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UA alums surging early in MLB season

Johnny Field (UA '13) was called up on April 13 by Tampa Bay (Photo courtesy: AP). Johnny Field (UA '13) was called up on April 13 by Tampa Bay (Photo courtesy: AP).
Scott Kingery (UA '15) has 11 RBI during a six-game hitting streak (Photo courtesy: AP). Scott Kingery (UA '15) has 11 RBI during a six-game hitting streak (Photo courtesy: AP).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Philadelphia’s 10-4 victory Sunday over Tampa Bay to complete a three-game sweep of the Rays had the Arizona Wildcats written all over it.

Johnny Field (’13), who played on UA’s 2012 national championship team, got his first major league hit on a double in the fifth inning (VIDEO).

Field finished the game 2-for-4.

It was his second straight start since being called up from Triple-A by the Rays on Friday.

Field might have made Tampa’s club out of spring training but the Rays made a deal right before the season-opener when they acquired none other than Field’s UA teammate Rob Refsnyder from the Cleveland Indians.

The move meant Field had to start the season in Durham, North Carolina, where he was hitting .357 at the time of his promotion.

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How ironic now that the three players who comprised the Wildcats outfield the night they clinched the 2012 national championship in Omaha all have a connection to the Rays.

Field (left) and Refsnyder (right) are currently on the team and Joey Rickard (center) was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 9th round by in 2012.

Rickard came up in the Rays system but made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2016 after he we selected by the O’s in the Rule 5 Draft at the 2015 Winter Meetings.

Refsnyder is struggling to start the 2018 season, hitting just .091 (1-for-11) in seven games.

The Phillies won Sunday thanks in part to Scott Kingery (UA ’15).

Kingery had a three-run double (VIDEO) in the third inning to turn a 2-1 Philadelphia deficit into a 4-2 lead.

The rookie had a red-hot week. He’s hit in six straight games (.306) with 11 RBI over that stretch.

Kingery socked his first grand slam on April 10 and had a walk-off sac-fly the next night in wins over the Reds.

Philadelphia after a 1-4 start has won eight-of-nine.

Kingery was drafted in the 2nd round by the Phillies in 2015 and the club gave him a six-year $24 million major league deal in March before he had even played a big-league game.

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