Washington's Five-Run Eighth Sinks Baseball
May 24, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash.- Washington's Michael Done hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Huskies' victory over the Arizona baseball team at Husky Ballpark on Friday. The four-run blast, part of the five-run inning, proved to be the difference in the 7-3 Husky.
The loss is the second straight for the Wildcats, who fell to 30-23 overall and 8-14 in the Pac-10, and their fifth in their last six games. Washington, which still has a chance to win the Pac-10 title this season , improved to 29-24-1 overall and 14-8 in conference play.
Arizona's 1-0 lead through six innings quickly turned into a deficit after Jay Garthwaite put UW on the board with a two-run home in the seventh and Done's four-run blast an inning later the eighth.
The Wildcats rallied for a pair of runs on four hits in the bottom of the ninth, but could get no close as Husky starter Shawn Kohn (11-3) threw his eighth complete game of the season for his school record tying 11th win.
Arizona starter Sean Rierson (7-5) picked up his fifth loss of the season for the Wildcats. The right-hander surrendered five runs on nine hits in 7.1 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his final start of the season.
Kohn and the Husky defense kept the Wildcat offense on their heals all night, allowing just three hits through the first eight innings. Brian Anderson, Chris Cunningham and Pat Reilly all finished the game with one hit and an RBI apiece.
The two schools will meet up again Saturday at 1 p.m. for the second game of the three-game set. Lefty Joe Little will take the mound for the Wildcats.