UA downs Aggies in 9th inning

By Sam Spiller
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 9, 1996

The No. 21 ranked Texas A&M Aggies came to Sancet Field looking for a win, but unfortunately for them, the Wildcats had other plans.

Freshman pinch-hitter Omar Moraga knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning for an 8-7 UA win. Moraga's shot, a bases-loaded liner down the right-field line, scored Diego Rico. Rico had singled to open the inning and advanced to third base on a Jeff Gjerde single and Brian Becker bunt.

"Rico singles, Gjerde sharply singles to left, Becker lays down a perfect bunt, and then that little freshman came off the bench and had three good swings," Arizona head coach Jerry Kindall said. "With the infield in, and less than two outs and a man on third base, you want to get your swings, you don't want to be standing up there looking for a walk."

The Aggies (0-1) had no shortage of power. A&M had three home runs against good pitching by starter Matt Hendren and reliever Ben White. The Wildcats (8-1) also had a home run by catcher Tom King.

"I was seeing those pitches very well today. He gave me a fastball on the first pitch and I stuck it into the trees in left field just a little bit foul," King said. "Then he threw a curveball, I knew he was coming back with a curveball, I just laid back and hit it hard."

Shawn Barrington (0-0) will start today for the Wildcats. Jason Ford (0-1) will start tomorrow.

Game time today is set for 1 p.m.

The 1996 Wildcat baseball team host their All-Pro Alumni game at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sancet Field. Mike Hargrove of the Cleveland Indians will be the guest manager. The game will feature former University of Arizona players who have turned professional. The alumni team will include Baltimore Orioles' pitcher Scott Erickson and California Angels' first baseman J.T. Snow.