Wildcats fall again

Arizona once again faltered, as the losing streak continued with a loss against Arizona State.

There was a sense of urgency coming into Tuesday night's showdown with Arizona State and it showed Arizona brought in the heavy artillery, electing to throw Kurt Heyer on short rest

Heyer's four runs surrendered in six innings of work, ended up being one run too many, as Arizona dropped its fourth straight game to ASU by the final of 4-3

"I had to start (Heyer), we needed a win tonight," said UA head coach Andy Lopez

The Wildcats swung and missed with their best punch, leaving a one time confident group dazed and short of answers

"I'm getting real tired of losing," said Lopez "We need to get hot somehow "

Hot is exactly what ASU has been of late, winners of six straight coming into the game, the Sun Devils jumped on the Wildcats early with four straight base hits to lead off the 2nd inning against Heyer

Arizona struck back in the bottom half of the frame, as Robert Refsnyder led off the inning with a triple, followed by a Johnny Field double and an eventual Alex Mejia single up the middle to bring the Cats back within a run going into the 3rd frame

Each squad would post another run in the fifth, but it was the runs left on the base paths in that 5th inning that would eventually spell the end for Arizona The Cats had runners at the corners with no outs after Alex Mejia led the frame off with a double, followed by a Bryce Ortega single through the right side Joey Rickard would bring the run in with a sacrifice fly, and Ortega eventually advanced to second base after Cole Frenzel got plunked by a pitch, but the lone run was all Arizona would get

As it turned out, that would be one of the last chances the Wildcats would have to score as well, as Arizona only managed one more base runner the rest of the way

"Heyer pitched well enough for us to win tonight, we as an offense just didn't put the runs on the board tonight," said Frenzel after his 0 for 3 night at the plate

If there is a bright side at all in a loss like this, it came in the form of Bryce Bandilla, who pitched a solid three innings of scoreless baseball in relief for Arizona, not allowing a single base runner

"You know I actually felt really good tonight, better than I have been in the past," said Bandilla "But the bottom line is we lost, and that really sucks "

Arizona has now fallen victim to two straight losses, as well as nine defeats in its last 12 games The Wildcats aren't done yet, but they're running out of time

"I wouldn't say we don't have time, but we've just got to start winning soon," Lopez said

The Wildcats need to start winning sooner rather than later because at this point, there may not be a later The clock will start ticking again for Arizona this Friday when it hosts USC in its second to last conference home series of the season

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