Baseball Drops Series Opener To Washington, 6-1

April 23, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash.- The Arizona baseball team gave up six runs on five hits in the bottom of the first, stranded a season-high 13 runners on base and lost its fourth complete game thrown by a starting pitcher this season in a 6-1 loss to Washington at Husky Ballpark in Seattle on Friday.

The series opening loss snapped a season-high-tying five-game winning streak for the Wildcats and dropped them to 21-16-1 overall and to an even 5-5 in Pac-10 play. Washington, which won its third straight game, improved to 22-13-1 overall and to 6-4 in conference action.

The Huskies opened the scoring early when UA starter Koley Kolberg issued a run-scoring, bases-loaded walk to UW's Nick Batkoski. Designated hitter Matt Lane followed with a three-run double to the gap in right center and came around to score two batters later on a John Otness double to hand the Huskies a five-run lead. Greg Isaacson capped off the scoring for UW in the inning and the game with a single right field to bring home Otness.

The Wildcats, who scored their lone run in the game on a wild pitch in the top of the fourth, tallied just five hits in the contest, left the bases loaded in both the first and sixth innings and stranded seven of the 13 runners left on base in scoring position.

UW's Kyle Parker (2-1) picked up the win despite issuing eight walks on the night. The right-hander limited the damage to just a run by giving up one hit, a single to Jeff Van Houten with two out in the first, and stranding four runners in scoring position over five innings.

David Dowling worked a scoreless final four innings for his first save of the year. The UW southpaw gave up four hits while walking two and striking out two.

Kolberg dropped to 6-3 for the season after giving up all six runs on six hits in eight innings. The right-hander lost his third complete game effort of the year despite not giving up base hit to Washington over the final six innings of work. He struck out seven and walked seven.

The Wildcats and Huskies will meet up for game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 1 pm. The contest will be broadcast live on KNST 790 AM.

-UA-

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