Arizona Eliminates UCSB 3-0
It was another great pitching performance in Omaha Wednesday night as J. C. Cloney and Cameron Ming combined on a six-hitter as Arizona stayed alive in the College Worlds Series by eliminated UC Santa Barbara 3-0.
Cloney (7-4), making his first appearance since a loss to Louisiana in the NCAA Lafayette Regional, worked seven strong innings, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out two. He departed after giving up a leadoff single in the eighth. Ming came on and got a double play and fly ball to end the inning, and, after giving up a double and a walk to lead off the ninth, struck out the side for his third save.
Arizona (46-22) got all three runs off Gauchos' starter Justin Kelly (2-1) in the third inning. Cody Ramer singled and Zach Gibbons walked. Bobby Dalbec flied to center with Ramer advancing to third. Ryan Aguilar then delivered a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Ramer. Jared Oliva then belted a two run homer to left for the final margin.
UCSB (43-20-1) threatened on a few occasions, but the Arizona defense turned three double plays to keep the Gauchos off the scoreboard.
Arizona will now face Oklahoma State Friday afternoon, needing to win Friday and again on Saturday to advance to the championship series.