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Arizona Falls in Opener at California, 9-8

Mar 11, 2022

BERKELEY, Calif. — The Arizona Wildcats (10-4) suffered a 9-8 loss to the California Golden Bears (7-6) to open Pac-12 conference play on Friday night.

The bottom four players in Arizona's starting lineup delivered in a big way for the Wildcats, combining to go 8-for-18 with four runs scored, one double, and six RBI. Center fielder Mac Bingham led the charge, going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, marking his first three-hit performance of the year.

Starting pitcher TJ Nichols was effective for the Cats, going 5.1 innings and striking out six on 108 pitches. The sophomore right-hander allowed four runs on five hits and did not factor into the decision.

Fellow right-hander Trevor Long was dominant in two innings of relief, holding the Golden Bears without a hit and picking up six outs on just 19 pitches.

California scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to steal the victory. Arizona will look to even the series on Saturday afternoon.
Arizona WildBATS

  • CF Mac Bingham: 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI
  • 1B Tommy Splaine: 2-for-2, R, 2 RBI, 3 BB
  • 3B Jack Grant: 2-for-4, R, RBI, BB
  • RF Tanner O'Tremba: 1-for-5, R, 3B, 2 RBI
  • C Daniel Susac: 2-for-5, R, 2B, BB

Bullpen Bullies

  • RHP Trevor Long: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R

Number of the Night

  • Catcher Daniel Susac hit his 10th double of the season on Friday night. He entered the weekend tied for the national lead in doubles.

Tweets of the Night

Up Next
The Wildcats and Golden Bears square off in game two of their series on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. MST.