Arizona baseball is on the bubble for the NCAA tournament this year, after being swept last weekend at Cal. They salvaged the northern California trip by winning a game against Sacramento State on Monday.
The Cats will welcome ASU to Hi Corbett for their final regular season series of the year. Hi-Corbett has been a sanctuary for Arizona this year...they swept one of the top teams in the country in UCLA two weekends ago at home, before getting swept on the road at Cal. Catcher Cesar Salazar says there really isn't any explanation as to why there is such a disparity between home and road records. Arizona is 21-5 at home, but 8-12 away from Hi-C.
"We're in no different mode. Nobody is panicked. Are we disappointed about the results of last weekend, for sure. But you can't do anything about it. And if you took our name and overall resume and scratched it out, and looked at the rest of the metrics you would go hey I would take that," said head coach Jay Johnson. Who also noted their struggles at Cal being scoring runs, and then immediately giving them up. Arizona was swept at Cal by a 37-20 scoring margin.
"You can't win 6 games all at once, but you can win 1 game 6 times. That's kind of our theme anyway. We're built that way, that's the blue print for what we do," said assistant coach Dave Lawn. Who also noted the pitching staff has had plenty of peaks and valleys this season, who have a 3.83 combined earned run average.
The Wildcats (30-20, 10-14 Pac-12) will play in their final home series of the year against Arizona State (20-28, 11-13) starting at 6 p.m. Thursday in a game that will air on Pac-12 Arizona.