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Arizona 7, USC 1: Tyler Crawford with third straight clutch start for the Wildcats to finish regular season

A Tyler Crawford complete game and hits from every hitter in the lineup gave Arizona a much needed series sweep over USC

Riley Moore's fifth inning triple was the highlight of a four-run inning that clinched an Arizona sweep over USC on Sunday
Riley Moore's fifth inning triple was the highlight of a four-run inning that clinched an Arizona sweep over USC on Sunday
US PRESSWIRE

For the third straight day, an Arizona pitcher went at least nine innings. Today was Tyler Crawford's turn, as he held USC to one run and eight hits in a 7-1 Wildcat victory.

"It worked out well today" said Crawford.

"I was always talk to James (Farris) and Konner (Wade), they do a really good job of saying 'This guy likes to do this, this guy likes to do that'....I love it."

The three Arizona starters combined for 27 1/3 innings on the weekend, allowing just eight total runs on 26 hits.

A big offensive inning, just like Saturday night, put the dagger in USC. Five Arizona hits led to four runs in the fifth inning, which was highlighted by a Riley Moore triple off the right field wall.

Brandon Dixon started that inning off with a single to left. He, as well as the rest of the Wildcats, knew full-well just how important it was to complete the series sweep.

"It's weird because the uncertainty is there, you're not really used to that" said Dixon. "We'll see tomorrow and go from there."

But as it stands, Arizona finished the regular season with a 34-21 record, 15-15 in PAC-12 play. The Wildcats finished winning 5-of-6 as their closing argument for the selection committee.

"You've seen solid pitching, you've seen timely hitting, and you've seen very clean defense, with some action involved, some hit-and-runs, stealing some bases, things like that" said head coach Andy Lopez. "But the key thing is the first part....when you look at our season....that hurt us and I thought that was our strength."

It was definitely the strength this weekend, and hopefully it was enough.