Arizona completes sweep

The Arizona Wildcats finished the regular season with a 7-1 win over the USC Trojans on Sunday. Read on for more about the win and Arizona's postseason hopes.

A weekend sweep was exactly what the defending champions needed and Arizona got it, winning in extra innings on Friday night and winning by sizable margins on Saturday and Sunday.

The Wildcats fell behind early, but battled the heat and the USC Trojans to come away with the 7-1 victory.

Tyler Crawford (7-2) took the mound for Arizona for the final game of the regular season. He had some trouble in the first inning, but managed to get out of it, only giving up a single run in the process.

Crawford retired the first two batters of the game easily, but gave up a screaming line drive for a double to James Roberts. He scored just moments later on a Greg Zebrack double. The next batter reached on an infield single, but the left-hander was able to get a fly ball to end the frame with USC leading 1-0.

It didn't take long for the Wildcats to recover from the deficit, as Arizona also struck with two-outs. Brandon Dixon doubled to left field, advancing to third on a passed ball. Kevin Newman walked, giving way to Zach Gibbons. The freshman produced an RBI-infield single to tie up the game at 1.

With the tilt on even ground, Crawford found his footing, sitting down nine of the next ten batters. The only hit during that stretch came in the top of the fourth inning when Zebrack reached on a bunt single. Crawford got a double play and a foul out to end that inning.

During the stretch, Arizona had a chance to pull away and took it. In the bottom of the second, the Wildcats again struck with two men out.

Joseph Maggi reached base on a throwing error and Johnny Field laced a double to right field. Both Wildcats scored on a Trent Gilbert single, giving Arizona a 3-1 lead that it would not relinquish.

Things went relatively calm for Crawford for the rest of the day. He got out of a jam in the fifth with a Trojan being thrown out at the plate, but managed to pitch a full nine innings and picked up his seventh win of the year. The lefty gave up just a single run, scattering eight hits and walking just two batters.

The Wildcats did get the final victory of the regular season and completed the sweep of the Trojans. What that means for the grand scheme of things is yet to be seen. Arizona's RPI has dropped over the past two weekends to 62 from 86 with the series win over ASU and the sweep of USC

Arizona's record stands at 31-21 on the season and the Wildcats are 18-10 in the last 28 games, including winning ten of the last fifteen weekend series on the season.

The fate of the Wildcats has yet to be determined, but they won't have to wait long to find out. The NCAA Selection Show will air at 9 a.m. on Monday morning. Shortly after the start of the show, Arizona will know whether it plays again in the post season or heads to summer ball without a shot at defending the National Championship the Wildcats won a season ago.


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