No. 9 Texas Pulls Off Series Win Over No. 21 Baseball With 4-1 Victory in Sunday Finale
March 9, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas- The Arizona baseball team fell 4-1 to No. 9 Texas at Disch-Falk Field in Sunday's series finale between the Wildcats and Longhorns. The loss handed Texas a two games to one series victory over the Wildcats and dropped UA to 12-7 for the season.
The Longhorns jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off of Arizona starter Kevin Guyette in the first on Dustin Majewski's RbI single that scored Tim Moss from third.
A pair of troublsome fly balls to center field added two more runs to the UT tally in the third. Arizona center fielder Brian Anderson lost sight of consecutive fly balls off the bats of Omar Quintanilla and Majewski, which fell in for an inside the park home run and a triple, respectively, leading to a 3-0 UT lead.
Arizona cut the UT lead to 3-1 with an unearned run in the eighth, but couldn't get any closer, stranding runners on first and third in the inning.
Texas' J.P. Howell picked up his third win of the season on the mound. The Longhorn southpaw worked seven innings before giving way to UT closer Houston Street who picked up his second save of the year with two innings of relief. Howell (3-0) gave up just one unearned run on five Arizona hits, while striking out five and walking two. Street worked a perfect eighth and ninth inning, including striking out the final three hitters Arizona sent to the plate in the ninth.
Arizona's Kevin Guyette was tagged with his first loss of the season despite a very solid effort. The redshirt freshman struck out a career-high six UT hitters against no walks, while giving up just three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Offensively Arizona tallied a season-low five hits. Sophomore Pat Reilly saw his 23-game hitting streak come to an end with a 0 for 3 day at the plate.
Arizona returns home to Tucson to face Portland in a pair of midweek games this week. The Wildcats and Pilots will tangle on Tuesday and Wednesday with both games slated to start at 3 p.m.