Arizona found itself in a must-win situation on Sunday.
Unfortunately, it also found itself on the wrong end of it.
"That was an outstanding ball game," Arizona coach Andy Lopez said. "I thought both clubs played well. It was an outstanding pitching performance by both (starters). A couple timely hits—that's the nature of the game.
"You get a big hit somewhere in the sequence and you get on top. Baylor did a marvelous job. I'm really proud of my guys. It's a tough one to lose and a great one to win."
Arizona's games with Baylor were very competitive, something that Lopez did not have a problem with.
"I think that's just what you expect out of young guys wanting to get to the next stage," Lopez said. "This is what they work for all year long. They work for an opportunity to get hot in a Regional, get to a Super Regional and then get to Omaha. For every young guy, that's a dream of a college athlete.
"I've been fortunate to be there a few times with guys. It's a fulfilling dream for these young guys. There's competition. I think competition is good for these young guys. It's going to get them ready for life. But there was nothing bad."
Although Arizona lost, it may have found another starter for next year.
"He's a talented young guy," Lopez said. "We've probably used him in a lot of different roles. I wrote something down for Tyler in the eighth inning on my clipboard and showed it to him, "How about starting next year?" That's the nature of what we're doing right now. We still have a very young team and we've used some guys in some different roles.
"Most of them have worked out. Obviously Tyler made a name for himself in terms of the next two years as a starting candidate. I'm happy for him. He's a great young man with a great work ethic. He's a solid team guy, so I'm really happy for him."
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