Arizona Baseball

Arizona first Wildcats team to reach 10-0 since 1999

Arizona Wildcats play Nebraska today at 11 a.m. with not only the opportunity to go unbeaten in the Frisco (Texas) Classic at Dr. Pepper Park but also the chance to build on its historic 10-0 start.

The Wildcats are only the eighth team in the program’s history to reach double-digit wins without a loss, matching the 10-0 start by Frank Sancet’s 1958 team.

With a victory today over the Cornhuskers, the Wildcats would reach the seventh-longest winning streak to start the season. It is the longest unbeaten beginning since Jerry Stitt’s 1999 started 13-0.

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In last night’s dramatic game, Cal Stevenson doubled to deep centerfield with two outs to score pinch-runner Matt Fraizer to give the Arizona Wildcats a 10-9 walk-off win over Oklahoma State.

Trailing 9-6 heading into the eighth inning, the Wildcats scored three runs to tie the game at 9. Mitchell Morimoto and Stevenson started the eighth-inning rally with back-to-back one-out singles to put two on. After an out, JJ Matijevic laced a double to left-centerfield to score Morimoto and Stevenson and cut the lead to 9-8.

The next batter, Nick Quintana singled to center to score Matijevic and tie the game at nine. The Cats went to their bullpen for the ninth and brought in closer Cameron Ming. The first two batters reached off Ming, but he then got three straight fly balls to escape the inning.

In the bottom of the ninth, Alfonso Rivas and Morimoto were each hit by a pitch with two outs to put two on for Stevenson. Fraizer came in to run for Rivas and Stevenson then hammered a ball to centerfield that Oklahoma State’s Ryan Sluder nearly brought in, but the ball trickled out of his glove as he landed on the grass, allowing Fraizer to score and give the Cats the win.

Michael Flynn started for Arizona and pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

Ming earned the win, improving to 3-0 on the season. Voss, Stevenson and Quintana all had three-hit games in the win. Quintana drove in three and is now batting .514 through 10 games as a freshman. Morimoto and Oliva each had two hits for the Cats in the victory.

Some of this report was provided by the Arizona media relations department


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