UW Drops Pac-10 Opener To Arizona, 13-6
March 24, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 13 Arizona battled back from an early deficit and cruised to a 13-6 win over the Washington baseball team Thursday night at Kindall Field in the Pac-10opener for both teams.
Arizona ace John Meloan (5-0) struck out 12 Huskies in his six innings to pick up the winfor the Wildcats (17-9 overall, 1-0 in Pac-10 play). Meloan allowed four runs on six hits.
UW sophomore Tim Lincecum (4-3) had his four-game win streak snapped in the loss.He allowed eight runs (six earned) on seven hits over five and one-third innings. TheHuskies dropped to 13-9 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Washington jumped to a quick lead with two in the first. After Taylor Johnson doubled tolead off, Brent Lillibridge followed with a bloop double to right to drive in Johnson.After two outs were recorded, third baseman Nick Batkoski singled to send Lillibridgehome, giving the UW a 2-0 edge.
In the bottom of the first, Arizona had two runners aboard when Lincecum unleashed anerrant pickoff attempt that allowed Jeff Van Houten to score from second base, cuttingthe UW lead to 2-1. In the second, Arizona got a pair of singles to put runners at thecorners before Lincecum was called for a balk, allowing Chris Frey to score the tyingrun.
In the third, Washington went back on top. Lillibridge singled, stole second and scoredon a single from Kyle Larsen to give the Huskies a 3-2 lead. in the fifth, Lillibridgewalked, stole second and scored on a double from Zach Clem.
Arizona took its first lead of the game with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. BradBoyer led off with a triple and, after a strikeout, scored when Trevor Crowe chopped adouble down the third-base line. Van Houten followed with a triple to tie the game andthen scored on a Jordan Brown groundout to put the Wildcats on top, 5-4.
Arizona blew the game open in the sixth, scoring six runs off of three UW pitchers.Skyline High product Derek Decater belted a pinch-hit single to drive in the first run ofthe inning and chase Lincecum from the game. With David Dowling in to pitch, TrevorCrowe reached on a bad-hop single over Lillibridge's head at short to drive in two more.
The Cats would go onto score two more in the sixth as well as two in the eighth to cruiseto the win.
The UW got two hits each from Lillibridge, Clem and Larsen. Frey led Arizona withthree hits, three runs and two RBI in four at bats.
The Huskies and Wildcats continue the three-game series Friday with another 6:00 p.m.PST game. Sunday's game time has been moved forward one hour and will now getunderway at 11:00 a.m. PST. Both games will air live on KKNW AM-1150.
LINESCOREPac-10 Conference#13 Arizona 13, Washington 6Washington 201 010 200 -- 6 9 3Arizona 110 036 02X -- 13 12 1Tim Lincecum, David Dowling (6), Jordan Ponzoha (6),Brandon McKerney (7) and Matt Lane. John Meloan, SeanJarrett (7), Eric Berger (7) and Nick Hundley. W - Meloan(5-0). L - Lincecum (4-3). 2B - UW, Taylor Johnson, BrentLillibridge, Kyle Larsen, Lane; UA, Trevor Crowe, Hundley.3B - UA, Brad Boyer, Jeff Van Houten. HR - UA, Hundley (6).T - 3:34. A - 661.