Baseball swept again

By Sam Spiller
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 29, 1996

Bring out the broom - again.

For the sixth time this season, the Arizona baseball team was swept in a series by an opponent. The latest benefactor - California - got the sweep with an 8-5 win over the Wildcats (23-29 overall, 6-20 in the Pacific 10 Conference Southern Division) yesterday at Evans Diamond in Berkeley.

It was the second sweep of Arizona this season for Cal (26-25, 9-17) who swept UA in Tucson on March 15-17.

In Saturday night's game, a three-run home run by Arizona catcher Tom King managed to tie the game at three runs apiece in the fifth inning. Unfortunately for Arizona, the Bears had no intention of letting the Wildcats back in the game, and proceeded to score six more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

UA scored again in the top of the seventh with a solo home run by second baseman John Powers, but the Bears came back with two runs to extend their lead at seven. The Wildcats scored three runs in the last two innings, including a home run by first baseman Brian Becker, but were unable to overtake Cal and lost the game 11-7.

Left-hander Tyler Haddix (4-6) picked up the loss for the Wildcats. He pitched six innings allowing 10 hits and nine runs with three walks and six strikeouts.

The first game of the series on Friday night was a close one all the way to the ninth inning.

The Wildcats took the lead in the ninth inning, but the Bears came back to score two runs and win the game 9-8.

The starting pitching for Arizona was less than effective. Starter Shawn Barrington (1-6) pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing eight hits and seven runs.