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Sunday’s Arizona Wildcats social media reactions

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A Hi Corbett-record crowd of 8,067 for an Arizona baseball game as the Wildcats evened the series with the Sun Devils with a 4-2 victory.

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“Arizona has a winning tradition and I believe playing for Coach (Sean) Miller will enhance my ability to play at the next level. That’s why I feel like Arizona is the best place for me.” — Keanu Pinder as told to LivOnBasketball.com.

Pinder is a 6’9″ power forward from Perth, Australia, who can be an athletic post player for the Wildcats with a primary responsibility of defense and rebounds. The Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College transfer intends to compete for playing time at power forward in 2016-17 against Finland product Lauri Markkanen and returning big men Chance Comanche and Dusan Ristic.

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JC Cloney’s pitching kept the Wildcats in contention for the victory. Cloney worked 7 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He struck out five, while not walking a batter. He improved to 5-3 on the season and has just one walk over his last six starts, which spans 35 2/3 innings. He also improved to 4-1 with a 1.35 ERA at Hi Corbett Field this season.

Arizona already has the most attractive home environment in basketball. Baseball apparently has reached that level in the Pac-12.

Arizona’s series-finale with ASU today is significant for many reasons. It would allow the Wildcats to stay close to first-place Utah in the loss column. It would mean the Wildcats will win the Territorial Cup point for winning the season series against the Sun Devils (they are tied with two wins apiece). And a game closer to winning the conference title could assure the Wildcats a chance to host an NCAA tournament regional because of the attendance figures at Hi Corbett Field.

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Solid weekend for Arizona’s softball team and Nancy Bowling against Cal …

Scooby Wright with not one, but two interceptions, during the Browns’ rookie camp.

Not bad. Hopefully for Scooby it’s just a start to more riches down the road.

Just call him “Iggy”

ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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