Arizona’s James Farris tossed a four-hitter as the Wildcats opened a three-game series in Berkeley with a 6-0 win over Cal on Friday.
Farris (5-6) earned his first win in nearly two months, racking up seven strikeouts. It was his fourth complete game of the season and eighth of his career.
The right-hander, who had received only five total runs of support in his previous four starts, was the beneficiary Friday of a six-run cushion after the UA scored five in the fifth.
Farris did not walk a batter after the first inning, and racked up two strikeouts in the both eighth and ninth frames, pushing his season tally to a Pac-12-leading 93 strikeouts.
Arizona (20-30, 9-19 Pac-12) took the lead in the third as Zach Gibbons scored on a deep single by Kevin Newman that center fielder Aaron Knapp misplayed for an unearned run.
In the fifth, Tyler Krause lined a two-out, bases-loaded single to center to push the lead to 3-0. UA doubled the lead when Riley Moore’s grounder turned into a three-run throwing error by shortstop Derek Campbell.