Arizona Baseball

Jay Johnson wins 200th game at Arizona as Wildcats stay in heat of Pac-12 race

Jay Johnson notched his 200th victory at Arizona in his sixth season and the Wildcats remained neck-and-neck with Oregon in the Pac-12 title hunt with a 12-4 win at Oregon State on Friday night.

Johnson is 200-109 at Arizona and 272-151 overall in his Division I coaching career that includes three seasons at Nevada.

The Wildcats (37-13, 20-8 Pac-12) rallied for eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings to beat Oregon State (32-19, 14-11) at Goss Stadium. This marks just the third time in program history that Arizona has won at least 20 games in conference play.

Arizona coach Jay Johnson has reached win No. 200 at Arizona in his sixth year (Arizona Athletics photo)

Arizona Baseball Coaching Wins Leaders

Top Arizona baseball coaches in terms of victories at the school:
YearsCoachW-LPct.
1973-96Jerry Kindall860-579-7.595
1950-72Frank Sancet831-283-8.741
2002-15Andy Lopez490-324-1.601
1915-49J.F. "Pop" McKale257-119-8.669
2016-21Jay Johnson200-109.647
1997-2001Jerry Stitt157-125.557

The College World Series championship team of 2012 finished co-champions at 20-10 and Jerry Kindall’s 1989 team won the Six-Pac title with a 23-7 record. That team lost in the regional final at home against Long Beach State.

Friday’s victory kept Arizona in pace with Oregon (35-11, 18-7) atop the Pac-12 standings. The Ducks beat visiting Stanford 2-1 on Friday to remain percentage points over Arizona.

Oregon’s winning percentage in conference games is .720, slightly ahead of Arizona (.714). Because of uneven games played due to COVID-19 protocols, the team with the best winning percentage wins the conference title.

Arizona plays at Oregon State on Saturday at 6 p.m., three hours after Oregon hosts Stanford. The Wildcats will attempt to win a series against the Beavers at Goss Stadium for the first time since 2012, the year of their national title under coach Andy Lopez.

Arizona broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh on Friday with two outs and the bases loaded, produced by designated hitter Jacob Berry’s two-run single.

The Wildcats scored six more runs in the top of the eighth behind Tyler Casagrande‘s his first career home run in college and Berry’s two-run home run. Branden Boissiere also hit a bases-clearing three-run double.

Berry’s eighth-inning homer was his 14th of the year and his eighth in Pac-12 play, pulling him even with Daniel Susac and Shelley Duncan (1999) for the most home runs by an Arizona freshman in conference games.

Starting pitcher Chase Silseth (8-0) earned the win after working six quality innings for the Wildcats. He allowed four runs on six hits while striking out six and walking two. He persevered through five wild pitches.

The Wildcats’ bullpen held the Beavers scoreless while striking out six in the final three innings. TJ Nichols and Riley Cooper compiled five of those strikeouts and combined to allow just one hit in 1 2/3 innings.

Top Arizona batters:

DH Jacob Berry: 2-for-5, R, HR, 4 RBI
1B Branden Boissiere: 1-for-3, R, 2B, 4 RBI, BB
LF Mac Bingham: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
RF Tyler Casagrande: 1-for-2, R, HR, RBI
CF Donta’ Williams: 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB

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Pac-12 Baseball Standings

*Clinched conference championship
TeamRec*Pct.GBOvrPct.Stk
*-7 Arizona21-9.700--38-15.717W1
6 Oregon18-9.6671.536-12.750W1
15 Stanford15-9.625331-13.705W2
25 Arizona State16-11.5933.532-17.653W1
Oregon State15-12.5564.533-20.623L1
18 UCLA14-12.538531-18.633L2
California14-12.538528-23.549W2
USC11-16.407823-25.479L1
Washington State11-16.407824-22.522W1
Washington5-19.2081319-28.404W2
Utah6-21.22213.516-31.340L2

Friday’s scores

  • Arizona 12, Oregon State 4
  • Oregon 2, Stanford 1
  • ASU 6, USC 2
  • Utah 7, Washington 3
  • Cal 14, UCLA 2

Saturday’s games

  • Arizona at Oregon State, 6 p.m.
  • Stanford at Oregon, 3 p.m.
  • ASU at USC, 3 p.m.
  • Cal at UCLA, 2 p.m.
  • Utah at Washington, 3 p.m.
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