Rubber Matches: Northeastern-Arizona Highlights the Slate

No. 23 Northeastern at Arizona and No. 17 UCSB at Campbell highlight Sunday’s slate.

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A series win — whether in conference play for standing position or non-conference – can mean the world to a team when the NCAA Tournament field is selected. We’ll be highlighting those rubber matches every Sunday morning with a list of games and three key ones.

If you want to jump ahead to the list of rubber matches, click here. Otherwise, here’s the three highlights on Sunday’s schedule.

No. 23 Northeastern at Arizona

Arizona took the opener quite comfortably, quickly erasing a 1-0 Northeastern lead with a two-run bottom of the first before holding the Huskies to two hits the rest of the way in a 6-1 victory. Right fielder Emilio Corona went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Jackson Kent (6 IP, 1 R, 8 K) and Raul Garayzar (3 IP, 4 K) were lights out.

The Wildcats were on their way to the series victory on Saturday, leading 6-3 entering the seventh thanks a three-run double from Brendan Summerhill and a two-run single from Garen Caulfield. Things turned late, though, as Northeastern’s Tyler MacGregor hit a two-run double in the seventh and Luke Beckstein gave them a lead in the eighth with a two-run single. Arizona tied it on a Richie Morales double in the home half, but Huskies’ slugger Alex Lane took the lead for good with a solo home run in the ninth.

Sunday’s rubber match is at 2 p.m. ET and streaming on the Pac-12 Network.

No. 17 UC Santa Barbara at Campbell

Campbell took it on the chin Friday night as UC Santa Barbara handed them a humbling 20-8 defeat in which the Gauchos logged just 11 hits. Self-inflicted wounds were the name of the game as the Camels’ pitching staff couldn’t shake off the rust: They walked 19, hit three, and threw three wild pitches — plus the team committed a pair of errors. UCSB clubbed three home runs as well with A Aaron Parker and Nick Oakley both driving in five runs.

It was a completely different story on Saturday. Zach Sabers steadied the ship, turning in a quality start with six innings of two-run ball, and Lawson Harrill powered the offense from the jump. Harrill hit a solo home run in the first and a two-run shot in the third. It wasn’t all smooth sailing — the Gauchos battled back in the seventh with a Zander Daby two-run homer, his second of the weekend, and a go-ahead two-run double from LeTrey McCollum. UCSB’s top reliever in Hudson Barrett faltered in the eighth — he walked the bases loaded and turned it over to Jackson Flora, who walked in the tying run before a groundout gave Campbell enough to eke out a 5-4 win.

Sunday’s finale is at 12 p.m. ET and a radio broadcast is available.

San Diego at No. 16 Texas

There has been no shortage of dramatics between these two clubs to open the year.

On Friday, it was the Longhorns that came out on top, 7-3, thanks to one massive swing from sophomore shortstop Jalin Flores. A trendy pick to have a breakout year after struggling as a freshman, Flores stepped to the dish in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and Texas down one. He launched a grand slam to the Yeti Yard in left field, single-handedly accounting for a 39-point swing in the team’s win expectancy.

Saturday’s matchup was even tighter, going 11 innings before San Diego took a 6-5 win. Texas was up heading into the later innings thanks to a three-run shot from Peyton Powell, but an RBI groundout from Jack Costello leveled it in the 7th and pushed it to extras. San Diego started the bonus baseball with a bang as Ryan Ward hit a two-run home run, but the Longhorns answered right back with a RBI single from Powell and a sacrifice fly from Jayden Duplantier. The Toreros executed a beautiful double-steal of home in the top of the 11th, though, with Dustin Allen — who went 5-for-6 with four runs — racing to the plate after a throw went down to second base.

Sunday’s game is set for 2 p.m. ET on the Longhorn Network.

Another ranked team looking to fend off a season-opening series loss is No. 13 NC State, who dropped Saturday’s contest to VCU. Here’s a full table with the rest of Sunday’s rubber matches. Highlight indicates ranked team.

Rubber Matches
Home Res. Away Res.
No. 13 NC State W, 6-1VCU W, 9-6
Campbell W, 5-4No. 17 UC Santa Barbara W, 20-8
Arizona W, 6-1No. 23 Northeastern W, 8-7
Fla. Atlantic W, 5-4No. 6 Vanderbilt W, 12-11
Air Force W, 3-2Mississippi St. W, 8-4
Bellarmine W, 11-3Tennessee Tech W, 5-1
CSUN W, 10-6Utah Valley W, 6-5
Davidson W, 16-5Morehead St. W, 7-4
Delaware W, 6-1North Florida W, 9-7
Elon W, 10-2Navy W, 21-13
Evansville W, 14-3Oral Roberts W, 12-10
Georgia St. W, 12-3New Orleans W, 4-2
Holy Cross W, 4-2William & Mary W, 8-4
Houston Christian W, 4-3Le Moyne W, 11-4 (10)
Jacksonville St. W, 6-5Memphis W, 7-4
Kennesaw St. W, 12-7UAB W, 12-4
Kent St. W, 8-2UNCW W, 7-2
Louisiana W, 3-2Wright St. W, 7-6
Mercer W, 5-2Toledo W, 5-4 (10)
Mount St. Mary’s W, 14-4Norfolk St. W, 8-3
Nevada W, 12-3UC Riverside W, 11-7
Northwestern W, 9-0Tulane W, 6-2
Oakland W, 5-0Saint Mary’s (CA) W, 13-2
San Diego W, 6-5 (11)Texas W, 7-3
Southeastern La. W, 2-0Tarleton St. W, 9-4
St. Bonaventure W, 22-10The Citadel W, 14-2