D-backs beat Wildcats 12-5 - Tucson News Now

D-backs beat Wildcats 12-5

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – On an the MLB training ground at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Wildcats played a spring training game against former Wildcat Chip Hale and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Wildcats were defeated by the Diamondbacks by a score of 12-5 in a seven-inning affair.

The Wildcats were led by Casey Bowman, Michael Hoard and Jared Oliva who all had a pair of hits. Overall, the Wildcats collected 11 total hits against the Diamondbacks.

Every position player for Arizona got an at bat, while Michael Flynn, Kaleb Roper, Trent Johnson and Austin Rubick got a chance to take the mound against the Diamondbacks. Flynn tossed one inning and gave up two unearned runs, Roper went two innings and gave up two earned runs with two strikeouts, Johnson allowed seven runs on eight hits with one strikeout in two innings and Rubick

The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the first two innings, but the Wildcats would make a comeback, per the usual.

Bowman and JJ Matijevic each tallied an RBI for the Wildcats in the third inning. Bowman drove in Justin Behnke on a single to left field off of Dominic Leone after Behnke singled and stole second. After Hoard doubled to center field, which moved Bowman to third base, Matijevic drove in Bowman via the sac fly to left field.

The fourth inning was a big one for the Wildcats. Kyle Lewis, Jared Oliva and Sawyer Gieseke each had an infield single off of Matt Stites. Gieseke was credited with an RBI after his single brought home Lewis. After Behnke walked, Louis Boyd drove in Oliva on a sacrifice fly to right field, making the score 5-4 Diamondbacks. Hoard then collected his second hit of the game on a single to right field that drove in Gieseke, who executed a perfect slide to avoid the tag at the plate and tied the game at five.

After being held scoreless in the third inning, the Diamondbacks scored four runs in the fourth after a single, two doubles and a home run. In the bottom of the fifth, the Diamondbacks added three more runs thanks to a single, double and another home run.

Boyd and Bowman had back-to-back hits off of Kaleb Fleck in the top of the sixth, but Hoard was not able to advance them as he went down on strikes. In the top of the seventh, Haug was hit by a pitch and then Oliva singled and advanced on the throw to put runners on second and third for Gieseke. The runs could not come in as Gieseke would strike out and the game ended with a score of 12-5.

Arizona is back in action tomorrow at 6 p.m. MST in the home opener against No. 16 Cal State Fullerton.

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