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Wildcats look to settle bullpen issues

Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Arizona Wildcats baseball team hosted the Rice University Owls on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Frank Sancet Field in Tucson, Ariz. The visiting Owls rode an 8-run fifth inning to win 11-7.
Mike Christy
Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Wildcat The Arizona Wildcats baseball team hosted the Rice University Owls on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Frank Sancet Field in Tucson, Ariz. The visiting Owls rode an 8-run fifth inning to win 11-7.

After splitting its two game series against UNLV, the Arizona baseball team returns home this weekend for three games against the Northern Colorado Bears.

Here’s a breakdown of the state of Wildcats baseball:

Who’s Hot

Johnny Field

In the first game at UNLV, the Las Vegas native drove in three runs in the Wildcats 12-1 win and it was his three-run homerun that kick started the Arizona offensive explosion in the second game.

“”Field had a very good two days,”” head coach Andy Lopez said. “”He’s done a great job with (Steve) Selsky being out, he’s going to be a good player for us.””

Starting pitching

Despite the loss on Wednesday, freshman Konner Wade was outstanding on the mound, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and one walk.

“”When you have command and your off speed is working, it’s going to be a good day,”” Wade said.

Considering the prominence of their three weekend starters, if the Wildcats can continue to keep their starting pitching steady, they might give the bullpen more time to settle down.

Who’s Not

Bullpen

Plain and simple, when relievers don’t perform, it’s very difficult to win. What seemed like a dominant victory on Wednesday with Arizona taking a 7-0 lead early, the bullpen came in and gave up the game.

This has been a recurring problem for the Wildcats, and Lopez hopes that it will remedy itself by the time Pacific 10 Conference play starts.

Scouting the Bears

Despite their record, any underdog team is always a threat when they are pegged to win.

Shortstop T.J. Berge leads the team with a .538 batting average and chipped in with seven hits over Northern Colorado’s first four games.

 

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