April 11, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Justin Drake scored all the way from first base on an errant pickoff throw in the 11th inning, breaking a 3-3 tie, as the Washington baseball team beat Arizona, 4-3, in the first game of a three-game Pac-10 series at Sancet Field.
Drake, who had entered the game in the ninth as a pinch runner, was hit by a pitch with one out to reach base in the 11th. UA reliever Brian Pemble threw to first and had Drake picked off as he'd broken for second, but the throw got by first baseman Pat Reilly and Drake took advantage of the large amount of foul territory to score.
Washington, down 3-0 early in the game, scored one in the fourth and then got a two-run homer in the eighth from Chad Boudon to tie the game at 3-3.
UW closer Will Fenton (2-0) earned the win, pitching the final three and two-thirds innings. Fenton allowed a hit and walked two, but struck out five. Fenton, a sophomore from Kingston, Wash., has yet to allow a run in 16 and one-third innings this year. He's allowed only six hits and struck out 26.
Arizona reliever Wes Zlotoff (1-1), who hit Drake with the pitch before being relieved, suffered the loss as Arizona fell to 24-12 overall and 3-4 in Pac-10 play. Washington improved to 22-10 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10, good for a third-place tie.
Arizona, unable to score after putting runners at first and third with out one in each of the first two innings, rallied to score three two-out runs in the third. Derek Decater walked, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a single from center fielder Brian Anderson. Right fielder Jeff Van Houten followed with a his eighth home run of the season and the Wildcats had a 3-0 lead.
Washington answered with a run in the top of the fourth. UW catcher Aaron Hathaway, who reached on an error by Arizona third baseman Brad Boyer scored the Huskies' first run on a double off the left field fence from John Otness.
Both teams had chances to score more runs. Washington left runners in scoring position in the fourth and sixth innings, unable to get them home. In the bottom of the sixth, Arizona got a one-out triple from Boyer and Pat Reilly reached on a third-strike passed ball, but the Huskies got out of the inning with a strikeout and a foul out.
The Huskies broke through to tie the game in the eighth. Greg Isaacson led off with a double down the right field line and moved to third on a flyout. Boudon followed with his team-leading 11th home run of the year, going the other way over the fence in right-center to tie the game at 3-3.
Husky starter Sean White allowed three runs over six innings in a no decision. He'd won his last five starts. Arizona junior Richie Gardner allowed three runs (two earned) over nine innings of work.
The Huskies and Wildcats continue the three-game series Saturday at 7:00 p.m. NOTE: Due to Thunderbirds playoff hockey, Saturday's game will NOT air on radio or via the internet. Live scoring of the game is available at gohuskies.com.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Washington 4, Arizona 3, 11 innings Washington 000 100 020 01 -- 4 7 0 Arizona 003 000 000 00 -- 3 11 2 Sean White, Trent Baysinger (7), Will Fenton (8) and Aaron Hathaway. Richie Gardner, Wes Zlotoff (10), Brian Pemble (11) and Nick Hundley. W - Fenton (2-0). L - Zlotoff (1-1). 2B - UW, John Otness, Brent Lillibridge, Greg Isaacson. 3B - UW, Brad Boyer. HR - UW, Chad Boudon (11); UA, Jeff Van Houten (8). T - 3:42. A - 531. Records: UW 21-10, 3-3 Pac-10; Arizona 24- 11, 3-3 Pac-10.