Oh no! Just when I thought the Cats were going to get on a roll, they have dropped two in a row to #12 Oklahoma State. The Cats fell 10-4 on Tuesday. The Cowboys sent Thomas Keeling to the mound, who struck out 12 Wildcats in seven innings to earn his first victory of the season. Arizona made 3 errors in this game. Kyle Simon pitched a decent 3 innings, giving up 5 runs, 3 earned on 7 hits and one walk. Errors are killing the Cats this year. Daniel Workman got in 1.2 innings giving up 2 runs, 1 earned on three hits. This brought the Cats overall record to 8-6.
The Wildcats fell to the OSU Cowboys again on Wednesday, falling 8-5 at Kindall Field. This is the fifth loss against a ranked opponent in five tries. You do the math. Arizona's Bryce Bandilla had a nice start to his day, shutting down the Cowboys for four innings. In the top of the fifth, he got into trouble and ended up giving up 4 runs, all earned on 5 hits and 2 walks. The Cats led this one 3-0 to start the game, but couldn't hold on. Matt Chaffee came into the game in the top of the sixth and had a brutal outing. He did not record one out and gave up 3 runs, all earned, on 1 hit and two walks. Hmm. The ole 2 walks, then HR bit. That sounds cool. The Cats bright spots in the game were Brad Glenn who had a solo home run and Jett Bandy who was 3-4 with 2 RBI's and a run.
With Bandy's production this year, I think it's time to move him up to at least 4 or 5 in the order. Jett leads the team with 15 RBI's followed by Bryce Ortega with 13. Bryce batted 9th on Wednesday. Why are two of our top run producers in the bottom half of the order? Meanwhile, Bobby Coyle batted 4th (10 RBI's) and Steve Selsky batted fifth (4RBI's). 4 RBI's for our 5th spot? Something has got to change in this lineup. Selsky is a stud, but he is not producing. Move up Bandy or Ortega and drop Selsky in the order. Give me a break!!!!!!
Next game: Friday against Michigan, at Kindall Field 7:00 p.m. MST.