Cody Deason threw a five-hit shutout and Nick Quintana homered as Arizona knocked off No. 7 UCLA, 2-0, in Thursday’s series opener in Tucson.
The Wildcats improve to 26-17 overall and 8-11 in the Pac-12. Their RPI jumped from 58 to 50 because of the victory, which is huge for their postseason resume.
Deason (5-4, 2.36) struck out 11 and walked one. He threw 139 pitches, 90 for strikes.
The Bruins only had one runner in scoring position through the first five innings, but made things interesting in the ninth, putting the tying run on base with one out, after a single and walk.
But rightfielder Matt Fraizer made a sliding grab in foul territory for the second out, then Deason induced a groundout to end UCLA’s rally.
Jay Johnson on Deason: "It was special. That's the only word you put around something like that. It's not the shutout, it's not going 9, extending himself, it's just how focused he was throughout the whole game. I thought he got better as we went along."— WildcatUniverse.com (@Scott_Terrell) May 4, 2018
Arizona had seven hits, including two doubles and Quintana’s fifth-inning homer which gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats added another run in the sixth when Alfonso Rivas scored on a wild pitch. He walked earlier in the inning and got to third on a double by Cameron Cannon.
Rivas also doubled and left-fielder Donta Williams had a team-high two hits. Jake Bird (5-3, 1.87) threw a complete game for the Bruins. Neither team made an error.
Arizona will go for the series win Friday at 7 p.m. PT. It will be Star Wars Night at Hi Corbett Field.