TUCSON, Ariz. The 10th-ranked Arizona baseball team jumped ahead early and pulled away late, dispatching visiting Coppin State 13-9 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep before a crowd of 2,680 at Hi Corbett Field.
Arizona (3-0) cruised to a pair of victories behind dominant starting pitching on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday's series finale was a different story, as the Wildcats needed stellar relief pitching in the late innings.
Coppin State (0-3) fell behind 5-0 in the first inning but immediately began chipping away at the deficit, scoring a pair of runs off UA starter Stephen Manthei in the second and third innings, respectively. Even so, Arizona re-extended its lead to 9-4 with a three-run bottom of the third.
Then, just as quickly, the Eagles stormed back against reliever Tyler Hale to tie the score at 9-9 with five runs in the top of the fourth. The big blow came on one of the rarest plays in baseball -- an inside-the-park grand slam.
With two outs a...