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Arizona drops final series of regular season but looks ahead to regionals

Anthony Ruggiero

Arizona catcher Ryan Haug (6) bats during the baseball game against California on May 28 at Hi Corbett Field.

Arizona baseball wrapped up the final series of the regular
season but fell 7-4 Sunday at Hi Corbett in an important home stand against the
California Golden Bears. Arizona won the first game and dropped the next two in
a pivotal end of season contest.

Game one

The Wildcats defeated the Golden Bears 10-3 in the series opener
Friday. Cal got on the board early scoring the in the first and the third innings
leaving the Cats setting up another come from behind victory.

 JJ Matijevic
responded with a double to left to bring in Alfonso Rivas and Cal Stevenson to
tie the game. The Golden Bears crossed the plate only once more in the sixth.

Arizona starter JC Cloney was relieved by right-hander
Michael Flynn who threw three scoreless innings.

The Cats took off in the sixth as they crossed the plate
three more times. Flynn kept Cal off the board in the seventh, as Arizona was
able to add four more runs leaving the Golden Bears behind 10-3.

Game two

The Wildcats were back in action Saturday but fell to the Golden
Bears 9-6. Arizona left-handed pitcher Cameron Ming was unable to hold off Cal
as they plated five runs in the first inning.

The Cats offense came to life and scored two runs in the
first in response to Cal’s early lead. Arizona rallied as they added two more
runs in the second and eventually tied the game in the fourth at five.

Cal plated a run in the sixth and didn’t look back. The
Bears added one more to the board in the seventh and two in the eighth to take
a 9-5 lead.

Arizona rallied for one more run in the ninth but fell short
losing 9-6 setting up a pivotal third game Sunday.

Game three

Sunday was an important game for the Cats with the potential
for home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The series win
would put them in a better position to host the regionals, but the Wildcats
fell to the Golden Bears 7-4.

Arizona grabbed an early lead with a single by Rivas to
bring in Stevenson in the first followed by a walk to Jared Oliva to bring in
Cesar Salazar for a two run lead.

The Cats’ offense continued to add runs in the fourth taking
the lead 4-0, but the Bears clawed their way back as they plated two runs in
the fifth to cut the deficit in half.

Cal’s offensive onslaught continued through the seventh
adding four more runs to pad their lead.

Arizona brought the winning run up to the plate in the ninth
after loading the bases, but Cal closer Ian Lutz was able to secure the win for
the Bears.

Arizona finished their regular season with an overall record
of 37-19 and 16-14 in the Pac-12.

With the playoffs on the horizon, Arizona needed a strong
finish of the season to have any chance of hosting the first round of the
regionals.  Arizona will find out Monday
afternoon whether they will host the regionals or if they will be hitting the
road to secure their second straight trip to Omaha.

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