Cats fall 13-1 to Texas Tech

Cats fall 13-1 to Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Arizona Wildcats wrapped up their four-game Texas road trip Tuesday night at Texas Tech, falling to the Red Raiders 13-1 at Rip Griffin Park.

The Red Raiders scored their first five runs of the game with two outs and had eight two-out RBI total in the win over the Wildcats. Arizona, meanwhile, struggled in two-out situations and with runners in scoring position, going 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Conversely, Texas Tech was 8 for 14 with two outs 7 for 16 with runners in scoring position.

The Cats drew first blood in the game, plating one run in the first inning. Mitchell Morimoto drew a one-out walk and then stole second. The junior was able to get to third when catcher Michael Berglund's throw went into centerfield. The next batter, Alfonso Rivas, hit a sharp ground ball to first base, allowing Morimoto to score the game's opening run.

Starting pitcher Tylor Megill started strong, striking out the side in the first inning, mostly using his overpowering fastball.

After that, Texas Tech took control.  The Red Raiders scored two in the second and another in the third. They then two more in the fourth, two more in the fifth and then erupted for a six-run sixth inning to go up 13-1.

The Cats had their chances, loading the bases in the third and sixth and getting at least one man into scoring position in the fourth and fifth. But the Cats suffered some bad luck, flying some balls deep into the outfield, but unable to find a spot of turf.

Offensively, Jared Oliva was the lone Wildcat with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 2 with a walk, upping his season average to .429. He also stole his third base of the season. Morimoto finished 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored, and is now hitting .467 on the year.

For Texas Tech, freshman catcher Michael Berglund led the way with three hits.  Hunter Hargrove, Tanner Gardner and Cameron Warren all had two hits. Texas Tech had 14 hits total.

The Cats will now return home to Hi Corbett Field after going 2-2 on their Texas road trip. Arizona will host Hartford on Friday night at 6 p.m. Senior left-hander JC Cloney is expected to start for the Wildcats. He's 3-0 on the season and has yet to give up an earned run.