UW 4, Arizona 3

Tim Lincecum struck out Jon Gaston with runners at first and third to save the game as the Huskies beat Arizona 4-3 in the finale of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies took the series two games to one and improved to 8-7 in the Pac-10 and 30-16 overall, while the Wildcats dropped to 6-9 and 20-22.

Husky head coach Ken Knutson went to his ace to pitch the ninth inning and Lincecum gave up two hits and a walk, but some great defense by Brett Kaluza helped bail him out of trouble. Colt Sedbrook led off with a bloop single to center but got thrown out by Kaluza attempting to stretch the base hit into a double. After pinch hitter Derek Decater grounded out to first for the second out TJ Steele lined an opposite field double to right center and moved to third on a wild pitch. Brad Boyer walked to bring up Gaston with the tying run only 90 feet away. Lincecum quickly got two strikes on Gaston but nearly fired ball one over the head of catcher Matt Lane. Fortunately Lane came down with the ball and on the next pitch Lincecum fanned Gaston swinging to record his third save of the season. With the strikeout Lincecum raised his season total to 152 and career total to 444. He now needs only nine strikeouts to tie his own single season Husky record and five to equal the career Pac-10 record.

Arizona broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the eighth. Gaston and pinch hitter Travis Peep reached on one out infield singles against NIck Hagadone. Closer Richie Lentz relieved Hagadone and struck out Jason Donald on a fould top for the second out. Then it looked like Lentz would get out of the inning with no runs across when Bill Rhinehart hit what looked like a routine pop up on the infield. However, third baseman Matt Stevens had to lunge to his left to make the catch and dropped it for an error, allowing Gaston to score.

The Huskies rallied to score the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the eighth. Joey Dunn led off with a walk and Bradley Boyer bunted for a base hit. Kaluza then lined a single to center to score pinch runner Nick Burnham, and when TJ Steele's throw home sailed over home plate, Boyer advanced to third and Kaluza to second. Ryan Anderson attempted to squeeze home Boyer but pitcher Daniel Schlereth fielded the bunt and threw to Konrad Schmidt in time to tag out Boyer. On the play Kaluza took third, and scored on a line drive sacrifice fly to right by Matt Hague.

Lentz picked up the win for the Huskies to improve to 1-0. Schlereth took the loss for the Wildcats to drop to 2-1.

Both Kyle Parker for the Huskies and David Coulon for the Wildcats gave their teams quality starts on the mound, despite getting no-decisions. Parker went seven innings, allowing two runs, only one earned, on three hits and two walks. He struck out six. Coulon went six innings, giving only two runs, one earned, on two hits and six walks. He struck out seven.

After an off day Monday the Huskies return to Husky Ballpark to host NAIA power Lewis-Clark State. They then resume their Pac-10 slate with a three game series at Oregon State May 5-7.

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