May 20, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona baseball team ended Washington's season by completing a series sweep with a 18- 6 win over the Huskies Sunday in a Pac-10 game at Sancet Field. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 33-23 overall and 12-12 in conference, thus retaining their hopes of making the postseason.
Thanks to Oregon State's loss to USC Sunday, the Wildcats finished in sole possession of fifth place inthe conference, putting them on the bubble for NCAA consideration. The Huskies closed out their season with a 29-23 overall mark and a 7-17 league record, having lost their last seven to finish the year.
For the third straight game in the series, the Wildcats scored in the first. Brad Hassey and Marc Kaiser led off with singles and Ernie Durazo doubled to send home the first run. Shelley Duncan drove in Kaiser with a single and, after Matt Abram lined into a double play, a throwing error by Husky third baseman Michael Done allowed Durazo to score to make it 3-0.
In the third, the Cats piled on five more runs, taking advantage of three Husky wild pitches and an error in the inning. In the fourth, Duncan, the Arizona right fielder, greeted UW reliever Matt Gardner with his 23rd home run of the season to lead off the inning.
The next inning, Duncan belted another homer off of Gardner, this time a two-run shot, to break the Arizona school record of 23, set in 1993 by George Arias. Duncan also moved into fourth place on the Pac-10 career list with 55, one better than USC's Mark McGwire and Jeff Hainline of Gonzaga, who each hit 54.
Washington posted its first run in the sixth when senior Marc Rittenhouse, in his final college game, hit a ground-rule double to center and eventually came around to score on Brandon Jacobson sacrifice fly. In the seventh, UW center fielder Andre Marshall drove in a pair of runs with a double and then scored on a triple by Rittenhouse.
UW freshman starter Clay Johnson (4-4) suffered the loss with a two and one-third inning outing. Freshman Joe Little (4-0) pitched six and two-thirds for the win in his first career start after 20 relief appearances.
The Wilcats finished the game with 23 hits. Hassey went 5-for-5 with four singles, a triple and three runs scored. Duncan batted 5-for-6 with six runs batted in, two homers, a double and four runs. Abram also homered for Arizona, belting a three-run shot in the eighth, his 10th of the season.
Rittenhouse finished his career in high style despite the loss. The second baseman from Belleuve went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and a ninth-inning, two-run homer. Senior first baseman Duggan Moran went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in his UW finale.
LINESCORE Pac-10 Conference Game Arizona 18, Washington 6 Washington 000 001 302 -- 6 11 3 Arizona 305 120 15x -- 18 23 0 Clay Johnson, Sean White (3), Trevor Gibson (3), Matt Gardner (4), Mike Bomar (6), Scott Robertson (8) and Jefferson Thiel, Ben Johnson (5). Joe Little, Rob Elias (7), Daryl DeSalvo (9), Anthony Sulser (9) and Chris Cunningham, Jeff Casper (7). W - Little (4-0). L - Johnson (4-4). 2B - UW, Thiel, Marc Rittenhouse, Andre Marshall, UA, Ernie Durazo, Brian Anderson, Cunningham, Marc Kaiser, Shelley Duncan. 3B - UW, Rittenhouse, UA, Brad Hassey. HR - UW, Rittenhouse (2), UA, Duncan 2 (24), Matt Abram (10). T - 3:20. A - 1,060.