Arizona Baseball

Arizona outslugs Oklahoma

Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report:

The Arizona Wildcats scored 16 runs between the fourth and seventh innings to beat Oklahoma 20-13 in the opening game of the Frisco (Texas) College Baseball Classic on Thursday.

The Wildcats (7-2) rallied after trailing 9-3 after three innings. They went on to outscore the Sooners 17-4 over the final six innings to earn the come-from-behind win.

Every member of the Arizona starting lineup notched at least one base hit and seven of nine starters drove in multiple runs.

The game that had 33 runs, 34 hits and an error lasted 4 hours and 41 minutes.

Arizona has won five straight games (Dan Netz/AllSportsTucson.com file photo)

Right fielder Blake Paugh led the offensive onslaught by collecting a career-high four hits, three of which went for extra bases. He also had three RBIs. Left fielder Mac Bingham hit his first home run of the season and freshman third baseman Jacob Berry belted his second homer.

Second baseman Kobe Kato achieved a rare feat on Thursday, scoring five runs for the first time since Justin Wylie crossed the plate five times against Oregon on May 5, 2019.

Starting pitcher Chase Silseth allowed 10 runs and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings but did not factor into the decision. The Wildcats’ bullpen mostly kept Oklahoma (4-4) in check throughout the remainder of the game and gave the offense an opening to take the lead.

Click here to access Thursday’s boxscore.

Arizona plays Oklahoma again on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with a broadcast available on FloBaseball.

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