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Three key stats from Arizona baseball’s loss to ASU

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Jackie Cabrera

Arizona men’s baseball player TJ Nichols pitches during the game against Texas State University on March 4 in Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats would win the game 7-2.

Arizona baseball lost against rival ASU 10-6 on Tuesday night in Phoenix. Here are three important stats from the matchup heading into its series against Washington State University. 

Chase Davis has 10 home runs on the season 

One player Arizona has been able to count on for consistent offense has been sophomore outfielder Chase Davis. Coming into this game, Davis was batting .292 with 9 home runs and 26 RBIs. 

In his first plate appearance, the Sun Devil pitcher won the battle by getting Davis to fly out. However, the second time Davis went to the plate went much better as he hit a home run out to right field in the third inning. 

With that home run, Davis became the first Wildcat to have double-digit home runs this season. This would be the only hit Davis would record but he was able to earn a walk in the fifth inning.  

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Tony Bullard hit 2 home runs

The junior infielder has struggled at the plate so far this season, only posting a .152 batting average and was without a home run before this game. Bullard was first able to get on the board with a solo home run in the second inning to extend Arizona’s lead to 3-1. 

He would hit another homer in his second at-bat in the fourth inning. Bullard took full advantage of a 2-2 pitch that was right down the middle and hit another solo home run to give the Wildcats a 5-3 lead. 

Bullard drew a walk and flew out in his other two plate appearances in this matchup leaving him with a stat line of two hits in three official at-bats, 2 home runs and two RBIs. 

Three Errors 

The Wildcat fielders committed a total of three errors throughout the game. Arizona’s fielding issues began with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning when a batter was able to reach on a throwing error. 

This error came back to hurt the Wildcats immediately as the Sun Devils scored with a single and a 3-run home run in their next two at-bats giving them a 7-6 lead. In the next inning, the Wildcats made another mistake in the field with another throwing error. 

Fortunately, the runner was retired on a fielder’s choice the next at-bat, but ASU was still able to score 2 more runs. The final error came in the eighth inning when Arizona’s catcher made a wide throw to third base attempting to pick off the runner, allowing a run to score making the game 10-6. 

Arizona’s record now stands at 21-8 and will play a three-game series against Washington State starting Friday, April 8 in Tucson at 6 p.m. 


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