Arizona Thumps UW In Season Finale
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, theWildcats improved to 33-23 overall and 12-12 in conference, thus retaining their hopes ofmaking the postseason.
Thanks to Oregon State's loss to USC Sunday, the Wildcats finished in sole possession offifth place inthe conference, putting them on the bubble for NCAA consideration. TheHuskies closed out their season with a 29-23 overall mark and a 7-17 league record, havinglost their last seven to finish the year.
For the third straight game in the series, the Wildcats scored in the first. Brad Hassey andMarc 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 doubleplay, a throwing error by Husky third baseman Michael Done allowed Durazo to score tomake it 3-0.
In the third, the Cats piled on five more runs, taking advantage of three Husky wild pitchesand an error in the inning. In the fourth, Duncan, the Arizona right fielder, greeted UWreliever 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, tobreak the Arizona school record of 23, set in 1993 by George Arias. Duncan also movedinto fourth place on the Pac-10 career list with 55, one better than USC's Mark McGwireand Jeff Hainline of Gonzaga, who each hit 54.
Washington posted its first run in the sixth when senior Marc Rittenhouse, in his finalcollege game, hit a ground-rule double to center and eventually came around to score onBrandon Jacobson sacrifice fly. In the seventh, UW center fielder Andre Marshall drove ina 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 inningouting. Freshman Joe Little (4-0) pitched six and two-thirds for the win in his first careerstart after 20 relief appearances.
The Wilcats finished the game with 23 hits. Hassey went 5-for-5 with four singles, a tripleand three runs scored. Duncan batted 5-for-6 with six runs batted in, two homers, a doubleand four runs. Abram also homered for Arizona, belting a three-run shot in the eighth, his10th of the season.
Rittenhouse finished his career in high style despite the loss. The second baseman fromBelleuve went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and a ninth-inning, two-run homer. Seniorfirst baseman Duggan Moran went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in his UW finale.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameArizona 18, Washington 6Washington 000 001 302 -- 6 11 3Arizona 305 120 15x -- 18 23 0Clay 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), DarylDeSalvo (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.