Arizona Wildcats baseball crushes Milwaukee in 4-game opener

What burst loss?

Less than 48 hours after an overall poor showing in their home opener, Arizona bounced back in a big way with a 14-3 win over Milwaukee on Thursday night at Hi Corbett Field.

“One of the greatest things about baseball is the ability to get closure,” the UA coach said. Chip Hale noted.

The Wildcats (4-1) scored eight runs in the top of the first inning, sending 12 batters home and having a new leadoff batter. Nik McClaughry score twice. They finished with 19 hits, four par Chase Daviswho hit a moonshot to lead the fourth who landed on the Terry Francona Strike center.

Davis also made the defensive play of the night, diving for a fly ball along the left field line in the top of the third.

“Hitting is hard, so it doesn’t happen too often, but at the same time those plays don’t happen too often too, so I would say I’m more proud of the catch,” Davis said.

Davis, who is hitting .455 with five RBIs in five games after registering just seven hits and four RBIs in his freshman season, said the team is motivated to put the previous game behind them.

“Coaches were telling us, we’re not losing at this stadium,” Davis said. “I think what Tuesday did and showed us, you know what, we are capable of more. We tried to come out tonight and show it.

After committing six errors in the 19-3 loss to Grand Canyon, UA overhauled both its roster and its infield. Garen Caulfieldwho had started the first four games at third base, where Tony Bullard will play when he returns from a shoulder injury – went to second base where he was signed up to play pre-season, while redshirt freshman Jack Grant made his first career start at third overall.

The Wildcats were error-free for the third time in four games.

“We had some funky parts the other night, and we didn’t do them,” Hale said. “It was a big difference. And you make a few first games, it relaxes you.

On the mound, right-handed rookie Antoine Susac picked up the win in his first career start, allowing three runs and six hits over five innings with three strikeouts and no walks. right handed Jonathan Guardado scoreless and right-handed innings follow-up Chris Barraza struck out four in two scoreless innings to finish it.

“It was impressive,” Hale said of Susac. “And with a 3-game series coming up next weekend, we’ll probably have a really good arm in the bullpen to give us some real length.”

All nine Arizona starters had at least one hit, with McClaughry and Tanner O’Tremba get three, while Blake Paugh had three RBIs and both McClaughry and Noah Turley driven in two. The lineup had nine strikeouts, but unlike most of Tuesday’s 14 flushes, few of them were the result of swings on bad pitches.

Arizona and Milwaukee (3-1) play the second of four games at 6 p.m. MT Friday, with a sophomore right-hander TJ Nichols take the start.