Another day, another game with lack of clutch hitting from Arizona as they dropped the second game of a three-game set to the Oregon Ducks 5-1.
Oregon wrapped up the game in the bottom of the 8th after Ryon Healy smacked a ball over the left field wall off of Wildcat reliever Mathew Troupe. The home run was the first run scored off of Troupe this season.
It also spoiled a great start from Arizona starter James Farris (L, 3-3) who had only given up one earned run on the day before the two guys on base scored on the home run. He finished the day with 7 innings, 5 hits, 4 walks, 4 runs (3 earned). Augey Bill came in after Troupe gave up the home run to get another perfect inning under his belt this year.
Arizona (15-10, 0-5 PAC-12) and Oregon (17-6, 4-1 PAC-12) each had six hits, but the Wildcats just can not string together any kind of momentum at the plate lately. No Wildcat player had more than one hit on the day. Arizona stranded 7 runners on the base-paths on Saturday, while Oregon only stranded 4.
Brandon Dixon did have two stolen bases on the day, giving him 20 for the year.
The two teams get together again on Sunday at noon. The game will be on 1290 AM in Tucson. Let's hope that Arizona can come out of these two Oregon series with a little bit of confidence by getting their first conference win.
A little more bad news:
Arizona State starter Ryan Kellogg threw a no-hitter against Oregon State on Saturday in an 4-0 win by the Sun Devils to split the first two games of that series.
The UCLA/Cal and Utah/Stanford series have each been split through two games as well.