Arizona vs. Utah: Wildcats even series with Utes in ten-inning affair

Cody Hamlin gave up just five hits in 8 2/3 innings on Saturday at Utah - Jason Bartel

A five-run tenth was a nice change of pace from the rest of the game

The Arizona Wildcats were able to even the series up with Utah thanks to five runs in the tenth inning, giving the Cats a 6-1 victory.

Arizona had been hitless (0-for-13) on the day w/ runners in scoring position until the 10th, and then all of the sudden that went away.

Joseph Maggi, who came into the game when Bobby Dalbec took the mound with two outs in the ninth, started the tenth with a one-out single to center, and advanced to second on a Dalbec walk.

Cody Ramer picked up the first hit with a RISP with a double to make it a 2-1 game.

Zach Gibbons was then intentionally walked, and Kenny Meimerstorf followed that with a two-run double to make it a three-run lead.  Riley Moore drove in two more runs with a single of his own to finish off the scoring for the day.

The 10th inning only happened because of Meimerstorf and Moore's defense in the bottom of the ninth though.  Utah's Wyler Smith singled to right with a runner on second, and Meimerstorf came home with it.  The throw was up the first base line, but Moore made a nice diving tag to record the second out of the inning.

That was the last batter Cody Hamlin faced, as he was replaced by Dalbec who picked up the final out of the inning.  Hamlin went 8.2 innings on Saturday, surrendering just five hits and one walk in 110 pitches.

Dalbec got into a little bit of trouble in the 10th, loading the bases with two outs.  Cody Moffett came on, and needed just two pitches to finish the game and even the series.

0-for-13 w/ RISP in the first nine is definitely concerning, and really, so is the 3-for-17 mark to finish the game.  And just 3-for-22 with runners on at all.  And 0-for-11 with two outs.

But a win's a win, and the Cats can still manage a series win Sunday afternoon.  Tyger Talley will make his first-career weekend start after Austin Schnabel had a couple of rough outings to start his Pac-12 career.  The game will start at 11 AM Arizona time, and you can watch it right here.

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