TUCSON, Ariz. -- Visiting North Dakota State scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to spoil a 13-strikeout performance by Konner Wade as No. 5 Arizona suffered its first loss of the season Saturday night, an 8-2 defeat before a crowd of 2,920 at Hi Corbett Field.
What had been a listless Arizona lineup mustered a pair of runs in the top of the third inning to claim an early 2-0 advantage. But despite Wade's career-high strikeout total, the Bison evened the game two innings later.
Kirk Kenneally snapped a streak of five consecutive strikeouts by Wade when the designated hitter was hit by a pitch with one out in the fifth. Left fielder Kyle Kleinendorst followed with a two-run home run over the 392-foot sign in center to tie the score at 2-all.
Wade carried the 2-2 game into the eighth inning, retiring the first batter he faced with a lineout to center. From there, the Wildcats opted to go to the bullpen, and that was when things fell apart.