Baseball Rallies to Defeat Washington 8-3

May 18, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz.- Matt Abram and Brian Anderson each hit home runs and Marc Kaiser struck out eight Washington hitters as the Arizona Baseball team rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to down the Huskies 8-3 at Sancet Field Friday night. The victory, coupled with Oregon State's 7-3, 10 inning loss to USC, pulls the Cats (31-23 overall) even with the Beavers for fifth place in the Pac-10 at 10-12.

The Huskies gained an early advantage as four UW hits turned into three runs in the first inning off of Kaiser. The first-year Wildcat settled in thereafter, allowing just four more hits over the next 7.1 innings before giving way to Tony Sulser with one out in the ninth. Kaiser earned his first victory since April 12, his team-leading eighth overall, with the performance.

The UW 3-0 lead was short lived as the Cats posted three runs of their own in the home half of the first. Brad Hassey walked to lead off the game and advanced to third on perfectly executed hit-and-run by Erik Torres. The pair each advanced a base on a wild pitch by Washington starter Jeff Carlsen, scoring Hassey and moving Torres to second. Ernie Durazo moved Torres to third on a ground out and Shelley Duncan brought the senior third baseman home on another ground ball out.

With the bases clear, Abram kept the rally going with a single to left center and moved to second on Anderson's first of three hits on the night, a single to center. Left fielder Justyn St. Clair rewarded Abram with a trip home on an RBI single that tied the score at 3-3.

With Kaiser firmly in control of UW's offense, Abram and Anderson opened game up in the third and fifth inning with their four-baggers. Abram's two run shot, his ninth of the season, broke the tie in the third, scoring Durazo in the process, and Anderson launched his third home run in four games with a monster solo shot in the fifth.

In all, four Wildcats collected multiple hits in the game. Led by Anderson's 3-for-3 outing, Durazo (3-for-4), Abram (2-for-5) and Ken Riley (2-for-4) all had at least two hits apiece.

Arizona and Washington meet for game two of the final three game series of the regular season tomorrow at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live in Tucson on 790 KNST.

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