Good pitching and balanced hitting helped the Arizona baseball team end a two-game losing streak.
Oh, and a seven-run UA first inning and 13 walks by Air Force pitchers helped, too.
Morgan Earman gave up one earned run in eight innings, and seven Cats had RBIs as Arizona beat Air Force 14-2 Tuesday night at Hi Corbett Field.
Earman (2-1) scattered four hits, walked five and had five strikeouts for the Wildcats (9-9), who bounced back from Sunday’s losses to UC-Santa Barbara and Mississippi State.
The freshman right-hander and Arizona’s hitters got off to a good start. Earman struck out two Falcons in the first, and the Cats took a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the inning after loading the bases on three walks.
UA’s Bobby Dalbec struck out but reached first on a wild pitch that scored leadoff hitter Scott Kingery.
Air Force starter Jacob DeVries battled wildness again, as UA’s Tyler Krause and Riley Moore had RBI walks to make it 3-0.
Dalbec scored on an error, and Air Force replaced DeVries. But Kingery delivered a three-run double down the left-field line off reliever Ben Yokley as UA batted around the order.
After Air Force scored twice in the second, UA’s Kevin Newman opened the bottom half with a triple and scored on Dalbec’s two-run single to make it 9-2.
Kingery walked three times as Air Force (4-9) used six pitchers to no avail.
UA’s Tyler Parmenter replaced Earman in the ninth, and struck out two to close out the game before 2,221 at Hi Corbett.
Newman, pinch hitter Michael Hoard and Kenny Meimerstorf also had RBIs for the Wildcats.
UA plays Air Force again today at 1 p.m. at Hi Corbett before opening Pac-12 play Friday-Sunday against Washington State at home.