Baseball Falls, 4-3, In 11 Innings To Washington
April 11, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Washington's Justin Drake sped 270 feet to score the game-winning run from first base on an errant pick off attempt in the top of the 11h inning, as Washington rallied from a late two-run deficit to win, 4-3, over Arizona at Frank Sancet Field on Friday.
The loss, Arizona's third in extra innings this season, dropped the Wildcats to 24-12 for the season and 3-4 in the Pac-10. Washington boosted its record to 22-10 and 4-3 in conference play.
Trailing 3-1 in the eighth inning, UW's Chad Boudon hit a two-run homer to center off Arizona starter Richie Gardner to tie the score at three apiece and force the game into extra innings.
Drake, who was hit by a pitch with one out in the 11th, appeared to be picked off by Arizona reliever Brian Pemble, but the ball sailed deep down into foul territory allowing him to circle the bases for the go-ahead run.
Pemble (2-1) was hit for his first loss of the season, while UW closer Will Fenton improved to 2-0 with 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief.
The Wildcats, who finished with 11 hits in the game, struggled in key situations through out the contest. Arizona stranded 12 runners on base, including seven men in scoring position.
Sophomore Jeff Van Houten supplied much of the offense for the Wildcats, hitting his career-high eighth home run, a two-run shot, in Arizona's three-run third. Freshman Brad Boyer and sophomore Pat Reilly went 2 for 4 and 2 for 3, respectively, for Arizona in the loss.
The Wildcats will look to rebound against the Huskies in the second game of the three-game set on Saturday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.