Arizona baseball: Cats hold off Cal for 5th straight victory

2013-04-07T00:00:00Z Arizona baseball: Cats hold off Cal for 5th straight victoryDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For the second game in a row, the Arizona Wildcats scored early and put pressure on their opponent.

And for the second game in a row, it led to a win.

The Wildcats scored four runs in the first inning and held on for dear life to top Cal 6-4 Saturday night in the second of a three-game series at Hi Corbett Field.

The suddenly hot Wildcats (20-11) have now won five in a row. They improved to 5-6 in Pac-12 play after starting 0-6. The team swept Utah a week ago.

Arizona will go for the series sweep against Cal today at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

"We're not satisfied with just winning the series. We want to go get the sweep and play for that," junior center fielder Johnny Field said. "We have to get back to .500 and give ourselves a chance in this conference.

"When you're winning, the game is a lot easier and a lot more fun."

After scoring six runs in the first two innings on Friday, the Wildcats went right back to work on Saturday.

Field led off with a single, then stole second base. The next batter, Trent Gilbert, roped a single to score Field and get the Wildcats on the board.

Brandon Dixon then tripled to score Gilbert. Dixon was brought home on an RBI single from freshman Zach Gibbons.

After the next two hitters made outs, fellow freshman Scott Kingery, who started at designated hitter, tripled to score Gibbons and close out the scoring in the first.

"We did a great job of stringing hits together against that starter," said Field, who finished 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.

"That's what we preach all the time as an offense -go base hit, base hit, base hit, and then the doubles and triples will show up, and we had a couple tonight.

"We were getting our pitch, staying on top, and getting base hits."

Wildcats starter James Farris, battling the flu, gave two of the runs back in the top of the second. Jacob Wark started things with a one-out double and was brought home on an RBI single from Chris Paul.

Paul scored two batters later on an RBI single from Grant Diede.

Arizona picked up its starting pitcher, scoring in the third and fourth innings to stretch the lead to 6-2.

Farris struck out the first two hitters in the top of the fifth, but after a two-out walk to Brenden Farney, the right-hander was pulled with his count at 91 pitches. Freshman Tyger Talley came on to get the final out on a ground ball.

Farris' final line was 4 2/3 innings pitched, giving up two earned runs, six hits and two walks while striking out three.

UA coach Andy Lopez said he was proud of the junior, who didn't even make it to the park for Friday's opener because of his illness.

Cal (16-15, 5-6 Pac-12) scored twice in the seventh to cut the lead to 6-4, but the Bears never got closer.

UA reliever Augey Bill pitched a perfect eighth before giving way to closer Mat Troupe.

Troupe recorded his 13th career save, pitching a scoreless ninth. But, as he likes to do, the sophomore made it interesting.

He let two men on base and the go-ahead run come to the plate, but Troupe punched out his third batter of the inning to close it out.

"It was a good baseball game," Lopez said.

"It was great to watch and be a part of. They played really hard and we played hard. It was a good team effort for us."

Sophomore lefty Tyler Crawford will start for the Wildcats today in the series finale.

Today

• What: Cal at Arizona

• Where: Hi Corbett Field

• When: 1 p.m.

• TV: ESPNU

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk.

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