Wildcat roundup: Arizona baseball racks up another conference honor
Ginkel takes home conference honors
For the third time in four weeks, the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week award went out to a member of Arizona baseball’s staff.
This week, it was junior Kevin Ginkel taking home the honor after he held ASU to two hits in an 8-0 Arizona victory in Tempe last Tuesday.
Ginkel pitched six perfect frames against the Sun Devils before finally allowing a hit in the seventh inning. The Lakeside, California, native, who spent most of the year in the bullpen, now boasts a 2-0 record with a 3.29 ERA.
Nathan Bannister, Bobby Dalbec and Alfonso Rivas have also won Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors this season.
Arizona’s pitching will next be on display this weekend when the Wildcats host Oregon State for a three-game series beginning Friday.
Mesa standout joins baseball program
Arizona baseball coach Jay Johnson announced Monday that Mesa Community College’s Mitchell Morimoto will join the program next season as part of the 2016-2017 recruiting class, according to an Arizona Athletics press release.
Morimoto, a sophomore, is batting .442 with five home runs for Mesa. As a freshman, he was named to the NJCAA Division II All-American second team.
“He is an accomplished hitter and will help us immediately in 2017,” Johnson said in a statement. “We could not be more excited to have him. He will fit in perfectly for us on offense and defense here at Arizona.”
The Washington native becomes the 16th member of Arizona baseball’s 2016-17 class. He will have two years of eligibility remaining at Arizona.
Women’s golf to compete at NCAA Regionals
The Arizona women’s golf team will travel to Bryan, Texas, to compete in the NCAA Regionals, which run Thursday through Saturday.
The Wildcats, who were selected as the No. 3 seed in the regional behind UCLA and Georgia, are led by senior Lindsey Weaver.
“I’m trying not to take too much for granted, and just play my best and get us as far as I can,” Weaver told Arizona Athletics last week. “It is my senior year, I love this team and we’ve come so far—winning Pac-12s last year—but as a team we haven’t really peaked yet. Going into post season, regionals, nationals, is a really great time for us to play our best golf.”
Krystal Quihuis, Gigi Stoll, Jessica Vasilic and Haley Moore are also expected to compete for Arizona.
To follow live scoring of regional play, go to www.golfstatresults.com.
Softball looks to rebound against Oregon State
After being swept by Oregon this past weekend, Arizona softball will look for better luck against Oregon State when the Beavers come to Tucson for three-game series beginning Friday.
The Wildcats got nothing going on their road trip to Eugene, Oregon, as the Ducks outscored Arizona 17-0 over the course of the three-game series.
Following the sweep, the Wildcats now stand at 9-9 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers are right below them in the standings with a 6-12 league record.
Opening pitch on Friday is slated for 5 p.m. The entire series will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
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