Arizona swept Cal Sunday afternoon, becoming the only Pac-12 squad to do so in its first conference series this year. The Wildcats had seven extra-base hits, including a homer from Kiko Romero.
According to bookie pay per head sources, the win improved Arizona’s win streak to nine. Also, it was the first Pac-12 series sweep for the team since last year against the eventual champions Stanford. In addition, it was the first open conference play since 2007.
In all three games against Cal, the Wildcats trailed in the middle frames. However, they managed to come back in the end. Arizona was trailing 3-1 in the fourth inning of the series’ third game. Fortunately, Romero started the Arizona comeback with a solo home run. It was his third in the series and fifth in the last six matches.
Arizona Swept Cal in Pac-12 Baseball Action
Romero hit.917 (3-for-11) with three home runs, nine RBI, and seven runs scored in the series. He also had a sacrifice fly and scored twice. There is a good chance he’ll be named the Pac-12’s Player of the Week after going 11 for 17 on the week, including a 12-10 victory over Grand Canyon on Tuesday.
In the fifth inning, Arizona seized the lead for good on RBI singles by Mac Bingham and Nik McClaughry; they added three more runs in the sixth, two more in the seventh, and one more in the eighth.
According to pay per head platform sources, nine Wildcats safely reached the base. They were led by leadoff hitter Bingham’s.333 average with three runs batted in.
Aiden May, the winning pitcher, pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, and striking out eight batters without issuing a walk, raising his record to 2-0.
According to a sportsbook pay per head blog, Arizona has a bye until Friday, when they travel to Los Angeles to begin a three-game series against No. 12 UCLA (12-3, 2-1). In addition, the Wildcats’ Wednesday match against Cal has been postponed due to the weather forecast.
With a 12-3 record through 15 games, the Arizona Wildcats have their best start to a season since 2017 and were the only Pac-12 club to sweep the season’s opening weekend. Most notably, preseason favorite Stanford dropped two of three at USC, while UCLA won two of three at Oregon, Washington State won two of three at Oregon State, and Washington won two of three at home against Utah. During a non-conference series, Arizona State University hosted UC Davis and swept the series.