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Arizona baseball crushes Loyola Marymount to finish road trip on high note

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Jacob Berry
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The Arizona Wildcats shook off arguably their worst performance of the season with one of their most dominant.

The UA hit five home runs, two each by freshmen Jacob Berry and Daniel Susac, to power an 18-2 win at Loyola Marymount on Monday afternoon. That win allowed the Wildcats (14-6) to split their 4-game trip to Los Angeles, losing two of three at Pac-12 favorite UCLA including a listless 11-3 loss to the Bruins on Sunday.

Berry blasted a solo homer in the third and added a two-run bomb as part of a 4-run fourth inning. Susac’s first homer, a solo shot, came immediately after Branden Boissiere belted a 2-run homer, then Susac made it two longballs with a 3-run blast in the seventh.

Berry, Boissiere and Susac each drove in four runs, with Susac going 4 for 5 and Berry going 3 for 5. Berry leads the Wildcats in batting (.400), homers (six) and RBI (26).

The Wildcats led 16-0 as pitchers Chandler Murphy, Trevor Long and Vince Vannelle allowed only four hits over the first six innings. Long (2-0) got the win via three shutout innings of relief.

Arizona returns to action Friday when it becomes a 3-game series against Oregon at Hi Corbett Field. The Ducks (10-4) is coming off a home series win over ASU.