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Uncommon hit not enough for Arizona in Utah victory Special

Tucson - In the pitcher-friendly park of Hi-Corbett Field — where homeruns are a rare species — the long ball was hit twice in the same inning on Saturday night.

Arizona freshman’s night at the plate is no laughing matter Special

Tucson - J.J. Matijevic has had people mispronounce his last name for as long as he can remember, but the Arizona first baseman with Polish heritage has always had a sense of humor about it.

Arizona sophomore pitches in clutch, 'Cats win on opening night Special

Tucson - After pitching a scoreless first inning, Austin Schnabel found himself in trouble on the mound. Three consecutive basehits by Eastern Michigan University put his team down, 1-0, with one out in the second frame.

Arizona twin brothers strengthen their bond with baseball Special

Tucson - Scott Kingery knows that turning double plays in the field can increase the connection between teammates, especially when the player you are flipping them with is your twin brother.

Arizona infielders redeem for errors with offense, drive in 7 Special

Tucson - It was the bottom of the fifth inning on Saturday. UC Santa Barbara had just replaced its starter, and Gauchos reliever Hector Lujan was warming up on the mound. With the game tied at 3-3, the bases were loaded for Kevin Newman.

Seton Hall pitcher ‘overmatches’ Arizona in series opener Special

Tucson - Heading into Friday’s game, Arizona starter James Farris and Seton Hall starter Josh Prevost had a lot in common as pitchers.

Arizona baseball player has soul of musician, 3 RBI night Special

Tucson - Kenny Meimerstorf knows how to hold both a bat and a guitar. In fact, before the Arizona right fielder goes to sleep at night, he often strums Jack Johnson tunes on his nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, which he considers somewhat of a post-game ritual.

Arizona senior throws complete game shutout, strikes out 10 Special

Tucson - It’s been more than two years since it last happened for James Farris. Not since his first outing of the 2012 season on Feb. 19 against North Dakota State.

Arizona freshman dedicated to his girlfriend, baseball on V-Day Special

Tucson - Even before Willie Calhoun saw his first college pitch, he understood commitment. The first-year Wildcat has been with his girlfriend Nikkiandaya for four years, ever since his freshman year at Benicia High School in California.

Arizona baseball fan plays for his hometown dream team Special

Tucson - Michael Hoard remembers sitting in the stands at Sancet Stadium as a child, cheering on the Arizona Wildcats baseball team.

Faith in God, family's battle with cancer inspire Arizona pitcher Special

Tucson - There hasn’t been a day. There hasn’t been a day in his baseball career that James Farris hasn’t pitched for his teammates, coaches, school and fans.

Arizona freshman idolizes Derek Jeter, drives in 6 on Saturday Special

Tucson - Kevin Newman has spent countless hours watching video tape of Derek Jeter in the field, over the course of his baseball career.

Arizona freshmen come up big in 10-inning walkoff thriller Special

Tucson - None of them are legally old enough to drink, so the three won’t be celebrating tonight’s victory over beer at a local bar.

Arizona players continue to compete for starting jobs Special

Tucson - The man behind the mask has been changing recently for the Wildcats. Riley Moore, who usually sits behind the plate for Arizona, was not on the field on Saturday, in his team’s 2-1 loss to Washington.

Arizona State tops Arizona in marathon match between rivals Special

Tucson - Tuesday night’s contest between Arizona and Arizona State had the length of Rapunzel’s hair. The nine inning game lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes, and the teams combined for 345 pitches thrown, 8 hit batsmen and 12 walks.

Arizona starter misses complete game by one out Special

Tucson - The hardest out on Friday night for Konner Wade was the 27th one. In the ninth inning against California, the Wildcats starter was one out away from a complete game shutout.

Wildcats get first conference win, snap 6-game losing streak Special

Tucson - There were many words spoken by Andy Lopez to his team after their first PAC-12 victory of the season on Thursday. And the over-riding message the Arizona head coach sent to his players was that the road to a winning streak is about winning a single game.

Cats can’t claw back against Beavers, Moore makes PAC-12 debut Special

Tucson - If you had asked Andrew Moore a month ago, he wouldn’t have known whether or not he would be a starter this season for Oregon State.

Wildcats drop conference opener, Oregon State plays good baseball Special

Tucson - Even before Friday night’s conference opening loss to Oregon State, Andy Lopez knew there was a tough road ahead for his defending Champion team.

Dixon nearly hits for cycle, homers twice against Bulldogs Special

Tucson - Brandon Dixon has now managed to do three times, what only one other Wildcat has done once this season: hit a homerun at Hi-Corbett Field.

Wildcats come from behind to beat Lions with walk-off Special

Tucson - Johnny Field had three singles in Friday night’s game against Columbia. His first basehit was to third. His second one was to left-center field. His third won the game.

Bittersweet outing for Arizona pitcher Special

Tucson - Wildcats’ hurler Nick Cunningham posted nothing but zeros on Tuesday night. The senior also broke a personal career-high in one category and tied another. Still, Arizona suffered its second loss of the season, 3-1, to Utah Valley.

Arizona freshmen find commonality in season opening performances Special

Tucson - One of them is an identical twin who missed all of January with mononucleosis. Another’s father played professional baseball and likes golfing in his spare time. While the third enjoys ping pong and comes from a bloodline of tennis players.

Arizona pitching and offense light up field on opening night Special

Tucson - Even after coaching Arizona baseball for 11 years, Andy Lopez still experiences new and unique things. Friday night’s season opener against Coppin State, in which the Wildcats won, 16-0, was a prime example.

Wildcats coach embraces pressure to repeat Omaha victory Special

Tucson - Many baseball coaches say the most difficult year is the one that follows a World Series win. But Andy Lopez doesn’t feel that way at all.

Arizona player fulfils boy’s unique request on Meet the Team day Special

Tucson - It wasn’t a playoff game. It was no Regional or Super Regional contest. Let alone close to the magnitude of the Men's College World Series, which the Arizona Wildcats won last year. It could barely be considered an exhibition game.

Cats Clinch Ticket to College World Series Special

Tucson - The temperature in Tucson had hit 103 degrees during the game. But that didn’t stop 3,900 Arizona baseball fans from attending Hi-Corbett Field on Saturday to watch the Wildcats clinch a spot in this year’s Men’s College World Series.

Arizona outfielder knows how to cleanup for Wildcats Special

Tucson - Johnny Field first stepped foot inside a professional baseball dugout when he worked as a 13-year-old batboy for the Las Vegas 51s, Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. It was the first job that the Arizona outfielder ever had.

Arizona freshman gets two hits in college baseball debut Special

Tucson - The only Wildcat with a multi-hit night on Saturday was Arizona freshman Jordan Berger, who made his college debut in the same game. The catcher had two of the team’s seven hits in Arizona’s 8-3 loss to Auburn.

Arizona Pitcher throws quality start in Wildcats home opener Special

Tucson - Arizona starting pitcher Kurt Heyer threw up in a garbage can, 20 minutes before he had to warmup to take the mound in the Wildcats’ home opener on Friday. It was the first time in the 21-year-old’s life that he had vomited before a game.
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Kevin Newman caught stealing in the second inning. The shortstop was 4-for-4 at the plate on Friday.
Kevin Newman caught stealing in the second inning. The shortstop was 4-for-4 at the plate on Friday.
Konner Wade made a bid for a complete game on Friday but fell one out short.
Konner Wade made a bid for a complete game on Friday but fell one out short.
Cody Quiroz  8  gets his jersey signed by Arizona head coach Andy Lopez on Meet the Team day at Hi-C...
Cody Quiroz, 8, gets his jersey signed by Arizona head coach Andy Lopez on Meet the Team day at Hi-Corbett Field.
Brandon Dixon had one of Arizona s four hits on Friday. It was a single.
Brandon Dixon had one of Arizona's four hits on Friday. It was a single.
Arizona starter James Farris tossed a complete game shutout on Saturday against the Braves. He sacri...
Arizona starter James Farris tossed a complete game shutout on Saturday against the Braves. He sacrificed 5 hits and 1 walk, as well as registering 10 strikeouts in the Wildcats’ 6-0 victory on Feb. 22.
Team leader and natural righty  Alex Mejia batted left-handed for the first time ever  battling a sp...
Team leader and natural righty, Alex Mejia batted left-handed for the first time ever, battling a sprained wrist, in Friday's game.
Freshman first baseman Michael Hoard awaits the throw during an an intrasquad game.
Freshman first baseman Michael Hoard awaits the throw during an an intrasquad game.
Riley Moore tags Konnor Armijo out at home plate  in the second inning on Thursday.
Riley Moore tags Konnor Armijo out at home plate, in the second inning on Thursday.
File photo: Joseph Maggi is nailed out at the plate in the fifth inning.
File photo: Joseph Maggi is nailed out at the plate in the fifth inning.
Ryan Koziol leads off first base on opening night against the Eagles.
Ryan Koziol leads off first base on opening night against the Eagles.
Arizona starter James Farris hurled his first complete game of the season on Saturday  going 9 innin...
Arizona starter James Farris hurled his first complete game of the season on Saturday, going 9 innings on 4 runs, 7 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 124 pitches.
Arizona center fielder Scott Kingery is batting .425 with 14 RBIs  26 runs and 11 stolen bases this ...
Arizona center fielder Scott Kingery is batting .425 with 14 RBIs, 26 runs and 11 stolen bases this season for the Wildcats.
Arizona shortstop Trent Gilbert helped his team defeat Utah on Thursday  going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Arizona shortstop Trent Gilbert helped his team defeat Utah on Thursday, going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Johnny Field awaits the long line of fans to sign more Wildcats gear with a silver Sharpie.
Johnny Field awaits the long line of fans to sign more Wildcats gear with a silver Sharpie.
Michael Hoard tosses the ball back to the catcher  during warmups.
Michael Hoard tosses the ball back to the catcher, during warmups.
Right fielder Kenny Meimerstorf loves playing Jack Johnson songs on his acoustic guitar. The Arizona...
Right fielder Kenny Meimerstorf loves playing Jack Johnson songs on his acoustic guitar. The Arizona freshman had 3 RBIs against Alcorn State on Sunday night.
Scott Kingery went hitless for the Wildcats on Friday but came up with the biggest defensive play of...
Scott Kingery went hitless for the Wildcats on Friday but came up with the biggest defensive play of the evening, a game-saving diving catch in the tenth inning.
Johnny Field had a three-hit night on Friday with three runs scored and one RBI.
Johnny Field had a three-hit night on Friday with three runs scored and one RBI.
Freshman shortstop Kevin Newman takes a cut against the Eagles on Saturday. Arizona beat Coppin Stat...
Freshman shortstop Kevin Newman takes a cut against the Eagles on Saturday. Arizona beat Coppin State, 14-1.
James Farris feels his faith in God and watching his family members battle with cancer has kept him ...
James Farris feels his faith in God and watching his family members battle with cancer has kept him humble.

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