May 18, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona baseball team kept its slim hopes of making the postseason alive Friday night as the Wildcats overcame an early 3-0 lead to beat Washington 8-3, in a Pac-10 game at Sancet Field. Arizona (31-23 overall, 10-12 in the Pac-10) entered the three-game series looking for a sweep, which would make for a .500 record in conference play. Washington fell to 29-21 and 7-15.
Washington jumped on the Wildcats for three runs in the first, scoring all three with two outs. Brandon Jacobson and Marc Rittenhouse led off the game with singles and, after a strikeout and a flyout, third baseman Michael Done doubled to plate both runners. After Tila Reynolds was hit by a pitch, first baseman Bryan Johnson singled to score Done, giving Washington a 3-0 lead.
The Wildcats responded quickly with three runs in their half of the first. Brad Hassey walked and Erik Torres singled to put runners at first and third. Husky starter Jeff Carlsen (2-3) bounced a pitch past the catcher to allow Hassey to score and, after one groundout moved Torres to third, Shelley Duncan grounded out to shortstop to send Torres home. With the bases empty and two out, three consecutive singles, including an RBI base hit by Justyn St. Clair, tied the game at 3-3.
Arizona went in front in the bottom of the third. With Ernie Durazo aboard on a single, DH Matt Abram hooked a ball just inside of the left-field foul pole for his ninth homer of the year, giving UA a 5-3 lead.
The Cats tacked on two more in the fourth to increase their lead to 7-3. With the bases loaded and two down, Duncan hit a hard ground ball that deflected off of Carlsen. As Reynolds, the Husky shortstop, tried to field the ball on the deflection, he was unable to pick it up cleanly, allowing a second runner to score on the play. A solo homer by freshman Brian Anderson in the fifth made it an 8-3 Arizona lead.
UA starter Marc Kaiser improved to 8-6 on the season with an eight and one-third inning performance. He struck out eight and allowed only four hits the rest of the way after allowing four in the first. Anderson and Durazo each finished with three hits for Arizona while Jacobson and Johnson each had two to lead the Huskies.
The Huskies and Wildcats continue the three-game series Saturday at 7:00 p.m. before the regular season comes to a close Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Arizona 8, Washington 3 Washington 300 000 000 -- 3 8 1 Arizona 302 210 00x -- 8 13 1 Jeff Carlsen, Greg Colburn (4), Randy Vanderplow (7) and Jefferson Thiel. Marc Kaiser, Anthony Sulser (9) and Ken Riley. W - Kaiser (8-6). L - Carlsen (2-3). 2B - UW, Michael Done. HR - UA, Matt Abram (9), Brian Anderson (4). T - 2:54. A - 1230.