Arizona stays alive at Coral Gables Regional with win over Canisius
Facing elimination at the Coral Gables Regional on Sunday, Arizona roared out of the gates to jump all over Canisius. The Wildcats hang on late to win 7-5.
TJ Nichols drew the start for Arizona and earned his sixth win of the season. Quinn Flanagan came on to pitch the final one inning and a third, picking up his first save of the year in the process.
Arizona regrouped quickly from Saturday night’s loss to Ole Miss, plating two runs in the first inning, a third in the second inning, and then three more in the fourth inning to jump out to an early 6-1 lead.
Nik McClaughry opened things up with a four-pitch walk in the top of the first. Chase Davis brought him home with a two-out, two-run homer, cranking his 19th of the season to right field.
Blake Paugh grabbed a solo shot in the second—just his fourth of the season—to put Arizona up 3-0. McClaughry got all three of Arizona’s fourth-inning runs at once with a homer to left-center on the first pitch of his at-bat.
After two-run spots in the bottom of the fifth and sixth, Arizona allowed just a single hit over the final three frames to close things out. Paugh’s second homer of the day and fifth of the year gave the Cats some insurance in the seventh.
Nichols was solid in five innings of work, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four.
The bullpen was stellar behind him, George Arias Jr. and Flanagan combining for three and a third scoreless, one-hit innings while striking out four.
Arizona is back in action in another win-or-go-home game against the loser of Ole Miss-Miami at 4 p.m. PT Sunday.