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Despite disappointing loss Friday, Arizona baseball team still takes series from Cal to open Pac-12 play

Jackie Cabrera

Arizona baseball player TJ Nichols pitches on March 4 in Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats went on to win the game 7-2.

The Arizona baseball team took two of three games from the University of California, Berkeley this past weekend to open Pac-12 play. Here is a rundown of how each game went. 

Friday: Cal wins 9-8

TJ Nichols started as he does every Friday. It wasn’t quite the ideal start, allowing a solo home run in each of the first two innings. 

The Wildcats took the lead in the fourth inning off RBI hits from Mac Bingham, Garen Caulfield and Jack Grant. Arizona went on to add 5 more runs in the next two frames to take an 8-2 lead.

Nichols was able to settle in, tossing three straight scoreless frames. He departed the game with two runners on and one out in the sixth inning, both of whom went on to score. Nichols went on to allow four runs over five hits across 5.1 innings to go along with six strikeouts and four walks.

The Wildcats took an 8-5 lead into the ninth inning with closer Holden Christian on the mound. The transfer from Loyola Marymount University was solid for Arizona early in the season heading into this game but everything seemed to go wrong for Christian in this appearance.

Christian only allowed one hit but two walks, one hit batter, three wild pitches and one passed ball later and Cal plated 4 runs in the frame to walk-off Arizona and take the opening game of the series.

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Saturday: Arizona wins 10-4

Coming off the heartbreaking loss on Friday, the Wildcats looked to bounce back and even the series with Garrett Irvin on the mound.

Cal scored first with 1 run in the first inning before Bingham tied the game with a solo home run in the second inning. That was the scoring through four frames.

Both teams plated 1 more run in the fifth inning. It was 2-2 heading into the seventh inning when Chase Davis broke the tie with a 3-run long ball with two outs. Cal cut the deficit to 5-4 the next half-inning before the Wildcats blew the game open combining to score 5 runs in the eighth and ninth innings.

Irvin allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over six innings to go along with six strikeouts and two walks. 

Daniel Susac, Davis, Tommy Splaine and Bingham all collected three hits as Arizona recorded 17 hits as a team. 

Sunday: Arizona wins 13-5

It was the rubber match Sunday afternoon and the game was pretty much over as fans were still entering the stadium. 

The Wildcats exploded for nine runs in the first inning. Daniel Susac was the star of the frame, hitting two home runs and driving in 5 runs. 

It was more than enough run support for Dawson Netz, who ended up allowing 3 runs on six hits over six innings to go along with one strikeout and two walks.

Tanner O’Tremba collected four hits, while Splaine and Tyler Casagrande each collected three hits. Noah Turley also hit a 2-run long ball in the second inning. 

The Wildcats will take on the University of the Pacific on Monday evening before returning to Tucson where they will take on Stanford University in a three-game series Saturday through Monday. 

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