White Wins Fifth Straight As UW Beats UA
May 25, 2002
SEATTLE - Junior Sean White won his fifth straight decision and the Washingtonbaseball team hung on to second place in the Pac-10 with an 8-3 win over ArizonaSaturday at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies (15-8 in the Pac-10, 30-24-1 overall) remained in a tie for secondwith Stanford, which won its second straight game against WSU. The UW andCardinal trail USC (which was ahead of UCLA 13-10 in the eighth inning in theirgame) by one game going into the final day of the season Sunday. Arizona, ineighth place in the conference, fell to 8-15 and 30-24 overall.
White, a right-hander from Mercer Island, improved to 6-2 after starting theseason 1-2. He allowed only one run on five hits and no walks while striking outseven in eight innings.
Arizona opened the scoring with a run in the third when John Hardy singled,stole second and scored on a two-out single from Brad Hassey.
In the bottom of the third, the Huskies scored two runs to move in front, 2-1.Tila Reynolds (Renton/Liberty) and Tyler Davidson (Edmonds/Meadowdale) walkedand moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Freshman first basemanKyle Larsen (Redmond/Eastlake) followed with a single to center to drive in bothrunners.
The Huskies rallied for six runs with two outs in the sixth to put the game awayas UA starter Joe Little ran in to more trouble with walks, puttingJohn Otness(Tacoma/Wilson) and Greg Isaacson (Aberdeen) aboard on bases on balls. Leftfielder Mike Wagner (Woodinville) doubled down the left-field line to drive inOtness, and Little threw a wild pitch to bring home Isaacson.
The two-out rally continued as Little walked Reynolds before being relieved byWes Zlotoff. Davidson and Larsen greeted Zlotoff with back-to-back doubles, andfreshman catcher Aaron Hathaway hit an RBI single as seven straight Huskiesreached base after there were two out and none on.
Arizona got two runs in the ninth when freshman third baseman John Hardy belteda two-run homer, his fifth of the season. Little (6-6) worked five and two-thirds innings in the loss.
The Huskies and Wildcats close out the regular season Sunday with a 1:00 p.m.game. Monday, the UW finds out if it has made the NCAA tournament. The 64-teamfield will be announced at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference BaseballWashington 8, Arizona 3Arizona 001 000 002 -- 3 7 1Washington 002 006 00x -- 8 9 0Joe Little, Wes Zlotoff (6) and Richard Mercado. Sean White, Tyler Shepple (9)and Aaron Hathaway, Ben Johnson (9). W - White (6-2). L - Little (6-6). 2B - UW,Mike Wagner, Tyler Davidson, Kyle Larsen. HR - UA, John Hardy (5). T - 2:42. A -614.