The Arizona Wildcats used the long ball to avoid a costly loss Monday in a 5-2 road victory over Sacramento State.
Nick Quintana, Cameron Cannon, and Matt Fraizer all homered in the win. All five of UA’s runs scored via a homer.
Quintana hit a solo homer in the second, Cameron hit a two-run shot in the third, and Fraizer hit a two-run bomb in the fourth.
That buoyed UA starter Zach Stone, who tossed four innings of one-run ball. Tylor Megill allowed one run on five hits in 2.1 innings and Zach Sherman tallied his first career save by throwing two scoreless frames.
The only run in the game that didn’t come via a homer was a third-inning RBI single by Sac State’s Matt Smith that cut UA’s lead to 3-1.
It’s a big win for the Wildcats (30-20, 10-14 Pac-12), who snap a three-game losing streak.
Beating the Hornets isn’t much of a feat — they are 28-23 — but they were a team Arizona couldn’t afford to lose to, as they entered Monday’s game 137th in RPI.
The Wildcats’ RPI now sits at 42 as it continues to sit on the postseason bubble. They return home for a huge three-game series against ASU on Thursday.