Arizona Baseball looks for strong finish in paradise - Tucson News Now

Arizona Baseball looks for strong finish in paradise


The University of Arizona is set to close out the regular season in Honolulu, Hi. with a three-game series against the University of Hawaii.

The Cats took a pair of midweek games from Abilene Christian on Tuesday and Wednesday to improve to 35-20 in coach Jay Johnson’s first season at Arizona.

The Cats especially thrived at Hi Corbett Field, going 23-7 and posting a staff ERA of 2.25.

Arizona is hopeful it isn’t done playing games at Hi Corbett this season and a strong performance this weekend against Hawaii could help that become reality. The athletic department put in a bid to be a regional host and has the resume to back it up with a Top 25 RPI, an 11-8 mark against RPI Top 50 teams and a challenging nonconference schedule, which ranked ninth in the country.

For the final series of the regular season, Arizona has tinkered with its rotation in a small way. Left-hander JC Cloney, who leads the team with a 2.55 ERA, will start Friday. Nathan Bannister will follow on Saturday with Sunday’s Game 3 starter to be determined.

Cloney and Bannister have been a force at the top of the rotation for the Cats this season, combining to go 13-5 on the season..

The Cats are hopeful slugger Bobby Dalbec is hitting a strong and productive stretch for the Wildcats. He went 3 for 3 in Wednesday’s win over Abilene Christian and is 4 for his last six at the plate, combined. 

The Rainbow Warriors will counter with a pair of righties and one left-hander...The two righties, Kyle Von Ruden and Brendan Hornung, both have identical 3.09 ERAs on the season. Left-hander Alex Hatch, will start the Saturday game, in between the two right-handers.

Overall, Hawaii is 23-27 on the season. The Rainbow Warriors took two of three at Cal-State Fullerton last week and come into the series this weekend for their final three games of the season.

  • Fri., May 27 9:35 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii LHP JC Cloney (5-3, 2.55 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Von Ruden (7-2, 3.09 ERA)
  • Sat., May 28 9:35 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii RHP Nathan Bannister (8-2, 2.81 ERA) vs. LHP Alex Hatch (3-6, 4.96 ERA)
  • Sun., May 29 4:05 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii TBA vs. RHP Brendan Hornung (4-7, 3.09 ERA)

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