Losing 2-of-3 at home to the team that came in 10th in the PAC-12 is pretty much unacceptable, and is a crushing blow to the tournament hopes for Arizona as there are only three weekends left in the regular season.
Let's look at the good, and the really, really bad from this weekend.
1. Mathew Troupe: After Tuesday's debacle against Arizona State, Troupe responded on Saturday and Sunday by throwing a total of 5 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. On Sunday, the Arizona "closer" entered the game in the sixth inning with two runners on base and no out. He got out of that jam without allowing another run, which was huge since UW was up 3-2 at the time. The Wildcats went on to take the lead in the 7th inning, to improve Troupe's record on the season to 5-0.
2. James Farris: The Junior righty needed to come up with a big start on Saturday after a historically bad Friday. And he did that. Farris went seven innings, giving up just one earned run (2 total). The offense just gave him no run support for the second week in a row. Farris though is supposed to take on the Friday starter role this weekend at UCLA and the next weekend at ASU.
1. Konner Wade: Man oh man did he have a rough go of it on Friday. And now he's being moved to Saturday to hopefully get him back on track. In Friday's game, he went just 3 1/3 innings, giving up 11 hits and 9 runs (8 earned). It's sort of been a disappointing year for Konner, who now has a 4.22 ERA and a 4-5 record with just one complete game. By comparison, last year he finished with a 3.96 ERA, went 11-3, and had six complete games.
2. Defense: 5 more errors on the weekend
3. Offense: 21 total hits in the three games, good for a .223 team batting average. The seven total runs scored were also the fewest in any three-game series since March 25-27, 2011 at ASU.
This is probably the worst possible time to start slumping this hard. The Cats are already on the bubble as far as the tournament is concerned, and travel to highly ranked UCLA and ASU the next two weekends. Do or die time.