Arizona Baseball Friday night starter Konner Wade has lost five of his seven Pac-12 starts and has done so with an ERA of 5.44.
As a result he will not start the opener at UCLA this weekend.
Head coach Andy Lopez is flipping his rotation and bumping James Farris up from #2 starter to the coveted Friday night role.
Farris helped pitch Arizona to it's fourth National Championship last June when he held South Carolina to a run on two hits over seven and two-thirds innings of the Game 2 clincher won by the Wildcats 4-1.
Farris' Pac-12 numbers aren't tremendously better than Wade's. He's just 1-3 in his seven conference starts with a 4.29 ERA. But his stuff has been more consistent and Wade's confidence is at a season-low after he was blitzed by Washington last weekend allowing eight earned runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings of a 23-1 home loss.
The Wildcats are 10-11 in Pac-12 play and after losing two-of-three at home to the Huskies must scramble back to assure themselves an NCAA Tournament spot and a chance to defend their championship.
Arizona trails league leading Oregon State (17-4) by seven games in the standings. UCLA is ranked 8th in the nation and currently sits in 3rd place in the Pac-12, four games ahead of UA.