Thursday – Arizona 4, Utah 3: After dropping the first six Pac-12 conference games, the Wildcats notched their first win in a comeback against the Utes. Johnny Field had one of his four hits on the night in the sixth when he tripled. He scored on a sac-fly by Jackson Willeford in the next at-bat to tie the game at 3. Trent Gilbert and Kevin Newman both reached to start the following inning, but a botched bunt attempt forced Gilbert out at third base. Zach Gibbons stepped in with runners at first and second and shot one back up the box, scoring Newman and making the score 4-3 in favor of the Wildcats.
Konner Wade (2-2) entered the day looking to help his team turn it around, but things looked rocky from the start. The junior threw six solid innings, but gave up three runs on six hits. The silver lining is that he had a season-high eight strikeouts on the day.
Tyger Talley (2-0) came in for the seventh inning and shut down the Utes. He picked up the win, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Talley got the victory, but closer Mathew Troupe (2-0) came in and shut the door in the eighth and ninth, picking up his fifth save of the season.
Friday – Arizona 15, Utah 4: The Friday night game was a little less stressful for the Wildcats. Arizona opened the game slow, but picked up a run in the second before exploding for five runs in the third. Joseph Maggi and Field both singled to start the inning and were moved over via a bunt. After an intentional walk, Gilbert doubled and opened up the floodgates.
Arizona later tacked on seven runs in the fifth to put the game away. Three straight walks loaded the bases for a Maggi double. Gilbert added a two-run double and Newman also had a RBI triple in the inning.
James Farris had a short outing, despite giving up just three runs in four innings. He struggled with some control issues and was pulled early in favor of the freshman Talley. The righty dominated for two innings, striking out two and facing the minimum.
Saturday - Arizona 2, Utah 1: Saturday's game was unlike either of the first two games. Through six innings, the game remained scoreless. Arizona broke the tie in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Maggi singled and scored in the next at-bat when Field launched a double to right field.
Arizona added another run in the eighth, handing the ball over to Troupe for the save in the ninth. It didn't go as well as planned. With just a single out in the inning, Troupe allowed his second single, putting the tying run on base. After a strikeout, a single scored a run for the Utes and cut the deficit. With the tying run on third base, Newman grabbed a hard hit ball and made a fantastic play to get a force out at third base, ending the game.
Gilbert is batting .348 on the season. He leads the Pac-12 with 35 RBI and five triples. In addition, the second baseman has 24 runs scored, 39 hits, and eleven walks. The award was the second for the Wildcats this season.
After that, Arizona took the show on the road to Eugene, but was unable to come up with a win there. The Wildcats mustered just a single run in each of the first two games. The final game of the series was more exciting, but the Ducks came away with a 7-6 victory.
California: Arizona will be hosting the Golden Bears (16-12) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cal is coming off of tight loss to Stanford and has lost three of the last four and six of the last nine. The Golden Bears are 5-4 in the conference, sitting in fourth place.
Ryan Mason, Justin Jones, and Keaton Siomkin will get the call for California over the weekend. Mason holds a 4-0 record with a 2.37 ERA and could be the biggest challenge for the Wildcats over the series. Jones has struggled over the season so far, going 1-3 with a 4.76 ERA. Siomkin is new to the starting lineup, starting just two games on the season.