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Arizona tops BYU in Tuesday night showdown

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Juan Aguilera dazzled as the Wildcats cruised to victory

Jason Bartel

Juan Aguilera pitched a career-high seven scoreless innings and Matt Frazier and Jacob Blas each drove in two runs as the Arizona Wildcats topped BYU 6-1 in a Tuesday night showcase.

It’s the 11th win in the last 13 games for the Wildcats, who improve to 23-12 heading into this weekend’s monumental series against No. 2 Stanford.

Aguilera (5-0, 1.17 ERA) allowed just two hits and one walk, while striking out a pair of Cougars. He only threw 86 pitches, and was backed with plenty of run support early and often.

An RBI double by Cesar Salazar gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the first inning, then Alfonso Rivas ripped an RBI double down the right-field line in the third to make it 2-0.

Frazier and Blas, who each had two hits, tallied two-run singles in the fourth to make it a six-run lead.

The scored remained 6-0 until the eighth when Robby Medel surrendered an RBI single to Brennon Anderson.

Arizona finished with 10 hits, while BYU had just five along with three errors.

The Wildcats’ RPI improves to 31, putting them on the right side of the bubble as the postseason nears. They were without star centerfielder Cal Stevenson, who is out with an injured right hand after being hit by a pitch over the weekend at USC.

But Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star reports that Stevenson’s hand is not broken, so it’s unlikely he will miss much time.

Arizona’s highly-anticipated home series against the second-ranked Cardinal begins Friday at 7 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.