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
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
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.
UW 4, Arizona 3
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