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Ball State rallies past Wildcats for second straight day

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TUCSON (KVOA) -- No. 22 Arizona Baseball believes they have their best pitching since the arrival of Jay Johnson in 2015. 

Now, it’s time to prove it. 

The Wildcats are off to a 1-2 start to the 2021 season after dropping a second straight game to Ball State Sunday. 

The Cardinals rallied for four runs in a 6th to win 5-2 on Sunday. 

UA has a 3.12 ERA through the first three games so they’ve pitched well enough.  

Hitting has been the issue and in particular hitting with runners in scoring position. 

UA Baseball is in a 6th season under head coach Jay Johnson (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics).

Arizona had a bases-loaded one-out opportunity in the 3rd inning and didn’t score. The Wildcats also stranded runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 4th

UA won 3-0 on Friday night behind ace transfer Chase Silseth and reliever Preston Price who combined for 11 of the pitching staff’s 14 strikeouts. 

The Wildcats though blew a 7-3 on Saturday night before losing 8-7 in 11 innings. 

The two teams will wrap up their four-game series on Monday morning at 10 a.m. 

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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