Baseball Sweeps Arizona in Doubleheader
April 2, 1999
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Washington baseball team edged Arizona in a pair of low-scoring ballgames, winning 6-3 and 2-1 in a Pac-10 Conference doubleheader at Sancet Field.
For the most part, game one was a pitchers duel between two former Mid-Valley League stars. UW starter Jeff Heaverlo, from Ephrata, held the Huskies to only one run through the first five innings. Meanwhile, Arizonas Josh Pearce, from Yakimas West Valley High, allowed only one UW run through the first five innings.
After Marc Rittenhouses RBI single in the sixth gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead, Tyson Boston connected off of Pearce for a two-run homer in the seventh, his third of the year, to give the UW a 4-1 edge. In the bottom of the seventh, a pair of UW errors led to two unearned runs and closed the gap to 4-3.
The Huskies scored two in the ninth to add insurance and sophomore lefty Matt Gardner worked the ninth for his first save. Heaverlo (5-1) allowed only three hits and three unearned runs while fanning 11. Pearce (4-4) worked seven and one-third innings in the loss.
Game two was another pitchers duel. UA starting pitcher Ben Diggins, who also batted in the game, got his team on top first with a solo homer in the fourth inning, but the Huskies answered back in the top of the fifth when Nick Stefonick singled Marc Rittenhouse home to make it 1-1. In the sixth, Washington made it 2-1 when a Todd Linden groundout scored Marc Rittenhouse from first base.
In the bottom of the ninth, with UW closer Matt Massingale on to pitch, the Wildcats got a runner to third base with no outs thanks to a single, an error and a wild pitch. But Massingale got a strikeout and a groundout before Diggins grounded sharply to Rittenhouse, who dove towards the second base bag, got up and threw to first in time for the final out. Massingale earned his fourth save.
Carlsen improved to 5-0, throwing eight innings for the win. The sophomore allowed only one run on four hits while fanning four. Diggins fell to 5-3, striking out 11 in a complete game.
Washington improved to 17-8 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-10 while Arizona, losers of six straight, fell to 20-17 and 3-8.
The Huskies and Wildcats close out the three-game series Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game will air live on KSRB AM-1150.
Game 1 - Washington 6, Arizona 3 Washington 010 001 202 -- 6 10 6 Arizona 100 000 200 -- 3 3 1
Jeff Heaverlo, Matt Gardner (9) and Dominic Woody. Josh Pearce, Wesley Zlotoff (7) and Dennis Anderson. W - Heaverlo (5- 1). L - Pearce (4-4). Sv - Gardner (1). 2B - UW, Kyle Woods. HR - UW, Tyson Boston (3). T - .
Game 2 - Washington 2, Arizona 1 Washington 000 011 000 -- 2 3 2 Arizona 000 100 000 -- 1 5 1Jeff Carlsen, Matt Massingale (9) and Jake Gann. Ben Diggins and Devin Welch, Dennis Anderson (8). W - Carlsen (5-0). L - Diggins (5-3). Sv - Massingale (4). HR - UA, Diggins (2). T - 2:28. A - 133.