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Arizona baseball drops final game at Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge

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MINNEAPOLIS – Michigan State scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to beat Arizona 3-2 in the final game of the Dairy Queen Classic-Pac-12/Big 10 Challenge at US Bank Stadium.

The Wildcats led 2-0 heading into the final inning after eight strong innings from starting pitcher Randy Labaut. Labaut gave up back-to-back singles to start the ninth, and exited with runners on the corners and no outs.

Sophomore right-hander Preston Price and got a ground ball, but it squirted through the right side for a base hit to plate Michigan State’s Zach Iverson and make it 2-1. Robby Medel then came on and got a ground ball as well, but again, it got through for a single to score the tying run and even it up at two.

Coach Jay Johnson then went to senior right-hander Tylor Megill. Megill struck out the first batter he faced, Bryce Kelley, for the first out of the inning. After a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Megill got Chad Roskelly to hit a grounder to second baseman Cameron Cannon, who flipped it to shortstop Jacob Blas, but the throw to first baseman Alfonso Rivas for the double play skipped away, allowing Kory Young to score the game-winning run.

The loss dropped Arizona to 5-6 on the season. Arizona’s six losses have come by a combined seven runs with five one-run losses, including all three this weekend in Minneapolis.

Labaut went eight innings, allowing five hits, the two runs in the ninth inning and striking out two. He didn’t issue any walks, needing just 86 total pitches.  Ryan Haug paced the Wildcats offensively, going 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Matt Fraizer went 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Fraizer doubled to lead off the second inning and scored on a sacrifice fly from Cal Stevenson to give Arizona the 1-0 lead after two.

Labaut made that stand up until the Wildcats added a run in the sixth inning. Nick Quintana doubled to deep left-center to score Haug and make it 2-0.

Labaut mowed down the Spartans in the sixth, seventh and eighth to maintain the lead heading into the final inning where the Spartans came through with three runs to win it.

Price, who faced the one batter in the ninth, was saddled with the loss.

The Wildcats will look to get back on track Tuesday at Hi Corbett Field against San Diego State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. The Cats will look to avenge a one-run loss to San Diego State earlier this season.

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