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Wildcats drop second straight to Texas Tech

Emily Gauci

Arizona baseball outfielder Jared Oliva (42) walks back to the dugout during Arizona’s 8-3 loss to California on April 26, 2015.

Fresh off its first loss of the season on Sunday, the No. 9 Arizona Wildcats baseball team fell to No. 6 Texas Tech 13-1 Tuesday night in Lubbock, Texas. The Wildcats have combined for two runs in their past two games after averaging just over 10 runs through their first 10 games.

Despite the substantial margin of the final score, Arizona was the first to scrap a run across. Left fielder Mitchell Morimoto worked a one-out walk in the first, stole second and advanced to third on an error before Alfonso Rivas drove him in with an RBI groundout.

The Wildcats junior college transfer Tylor Megill struggled and allowed five runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Megill has accumulated a 14.21 ERA in 6.1 innings of work this season.

Right-hander Robby Medel was able to limit the damage after throwing a scoreless fifth inning, but the wheels began to fall off for the Wildcats in the seventh inning when Seve Romo allowed five earned runs on one hit and three walks. The Arizona bullpen combined to allow eight runs on six hits in four innings of work.

Texas Tech received a solid outing from freshmen Jacob Henry Gonzalez, who went 3.2 innings while allowing one run on two hits with four strikeouts and five walks. TTU’s bullpen was able to keep the Wildcats at bay after allowing no runs on six hits on three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

Despite the little offensive production, the Wildcats got a solid day at the plate from star center fielder Jared Oliva, who went 2-2 before being replaced by Sawyer Gieseke.

Arizona will now return home to take on Hartford in a three-game series this weekend at Hi Corbett Field. The series begins on Friday, March 10, at 6 p.m. MST.

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