Wildcats defeat Dons 5-2 behind eight strong innings from James Farris

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James Farris earned his third win to start the season going eight strong innings for a 5-2 victory over the University of San Francisco on Saturday at Hi Corbett Field.

Farris threw 120 pitches in the outing, 65 of which came in the first three innings when he allowed three walks, three hits, and one run.

Nick Cunningham closed out the ninth to preserve the win. The save was Cunningham’s first since March 5, 2011. Coach Andy Lopez said he had planned to give sophomore closer Mathew Troupe a day off after pitching the past three games.

Arizona scored their first four runs in the bottom of the first off four hits including run-scoring extra base hits from Riley Moore and Trent Gilbert.  Kevin Newman delivered his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to centerfield in the eighth to add an insurance run for the Wildcats.

Here is a deeper look at the game:

Arizona 5, San Francisco 2

Big Moment: For the fifth time this season Arizona scored in the opening inning, this time with four runs in the first. Moore brought home the first run with a double to right field, followed by a two-run triple to the left-center field gap from Gilbert. Newman drove in Gilbert for the final run of the inning with a single past a drawn-in infield.

Key Player: Farris struck out six batters in eight innings of work and sent down ten straight batters between the third and seventh inning. The junior right-hander said that he had better location and more on his fastball during that stretch.

By the Numbers: 8. Consecutive at-bats that Brandon Dixon has recorded a hit until grounding out to shortstop in the second inning

Quotable: “I thought James did a good job as he went on in the game, which is an encouraging thing, you want to see our guys get stronger…I think he geared it up a little bit and started throwing his secondary stuff with a little more consistency,” said Lopez, about Farris’ performance on the mound.

Wildcat Notes: Arizona’s 1963 College World Series Runner-Up team was honored before the game.

Up Next: The Wildcats (10-2) play the final game of their series against San Francisco on Sunday with Stephen Manthei taking the hill for Arizona. First pitch from Hi Corbett Field will be at noon.

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