Pictured: Marcus Way
TUCSON, Ariz. – Seventh-ranked Arizona escaped a game Harvard team as the Wildcats held off Joe Walsh's Crimson by a score of 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Hi Corbett Field.
Arizona (7-2) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a pair of unearned runs. Following a fielding error and with two outs, Riley Moore and Brandon Dixon delivered run-scoring doubles before tough-luck starter Joey Novak (0-1) got out of the inning.
With the score still 2-0 in the seventh, Marcus Way worked a leadoff walk on a full count and Andrew Ferreira singled through the left side. Stephen Dill was hit by a pitch to load the bases but Arizona starter Konner Wade worked out of a jam with a popup and a double play ball.
In the bottom of the inning, the Wildcats got another two-out run, this one against reliever Baron Davis as Robert Refsnyder had an infield single.
Harvard threatened again in the eighth as Carlton Bailey reached on an error and went to third on a bunt single from leadoff hitter Mike Martin, who promptly stole second. But Jack Colton grounded to third and Bailey was thrown out at home for the first out. Jeff Reynolds drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases with one out and Marcus Way drove home a run with a groundout to shortstop. Matthew Troupe was called out of the bullpen to face pinch hitter Robert Wineski with two outs and Troupe won the battle, striking out Harvard's junior on a 2-2 fastball.
In the ninth, Dill led off with a single but a strikeout and another double play ball ended the game.
Novak threw five innings, scattering six hits while Davis allowed a run in two innings and Zack Olson threw a scoreless inning.
Wade got the win for the Cats as he struck out 10 batters in 7.2 innings while Troupe had two strikeouts in his 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Joey Rickard was 3-for-3 from the leadoff spot.