led the Pac-10 in fielding percentage; they won't leave the series that way. Arizona committed three errors in the two contests. While not terrible, it's the most the team has committed in any two-game series this year. Arizona now ranks second in the Pac-10 in fielding percentage at .978, behind the Oregon State Beavers, whom the Wildcats will play this weekend.
2. The mid-week starts: Konner Wade went 4.1 innings and gave up one earned run on six hits in game one. Vincent Littleman went 2.1 innings and gave up five earned runs on five hits in game two.
Wade's performance wasn't terrible by any means and the kind of outing Littleman had Wednesday happens from time to time. But you can't help but look at what these guys did just a few weeks ago against a high-octane UNLV offense, combining to throw 11 innings of one run baseball.
3. Couldn't contain the former Wildcat: Former Arizona Wildcat second baseman Kyle Stiner made his return to Tucson, but this time as a visitor. Stiner transferred to New Mexico after the 2009 season. The leadoff man for the Lobos went 6 for 7 in the series and scored four runs.
Quote of the Series
"I think you have to just continue to stay confident. You're going to lose some games in baseball and you're going to have bad outing sometimes, that's just the way it is. If you don't come to the ballpark confident everyday, then you've already beaten yourself."
--UA closer Bryce Bandilla
On Deck: Arizona continues its Pac-10 season Friday night when it welcomes in the No. 23 Oregon State Beavers for a three-game weekend series.
Series Recap: UA vs. New Mexico
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