Wildcats win game two

Arizona had a strong pitching performance from Konner Wade to defeat Harvard on Saturday afternoon.

The seventh ranked Arizona Wildcats coasted to an easy victory on Saturday afternoon at Hi Corbett, defeating Harvard 3-1.

Arizona got the scoring underway in the bottom of the 4th, as Riley Moore and Brandon Dixon produced back to back doubles, both with two outs, and the Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead.

Wildcats' starting pitcher Konner Wade had a no-hitter through 5 and 1/3, but it was broken up by a Harvard bunt single down the left field line, which earned many jeers from the stands.

"I have a really high respect for the game and I feel like it shouldn't be played that way, but it was a close game and they were just trying to get a base runner," said Wade.

Troubles began to brew for Wade and the Wildcats in the top of the 7th inning as Harvard managed to load the bases with no outs. After a visit from Andy Lopez, Wade managed to get Harvard to hit a pop up to first base and hit into a double play, ending the inning with no damage.

"I was pumped to get out of that jam," Wade said. "I was able to throw a fastball under the guys hands to get the pop out and to get that double play was huge."

The momentum carried into the bottom half of the 7th, as Robert Refsnyder singled home Joey Rickard, increasing the Wildcats' lead to 3-0.

Wade was able to work through some jams late in the game, lasting 7 and 2/3 innings and giving up three hits and one unearned run.

He also struck out 10 batters, as he leads all Pac-12 pitchers with 38 strikeouts on the year.

"Strikeouts have become more apart of my game this season and it is something that I am going to try and embrace," said Wade.

Freshman Matt Troupe earned his first career save going 1 and 1/3 innings.

"Troupe is really starting to earn his stripes," said Lopez. "He has pitched well for us over the last couple weeks in the roles that we are putting him in. We need our young pitchers to grow up and we will get a lot of answers to how our bullpen will shape up in the month of March."

The series will wrap up Sunday morning at 11am MST. The Wildcats look for the sweep and will send freshman James Farris (1-1, 3.65) to the hill.


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