Baseball Falls, 9-4, To Arizona

April 13, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz.- Powered by a 3 for 4 performance by Jeff Van Houten, theArizona baseball team won its Pac-10 series two games to one over Washingtonwith a 9-4 win at Frank Sancet Field on Sunday.

The victory improved Arizona's record to 26-12 overall and 5-4 in thePac-10, while Washington fell to 22-12 and 4-5 in conference action with theloss.

Van Houten, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, missed out on hittingfor the cycle by just a double for the second consecutive week. Thesophomore outfielder tripled in the first, homered in the third and singledin the seventh to narrowly miss out on the cycle for the second straightSunday. He finished the game with four RBIs and a run scored.

Washington got off to a quick start, scoring all four of its runs off ofArizona starter Joe Little in the top of the first. UW's Brent Lillibridgeled off the game with a solo home run to center field to open the frame.Mike Wagner then added another run with a RBI base hit and a two-run singleby Nick Batkoski handed UW an early 4-0 lead and chased Little from thegame.

The Wildcats cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first on DerekDecater's sac-fly and Van Houten's RBI triple, scoring Brad Boyer and MoisesDuran, respectively.

Arizona added another run in the bottom of the second on Boyer's sac-flyand took a 6-4 lead in the third on Van Houten's three-run blast to leftfield, his ninth home run of the season. The Wildcats added single runs infifth, seventh and eighth to put away the Huskies in the rubber game of theseries

Wildcats' reliever John Meloan (3-0) struck out a career-high sevenWashington batters en route to his third win of the season. The right-handerscattered five hits and did not allow a run in 5 1/3 innings of work. KevinGuyette worked the final three innings for his second save of the season.

Washington's Trent Baysinger (1-1) was charged with his first loss of theyear after giving up five runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings on the mound.

Offensively, Arizona tallied 10 hits to UW's nine in the game. Junior BrianAnderson went 2 for 3 with three runs scored for Arizona in the win.Lillibridge, who hit his fourth home run of the season, finished 2 for 5 inthe loss.

Arizona returns to action on Monday with a single game against SacramentoState at Sancet Field at 1 p.m. Washington continues its road trip inManhattan, Kan., with a pair of non-conference games against Kansas State.

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