Junior college transfer Cody Hamlin tossed seven strong innings in his debut and the Arizona Wildcats bounced back with a 7-1 victory over Kent State to take the series on Sunday at Hi Corbett Field.
Hamlin, a redshirt sophomore right-hander, allowed just one run and scattered four hits, while striking out three Golden Flashes.
Arizona won the opener 13-1 on Friday, but then give up 11 runs in the first inning in Saturday’s 14-5 loss.
On Sunday, before a crowd of 2,853, sophomore cleanup hitter Zach Gibbons paced the Wildcats with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Four other Wildcats collected two or more hits, including freshman Bobby Dalbec. He chipped in three hits while scoring a run and driving in another.
Trent Gilbert (2 for 4), Scott Kingery (2 for 3) and Cody Ramer (2-4) were the other Cats with multiple hits.
Arizona (2-1) won its season-opening series for the 20th consecutive season.
Sophomore right-hander Tyger Talley replaced Hamlin, pitching two scoreless innings.