Arizona Baseball gets season opening sweep
Reporter- Kayla Anderson, Sports Anchor
TUCSON (UA Athletics). - The 10th-ranked Arizona baseball team jumped ahead early and pulled away late, dispatching visiting Coppin State, 13-9, to complete a three-game sweep before a crowd of 2,680 at Hi Corbett Field on Sunday afternoon.
Arizona (3-0) cruised to a pair of victories behind dominant starting pitching on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday was a different story as the Wildcats needed stellar relief pitching in the late innings.
The sweep pushed the program's overall winning streak to 14 games dating back to the end of the 2012 season. The Wildcats have now won 19-straight opening weekend series dating back to 1995 and have a won-loss record of 48-10 during that span. Under head coach Andy Lopez, UA is now 31-5 on opening weekend.
The 2,680 in attendance Sunday brought the weekend total 10,794 to pass through the Hi Corbett Field gates. A crowd of 5,145 was on hand on for a festive Friday night, while 2,969 turned out Saturday to cheer on the defending national champions.
Arizona will hit the road for a pair of mid-week games at Long Beach State beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (PST). The brief series is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, Feb. 20, with a game slated for 3:30 p.m. (PST).