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Cats walk-off again

Tucson, Ariz. – Ryan Aguilar drew a bases loaded walk with one out in the ninth inning to break a tie and give the Wildcats a 4-3 win over UC Riverside on Wednesday afternoon at Hi Corbett Field.

The Cats and Highlanders entered the ninth inning tied at three. Arizona’s Bobby Dalbec pitched a scoreless top of the inning to get the Cats to bat with a chance to win the game. Louis Boyd started the inning with a bunt base hit and moved to second when catcher Cesar Salazar grounded out to shortstop. Boyd then advanced to third on a wild pitch.

UC Riverside intentionally walked Jared Oliva to put two on and then walked Cody Ramer to load the bases for Aguilar. Aguilar got the count to 3-1, before drawing a walk to bring in Boyd and give the Wildcats the win.

It lifted Arizona to 17-8 on the season and dropped UC Riverside to 10-13.

The Cats found themselves in some trouble right away in the first inning, but were able to get out of it with no damage. After starting pitcher Austin Schnabel loaded the bases with no outs, left-hander Cameron Ming entered. 

Ming got the first batter he faced to strikeout. The lefty then got catcher Tony Gudino to hit a soft tapper in front of the plate. Salazar fielded it and then turned around and was able to tag the baserunner before he reached home for the second out. Ming then struck out Yeager Taylor to end the inning and keep the Highlanders off the scoreboard. 

The Wildcats then went right to work in the bottom of the first. Ramer started the game with a single and was moved to second on a wild pitch. Aguilar then dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Ramer up to third with one out. Bobby Dalbec followed with a double down the left field line to score Ramer and make it 1-0. 

Cleanup hitter Alfonso Rivas then singled to score Dalbec to make it 2-0 four batters into the game. 

Arizona added onto its lead in the second when center fielder Jared Oliva blasted a solo home run to left field to make it 3-0. 

Ming put up another zero in the third, before the Highlanders finally got to him in the fourth. Yaeger Taylor homered on the first pitch of the inning to make it 3-1. After giving up a single and a hit by pitch, Ming retired the side to get ouf the frame with no further damage.

Kevin Ginkel took over for him in the fifth, but walked the first two batters he faced. Cody Deason then took over and after getting a strikeout, surrendered an RBI double to Taylor to make it 3-2.

That remained the score until the seventh when UC Riverside tied the game on an RBI groundout. The Cats couldn’t take the lead in the bottom of the seventh and Austin Rubick, who took over for Deason in the seventh, quickly retired the first two batters of the inning. But after giving up a single, Dalbec came on to pitch. He hit the first batter he faced, but then retired the next batter on a foul out to third.

Arizona again couldn’t score in the eighth, but Dalbec pitched a quick top of the ninth to set up the win in the bottom half.

Senior Zach Gibbons led the Wildcats, going 3 for 4 with a stolen base. The senior now has seven-straight multi-hit games for the Wildcats and has his season average up to .376 to lead the team. Boyd had two hits and a run scored in the win and Ramer finished 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.

The Wildcats play next on Friday at Utah with left-hander JC Cloney getting the start. First pitch of the three-game series is set for 5 p.m., MST. A radio broadcast will be available on 1290 AM and through the TuneIn app. 

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