April 13, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Powered by a 3 for 4 performance by Jeff Van Houten, the Arizona baseball team won its Pac-10 series two games to one over Washington with a 9-4 win at Frank Sancet Field on Sunday.
The victory improved Arizona's record to 26-12 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10, while Washington fell to 22-12 and 4-5 in conference action with the loss.
Van Houten, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, missed out on hitting for the cycle by just a double for the second consecutive week. The sophomore outfielder tripled in the first, homered in the third and singled in the seventh to narrowly miss out on the cycle for the second straight Sunday. He finished the game with four RBIs and a run scored.
Washington got off to a quick start, scoring all four of its runs off of Arizona starter Joe Little in the top of the first. UW's Brent Lillibridge led off the game with a solo home run to center field to open the frame. Mike Wagner then added another run with a RBI base hit and a two-run single by Nick Batkoski handed UW an early 4-0 lead and chased Little from the game.
The Wildcats cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first on Derek Decater's sac-fly and Van Houten's RBI triple, scoring Brad Boyer and Moises Duran, respectively.
Arizona added another run in the bottom of the second on Boyer's sac-fly and took a 6-4 lead in the third on Van Houten's three-run blast to left field, his ninth home run of the season. The Wildcats added single runs in fifth, seventh and eighth to put away the Huskies in the rubber game of the series
Wildcats' reliever John Meloan (3-0) struck out a career-high seven Washington batters en route to his third win of the season. The right-hander scattered five hits and did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings of work. Kevin Guyette worked the final three innings for his second save of the season.
Washington's Trent Baysinger (1-1) was charged with his first loss of the year after giving up five runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings on the mound.
Offensively, Arizona tallied 10 hits to UW's nine in the game. Junior Brian Anderson went 2 for 3 with three runs scored for Arizona in the win. Lillibridge, who hit his fourth home run of the season, finished 2 for 5 in the loss.
Arizona returns to action on Monday with a single game against Sacramento State at Sancet Field at 1 p.m. Washington continues its road trip in Manhattan, Kan., with a pair of non-conference games against Kansas State.