TUCSON, Ariz. – Cody Deason tossed four scoreless innings and Nick Quintana went 4-for-4 at the plate to lift the Arizona Wildcats to an 11-2 win over New Mexico State on Tuesday evening in front of 2,104 fans at Hi Corbett Field.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Wildcats and improved their overall record to 27-12. The Cats are now 20-4 at Hi Corbett this season. New Mexico State dropped to 26-16 and lost both games to the Wildcats this season.
Deason was dominant in his four innings of work. The sophomore right-hander allowed just one hit over four scoreless frames. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out five. The four innings marked Deason’s longest outing of the season, besting his previous high of 4 2/3 innings. He never faced a three-ball count against the Aggies, and went two balls and no strikes to just one batter over the four innings.
He exited after 50 pitches, giving way to Tylor Megill. Deason has now tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Aggies over two starts this season. He earned his third win of the season and is now 3-1 on the year.
His offense got him plenty of support early in the game. In the second inning, JJ Matijevic opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher. Quintana then doubled to score Matijevic for the first run of the game.
After Cesar Salazar was hit by a pitch, Cameron Cannon laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Quintana and Salazar up a base. Freshman Matt Fraizer then walked to load the bases for Louis Boyd, who lifted a fly ball to left field to score Quintana on a sacrifice fly and make it 2-0.
Deason cruised through the third and fourth, finally surrendering his first hit in the fourth. But in the bottom half of the inning, his offense got him some more support. Quintana opened the inning with a single, and moved up to second on another failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher. Cannon then came through with a one-out RBI single to score Quintana. The Cats added another run later in the inning on an another sacrifice fly from Boyd to make it 4-0.
Megill then came on, and despite seeing the first two men reach in the inning, managed to work out of the inning with no damage. In the bottom half of the inning, Salazar singled with one out to score Matijevic, who had walked earlier in the inning. Megill again tossed up a zero in the sixth and Arizona made it 6-0 in the bottom half when Alfonso Rivas scored on a balk.
Megill then got into some trouble in the seventh, but again worked out of it. After leadoff man Austin Botello flied out, Megill gave up back-to-back singles to put two men on. He then walked the next batter to load the bases with one out. But the big right-hander got a strikeout and a ground out to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Cats exploded for a five-run seventh inning to put any thought of a comeback away. Rivas, Matijevic, Quintana and Salazar all produced an RBI and Boyd scored on an error. The Cats had eight men total reach base.
The Aggies got a pair of runs in the eighth, but Landon Faulkner came on for the ninth to close it out and pitch a perfect inning.
The Cats will look to keep the momentum rolling this weekend when they travel to Stanford for a three-game series, which starts Thursday night.
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