Wildcat Weekly: Baseball

Arizona lost the weekend series to the Stanford Cardinal, but is still in good shape for the remainder of the season. Read on for a recap of the weekend's games and more.

Arizona had won three straight series in Pac-12 play after losing six straight games to open the conference season. The Wildcats lost the weekend series to Stanford, but still look to be in the conference title race. Here's a look at what happened over the weekend and a look ahead for the Arizona baseball team:

Recap:

Friday –Stanford 4, Arizona 3: Arizona ace Konner Wade (3-4) threw four great innings for the Wildcats, allowing his team to pull ahead by three runs against Stanford star-pitcher Mark Appel. Three runs didn't prove to be enough, which was a theme for the Wildcats throughout the weekend.

Arizona used RBI from Johnny Field, Brandon Dixon, and Cody Ramer to take an early 3-0 lead, but the trouble came in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wade allowed the first two runners to get on base before registering an out. Then, a catcher's interference call negated a double play, loading the bases.

Wade proceeded to hit the next batter and allowed a two-run single, tying the game with three runs in the inning. It wasn't over for Wade. The next inning, he ran into trouble again, giving up a run-scoring double, which set the game at the final score of 4-3.

The Wildcats had a chance to tie or take the lead in the ninth inning, but were unable to capitalize with the bases loaded. They left nine men stranded on base in the game and went just 1-11 with runners in scoring position.

Saturday – Arizona 10, Stanford 9: The only win of the weekend for the Wildcats came in spectacular fashion. After battling back-and-forth throughout the night, Dixon smacked his fifth home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning to break a 9-9 tie

The Wildcats led throughout the entire game, but struggled to keep the distance between the teams, despite leading 6-2 in the fourth inning. Arizona's pitching had been suspect all game, but was even more so when dominant Mathew Troupe gave up the tying run in the seventh inning.

Sunday - Stanford 12, Arizona 8: A seven-run second inning wasn't enough for the Wildcats to get past the Cardinal on Sunday. Neither starting pitcher made it past the third inning and Stanford's bullpen proved to be stronger than Arizona's.

Tyler Crawford (4-1) started the game for the Wildcats, but was lifted in the fourth in favor of Stephen Manthei (1-2). Manthei gave up a three-run double following his entrance into the game, giving Stanford a 9-8 lead.

That proved to be enough for the Cardinal as the Wildcats could not score any more runs in the ball game. The loss was the second of the weekend for Arizona and gave Stanford the series victory, stopping a streak of three-straight series wins for the Wildcats.

Notes:

  • Arizona freshman Kevin Newman was named as a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award. The recognition is given to the nation's best shortstop each year. Newman is one of 25 finalists on the watch list that was released late on Friday night.

    Newman ranks in the top ten in several categories, including base hits (49), batting average (.343), runs scored (27), and stolen bases (8). He also has a .982 fielding percentage.

    The award was originally created to honor the nation's top player, which was given to David Price in 2007 and Buster Posey in 2008. After the 2008 season, it was changed to the country's top shortstop.

  • Arizona currently sits at sixth place in the Pac-12 standings (9-8) with 12 conference games remaining on the schedule. Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, and USC are all upcoming series for the Wildcats. Arizona State and USC both sit ahead of Arizona in the conference standings. Oregon State leads the conference standings with a 10-4 record.


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