Cats open Pac-12 play with victory

Cats open Pac-12 play with victory

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona baseball team opened Pac-12 Conference play with a 10-5 victory over Utah


evening at Hi Corbett Field, extending the club's winning streak to seven-consecutive games.

Scott Kingery had three hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in, and Kevin Newman added two hits a run scored and a pair of RBI to pace a 13-hit attack for the Wildcats.

JJ Matijevic led off the second inning with his first career home run, sparking what became a four-run frame. After the solo shot to center, the Wildcats strung together four-straight two-out hits, including a two-run double by Kingery and a run-scoring single from Newman.
Arizona (16-4, 1-0 Pac-12) capitalized in two-out situations all evening. Seven of the team's 13 hits came with two outs, including five two-out RBI and another that crossed home on an error.
Hamlin (W, 3-0) was steady despite not putting up dominate numbers. He allowed five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. The righty worked into the eighth inning, when he hit the leadoff batter and turned the game over to Nathan Bannister.
Bannister was strong in relief, yielding just one hit and retiring the other six batters he faced in two complete innings. He was called for a balk in the eighth that allowed an inherited runner to score, which was charged to Hamlin.

Utah (4-12, 0-1 Pac-12) mustered only six hits against the Wildcat hurlers and struggled to a 2-for-9 clip batting with two outs. 

The big threat came in the fourth inning when the Utes scored three times. Cody Scaggari led things off with a single, and he later scored on Wyler Smith's two-run single. Max Schuman, who homered in the seventh, followed with a run-scoring single to cut the deficit to 4-3.
The Wildcats answered with a run in the fifth thanks to a two-out RBI single from Jared Oliva. An inning later, sacrifice flies from Newman and Riley Moore extended Arizona's lead to 7-3

Schuman's leadoff homer in the seventh brought Utah within three runs, but the Utes gave it right back in the home half of the inning.
Bobby Dalbec, who was 2-for-5, singled and later scored when first baseman Hunter Simmons was unable to handle a throw from catcher AJ Young on what should have been an inning-ending strikeout for Tyler Krause.

Utah tacked on an eighth inning run against Hamlin, but the Wildcats answered back with two of their own against reliever Trenton Stoltz.

Bret Helton (L, 1-2) took the loss for Utah. He lasted 5.0 innings and surrendered five runs on seven hits and three walks. 

Reliever Dylan Drachler was charged for three runs – two earned – over 1.2 innings behind Helton.

Arizona received contributions up and down its lineup. Eight players collected a base hit, seven scored a run and six drove in a run.
The two teams continue the three-game set on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. (MST) at Hi Corbett Field. Due to the Arizona men's basketball team's victory over UCLA FridaySaturday's baseball game will not be broadcast on 1290 AM.

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