Wildcat Weekly: Baseball

The Arizona Wildcats swept the Coppin State Eagles over the weekend to open the season. Read on for a recap of the wins and a look at the upcoming games.

Arizona (3-0) opened the season with a sweep of the Coppin State Eagles at home to bring their record to 3-0 on the season. Here's a look at what happened over the weekend and a look ahead for the Arizona baseball team:

Recap:

Friday - Arizona 16, Coppin State 0: The Wildcats started the game slow to open the season, but were off to the races once the bats started to heat up.

Arizona used a seven-run third inning to take a commanding lead that held late into the night. Reigning Pac-12 batting champion Johnny Field led the charge with five RBI on three hits, while scoring three runs as well.

Junior sensation Konner Wade (1-0) was pitching a no-no for Arizona well into the night. He gave up his first hit to lead off the seventh inning before handing the ball over to Nick Cunningham for the rest of the game.

Wade threw six and a third, allowing one hit, walking one batter, and striking out eight to pick up his first win.

Saturday - Arizona 14, Coppin State 1: It took a little longer for the Arizona bats to heat up on Saturday, but when they did, it was a full-on barrage.

With the game tied in the bottom of the fourth inning, Field led off with a single before stealing second and opening the floodgates. The Wildcats scored four times in the fourth, seventh, and eighth.

Junior right-hander James Farris (1-0) got the start for the Wildcats and pitched eight solid innings as he picked up the win. He gave up just a single run on two hits, while racking up eight strikeouts in the process. True freshman Tyger Talley pitched a solid ninth inning, striking out one and walking two.

Sunday – Arizona 13, Coppin State 9: Arizona brought the offense early and often on Sunday afternoon. However, so did the Eagles. An inside-the-park grand slam brought the score dead even at nine in the top of the fourth. After that, the Wildcats' defense tightened things up and allowed the team to pull away.

Stephen "Mad Dog" Manthei got his first start as a regular in the rotation, but lasted just three innings after giving up four runs. Tyler Hale was the next pitcher to be called on, but gave up five runs in the fourth inning, including the grand slam.

Augey Bill (1-0) was the winning pitcher of record, throwing three and a third innings of shut out baseball. Sophomore Mathew Troupe picked up his first save of the season striking out all four batters that he faced.

Notes:

  • Arizona had two record-breaking moments on Friday night. True freshman Scott Kingery was hit by a pitch three times, tying seven other Wildcats to have that happen. The last time it happened was a year ago when Robert Refsnyder was hit three times by Eastern Michigan pitchers.

  • Kingery's three HBP helped contribute to a record-breaking performance by the entire team. Arizona batters were beaned a total of seven times on opening night. It broke the previous record of six that was set by five previous teams. The most recent was in the same game that Refsnyder was hit three times.

  • The Wildcats' offense was on fire throughout the weekend. Four starters come out of the weekend batting over .400. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Parmenter let the way for Arizona, with three hits in five at bats (.600). He also drew six walks and was hit by a pitch.

    Field and freshman Ryan Koziol helped power the offense over the weekend. They each had six RBI and had key run scoring triples.

    Up Next:

    Long Beach State: The Dirtbags struggled on the road to start the season as they traveled to 2nd-ranked Vanderbilt. Long Beach State (1-2) was shut down in the two losses, scoring just six runs in both games. However, the offense came out on Sunday when the Dirtbags hung 13 on Vandy.

    Arizona will hit the road on Tuesday and Wednesday to face Long Beach State for the first road trip of the season. Nick Cunningham and Tyler Crawford will get the starts for Arizona with Ryan Millison and David Hill as the probable starters for LBSU.

    San Jose State: Upon returning from Long Beach, the Wildcats will turn around and host the Spartans. San Jose State (2-1) won the first two games of the season against the University of Pacific. It will be the second weekend series for the Wildcats to be played at Hi Corbett.


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