Arizona baseball's fall camp had an intrasquad scrimmage this week and WildcatAuthority.com was there to take it all in. Read on to see how the freshmen performed, who stood out, and more.
baseball's fall camp had an intrasquad scrimmage this week and WildcatAuthority.com was there to take it all in. Here are some news and notes from the scrimmage.
Overall it was a low scoring scrimmage until the end as both freshman starters Lucas Long and Matt Troupe pitched two innings of scoreless baseball. Over the next four innings the red team strung together some runs off walks and defensive miscues, while the blue squad used their power bats to counter, eventually winning the scrimmage 5-3. Here are some other notes from the scrimmage.
The scrimmage was all about the returners offensively as Robert Refsynder, Johnny Field, Joey Rickard, Bobby Brown and Alex Mejia all got on base at least twice and all four players had at least one single. Mejia owned one of the hardest hit balls of the day with a double off the left field wall.
Freshman catcher David Schuknecht came up with a stand up triple in that banged off the right field wall after he lined out to center field in his first at bat. He looked decent behind the dish as well, as he blocked a few tough breaking balls on the day.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Lucas Long had a really solid day on the mound as he allowed only two base runners through two innings, back-to-back singles by Robert Refsnyder and Brandon Dixon.
Freshman right- handed pitcher Matt Troupe showed a little bit of character today in his two innings of work. After loading the bases with nobody out, he came back to strike out the side in his first inning of work. He struck out all three batters using the fastball as his out pitch.
Sophomore infielder Jake Alves stranded four runners in scoring position today, but looked good doing it. He hit the ball hard both times up, but right to centerfield. However, he came up with a single in his final at bat of the day.
Offensive Player of the Day: Joey Rickard. He reached base three times on a single to right field, bunt, and an error. Once he was on base he went two for two stealing bases, including scoring a run. I think it's safe to say he's still has his PF Flyers on from last year.
Defensive Player of the Day: Alex Mejia. He picked up right where he left off last season, as he made two diving stops in the hole and still had the arm to throw out the runner at first base both times. He also laid a perfect tag on a runner at second base to help complete a pick off attempt late in the scrimmage.
Pitcher of the Day: Lucas Long may have had the best day on the mound, but freshman left handed pitcher Tyler Crawford had the most encouraging outing. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only a few base runners due to fielding errors by his defense. It's early, but if Crawford proves to be effective, he could be the situational left-hander in the bullpen that Arizona lacked last season.