It may have been too close for comfort, but Arizona held on to defeat Baylor 10-9 in the first game of the Fort Worth Regional.
Arizona had a 10-4 lead going into the ninth inning but had difficulty getting outs, which led to Baylor having an opportunity to win the game.
However, Bryce Bandilla was able to get a fly out and the UA held on to win.
"Obviously that's a great one to win, a tough one to lose," Arizona coach Andy Lopez said. "If you've been coaching long enough then you've been on both ends of those types of ball games. Credit to Baylor with the way they battled back. One thing our guys are doing over the last four to five weeks is they are starting to get old.
"And from a head coaches perspective I am very proud of them. Obviously we played well, although Bryce Bandilla is really struggling with the heat. He is in the locker room shaking right now, very dehydrated, but he kept pitching."
Arizona is set for another game Saturday, but Lopez says that the preparation will not be any different.
"Honestly it won't change, all I talk about is playing the game," Lopez said. "Don't worry about what's going on, just play the game. I was a little surprised we had two guys who got dehydrated, one of them wasn't even playing. (Bryce) Bandilla was bright red when I put him in the game, but I just told him that he needs to go. We had nobody else behind him. But it was very courageous on his part, he is a mess right now, he doesn't look very good.
"But those things you can't control. At the beginning of the season I give the team a schedule with all the games listed, but the opponent is listed as `the game' 56 times. Before the ball game, I told the guys whoever plays the best is going to win, so good luck. It's a vicious game, it can really toy with you."
The UA will go with Kyle Simon on Saturday as it hopes to get ahead in the regional.
"We will go with Kyle Simon," Lopez said. "He has pitched pretty well over the last few weeks. The error by our shortstop added more pitches to our pitch count than I would have liked. But (Bryce) Bandilla is big and strong, hopefully he will bounce back from the dehydration.
"I think I can use him if he bounces back for an inning or two tomorrow night. He has been our late inning guy. But we have a lot of arms, and I am really proud of this team. They give you everything you want on the field, and that's all you can ask for as a coach."
Wildcats win first game of Regional
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