Information from Arizona’s media relations department contributed to this report:
Arizona has reached the 30-win plateau for the fifth time in Jay Johnson’s six years as head coach and the only time the Wildcats have not won that many was last year when COVID-19 limited the season to 15 games.
The Wildcats (30-11, 15-6 Pac-12) rolled to a 15-3 victory in the series finale against the Utah on Sunday at Hi Corbett Field to complete their second straight Pac-12 sweep.
They have reached the 30-win mark in just 41 games, marking the fastest an Arizona team has gotten to 30 wins since the 2007 squad opened the year 30-6.
Arizona, which swept USC last week at Hi Corbett, has won nine in a row and six straight conference series. The Wildcats have won nine of their last 10 Pac-12 series and are the first conference team to reach 30 wins.
Starting pitcher Austin Smith, making his third straight start in the third game of a series, worked 3 2/3 innings and allowed just two runs on four hits. Smith (2-0) struck out a career-high seven.
The Wildcats bullpen — represented by Quinn Flanagan, Riley Cooper and Dawson Netz — combined to hold the Utes (10-26, 5-16) to just one run on three hits while striking out four.
15-3 Cats!!!! pic.twitter.com/z98brTH7Db
— Jay Johnson (@UACoachJ) May 2, 2021
Arizona’s lineup produced 15 runs on 16 hits, seven walks, and two hit batters. Only two of the hits went for extra bases: Jacob Berry’s two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth and Daniel Susac’s solo home run in the fifth.
Top Arizona batters:
- C Daniel Susac: 3-for-4, run, HR, RBI
- 1B Branden Boissiere: 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs
- DH Jacob Berry: 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3B, 2 RBIs, walk
- CF Donta’ Williams: 1-for-2, 3 runs, 3 walks
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The Wildcats finish their eight-game homestand Tuesday night at 6 against Grand Canyon before playing at Stanford on Friday through Sunday.