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Arizona Baseball: Wildcats split rain-delayed doubleheader with Washington State Saturday

Wildcats drop the end of Friday's game, but rebound with drama-filled win to split the day

James Farris rebounded on Saturday after two consecutive short starts.  Farris gave up just one earned run in 7.1 innings en route to a 6-5 Arizona win
James Farris rebounded on Saturday after two consecutive short starts. Farris gave up just one earned run in 7.1 innings en route to a 6-5 Arizona win
Harry How

Friday's game was delayed because of rain after 7 innings. Arizona ended up losing that game 9-5 after resuming it on Saturday, but bounced back with a 6-5 victory to split the first two games of the three-game set.

Konner Wade (L, 3-3) went all 7 innings on Friday, giving up 5 earned runs (7 total) on 5 hits and 3 walks. The second inning is what did in Arizona, where Washington State scored four runs on 4 hits, plus 4 wild pitches/passed balls and a hit batter by Wade.

The Wildcats (22-12, 7-7 PAC-12) gave up four unearned runs in the first game, including two in Cody Moffett's lone inning of work. Saturday morning was the first time Moffett had pitched since March 24th at Oregon. I fully expect him to be the starter on Tuesday when Arizona takes on Arizona State at Hi Corbett.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 5 8 2
Washington State 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 2 X 9 7 1

The second game of the day saw a fantastic start from James Farris, exactly what the Wildcats needed. Farris went 7 1/3 innings, giving up just 2 runs (1 earned), 4 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 10.

Ryan Koziol got an RBI in the second, Kevin Newman got one in the sixth, and Zach Gibbons drove in two in the seventh.

James Farris gave up an RBI double in the bottom of the 8th and was replaced by Augey Bill. Bill hit the first batter he faced, and then catcher David Real gave up a passed ball. A sac fly from Washington State's Jason Monda made it 4-2.

The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the ninth, which turned out to be extremely important.

Wildcat closer Mathew Troupe walked the bases loaded, which forced Andy Lopez to bring in Tyger Talley. Talley did not have very much control over the ball either, probably because there were snow flurries at the end of the game. He allowed all three inherited runners to score, but struck out Jason Monda to end the game, giving the Wildcats a 6-5 victory.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 6 7 0
Washington State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 5 4 0

The rubber match of the series is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday, but with the crazy weather, anything could happen. Arizona will send Tyler Crawford to the mound against Washington State's Scott Simon. The Arizona 7-8-9 hitters have gone a combined 3-for-20 in the first two games...yuck.