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Infield errors cost Arizona baseball in series opener vs. UCLA

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Arizona’s defense has either been really good or really bad this season. Friday was one of the bad ones.

Four infield errors led to six UCLA runs in a 10-2 home loss to the Bruins at Hi Corbett Field.

UCLA (14-7, 2-2 Pac-12) got two runs in the top of the first on a 2-out double that wouldn’t have happened if not for a fielding error by second baseman Tyler Casagrande. Casagrande and third baseman Garen Caulfield both had errors in the fifth ahead of a grand slam by UCLA’s Cody Schrier, making it 6-0.

The UA has committed 27 errors in 22 games this season. It had 78 in 63 games in 2021.

Arizona (16-6, 5-2) scored single runs in the sixth and seventh on an RBI groundout from Mac Bingham and a run-scoring triple by Tanner O’Tremba, who had two hits and leads the Wildcats with 27 RBI. Bingham also had two hits while catcher Daniel Susac was 4 for 5 with his 12th double of the season.

The Wildcats left 10 runners on base, going 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

Right-hander TJ Nichols earned the loss, dropping to 3-1 despite all five of the runs he allowed being unearned. He struck out six and walked three over 5.1 innings.

Arizona and UCLA play the second game of their 3-game series Saturday at 6 p.m. PT, with left-hander Garrett Irvin on the mound for the Wildcats.