WSU takes series finale 12-8

PULLMAN, Wash.- The Washington State baseball team avoided a three-game series sweep by Arizona with a 12-8 win over the No. 24-ranked Wildcats at Bailey-Brayton Field on Saturday. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 28-14 overall and 7-5 in the Pac-10.

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Washington State exploded for seven runs in the third and fourth innings off of starter Kevin Guyette and reliever Chris Goodman to break a 2-2 tie and take a commanding 9-2 lead.

The Wildcats hit three home runs in the seventh inning to pull within four runs at 12-8, but could not draw any closer as WSU reliever Nick Kenyon came on to shut down the Arizona offense over the final three innings.

Led by a 5 for 5, two-run day by Jonathan Fender, eight of the nine Washington State starters on offense collected at least one hit in the game as the Cougars matched their season-high for hits in a game with 18.

Junior Dallas Haught, Arizona's 11th inning hero from Friday, hit his fourth home run of the season in UA's five-run eighth. Freshmen Brad Boyer and Nick Hundley chipped in with a solo home run and a two-run shot, respectively in the loss.

Guyette (2-3), who gave up six runs on 10 hits, picked up his third loss of the season. WSU's Aaron MacKenzie tallied his third of the year with six innings of work on the mound for the Cougars.

Arizona will travel to Phoenix on Tuesday for a non-conference game against Grand Canyon before heading to Palo Alto for a three-game tilt with Pac-10 leader Stanford. Game time for the game with Grand Canyon is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KNST (790-AM).

Game Two, Fri. April 18 - UA 6, WSU 4

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PULLMAN, Wash.- Junior Dallas Haught hit an 11th-inning home run to help Arizona thwart another late inning loss, as the No. 24-ranked Wildcats defeated Washington State, 6-4, at Bailey-Brayton Field on Friday.

The victory, Arizona's first in four extra inning games this season, improved the Wildcats' record to 28-13 overall and 7-4 in the Pac-10. Washington State fell to 11-26 and 3-8 with the loss.

The Wildcats appeared to have the game in hand with a 4-3 lead with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but a passed ball off the glove of catcher Richard Mercado allowed WSU's Derek Bruce to score from third to tie the game at 4-4 and force extra innings.

After a scoreless top of the 10th for Arizona, reliever Mark Worrell (2-3) came on with one out in the bottom of the inning to strand runners on first and second with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning. Worrell shut down the Washington State offense over the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his second win of the season, striking out four of the seven hitters he faced without giving up a hit.

Haught rewarded Worrell's efforts on the mound with a long drive to left field that easily cleared the wall with one out in the 11th to break the tie and give Arizona a 5-4 lead. The Wildcats added an insurance run for Worrell with two outs in the inning on a RBI single by Brian Anderson that scored Lee Franklin whom had just tripled to right.

Prior to the ninth, the Wildcats had led through out the game, scoring a run in the first, one in the third and two in the fourth. The Cougars, who tallied single runs in the second and third, pulled within one run in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI ground out before tying the score on the passed ball in the ninth.

Junior Terrence Taylor led the Wildcat attack at the plate, finishing with three of Arizona's 10 hits in the game. The junior college transfer stole three bases in the first three innings and scored twice as well. Haught, who had replaced Taylor in the lineup in the eighth, launched his third home run of the season off of WSU's Garrett Alwert (1-2) who was charged with his second loss of the season.

Arizona will look for it first Pac-10 three-game sweep of the year in the series finale on Saturday. Game time is set for 12 noon and all the action can be heard live on KNST (790-AM).

Game One, Thurs. April 17 - UA 11, WSU 9

The No. 24-ranked Arizona baseball team battled a rain delay and a recent trend of losing late leads to rally for a 11-9 ninth inning win over Washington State in Pullman, Wash., on Thursday. The Wildcats broke a 9-9 tie in the ninth with a pair of runs to down the Cougars in the three-game series opener. The win improved the Wildcats' record to 27-13 overall and 6-4 in the Pac-10. The loss dropped the Cougars to 11-25 and 3-7 in conference play.  

Junior Brian Anderson drove in freshman Brad Boyer from second for the game winning run with two outs in the ninth. Boyer, who walked with one out in the inning, scored his second run of the game after stealing second. The stolen base was the fourth of the game for Arizona and Boyer's team-leading 17th of the season.

A fielding error by WSU's Jeff LaRue allowed Derek Decater to score from third to give Arizona and reliever Wes Zlotoff a two-run cushion at 11-9.

The senior right-hander came on to retire the side in order to close out the win for his first save of the season. Freshman John Meloan (4-0) picked up his fourth win of the year with 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Richie Gardner. Washington State's Nick Kenyon (1-3) was charged with his third loss of the season.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 9-3 lead on the Cougars with three runs in the third, two in the fourth and four in the sixth. Moises Duran and Jeff Van Houten each hit home runs off of WSU's Tony Banaszak to help the Wildcats come back from an early 3-0 deficit.

Washington State rallied to pull within one run at 9-8 in the sixth with five runs on six hits off of Gardner and tied the score on Grant Richardson's solo home run after a 32-minute rain delay in the bottom of the seventh.

The Wildcats, who have lost five games this season in the ninth inning, avoided another late-inning meltdown on Anderson's two-out single and Zlotoff's solid ninth inning on the mound.

Offensively, Arizona rapped out 11 hits in the game and left a season-low four runners on base. Duran's three-run shot that tied the game in the third was his career-high-tying ninth of the season, while Van Houten tied Anderson for the team-lead with his solo blast in the sixth. Van Houten finished the game 2 for 4 with a RBI and two runs scored.

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