May 12, 2012
Arizona 4, California 1 (Box Score)
BERKELEY, Calif. - The 14th-ranked Arizona baseball team scored three first-inning runs and then rode the arm of Konner Wade who threw a complete-game three-hitter in a 4-1 series-clinching victory over host California on Saturday at Evans Diamond.
The right-handed Wade improved his record to 7-1 on the season as he followed up Kurt Heyer's complete game in a 3-1 Wildcat win on Friday. Wade surrendered just three hits but did walk four, though he registered seven strikeouts and did not yield a hit with runner in scoring position in the game.
The complete game was Wade's third of the season and the Wildcats' 10th of the season. Heyer threw his fifth of the year yesterday, and tomorrow's scheduled starter, James Farris, has two of his own in 12 starts entering Sunday.
Arizona (32-15, 15-8 Pac-12) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Joey Rickard led off the game with his first home run of the season to left field. Johnny Field and Robert Refsnyder each singled, before Bobby Brown delivered a two-out, two-run single to centerfield.
After giving up the three first inning runs, California starter Matt Flemer (L, 7-4) kept the Wildcats scoreless over the next six innings. He finished with just the three runs allowed on eight hits and one walk to go with four strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work.
California (25-21, 9-14) was held hitless by Wade over the first three innings, but Andrew Knapp snapped that string with a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth. Tony Renda then drew a walk, before Mitch Delfino struck out on a failed bunt attempt for the first out. A soft fly ball and a groundout ended the inning and left two stranded the two runners.
Knapp's double remained California's only hit of the game until the sixth. That was when Renda hit a two-out solo home run over the left field fence to cut UA's lead to 3-1.
Joey Donofrio pitched the eighth inning for the Golden Bears. The right-hander surrendered a leadoff solo homer to Refsnyder, who picked up his second round-tripper in as many games and his sixth of the season, to set the score at its eventual final of 4-1.
The Golden Bears threatened in the ninth inning and even brought the tying run to the plate. After Wade picked up two quick outs, Chad Bunting reached on a popped up single that fell beyond the reach of single baseman who was trying to track it down in shallow right field.
Wade then hit Mike Reuvekamp with a pitch to bring pinch hitter Jacob Wark to the plate as the tying run. Despite falling behind in the count 3-1, Wade went on to record his seventh and final strikeout of the game to preserve the victory.
California finished the game 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position against Wade.
The Wildcats rapped out 10 hits in the game, led by two-hit games by Field, Refsnyder, Brown, and Gilbert. Both teams left eight runners on base.
Arizona will try for the series sweep on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (PDT) at Evans Diamond.