Arizona Walked Off UCLA for 2nd Straight Game

Arizona Walked Off UCLA for 2nd Straight Game

Last updated on March 30th, 2024 at 07:53 am

Arizona walked off UCLA for the second night in a row. Last Thursday, the former needed ten innings to win 5-3. Then, Emilio Corona had a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to give the Wildcats a 3-2 victory on Friday.

As a result, the UA became just the tenth collegiate baseball institution to achieve the 3,000-win mark. Following a sacrifice fly by Corona off of UCLA reliever Rashad Ruff, Brendan Summerhill—who had been instrumental the previous night with a two-run home run in the tenth—scored from third base.

According to pay per head bookie experts, Corona scored from third base on two RBI groundouts hit by Richie Morales in the third and fifth innings. As a result, Arizona (12-13, 6-5 Pac-12) took the lead. A 2-8 record in games with 1 or 2 runs was partly attributable to the absence of such plays before the UCLA series.

Arizona Walked Off UCLA 2 Games in a Row

Arizona Walked Off UCLA for 2nd Straight GameGiven pitcher Clark Candiotti’s performance, it appeared as though a single run might suffice, even though Arizona had not scored fewer than three in a win since their 3-1 season opener in February against preseason No. 2 Tennessee.

A senior right-hander, he completed a perfect game, the first by a UA pitcher in nine innings since Garrett Irvin in the 2021 NCAA Tournament against UC Santa Barbara. According to sportsbook pay per head reports, he also set a new career best with twelve strikeouts. However, he would have faced a no-decision if Arizona had not walked it off: an unearned run in the eighth and a two-out single in the ninth. Hale did not double-check the amount with pitching coach Kevin Vance after Candiotti’s surprising 105-pitch performance.

According to sources, it was the latest in Arizona’s string of excellent weekend openings this season. Candiotti (3.19), Jackson Kent (3.13), and Cam Walty (3.13) are the three pitchers with the best ERAs in Pac-12 play.

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