UW 1, #18 Arizona 0

SEATTLE - Nick Haughian struck out CJ Zeigler to cap a brilliant two hit shutout as the Huskies celebrated their return to Seattle's Safeco Field with a 1-0 win over the 18th ranked Arizona Wildcats in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series on Friday night.

With the win the Huskies evened their Pac-10 mark at 2-2 and improved to 19-8 overall while the Wildcats dropped to 2-5 and 14-10. The Huskies also won for the 14th time in their last 16 games.

Before a crowd of 5,187 on a 40 degree April night Haughian came out firing, striking out the side in the first and second innings. He finished with a career high 15 strikeouts while walking three and hitting a batter. He upped his record to 3-2.

Arizona starter Preston Guilmet kept the Huskies off the board for six innings, allowing only a leadoff single to Andy Lentz in the third and a leadoff single to Michael Burgher in the sixth. Guilmet got some help from his teammates on defense, as in the third, with a runner on second, TJ Steele made a nice running catch on a line drive by Burgher that looked like it would drop in left center field for a base hit. Then in the sixth, Bradley Boyer attempted to sacrifice Burgher to second but bunted the ball in the air and third baseman Brad Glenn made a nice diving catch.

The Huskies got the game's only run in the bottom of the seventh. After Kyle Conley popped out to first to lead off, Brian Pearl walked and advanced to third when Guilmet fielded a bunt single by Joey Dunn and made an errant throw by Zeigler at first base. The next batter, Lentz, worked the count to 2-2 against Guilmet and lined a double into right center to score Pearl. The Huskies had a chance to add some insurance with runners at second and third but David Bentrott struck out against reliever Daniel Schlereth and Burgher lined out to right.

With the tough luck loss Guilmet dropped to 3-2. He gave up the one run on four hits and three walks in six and one thirds innings. He struck out two.

The two teams returned to Husky Ballpark for the second game of the series on Saturday, with Arizona shutting out the Huskies 5-0 to even the series at a game apiece. The teams will play the rubber game at Husky Ballpark on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch at 1 p.m.

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