May 19, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona baseball team kept is hopes of making the NCAA tournament alive as the Wildcats rallied for four runs in the eighth to beat Washington, 5-2, in a Pac-10 game Saturday night at Sancet Field.
If the Wildcats can complete a series sweep, they would finish .500 in Pac-10 play and have a decent shot at making the postseason, the field for which will be announced Monday. With Saturday's win, the Cats improved to 32-23 overall and 11-12 in the Pac- 10. Washington fell to 29-22 and 7-16 with its sixth consecutive loss.
After allowing hits to the first three Arizona batters in the first inning, Washington starter Shawn Kohn retired 18 in a row and didn't allow another hit until the eighth, when the Wildcats rallied for two runs with one out. With two down, Kohn gave up singles to Brad Hassey and Marc Kaiser. After a walk to Ernie Durazo walked to load the bases, Shelley Duncan lined a single to left to score two and give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead.
After Tyler Shepple came on to relieve Kohn, Matt Abram walked and Brian Anderson singled to score two more runs.
Kohn fell to 6-2 with the loss while Arizona starter Sean Rierson (7-4) worked eight innings for the win, allowing two runs on nine hits. Anderson, who started the game as the Arizona center fielder, worked the ninth for his third save.
Arizona tallied a run in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. After back-to-back singles by Hassey and Kaiser led off the game, Durazo belted a double to center to send Hassey home. Later in the inning, the Huskies kept the Cats from scoring again when Michael Done threw out Kaiser at home as he tried to score on a grounder to third base.
While Kohn was busy shutting down the Wildcat bats after the first, the Huskies consistenly put runners aboard, but were unable to score until the sixth. In the sixth, singles by Jay Garthwaite and Tyler Davidson put runners at first and third for Done, who singled up the middle to plate Garthwaite. With runners at first and third again, Tila Reynolds bunted back to the mound. Done was forced at second base, but while the throw was made, Davidson was able to come across to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
Rittenhouse, Garthwaite and Done each finished the game with two hits each to lead Washington.
The Huskies close out the 2001 season Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game against the Wildcats.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Arizona 5, Washington 2 Washington 000 002 000 -- 2 9 0 Arizona 100 000 04x -- 5 7 2 Shawn Kohn, Tyler Shepple (8) and Jefferson Thiel. Sean Rierson, Brian Anderson (9) and Ken Riley. W - Rierson (7-4). L - Kohn (6-2). Sv - Anderson (3). 2B - UW, Bryan Johnson, UA, Ernie Durazo. T - 2:33. A - 1,315.