Aided by a two-out error by freshman shortstop Robert Abel, the Titans jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Chris Jones reached on the misplayed grounder and came around to score on a triple by Nick Mahin in the next at-bat. Senior John Curtis followed with a well-hit ball that fell just short of his first career home run, but still resulted in an RBI-double to hand CSF the two-run advantage after one.
The defensive woes continued for
A miscommunication on a pickoff attempt on Hardman at second base resulted in a throwing error by catcher Dwight Childs and advanced the Titan base runner 90 feet. Shortstop Joel Scott made the Wildcats pay in the next at-bat with a run-scoring single to push the lead to 3-0.
Meanwhile, Kaplan (1-0), who surrendered three of
UA’s Brad Mills (2-1), who was stymied by three of a season-high five errors in the contest, was charged with his first loss of the season after surrendering eight runs, five earned, on six hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in defeat.
UA and CSF will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. MST. Sophomore right-hander Mike Colla (1-0) is the scheduled starter for the Cats.