Cougars Rally to Top Cats, 5-4
April 17, 2009
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PULLMAN, Wash. - The Arizona baseball team could not hold on to a late lead as host Washington State scored three runs in seventh inning to rally back and defeat the Wildcats, 5-4, at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Arizona senior Preston Guilmet turned in an efficient 7 1/3 innings of work, but the opportunistic Cougars did not give in and handed Guilmet his fourth loss of the season.
Matt Argyropoulos tripled off the centerfield wall to open the seventh inning. Guilmet struck out the next hitter, but issued a one out walk to put runners at the corners. That set up a safety squeeze bunt by Shea Vucinich, who reached safely and picked up an RBI on a perfectly placed bunt single.
Trailing by a run, Alex Burg launched a fly ball to deep center field, but UA center fielder Hunter Pace initially broke in on the ball hit over his head. As Pace recovered near the warning track, his cleats got tangled up in the turf outfield and the ball fell safely for a two-run triple as Pace fell down.
Guilmet then retired the next two hitters to end the inning, but the damage was done as Guilmet suffered another tough luck loss as WSU claimed a 5-4 lead and hung on for the victory. The right hander scattered 10 hits on the day, while striking out 10 batters.
The Wildcats (16-17, 3-10 Pac-10) took a 4-2 lead in the third inning after Jett Bandy blasted his second homer of the season to drive in three runs off WSU starter Matt Way.
But Way, who earned his fifth victory of the season, settled down after the homer, retiring the next 11 batters and giving his offense a chance to mount a rally.
The Cougars (16-16, 6-4 Pac-10) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring a pair of runs of Guilmet, including one unearned run. Shea Vucinich doubled to lead things off, and with one out, Guilmet walked Derek Jones to put two runners on.
That brought Greg Lagreid to the plate, who singled to Steve Selsky in right field. Vucinich was going to be held at third on the play, but the ball skipped over the glove of Selsky, allowing Vucinich to move home. However, Selsky recovered quickly and fired to second baseman Kyle Stiner who relayed to Dwight Childs at home in time to cut down Jones attempting to score from first.
The Cougars added an unearned run later in the inning as Lagreid came in to score.
The Wildcats and Cougars will be back in action on Saturday afternoon for the second game of the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.