Arizona vs. Utah: Tyger Talley impresses in weekend debut against Utes

Scott Kingery went 3-for-4 on Sunday in a win over Utah - Jason Bartel

Talley's first-ever start on a weekend went well as Arizona won its first Pac-12 series of 2014

When Tyger Talley made his first career start a few weeks ago against Grand Canyon, I didn't really know what to make of it.

And really, neither did Andy Lopez, or Talley himself.

In Salt Lake City on Sunday, that surprise start manifested itself into a new-found weekend starter.

Talley went seven innings against the Utes in a 5-2 Arizona win, giving the Wildcats their first series win in conference play this season.

The sophomore scattered five hits over those seven innings, allowing just one run in the third inning.

That third inning had the potential to be a lot worse than that, but this new Tyger Talley fought through a two-on, one-out jam to not allow any more Utes to cross the plate.

No strike outs for Talley on the day, and just 83 pitches thrown.

I know he was supposed to be the closer this season, but this starter role certainly seems to be a much better fit.

The other story of the day was the two-out offense from the Wildcats.  All five runs on the day were scored with two down in the inning.

Arizona got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first, and Scott Kingery extended that lead to 4-1 in the fourth after a costly Utah error.  Imagine how bad this offense would be without Kingery doing what he's been able to do this season?  But he doubled down the left field line in a crucial point to take advantage of that Utah error.

Kingery went 3-for-4 on the day with those two RBI, and a walk.  So good.  So clutch.

After Friday's debacle, it's a good thing Arizona was able to salvage a series win.  The Wildcats are now 4-8 in Pac-12 play, and play again at ASU on Wednesday (6:30 PM) before UCLA comes to Tucson for a three-game set Friday-Sunday.  All three of those UCLA games will be on TV (Fri & Sun P12 Networks, Sat ESPNU), so maybe the last ten innings will get this thing turned around.

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