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Wildcats open Pac-12 Baseball Tournament in Scottsdale with win vs. Oregon

May 25, 2022, 1:37 PM | Updated: 4:30 pm
Daniel Susac (6) Arizona Wildcats Catcher gives a sign to the infield during a baseball game betwee...
Daniel Susac (6) Arizona Wildcats Catcher gives a sign to the infield during a baseball game between the Arizona Wildcats and the Grand Canyon Lopes on March 29, 2022, at GCU Ballpark in Phoenix, AZ. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Daniel Susac hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning for his second of the game, and fifth-seeded Arizona beat No. 4 seed Oregon 8-6 on Wednesday to open the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament.

Arizona (36-21) bounced back from getting swept in Eugene, Oregon, last weekend to advance to the winner’s bracket on Thursday.

Susac gave Arizona a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a solo shot for his 10th homer of the season. His 11th also went over the left-field wall for a three-run lead. He finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

Oregon’s Drew Cowley hit a deep shot into the gap in left-center field, scoring Colby Shade to score a run in the ninth. But Arizona reliever Trevor Long retired the next two batters for his sixth save of the season.

Eric Orloff (2-2) earned the win by ending a threat in the sixth with the final two outs.

Anthony Hall hit a three-run homer in the sixth to give Oregon (35-22) a 5-4 lead. The Wildcats answered with two runs in the seventh, taking a lead for good on Chase Davis’ sacrifice fly.

Arizona will now play No. 1 seed Stanford on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. MST. The Cardinal defeated the No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils 6-3 on Wednesday.

The Pac-12 previously awarded the regular-season champion with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but opted to join the other power conferences with a postseason event this season.

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