The Arizona Wildcats lost their first series of the 2014 season, and they really had no shot at winning it. Seton Hall came in and dominated the Cats, winning on Friday 9-1, winning the second game 4-2, and finishing the sweep with an 11-2 demolition on Sunday.
So there's a lot of options to choose from for Three Down. But there were still a couple guys good enough to earn a nod for Three Up.
Here's how I see it:
1. Tyler Parmenter
Parmenter has become the top option out of the bullpen, which is a huge shock considering he wasn't even a pitcher until last May. The junior appeared in all three games over the weekend, pitched three total innings, and only allowed one earned run and scattered three hits.
More on Parmenter's transformation from struggling shortstop to best middle-relief guy later this week.
2. Xavier Borde
Borde also appeared in all three games this weekend out of the pen, and he has made himself the go-to guy along with Parmenter for head coach Andy Lopez. Borde went four innings, including two full innings in the final game. He was rolling right along until the last two batters he faced, when he looked like he wore down. He allowed one earned run at the tail-end of that Sunday appearance, and that was it for the weekend. It was also the first run he's allowed all season. Also like Parmenter, Borde surrendered just three hits in his three appearances.
3. Scott Kingery
Kingery continues to be the hottest bat in the lineup. After winning Pac-12 Player of the Week last week, the sophomore led the team this week with four hits. He was the only Wildcat to register a multi-hit game, and he did it twice. Lopez moved him up to the leadoff spot for the finale on Sunday, and while Kingery came through with a 2-for-4 game, no one else was able to capitalize on it.
1. Trent Gilbert
Gilbert's weekend was so bad, coach Lopez pulled him in the third inning of the final game for "rest". Gilbert went 2-for-9, and struck out twice. There's also the chance that he will not be at second base moving forward and will assume the DH duties. After the series, Lopez said that Cody Ramer is a better option at second base because he has more range in the field. Ramer has better numbers at the plate this year too, so he is definitely showing he can handle it.
2. Cody Moffett
Moffett was having a spectacular season until Sunday. The sophomore lefty came on in relief for Morgan Earman, and did not last very long. Moffett recorded just two outs, walked three guys, gave up two hits, and had a wild pitch. When he came in, two guys were on base, and both scored. Then he gave up two of his own runs. Just a bad outing.
3. Bobby Dalbec
Outside of his two home runs this year, Dalbec has not really been productive at the plate. This weekend he went 2-for-11, didn't drive in a run, and struck out four times. Strikeouts are bad, but especially at a place like Hi Corbett, where if you just get the ball in play, chances are you'll get a hit. He's a freshman, so maybe he'll get it going here soon as he gets more comfortable at the plate, but right now, not a lot's going on off the bat of Dalbec.