It was just 10 days ago that the Arizona Wildcats traveled to Tempe for a series against rival ASU. They were losers of three straight and six of seven.
The UA was in a late-season free fall and needed things to change quickly.
Just like that, the tables have turned.
Arizona rolled over USC on Saturday night 18-4 in the second game of a three-game series. The suddenly hot Wildcats have now won three straight and four of five. They enter today's regular-season finale with a 33-21 mark and one game below .500 in Pac-12 play at 14-15.
If the Wildcats can finish off the sweep of the Trojans this afternoon, it will create tense times Monday morning waiting to see if an invitation to the NCAA tournament comes their way.
The tension Saturday night at Hi Corbett, though, was minimal.
The UA jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After Johnny Field led off the game with a single, Trent Gilbert doubled Field in to make it 1-0 just two batters in.
Gilbert was eventually brought in on an RBI groundout from Kevin Newman.
Wildcats starter James Farris then held USC scoreless for the first three innings, facing just two batters over the minimum.
In the fourth, he ran into a little trouble, which created the only anxious moments on the night.
USC's Timmy Robinson belted a three-run triple to right to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead. Farris retired the next batter and then turned things over to his offense.
The Wildcats answered right back with their best inning of the season.
Arizona sent 12 batters to the plate and at one point had six straight hits. The end result was an eight-run fourth. It marked the most runs in an inning for the Wildcats this season.
Cody Ramer and Joe Maggi delivered back-to-back RBI triples and Field, Brandon Dixon and Newman all had RBI hits of their own.
From there, the Wildcats were on cruise control.
The UA added three runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh.
A night after the freshmen stole the show, Saturday's game was a full-on team effort. Maggi had four hits and Gilbert and Newman each had three-hit games in the win. Newman, the team's freshman shortstop, had six RBIs, which is the most by a UA player this season.
Every spot in the lineup contributed at least one hit. The Wildcats had nine different players score a run and record an RBI. All told, the UA pounded out 20 hits and 16 RBIs.
And, oh yeah, Farris was more than serviceable on the mound. The junior from Gilbert pitched his first complete game of the season and just the third this year for the Wildcats.
Farris gave up seven hits, four runs (all earned) and one walk. He struck out one and improved to 5-5 on the season.
The Wildcats drew 4,019 fans for the game and went over the 100,000 mark for the second straight season.
Sophomore left-hander Tyler Crawford will get the call for the Wildcats today in the series finale.
• Who: USC at UA
• When: noon
• TV: FSAZ
• Radio: 1290-AM
Contact reporter Daniel Berk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-4330.