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College Baseball: Arizona 10, California 1: Wade wild, but Arizona cruises past Cal in Pac-12 baseball

2013-04-06T00:00:00Z College Baseball: Arizona 10, California 1: Wade wild, but Arizona cruises past Cal in Pac-12 baseballDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Konner Wade stood on the pitching mound at Hi Corbett Field one out away from his first complete game of the season. He hadn't surrendered a run and had given up just six hits over 122 pitches.

But he was coming out for another reason.

"Four walks," Arizona Wildcats coach Andy Lopez said. "Four walks. You can't walk four guys."

Wade missed out on a complete game and the shutout but got the most important stat - the win.

The Wildcats topped Cal 10-1 Friday night in the first of a three-game series behind Wade's strong effort, winning their fourth straight Pac-12 game in front of 3,109 fans.

Wade moved to 3-2 on the season and started the series off right for the Wildcats, but he really wanted that complete game.

"I wasn't too happy," Wade said. "I'll leave it at that."

Lopez saw a lot of things he liked from his Friday night starter including better command of his change-up and slider, but he didn't want to mess around in the ninth with the pitch count climbing.

"I've been doing this for 36 years, and I know what a Friday night guy looks like, and it's not four walks," Lopez said. "Don't get me wrong. He's hanging in there and doing a good job. We'll see what next Friday night looks like. One walk, two max, but not four."

Wade exited leading 10-0 with runners on first and second and two outs in the final inning. Reliever Augey Bill came in and gave up a walk and an RBI infield single before getting the 27th out.

It would have been Wade's first complete game since he tossed one last year against the Golden Bears. He still has given up just two earned runs over his last 17 2/3 innings against Cal.

"He was good, but not really sharp," Lopez said of Wade. "He would have been breezing in the ninth instead of being on a pitch count, so that hurt his chances at a complete game."

Lopez's hitters, on the other hand, put together the definition of an offensive complete game. Eight of the nine starters had at least one RBI, and the one who didn't - Joe Maggi - had two hits and scored twice.

Johnny Field and Trent Gilbert each had three hits and combined to go 6 for 10 with three RBIs and five runs, batting in the first two spots in the order.

"We've had a tough time scoring in conference," Lopez said. "I keep telling them it's not how many home runs you can hit or how many doubles you can hit, it's how many base hits you can string together.

"We had no offense, no concept of an offense early on. But that's starting to change."

The Wildcats (19-11, 4-6) scored five times in the second inning to give Wade a cushion.

Ryan Koziol, Brandon Dixon, Field and Gilbert all contributed an RBI in the inning, and the Wildcats sent nine hitters to the plate and pounded out six hits.

"We started off those two weeks in the Pac really bad at the plate," Field said. "We weren't executing at all. But, we've been working on getting an offense going and establishing ourselves. It was good to see tonight.

"When you get up early, it takes some pressure off the pitcher and us to not press at the plate."

Biran Celsi had the lone RBI for Cal (16-14, 5-5) in the loss, and starter Ryan Mason gave up eight earned runs over six innings.

The teams will meet again tonight at 6. Junior James Farris (3-3) will get the start for the Wildcats and lefty Justin Jones (1-3) will start for the Golden Bears.

Today

• What: California at Arizona

• When: 6 p.m.

• Radio: 1290-AM

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

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