Conley Powers UW Past Arizona, 7-4

May 16, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - Kyle Conley hit his 18th homer of the year and senior starter Jason Erickson turned in another strong performance as the Washington baseball team beat Arizona, 7-4, Saturday night in the first game of a Pac-10 series at Jerry Kindall Field.

Erickson, a right-hander from White River High, improved to 5-4 with his fourth straight victory. He held the Wildcats hitless through three and one-third and finished having worked seven innings, allowing two runs (both unearned) on four hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

The Huskies improved to 25-25 on the season and 13-9 in Pac-10 play, good for a tie for third place alongside UCLA. Arizona dropped to 25-24 and 8-14.

Washington opened the game with back-to-back singles from Brendan Gardner-Young and Pierce Rankin and a walk to Jake Rife. With the bases loaded, Conley blooped a single to shallow left field, giving the UW a 2-0 lead.

In the second, the Husky bats remained hot. Shortstop David Bentrott led off with his fifth homer of the season and, after Rankin doubled to right, Conley blasted a two-out, two-run homer to left-center to stake UW to 5-0 lead..

The homer was Conley's 18th of the year and the 41st of his career, tying him for second-place on the UW all-time list alongside Zach Clem and only one short of the record of 42.

After having been retired in order for three straight innings, the UW woke back up in the sixth, rallying for two more two-out runs. With two out and no one on base, Julien Pollard belted a homer to right. The next three Huskies followed with singles, the third of them an RBI hit from Rankin to make it 7-0.

Arizona finally broke through in the seventh, thanks to a pair of two-out errors. After a two-out walk, Hunter Pace reached on an error by Pollard at third. Dwight Childs followed with an infield single to short, but Bentrott's throw to first was also errant, allowing two runs to score.

The Wildcats narrowed the gap a bit more in the eighth. With Geoff Brown on for Erickson to open the inning, Bryce Ortega belted a double and Dillon Baird singled to score him. But a combination of relievers Seth Haehl and Andrew Kittredge kept the score at 7-3 with a strikeout and a double play to end the inning.

Kittredge went on to finish the game, allowing a two-out solo homer to Dwight Childs in the ninth, to pick up his third save.

Arizona starter Preston Guilmet, who shut out the UW in 2007 and was on the wrong side of a 1-0 Husky win last year, gave up seven runs on eight hits over five and two-thirds for the loss, dropping his record to 5-5 on the season.

The series continues with game two Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and closes out on Monday with a noon game. Subscribers can listen to live broadcasts on the Dawg Channel at

LINESCOREPac-10 Conference GameWashington 7, Arizona 4Washington     230 002 000 -- 7 11 2Arizona        000 000 211 -- 4  8 0Jason Erickson, Geoff Brown (8), Seth Haehl (8),Andrew Kittredge (8) and Brett Wilcox. Preston Guilmet,Bryce Bandilla (6), Joe Allison (8), Cory Burns (9) andDwight Childs. W - Erickson (5-4). L - Guilmet (5-5). Sv -Kittredge (3). 2B - UW, Pierce Rankin, Troy Scott; ARIZ,Dillon Baird, Bryce Ortega. HR - UW, David Bentrott (5),Kyle Conley (18), Julien Pollard (3); ARIZ, Childs (4). T -2:46. A - 1,111.
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