Wildcats survive regional

Arizona defeated Wright State on Saturday and will survive to play on Sunday with hopes of advancing.

The Arizona Wildcats are still looking up at a hefty task, as they'll have to win three games in the next two days to advance to a Super Regional. But Arizona took the first step Saturday afternoon, taking down Wright State 13-0, to keep its season alive.

The Wildcats (1-1) struck first in the opening frame as Johnny Field reached on the first of six fielding errors Wright State (0-2) would have in the game, scoring Bryce Ortega who slapped a one out single through right side to two batters before.

That run would be all the UA needed, as starting pitcher Kyle Simon improved to 4-1 when throwing after an Arizona loss, going all 9 innings, while allowing just four hits and punching out six.

The Wildcat bats then took the reins in the fourth inning, scoring six times, as six consecutive Wildcats reached base with one away in the inning. Wright State starting pitcher Casey Henn didn't make it through the frame, as Arizona chased him after 3.2 innings and four runs given up.

After four, it was all but decided, as Arizona held a 7-0 lead. But the UA bats didn't let up, as Arizona scored three more in the sixth and seventh innings to bring the count to 13-0. That's how it would stay rest of the day, making the 13-run win Arizona's third largest margin of victory of the year.

Cole Frenzel had a big day at the plate, going 2 for 4 at the dish, scoring three times and driving in one. In fact every Arizona starter collected at least one RBI, except for Bryce Ortega, who instead chipped in with a team leading three base knocks.

The Wildcats will now square off against Seton Hall again Sunday morning, this time with the loser going home for the season. Arizona will send freshman Konner Wade to the mound. He has yet to lose this season and comes in with a 3.62 ERA record in 53 innings pitched. The Pirates more than likely will send their own freshman, Brian Gilbert (2-3, 3.36 ERA) to the bump. He's been Seton Hall's number three starter most of the year.

If Arizona wins Sunday morning, it will have to play one-seeded Texas A&M for the chance to play again on Monday night, which in that case the Wildcats would probably send sophomore and Texas native Tyler Hale (3-4, 5.03 ERA) to the mound.

First pitch tomorrow morning between Arizona and Seton Hall will be at 10:35 p.m. PT from College Station.

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