UW Falls To Arizona, 6-5, On 12th Inning Homer
March 25, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona's Jeff Van Houten led off the 12th inning with a home run tolift the 13th-ranked Wildcats to a 6-5 win over Washington Friday at Kindall Field.
The Wildcats (18-9 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-10) had rallied for two runs in the ninth tosend the game into extra innings. Arizona first baseman Jordan Brown, who had homeredto lead off the eighth inning, very nearly won the game in the ninth when his would-begrand slam down the right-field line was ruled foul. However, with two outs and thebases loaded, he came through, driving in two with a double that tied the game at 5-5.
Husky freshman Matt Hague (0-2) suffered the loss. He'd retired all six batters he'dfaced before surrendering the homer in the 12th. Husky starter Kyle Parker threw nineinnings and had the Wildcats down to their final strike on more than one occasion, butcould complete the win.
Arizona reliever Mark Melancon (1-2) threw five innings for the win, allowing only onerun on two hits.
Washington dropped to 13-10 overall and 0-2 in Pac-10 play after having lost to Arizona,13-6 on Thursday.
Arizona got off to a quick start with a pair of runs in the first. After Trevor Crowe andBrad Boyer singled to open the inning, a pair of RBI groundouts from Jeff Van Houtenand Jordan Brown staked the Wildcats with a 2-0 edge.
Washington was held hitless until Zach Clem singled to lead off the fourth. AfterKyle Larsen walked, Nick Batkoski singled to drive in the Huskies' first run. After anout, freshman Matt Stevens drove in Larsen from third with a sacrifice fly, knotting thescore at 2-2.
The UW took its first lead in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded on a single and twowalks, Stevens blooped a single to left to drive in Larsen with the go-ahead run. Arizonathreatened to tie the score or go in front in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases withone out, but Parker got Bryan Kervin to ground into an inning-ending double play to keepthe Huskies in the lead at 3-2.
Larsen added the Huskies' lead in the eighth when he led off the inning with his fourthhome run of the year. In the bottom of the eighth, Brown led off with his eighth of theyear, cutting the UW lead to 4-3.
Sunday's game time has been moved forward one hour and will now get underway at11:00 a.m. PST. The series finale will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#13 Arizona 6, Washington 5, 12 InningsWashington 000 201 011 000 -- 5 8 1Arizona 200 000 012 001 -- 6 12 1Kyle Parker, Matt Hague (10) and Matt Lane. Kevin Guyette,Mark Melancon (8) and Nick Hundley. W - Melancon (1-2). L -Hague (0-2). 2B - UA, Hundley, Brad Boyer, Jordan Brown. HR- UW, Kyle Larsen (4); UA, Brown (8), Jeff Van Houten (4).T - 3:48. A - 832.