TUCSON, Ariz. It was the start of a new season, but 24th-ranked Arizona picked up right where it left off. The defending national champions got a dominant effort from junior starter Konner Wade and erupted offensively in the middle innings en route to a 16-0 season-opening win over Coppin State before 5,145 fans at Hi Corbett Field on Friday night.
Wade (1-0), a winner in all four of his postseason starts last June, including two complete games at the College World Series, retired the first 11 hitters he faced and did not allow a hit until the seventh inning. He finished with eight strikeouts, one walk and just one hit allowed in 6 13 innings of work as he improved to 15-3 in his career.
Arizona (1-0), which won its 12th straight game overall dating to last season, was overanxious at the plate in the first two innings against Coppin State right-hander Darryl Martinez. But in the third, sophomore designated hitter Tyler Parmenter blasted a leadoff triple off the wall in...