Wildcat Weekly: Baseball

The Arizona Wildcats lost the weekend series to Washington in record fashion. However, all is not lost for the Wildcats. Read on to find out about changes in the pitching rotation and more.

Arizona's hopes to make the postseason faltered in the second-to-last home stand of the season. The Wildcats lost the weekend series to Washington, leaving questions about how they will finish the season.

Here's a look at what happened over the weekend and a look ahead for the Arizona baseball team:

Recap:

Friday– Washington 23, Arizona 1: It was a tough night for Arizona starter Konner Wade. The right-hander gave up nine runs in the first 3.1 innings and it didn't get any easier for the other four pitchers, as they all gave up at least one run each.

Overall, the Huskies accumulated thirty hits in the record-breaking performance. It was the most hits ever allowed by Arizona in the history of the program.

The only good news that came for the Wildcats on Friday night was when Brandon Dixon scored in the bottom of the fourth inning.

He led off the inning and later scored when freshman Kevin Newman grounded out to the shortstop. However, by then, it was 13-1 in favor of Washington.

Saturday– Washington 2, Arizona 1: Arizona rebounded off the poor performance the night before, but faltered late in the game. Unlike Friday's matchup, both teams received strong performances from their starting pitchers.

James Farris went seven innings in the game, giving up just two runs on the day. His second run was caused by an error in the top of the eighth inning as he allowed the first two runners to reach base.

Trying to keep the runner close at second base, Farris turned to make a pickoff throw and launched the ball into center field. It allowed the runner to score and gave Washington the decisive run.

The Wildcats attempted to answer in the bottom half of the inning, but were unable to capitalize. Riley Moore singled with two outs in the inning, moving to second on a wild pitch. Newman could not bring his teammate home, as he flied to center field to end the inning.

Sunday- Arizona 5, Washington 3: It wasn't until late in Sunday's game that Arizona fans were able to believe they could avoid allowing a home sweep to one of the worst teams in the Pac-12. Tyler Crawford pitched a solid game, going five innings and giving up all three runs to the Huskies.

Arizona had the lead at 2-1 a third of the way through the game, but Crawford gave up runs in the fourth and the fifth to give Washington back the lead. In the sixth inning, Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez elected to go with Mathew Troupe, the Wildcats closer, for extended relief.

Troupe pitched three and two-thirds of solid baseball, picking up his fifth win of the season

He was able to do so on a strong three-run seventh inning from Arizona. The Wildcats got two runners on to start the inning, moving them into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.

Johnny Field was intentionally walked, setting up the force out at any base, but it wasn't enough for Washington to get out of the jam.

Trent Gilbert singled up the middle of the field, tying the game and advancing to second on the throw to the plate. After another intentional walk, Moore singled to right field, giving the Wildcats a 5-3 advantage that proved to be the final score.

Notes:

  • Coach Lopez announced after Saturday's game that he would make a change to the pitching rotation for next weekends' series at UCLA.

    He is moving Konner Wade to Saturday and promoting James Farris to the Friday night role. Tyler Crawford will remain the Sunday pitcher.

    Wade has struggled on the season so far, carrying a losing record (4-5) after losing on Friday night.

    He is also carrying a 4.22 earned run average in the twelve games he has started. In addition, the team is 3-5 on Friday nights over the past eight weeks.

    Farris has proved to be the better pitcher this season. He is just 4-4 on the year, but has a lower ERA (3.95) and has proven to have a better track record with his starts and team success.

  • Even with the Wildcats' pitching woes, all is not bad for Arizona's bullpen. Augey Bill, Troupe, and Tyger Talley are all undefeated on the season. Bill and Talley have both won four games, with Troupe winning his fifth on Sunday.

    They each have exceptional earned run averages as well. Talley boasts a 2.93 and Troupe has a 2.08, but Bill has been the best of the trio as he holds a 0.75 ERA.


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