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Wildcats Host GCU for Home Opener

Feb 22, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Arizona Wildcats (3-0) play host to the Grand Canyon Lopes (1-2) for their 2022 Home Opener at Hi Corbett Field on Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. MST.

Arizona kicked off the first season of the head coach Chip Hale era in style, completing a perfect 3-0 sweep of the State Farm College Baseball Showdown in Arlington. The strong performance included wins over Kansas State, Oklahoma, and No. 14 Texas Tech by a combined score of 35-12.

The Wildcats and Lopes are familiar foes, with the two schools regularly facing off multiple times in a season. Most recently, the two met in the second game of the 2021 Tucson NCAA Regional, with the Wildcats coming out on top 12-6.

Tickets to tonight's Home Opener are still available, and can be purchased by clicking HERE.

Date Opponent Time (MST) / Result Arizona Pitcher Opponent Pitcher
Tuesday, Feb. 22 Grand Canyon 6:00 PM LHP Eric Orloff (0-0, -.--) LHP Connor Markl (0-0, -.--)

Leading Off...

  • Arizona hosts Grand Canyon on Tuesday night in their 2022 home opener at Hi Corbett Field.
  • The Wildcats have won 18 consecutive home openers, dating back to their days playing at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on campus. Arizona last lost a home opener in 2003, a 3-6 decision dropped to BYU.
  • Arizona holds a decisive 66-24 all-time series lead over Grand Canyon. In their most recent matchup, the Wildcats took down the Lopes 12-6 in the 2021 Tucson NCAA Regional.
  • Arizona has scored at least one run in 175 consecutive games, the longest active scoring streak in the Power 5 and the third-longest in program history.
  • The Wildcats are ranked in every national poll, with their highest ranking being a No. 8 placement from the NCBWA. Arizona moved up to No. 11 in the D1Baseball poll this week.
  • Outfielder Tanner O'Tremba and right-handed pitcher Dawson Netz swept last week's Pac-12 weekly awards, taking home conference Player and Pitcher of the Week honors.
  • Half of Arizona's 40 hits on opening weekend went for extra bases. The Wildcats smacked 13 doubles, three triples, and four home runs at Globe Life Field, the home of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers.
  • Sophomore catcher Daniel Susac was unanimously chosen as a First Team Preseason All-American after hitting .335 with 48 runs, 24 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, and 65 RBI last year as a true freshman.