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Cats Split Twinbill, Win Series
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/25/2012
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Game 1 Box Score (Arizona 15, Auburn 4)
Game 2 Box Score (Auburn 8, Arizona 3)

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 8 Arizona baseball team split a double-header on Saturday against Auburn, winning the first game 15-4 before dropping the second 8-3. The Wildcats won the three-game series two games to one.

Arizona (5-2) will return to action next Friday, March 2, to begin a three-game series against Harvard. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MST).

GAME 1 RECAP

The Wildcats rapped out a season-high 17 base hits, Konner Wade had 10 strikeouts and the Arizona baseball team secured a series victory with a 15-4 drubbing of visiting Auburn in the first game of a double-header at Hi Corbett Field.

Arizona (5-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. A five-run third inning was followed by a three-run fourth inning and later another five-run frame in the eighth to total a season-high 15 runs scored.

Wade (1-0) scattered seven hits, walked three and allowed two runs - one earned - over 6.2 innings pitched. His 10 strikeouts combined with from his season debut last Saturday improved his season tally to 23. As a freshman, Wade registered 28 strikeouts in 61.2 innings.

Auburn (3-4) scored single runs in the second and fourth innings, respectively, and added two rather harmless runs in the top of the ninth. Starter Slade Smith (0-2) suffered the loss after surrendering seven runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings.

The Wildcats were led offensive by top of the order hitters Joey Rickard and Alex Mejia, who combined for six hits and five runs. Mejia added three RBI, including two on a homer in the bottom of the eighth, his second in as many games.

Eight Wildcats scored a run and nine recorded a base hit, including Joseph Maggi who picked up a hit in his first career at-bat following a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning.

GAME 2 RECAP

Left-hander Daniel Koger kept the hot-hitting Arizona offense at bay in the second half of a double-header by shutting out the Wildcats over six innings en route to an 8-3 victory to salvage one win for Auburn in the three-game series at Hi Corbett Field.

Koger (1-0) yielded just two hits and scattered three walks while stifling a UA lineup that rapped out 17 hits and 15 runs in the first half of the twinbill earlier in the afternoon.

Auburn (4-4) notched a pair of runs in each of the first two innings off UA starter James Farris. The Tigers scored their first run of the game on a balk by Farris, and a second on an RBI single by Garrett Cooper. An inning later, Blake Austin and Ryan Tella added RBI singles to spot the Tigers a four-run edge.

Farris (1-1), who gave up five runs on seven hits with two walks in 3.1, gave up another run in the top of the fourth before Stephen Manthei came on in relief. Manthei gave up two runs over one-plus innings of work and Nick Cunningham allowed another run in 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.

Arizona (5-2) mustered just two hits and left five runners on base over the first six innings. The Wildcats left five runners on base and did not have a hit with a runner in scoring position against Koger.

But against the Tigers' bullpen, UA broke through. Joseph Maggi drew a walk and Jordan Berger singled to left field off reliever Jay Wade, before Bobby Brown pulled a triple down the right field line to push across two runs. Joey Rickard drove in Brown and reached on an error against reliever Justin Bryant, who replaced Wade.

That was the closest Arizona would get as Bryant shut down the Wildcats over the final two innings. Vincent Littleman tossed three shutout innings in relief for the Wildcats to finish the game.

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