Bullard Breaks Out, Wildcats Fall 11-9
TUCSON, Ariz. — A career night from third baseman Tony Bullard was not enough to lift the Arizona Wildcats (39-15) to a victory over the Dixie State Trailblazers (24-31) on Friday night at Hi Corbett Field. The visiting Trailblazers ultimately came away with an 11-9 win to even the series.
Elsewhere around the Pac-12 the California Golden Bears defeated the Oregon Ducks, 10-3, to secure the outright Pac-12 Championship for Arizona. The Wildcats finished their conference slate with a record of 21-9 that nobody will be able to match. This marks the Wildcats first outright Pac-10/12 Championship since 1992 and their 10th conference championship overall.
Bullard posted the best performance of his Arizona career on Friday night, finishing the game going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one double, a solo home run, a grand slam home run, and a double. His third-inning grand slam was Arizona's first since Justin Wylie smacked one on May 17, 2019 at Penn State. It was also the first multi-home run outing of Bullard's collegiate career.
Designated hitter Jacob Berry also blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, his 15th long ball of the season.
- 3B Tony Bullard: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI
- 1B Branden Boissiere: 4-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
- DH Jacob Berry: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI
- 2B Kobe Kato: 2-for-5, R
- C Daniel Susac: 2-for-5, R
- RHP Preston Price: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Number of the Day
- Dominant right-hander reliever Preston Price recorded three outs on just nine pitches in his first appearance on the mound since April 9 versus California.
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Tweet of the Day
? First career grand slam
? First career two-HR game
And folks, this one went 470 feet... ???? pic.twitter.com/ysWVX8rHWx
— ?? Pac-12 Champions ?? (@ArizonaBaseball) May 29, 2021
The Wildcats and Trailblazers battle in the regular season finale on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. MST. Pregame Senior Day ceremonies for Preston Price and Vince Vannelle will begin at 5:40 p.m. and Arizona will celebrate their outright Pac-12 Championship on the field postgame.