With four series remaining, the Wildcats need to be dominating teams like the Washington Huskies, who came in to Tucson 10th in the PAC-12, only ahead of Utah.
Well, Friday's game did not go as planned for Arizona, who fell to 9-10 in conference play, good for sixth in the standings. Washington, now 7-12 and tied for ninth with Washington State, scored 23 runs on 30 hits. The 30 hits were the most given up by Arizona ever. EVER. The 22 run loss is also the biggest loss in the Andy Lopez era at U of A, which dates back to 2002.
Here's some team comparison from Friday's game just to give you some sort of an idea of exactly how lopsided it was.
|# of players w/ run scored||10||1|
|# of players w/ RBI||8||1|
|# of players w/ hit||11||5|
|# of players w/ 2+ hits||9||2|
|# of players w/ 2+ RBI||7||0|
|Total plate appearances||60||35|
Anyways, hoping for better things on Saturday as James Farris (4-3, 4.21 ERA) takes the mound for the Wildcats against UW's Austin Voth (4-5, 2.84 ERA). The good news is that since it was a blowout, Andy Lopez didn't use any of the regular bullpen guys so the pitching situation still looks OK for the rest of this series. But, Saturday and Sunday have become must-wins for the Wildcats as they remain on the bubble to make the postseason.