San Francisco salvages final game of series with 9-2 victory over Arizona

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San Francisco starting pitcher Christian Cecilio held the Arizona Wildcats to two hits in 5.2 innings for his first win of the season on Sunday in a 9-2 victory for the Dons at Hi Corbett Field.

Cecilio shut down the Wildcat’s offense for the first five innings, but a triple by Zach Gibbons and passed ball allowing the freshman left fielder to score ended the day for Cecilio.

Starter Stephen Manthei took the loss for Arizona dropping his record to 1-1 on the year. Manthei was unable to record an out in the first inning yielding three walks, a single, and two earned runs. Freshman reliever Cody Moffett replaced Manthei throwing four scoreless innings and punched out four batters.

The Dons added to their lead in the sixth inning with a RBI sacrifice bunt by Josh Miller to go up 3-0. Two more San Francisco runs came across in the seventh and a four-spot in the ninth put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.

Here is a deeper look at the game:

San Francisco 9, Arizona 2

Big Moment: The Dons added four insurance runs in the ninth off four hits, a walk, and a hit by pitch. The inning marked the second time in the game that Arizona had to use three pitchers in one inning.

Key Player: Cecilio went 5.2 innings allowing only three Wildcats to reach base.

By the Numbers: 4. Out of the nine pitchers who threw for Arizona today, four of them made their season debut: Xavier Borde, Nathan Bannister, Vincent Littleman, and Jesse Scholtens.

Quotable: “I thought Moffett did a great job, really good damage control…probably put himself into the rotation and he might be our Sunday starter,” – Coach Andy Lopez.

Up Next: The Wildcats (10-3) begin a two-game series against Texas Tech starting Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. from Hi Corbett Field. The Red Raiders are coming off a 2-1 weekend against La Salle. Tyler Crawford will start Tuesday’s game and Lopez said he was leaning towards Moffett or Cunningham for Wednesday.


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