AUSTIN, Texas- The Longhorns jumped out to an early 1-0 lead off of Arizona starter Kevin Guyette in the first on Dustin Majewski's RbI single that scored Tim Moss from third.
A pair of troublsome fly balls to center field added two more runs to the UT tally in the third. Arizona center fielder Brian Anderson lost sight of consecutive fly balls off the bats of Omar Quintanilla and Majewski, which fell in for an inside the park home run and a triple, respectively, leading to a 3-0 UT lead.
Arizona cut the UT lead to 3-1 with an unearned run in the eighth, but couldn't get any closer, stranding runners on first and third in the inning.
Texas' J.P. Howell picked up his third win of the season on the mound. The Longhorn southpaw worked seven innings before giving way to UT closer Houston Street who picked up his second save of the year with two innings of relief. Howell (3-0) gave up just one unearned run on five Arizona hits, while striking out five and walking two. Street worked a perfect eighth and ninth inning, including striking out the final three hitters Arizona sent to the plate in the ninth.
Arizona's Kevin Guyette was tagged with his first loss of the season despite a very solid effort. The redshirt freshman struck out a career-high six UT hitters against no walks, while giving up just three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Offensively Arizona tallied a season-low five hits. Sophomore Pat Reilly saw his 23-game hitting streak come to an end with a 0 for 3 day at the plate.
Arizona returns home to Tucson to face Portland in a pair of midweek games this week. The Wildcats and Pilots will tangle on Tuesday and Wednesday with both games slated to start at 3 p.m.
For the second straight week, the Arizona baseball team lost its Saturday game of the series in the ninth inning. The No. 21 Wildcats gave up three runs in the ninth inning to defending NCAA national champions Texas and lost 3-2. The loss dropped Arizona to 12-6 for the season, while Texas improved to 14-6 with the come from behind win.
Arizona starter Joe Little was outstanding on the mound through the first 8 1/3 innings of the game. The lefty was working on a five-hit shutout into the ninth when UT's Dustin Majewski ended Little's day with a solo home run with one out in the final inning that cut Arizona's lead to 2-1. The Arizona coaching staff went to the bullpen and Derek Rodriguez in relief.
Rodriguez struggled to find the strike zone, walking the first two batters he faced. UT pinch hitter Michael Holliman followed the two free passes with a RBI single to left that scored pinch runner Danny Muegge from second, notching the score at 2-2. An intentional walk to Curtis Thigpen loaded the bases with one out. Rodriguez then battled back to strike out pinch hitter Nathan Warrick for the second out, but was not so lucky against Joe Ferrin who grounded the Arizona reliever's 1-1 pitch up the middle for the game-winning hit.
The loss was the third blown save for the Arizona bullpen this season, having failed to save games against Baylor and Texas A&M in the ninth inning earlier this year.
Junior Brian Anderson had a standout day for the Wildcats in the loss. The center fielder finished the game 3 for 4, including a solo home run in the fourth inning that gave Arizona a 1-0 lead. The home run was Anderson's team-leading sixth of the season.
Sophomore Pat Reilly extended his hitting streak to 23 straight games with an infield single in the fourth inning. He finished the game 1 for 2.
Junior starter Sean Rierson tossed his fourth career complete game helping the Arizona baseball team defeat the defending NCAA national champion Texas Longhorns 5-1 at Dirsch-Falk Field on Friday. The victory improved Arizona's record to 12-5 for the season, while Texas, which has lost three of its last four games, fell to 13-6 with the loss.
Rierson (4-0), who threw a complete game, 2-hit shutout at UC Irvine earlier this season, struck out a season-high nine batters on just 116 pitches to pick up his fourth consecutive win on the mound. The right-hander scattered seven hits over the nine innings. He held the Horns hitless through first 3 1/3 innings before finally giving up a single to Dustin Majewski in the fourth.
Offensively, junior Moises Duran put the Wildcats up 2-0 in the first with a two-run blast over the left field wall off of UT starter Danny Muegge (3-2). The homer, Duran's team-high-tying fifth of the season, scored Trevor Crowe who had walked with one out in the inning.
The Wildcats added a single run in the second on Jeff Van Houten's RBI ground ball to short that scored Pat Reilly from third. Reilly extended his hitting streak to 22 straight games with a double to center to lead off the inning.
Texas finally broke through for its lone run in the fourth on Taylor Teagarden's two-out double that scored Majewski. The lone run was all the Horns could muster as Rierson continually kept the UT hitters off balance with a mix of fast balls and curves.
Arizona closed out the scoring on pinch-hitter Richard Mercado's single to left in the sixth. The base hit drove in freshman Trevor Crowe from third and allowed Duran to come home from second after UT's Eric Sultemeirer misplayed the ball for an error.
As a team the Wildcats collected nine hits in the game. Crowe and Reilly were the only Arizona players to collect multiple in hits on the night, as each finished 2 for 4 with two and one runs scored, respectively. Junior Brian Anderson and Mercado also extended their hitting streaks to 17 and 14 games, respectively, with a hit apiece in the win.