Arizona Rallies To Knock Off UW, 5-2

May 19, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona baseball team kept is hopes of making the NCAA tournament alive as theWildcats rallied for four runs in the eighth to beat Washington, 5-2, in a Pac-10 gameSaturday night at Sancet Field.

If the Wildcats can complete a series sweep, they would finish .500 in Pac-10 play andhave a decent shot at making the postseason, the field for which will be announcedMonday. With Saturday's win, the Cats improved to 32-23 overall and 11-12 in the Pac-10. Washington fell to 29-22 and 7-16 with its sixth consecutive loss.

After allowing hits to the first three Arizona batters in the first inning, Washington starterShawn Kohn retired 18 in a row and didn't allow another hit until the eighth, when theWildcats rallied for two runs with one out. With two down, Kohn gave up singles to BradHassey and Marc Kaiser. After a walk to Ernie Durazo walked to load the bases, ShelleyDuncan lined a single to left to score two and give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead.

After Tyler Shepple came on to relieve Kohn, Matt Abram walked and Brian Andersonsingled to score two more runs.

Kohn fell to 6-2 with the loss while Arizona starter Sean Rierson (7-4) worked eightinnings for the win, allowing two runs on nine hits. Anderson, who started the game as theArizona center fielder, worked the ninth for his third save.

Arizona tallied a run in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. After back-to-backsingles by Hassey and Kaiser led off the game, Durazo belted a double to center to sendHassey home. Later in the inning, the Huskies kept the Cats from scoring again whenMichael Done threw out Kaiser at home as he tried to score on a grounder to third base.

While Kohn was busy shutting down the Wildcat bats after the first, the Huskiesconsistenly put runners aboard, but were unable to score until the sixth. In the sixth,singles by Jay Garthwaite and Tyler Davidson put runners at first and third for Done, whosingled up the middle to plate Garthwaite. With runners at first and third again, TilaReynolds bunted back to the mound. Done was forced at second base, but while the throwwas made, Davidson was able to come across to give the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

Rittenhouse, Garthwaite and Done each finished the game with two hits each to leadWashington.

The Huskies close out the 2001 season Sunday with a 1:00 p.m. game against theWildcats.

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameArizona 5, Washington 2Washington      000 002 000 -- 2 9 0Arizona         100 000 04x -- 5 7 2Shawn Kohn, Tyler Shepple (8) and Jefferson Thiel. Sean Rierson, Brian Anderson (9)and Ken Riley. W - Rierson (7-4). L - Kohn (6-2). Sv - Anderson (3). 2B - UW,Bryan Johnson, UA, Ernie Durazo. T - 2:33. A - 1,315.
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