Arizona baseball: Three Up, Three Down: Pac-12 play is finally over


A fitting end to a season full of disappointment

The Pac-12 portion of the baseball schedule for the Arizona Wildcats has finally come to a close after the Cats dropped two-of-three at Cal this past weekend.

After taking Friday night's game 6-0, Arizona responded in their typical 2014 fashion with a 12-inning loss on Saturday, followed up with a 6-4 loss on Sunday. That gives the Wildcats a 9-21 record in Pac-12 play this year.

Could not even manage ten conference wins in 2014. That's historically bad stuff right there.

But here are the best and worst from the weekend in Berkeley.

Three Up:

1. James Farris

Farris is certainly leaving a good taste in the mouths of MLB scouts heading into the upcoming MLB Draft. Farris threw a complete game shutout on Friday, the third shutout of his college career. The senior righty scattered four hits, walked two, and added seven strikeouts, bringing his season total up to 93, the second-most in the Pac-12 (UCLA's James Kaprielian has 97). Since Farris didn't get credit for the win against Stanford last week, this was his first win since Washington State, the first Pac-12 series Arizona had. Good way to bookend conference play I guess.

Oh that first question

2. Tyler Parmenter

Parmenter was good early in the year, kind of fell off a little bit, and then had a nice outing on Sunday. He went 2 2/3 of scoreless ball, surrendering just one hit and one walk. Good to see Parmenter get a little bit of confidence heading into next year.

3. Zach Gibbons

Gibbons just keeps on picking up the hits no matter what everyone else does. 5-for-13 total, with 3 runs scored and two walks. A lot of players picked up a decent amount of hits, but Gibbons continues to stand out to me over the rest of them.

Three Down:

1. Cody Hamlin

Man it would have been cool if Farris and Hamlin were good at the same time of the season. Hamlin has struggled of late, and his Saturday start was no exception to that. Nine hits and two walks in just 5 2/3 innings, resulting in three earned runs. Not sure if it's just an inning thing wearing him down, but hopefully he can find whatever he had early in the year when 2015 rolls around.

2. Kevin Newman

Overall, it seems like Newman has been the main player not quite living up to the hype. A lot of errors this year, and not the offensive output that we saw last year and during Cape Cod League play. 1-for-12 total for the weekend. Just another lackluster performance.

3. Tyger Talley

After a fantastic outing last weekend, Talley followed that up with a not-so-good one. 5 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and a walk. 

Just one series left this year! Abilene Christian visits Tucson starting Friday night at 6 PM.

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