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UA baseball ready for more

Many people might consider the prospect of starting a season with 25 games in 38 days a little daunting. But, as the No. 7 Arizona baseball team continues breezing through its non-conference schedule, the Wildcats are happy to play as many games as they can — especially with its current five-game winning streak.

“I think for the most part, these guys want to play as many games as possible,” head coach Andy Lopez said. “It’s baseball, you want to play every day so you get a good rhythm.”

Right-fielder Robert Refsnyder said there’s nothing like plugging through games during a winning streak.

“I love it, I know the guys love it too,” Refsnyder said. “It’s great to wake up every day and have a game. It’s a great feeling.”

The Wildcats are almost halfway through that 25-game stretch and Lopez is pleased with the development he’s seen from his younger guys.

During the most recent series, against UC Davis, Lopez had some wiggle room to test out possible candidates for the Sunday spot to replace struggling starter James Farris.

After his dominating first career start on Tuesday evening, freshman Lucas Long looks primed to take over the role.

He didn’t allow any runs and sent seven down on strikes throughout his six and two-thirds innings on the mound.

Long also boasts a 1.93 ERA and a 2-0 record on the season, and should be Lopez’s go-to guy come Sunday.

The Wildcats are set to do battle against the Eastern Michigan Eagles this weekend and will be vying for their third straight series sweep, starting tonight at Hi Corbett Field.

The Eagles only have two starters hitting more than .300 in Sam Ott and Lee Longo.

Arizona on the other hand has three starters hitting more than .300 and two hitting more than .400 with Refsnyder and Johnny Field.

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