Cats up record to 5-0

The Andy Lopez era is still off to a strong start. Arizona continues to beat up on Mountain West Conference opponents, taking to games from Utah. The Wildcats beat the Utes 3-0 and 17-5 to up their record to 5-0 on the young season.

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After sweeping New Mexico the previous weekend, the Wildcats took care of Utah and are still undefeated in the second weekend of Lopez's brief tenure.

Sean Rierson did his job the first game of the series getting his team a win to start the weekend. The Wildcat right hander teamed up with two other pitchers to get the shutout in the 3-0 win.

The Cats utilizing the ‘small ball' concept scored their three runs on only six hits.

Richard Mercado got things started in the second inning when he legged out a double on bloop hit to center field. Justyn St. Clair singled the very next pitch driving home Mercado for a 1-0 run.

The Cats scratched across their second run in the third without a single base hit. Brad Hassey reached first on an error, stole second and reached third after a pick-off attempt went awry. Will Thompson's long fly ball sacrificed Hassey home for the game's second run.

Hassey scored the Wildcat's third and final run when Chris Cunningham drew a bases loaded walk, which allowed Hassey to trot home for the third and final run.

Hassey had three stolen bases while Mercado was the lone Wildcat with multiple base hits, going 2-for-4.

Rierson was strong on the mound pitching six innings, giving up only four hits. Chris Goodman and Brian Anderson teamed up to close out the game.

The second game of the series still showcased the Wildcats' solid pitching, but this time the bats got involved as the Wildcats pummeled Utah 17-5.

Despite a faceful of stitches, Joe Little pitched seven strong innings, scattering five hits and giving up just two runs, while striking out nine. Will Miller and Matt Wersel came out of the bullpen to close out the win. Miller struggle a bit giving up three runs in just one inning. Wersel closed out the game with a perfect ninth.

John Hardy was the star of the game at the plate. The Wildcat freshman went three-for-five with seven RBI's, four of which came on a grand slam.

The Wildcats chased Utah starter Doug Mackay in the third. Mackay gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings. Mackay had trouble with his control, walking four and getting hammered with five early hits.

The Wildcats weren't done in the third. After Mackay was pulled the Cats plated four more runs off of Cheyenne Rushton, but none of them were earned.

Rushton pitched well, shutting the Cats out over the next three innings.

Clay Westmoreland came into the game in the seventh and the Wildcat bats quickly awoke in the inning as they touched up Westmoreland for seven runs, chasing him after just 2/3's of an inning.

The Wildcats used timely hitting and poor Utah defense in the win. In addition to Hardy's homerun, the Cats had three other extrabase hits. Hardy, Hassey and Marc Kaiser all doubled in the contest. Cunningham drove in three runs, while Kaiser knocked in a pair.

 

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