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Arizona extends winning streak to 11 games, longest in a season since 2012

Arizona achieved its 11th straight win Sunday at Hi Corbett Field, defeating Louisana Tech 5-2 in a victory that completed a series sweep.

Arizona (21-13) has swept three consecutive series over UCLA, California and Louisiana Tech (26-12).

The winning streak is the longest in a season since the 2012 College World Series championship team under coach Andy Lopez won 11 straight to close that season.

Arizona won 13 straight games under Jay Johnson between the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The 2010 team coached by Lopez won 15 straight games. Lopez’s 2007 team won 16 consecutive games.

The 1998 team under Jerry Kindall opened with 16 straight wins. The 1974 Wildcats with Ron Hassey and Dave Stegman in Kindall’s second year won 21 straight games.

The school record is 25 consecutive victories in 1956 under Frank Sancet.

Arizona’s previous longest winning streak under Chip Hale, in his third season as head coach, was nine games last year.

Sunday’s win followed Saturday’s wild comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Wildcats in which they rallied for six runs to win 6-5.

Cam Walty (6-1) earned his sixth win of the season in dominant fashion on Sunday, allowing just two unearned runs on four hits across seven innings. The right-hander didn’t issue a walk and matched his season-high with eight strikeouts.

The Wildcats’ bullpen took over in the eighth and shut down the Bulldogs.

Left-hander Eric Orloff and right-hander Tony Pluta combined to scatter one hit in two innings.

Orloff fanned two batters and Pluta earned his second save of the year.

Right fielder Emilio Corona, formerly of Pima College, broke open the scoring early with a first inning RBI single, his first of two on the day. He extended his hitting streak to six games.

The Wildcats dropped three runs in the third inning and one more in the fifth. Louisiana Tech got two runs on a home run in the top of the sixth.

Arizona plays at Grand Canyon on Tuesday night (7 p.m.) before returning to Hi Corbett on Friday at 6 p.m. to resume Pac-12 play against Washington State.

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