Huskies Spoil Senior Night
May 16, 2009
Senior Preston Guilmet made his 60th career start, which ties Ed Vosberg for the most in program history, despite battling an illness, but suffered his first loss in a month.
The Huskies (24-25, 13-9 Pac-10) jumped on Guilmet in the first inning, dinking and dunking their way to two runs on three hits in the inning.
In the second, Washington opened the game up with three more runs to capture a 5-0 lead. Guilmet was roughed up for three runs in the inning, including a pair of home runs.
However, Guilmet settled down over the next three innings. But the Wildcats' offense was unable to give him any support, going hitless over the first three innings before finally ending UW starter Jason Erickson's no-hit bid.
Erickson kept the UA hitters at bay all night, scattering four hits over seven innings while allowing just two runs.
The Huskies extended their lead to 7-0 in the sixth, forcing Guilmet from the game and tacking on a pair of runs.
Arizona (25-24, 8-14 Pac-10) scratched across a pair of runs in the seventh inning and forced Erickson from the game.
The Wildcats looked to continue their come-back bid in the eighth, but saw any serious rally attempt thwarted on a double play to end the inning.
Dillon Baird, who went 3-for-4 and raised his Pac-10 leading batting average to .440, pulled an RBI single through the right side to cut UW's lead to 7-3.
After Jett Bandy followed with a single, the Wildcats looked to be in position to put a major dent in the UW lead. But Brad Glenn struck out swinging and Baird was doubled off second base one batter later after a shallow flyout by Steve Selsky.
A solo home run by Dwight Childs in the bottom of the ninth set the score at its final, 7-4, and sent the Wildcats home with a weekend series-opening loss for the first time in a month.
The UA program honored its four seniors - Cory Burns, Glenn, Guilmet and Pace - prior to the game in a pre-game ceremony
The two teams will continue the three-game series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.