Another week of baseball down and unfortunately for the Wildcats, the week’s results end up at 0-3 with a sweep at the hands of the Oregon Ducks. Only three matches were played over the course of Week 7, so this should be one of the shortest rundowns of the season.
Friday, March 31st – Oregon (15-7, 3-3) at Arizona (14-9, 3-6)
In game one of the three-game weekend series, the Wildcats were coming off of a sweep on the road at the hands of ASU and an extra inning win at home against Grand Canyon on Tuesday the 28th. Oregon meanwhile entered red hot, coming in on a six-game winning streak that included a four-game sweep of Northwestern State at home. Oregon kept the momentum going, as an RBI single by Sabin Ceballos opened up the scoring in the top of the 1st. In the top of the 2nd, Oregon put the game immediately out of reach as they exploded for seven runs, making it 8-0 only an inning and a half in. Garen Caulfield and Tyler Casagrande pulled two runs back in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single and RBI groundout respectively. In the top of the 5th, Oregon made it 13-2 on a five-run inning. In the bottom of the 5th, Nik McClaughry hit an RBI SAC fly to make it 13-3 before Oregon picked up a run in the 6th and 7th off of an RBI double by Gavin Grant and Jacob Walsh solo home run, making the final score 15-3. Jace Stoffal earned the win, TJ Nichols the loss (3-3).
Saturday, April 1st – Game 2
Looking to rebound, the Wildcats opened game two with four runs in the bottom of the 1st off of a McClaughry RBI triple that had another run score on an error and a Caulfield 2 RBI single. In the 2nd inning, the Wildcats pushed six runs across, taking a strong 10-0 lead into the 3rd. Oregon began to chip away in the top of the 3rd, scoring a run on a Drew Cowley RBI groundout. In the 4th, Oregon tacked on two more runs on RBI singles by Rikuu Nishida and Colby Shade. In the 6th, Oregon picked up two more runs as Nishida hit an RBI double and Shade an RBI SAC fly. Mac Bingham picked up an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning, making the score 11-5. From here, the Wildcats collapsed. Oregon scored five runs in the top of the 7th to make it 11-10 before completing the comeback with a three run top of the 9th. Arizona failed to respond and fell 13-11. Matt Dallas earned himself the win, Josh Mollerus the save, and Trevor Long the loss (2-2).
Sunday, April 2nd – Game 3
Oregon opened the scoring in the 1st inning with a Ceballos RBI single before Walsh tacked on a second run on a solo homer. In the bottom of the 2nd, Casagrande made it 2-1 on an RBI SAC fly. Oregon’s Cowley made it 4-1 on a two-run blast in the top of the 3rd. In the 5th, Oregon’s Shade earned an RBI SAC fly to make it 5-1 and in the 7th Cowley hit another two-run HR to extend the lead. After the 7th inning stretch, the Wildcats clawed three runs across on back to back homers by Chase Davis and Kiko Romero, with Davis’s being a two-run shot. In the 8th, Emilio Corona hit a solo HR to make it 7-5, ultimately the last time the Wildcats would score. Cowley made it the final score of 8-5 on an RBI double in the 9th and the sweep was complete. Austin Anderson was credited with the win, Mollerus the save, and Aiden May the loss (2-2).
The Wildcats are now 14-12 and the cold streak continues. In the upcoming week the Wildcats will wrap up their homestand, starting by taking on Washington in a three-game set that begins tomorrow night. On Tuesday the 11th, they will host New Mexico State at Hi Corbett Field and give a good idea as to where the rest of the month’s games may end up. One can hope that the home crowd will help break the cold skid, but we’ll have to wait and see. Bear down and go Wildcats.