Wildcats split doubleheader

Arizona split a doubleheader against Auburn on Saturday. Read on to see how both games went.

It was a tale of two games for the #8 Arizona Wildcats as they split the day-night double header with the Auburn Tigers. The Wildcats won the first game handily by a score of 15-4, but Auburn prevailed in the nightcap 8-3.

In game one of the doubleheader, Arizona's offensive success from the previous night rolled right into Saturday afternoon.

The Cats struck for two quick runs in the opening inning thanks to an RBI triple by Robert Refsnyder and he would later score on an RBI ground out by Johnny Field.

After Auburn managed to scratch across a run in the top of the 2nd, Arizona responded with a huge offensive outburst.

Alex Mejia continued his hot hitting in the series, looping a single to center field scoring Bobby Brown.

Refsnyder and Riley Moore added RBI doubles as the Wildcats ended the 3rd inning with a 7-1 lead.

Arizona was able to tack on three more runs in the 4th inning highlighted by a Field RBI single.

In the 8th inning, Mejia was at it again as he launched a two run blast to left field, his second in consecutive games, extending the Wildcats lead to 12-2.

Sophomore Konner Wade continued to post high strike out numbers, as he struck out ten Tigers while allowing two runs on seven hits in 6 and 2/3 innings pitched.

"My ball was moving a lot, so I used that to my advantage," said Wade. "I was a little nervous before the game, but I am getting more comfortable making my starts and I felt good today."

Arizona scored a total of fifteen runs on seventeen hits, with Joey Rickard, Mejia and Moore all contributing with three hits each.

"I thought in the first game we had a great overall team performance," said Coach Andy Lopez. "Wade pitched a good game as did Lucas Long and we swung the bats well."

In game two, Arizona fell into an early deficit as the Tigers knocked James Farris around for five runs on seven hits in the first three innings.

The Tigers continued to pour it on as they roughed up Stephen Manthei and Tyler Cunningham to build the Auburn lead to 8-0.

Auburn starting pitcher Daniel Koger kept the Wildcats' bats quiet for 6 innings as he only allowed two hits.

The Arizona offense finally broke through in bottom of the 7th, as Bobby Brown tripled down the right field line scoring two. Brown would later cross home plate on a fielding error and the Auburn lead was cut to 8-3.

The Wildcats' defense was sloppy all day long, committing four errors in the first game and three errors in the second game.

"We did not play well at all in the second game. I was not happy with the intensity or the execution in any facet of the game," said Coach Lopez.

Arizona (5-2) next takes on Harvard for a three game set starting Friday, March 2.

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