TUCSON, Ariz. – Cody Deason tossed his first career shutout Thursday night to lift the Arizona Wildcats to a 2-0 win over No. 7 UCLA at Hi Corbett Field.
The junior right-hander dominated the Bruins over nine innings, allowing just five hits and one walk, while striking out 11. The Ojai, California native established new career highs for innings and strikeouts in the win and secured Arizona's first shutout of a conference opponent since a 3-0 win over California on April 22, 2016.
Deason allowed just one Bruin to reach third base and worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth inning to lock down the win for the Wildcats.
Arizona improved to 26-17 on the season and 8-11 in Pac-12 play. The seventh-ranked Bruins dropped to 30-11 and 14-5 in league play. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for UCLA.
Deason and UCLA starter Jake Bird matched zeroes for the first four innings of the game. Deason allowed one baserunner each in the first, second and third innings, but stranded them each time. When leadoff man Jeremy Ydens doubled with one out in the third, it was the first time a baserunner reached second base. But Deason got a fly out and a strikeout to get out of the inning.
He then retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings, striking out four of six batters. In the fifth, he got some run support from his offense and was able to pitch with a lead for the first time.
Nick Quintana got Deason that lead when he led off the bottom half with his ninth home run of the season. Quintana hammered a 1-1 pitch from Bird off the batter's eye in centerfield to give Arizona a 1-0 lead. The homer was Quintana's second in as many conference games after he went deep in the series finale at Utah last weekend.
The Bruins threatened in the sixth off Deason, but the right-hander worked out of trouble. Ydens singled to shortstop to lead off the inning and then moved to third on a one-out single from third-place hitter Chase Strumpf. But Deason struck out cleanup hitter Michael Toglia for the third time and then got designated hitter Jack Stronach to ground out to Quintana at third for the final out of the inning.
The Cats then got Deason another run in the bottom half of the inning. Alfonso Rivas walked with one out and then moved to third on a one-out double from Cameron Cannon. Rivas scored on a wild pitch from Bird with catcher Cesar Salazar batting to make it 2-0. Cannon moved up to third, but was stranded there and the score remained 2-0.
Deason worked a quick 1-2-3 seventh inning, getting a strikeout and a pair of groundouts and then did the same thing in the eighth. Coach Jay Johnson sent his ace back out to the mound for the ninth and he got Strumpf to fly out to centerfielder Cal Stevenson for the first out. Toglia then drew a walk and Stronach blooped a single to left to put two on.
But Deason got centerfielder Daniel Amaral to fly out to right fielder Matt Fraizer in foul territory for the second out and then got a grounder from Garrett Mitchell to end the game.
Deason's shutout was the first by an Arizona pitcher since JC Cloney shut out Coastal Carolina in the first game of the College World Series finals in 2016. It was the first complete game by an Arizona pitcher since Cameron Ming went the distance against Arizona State last season. The previous longest outing by an Arizona pitcher this season came from Randy Labaut, who went eight shutout innings against Michigan State on March 4.
Freshman Donta Williams had the lone multiple-hit game for the Wildcats, finishing 2 for 3. Rivas went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a walk and is now 13 for 27 against UCLA in his career.