Arizona Wildcats pitcher Konner Wade had been sick for a couple of days, saying he felt “kind of dead” in terms of energy.
It didn’t show Friday night. His marathon 126 pitches against USC helped UA stay kind of alive in the chase for an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Andy Lopez pushed Wade for 9 1/3 innings before turning to closer Mathew Troupe, who got two outs with one pitch and picked up the victory when Zach Gibbons singled home Kevin Newman from second base with one out in the bottom of the 10th.
Arizona won 4-3 to improve to 32-21 overall and 13-15 in the Pac-12.
With victories Saturday night (6 p.m. start at Hi Corbett) and Sunday (noon), the defending national champion Wildcats can at least make something of a case to be included in the postseason field.
“They’ll sleep better tonight,” Lopez said of his team, “then we have to come back tomorrow and play good baseball again.”