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Arizona baseball season in review

Cyrus Norcross
Arizona’s Zach Stone (45) releases the pitch during the Arizona-Washington State University game on March 24 at Hi Corbett Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Earlier this summer, Arizona baseball wrapped up its 2018 season with a 34-22 overall record as they failed to earn a spot in the College World Series.

The Wildcats’ season consisted of 29 home games, 27 road games, and 30 conference games during the three-month stretch.

The Arizona Bats commenced their season with an at-home series sweep against Bryant University at Hi Corbett Field on February 17-18.

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At the Tony Gwynn Classic in San Diego, Calif., the ‘Cats dropped games against San Diego State and the University of San Diego, contributing to their overall 1-2 tournament record.

Crazy enough, the Arizona Bats were lucky enough to play on the same stadium where the Super Bowl was held this year. During their trip to Minneapolis, Minn., the Wildcats squared off against three different Big 10 teams (Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan State) at the US Bank Stadium where the former Arizona Wildcat quarterback, Nick Foles, dominated this past February to bring the Philadelphia Eagles a championship.

Arizona returned back to Hi Corbett to host and sweep North Dakota State in a decisive series of games. This string of wins gave the Wildcats the momentum they needed to travel up to Phoenix, Ariz. and dominate their biggest rivals, Arizona State.

Juan Aguilera is a senior pitcher for Arizona's baseball team.
Juan Aguilera is a senior pitcher for Arizona’s baseball team.

In their match against the Sun Devils, the Wildcats won by a score of 6-2. Last year, Arizona baseball went 4-1 against the Sun Devils, but this season, in the four games against their state rivals, the Wildcats took three of them (3-1).

The Arizona bats traveled up to Seattle, Wash. to play fellow Pac-12 member, the Washington Huskies. Unfortunately for Arizona, they were swept 0-3 after a dismal performance on the road.

On the other hand, Arizona was able to win their next four series with three of them being against fellow Pac-12 teams, Washington State, Oregon State, and Southern California.

The Wildcats returned back to Hi Corbett Field to face the 2018 Pac-12 Conference Champion, the Stanford Cardinals. Arizona was swept 0-3 in its series against the top seed.

Arizona’s infield Cameron Canon and infield Jacob Blas celebrate Blas’s home run during the Arizona-Stanford game on Saturday April 21 at Hi-Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona’s infield Cameron Canon and infield Jacob Blas celebrate Blas’s home run during the Arizona-Stanford game on Saturday April 21 at Hi-Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz.

Soon after, Arizona traveled up to Salt Lake City, Utah to square off against the Utah Utes were Arizona lost the series by a score of 1-2 after dropping the first two games.

Arizona returned home to host the UCLA Bruins where they were able to outperform them, adding another series sweep under their 2018 belt.

In what was definitely its closest series all season, Arizona baseball squeaked past Arizona State in the final of three games by a score of 10-9 to give the Wildcats the overall series win. Arizona won the first of three games by a score of 6-4, but ASU came back to dominate the second game (5-10).

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In Arizona’s final series of the 2018 season, they were able to beat out the Oregon Ducks in a tie-breaker third game by a score of 11-4. After dominating the first game (10-2), Oregon slid past Arizona to even the series with a 2-1 win. However, in the last game Arizona turned back on its jets and defeated the Ducks 11-4.

Arizona baseball was not able to make the cut for the College World Series this year after a very tough season and 34-22 overall record.

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