UW Baseball Falls To Arizona, 5-2
May 26, 2002
SEATTLE - Arizona scored all five of its runs in the seventh inning and hung onto beat the Washington baseball team, 5-2, Sunday at Husky Ballpark on the finalday of the regular season. The loss drops the Huskies into a tie for third-placewith Arizona State in the final Pac-10 standings. The UW finished a game behindsecond-place Stanford and two back of conference champion USC.
Washington finished the year 15-9 in the Pac-10 and 30-25-1 overall. The 15-9conference record marks the Huskies' best record and best placement since thePac-10 unified its two divisions for the 1999 season. Arizona closed out theyear 9-15 in the league and 31-24 overall.
The Huskies will find out Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. if they did well enough tomake the 64-team NCAA tournament field. The selections will be announced onESPN2, and Husky players and coaches will gather in the Don James Center atHusky Stadium to watch the selection show.
Arizona had been threatening all game before finally breaking out with the five-run seventh. A sacrifice fly from Pat Reilly plated the first run before afielder's choice groundout from Brian Anderson drove in another. With freshmanreliever Will Fenton (Kingston/North Kitsap) on to pitch for the UW, Arizonasecond baseman Moises Duran launched a three-run homer to left field to give theCats a 5-1 lead.
The Huskies scored a run in the seventh, but left the bases loaded in theseventh and eighth innings and left two runners on in the ninth without scoringanother run.
Arizona starter Jason Snyder faced only one batter as a line drive off the batof Husky leadoff hitter Taylor Johnson (Vancouver/Skyview) hit him in thepitching arm. Chris Marini, who started in the outfield in the two games, cameon in relief in his first career pitching appearance.
Marini held the Huskies scoreless until the fourth, when with one out, juniorleft fielder Tyler Davidson (Edmonds/Meadowdale) lined a home run down the leftfield line, his 13th of the season, to give Washington a 1-0 edge.
Arizona reliever Chris Goodman threw two innings for the win, allowing only onerun to improve to 5-2 on the season. UW starter Clay Johnson (Elma), who hadmissed his last start with a minor shoulder injury, allowed three runs over sixand one-third innings. He suffered the loss to fall to 2-2.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference BaseballArizona 5, Washington 2Arizona 000 000 500 -- 5 9 1Washington 000 100 100 -- 2 11 1Jason Snyder, Chris Marini (1), Chris Goodman (5), Tony Sulser (7), BrianAnderson (8) and Chris Cunningham. Clay Johnson, David Dowling (7), Will Fenton(7), Brian Carter (9), Tyler Shepple (9) and Aaron Hathaway. W - Goodman (5-2).L - Johnson (2-2). Sv - Anderson (4). 2B - UW, Taylor Johnson. HR - UA, MoisesDuran (9); UW, Tyler Davidson (13). T - 3:18. A - 733.