Arizona Baseball

Arizona loses Pac-12 opener to UCLA

Despite battling back to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning, No. 17 Arizona ultimately lost its Pac-12 opener at No. 11 UCLA 3-2 on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

UCLA’s Jack Filby drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to plate the game-winning run.

The Wildcats (12-5) had a good outing from starting pitcher Chase Silseth, who worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out nine. He threw 108 pitches and did not factor into the decision.

Arizona first baseman Branden Boissiere tries to apply the tag in time on the UCLA baserunner (Dan Netz/

The Wildcats offense was uncharacteristically quiet for the first seven innings, recording just four hits and one walk. They found a spark down two runs in the eighth with two outs. Center fielder Donta’ Williams doubled off the wall in left field to set up a game-tying two-run home run by shortstop Jacob Blas.

Blas’ second home run of the year means that in 17 games he has doubled his career home run total.

JT Schwartz sparked UCLA’s ninth-inning rally, drawing a four-pitch walk to lead off the ninth. With one out, Michael Curialle legged out a high chopper over the mound for a single, with both runners moving up a base after second baseman Kobe Kato’s throw to first got away.

The Wildcats then elected to intentionally walk junior catcher Noah Cardenas, setting up Filby’s pinch-hit base on balls delivered by Preston Price (0-1).

Click here to access Friday’s box score.

The series resumes Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Arizona is slated to start left-hander Garrett Irvin (0-1, 3.38 ERA) against UCLA’s lefty Jessee Bergin (3-1, 2.18).

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