Arizona 7, Washington 2

SEATTLE - Kurt Heyer shut down Washington on four hits in six and two-thirds innings to help pitch the Arizona Wildcats past the Huskies 7-2 in the opener of a three game Pac-10 series on a mostly clear but cool Friday night at Husky Ballpark.

With the win the Wildcats improved to 3-4 in the Pac-10 and 21-8 overall while the Huskies dropped to 2-2, 16-12 with only their second loss in the last 11 games.

After hitting leadoff batter Andy Smith with a pitch and giving up a line single to Caleb Brown in the bottom of the first inning, Heyer (5-0), the freshman ace for the Wildcats, proceeded to retire 13 batters in a row before walking Troy Scott in the bottom of the fifth inning. He finished with two runs allowed on the four hits and three walks, while striking out four. The Huskies actually led 1-0 after one inning, as following Brown's base hit, Jacob Lamb advanced the runners with a sacrifice and Pierce Rankin plated Smith with a groundout.

Arizona came back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. Robert Refsnyder led off with his first home run of the season, an opposite field shot that landed just over the wall and a leaping Aaron Russell in right field. Bobby Rinard followed with a double into the alley in right center, stole third and raced home with Ranking made an errant throw into left field trying to catch Rinard stealing.

The Wildcats upped their lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth when Steve Selsky led off with a towering home run, his fifth of the season, well beyond the wall in left field.

Arizona then capitalized on Geoff Brown's wildness to score three runs and take a 6-1 lead in the top of the fifth. Back to back walks to Alex Mejia and Bryce Ortega got Brown into a jam. Joey Rickard sacrificed the runners up a base and Rafael Valenzuela drove a 1-2 pitch off the glove of a diving Russell in right for a two run triple to score Mejia and Ortega. Jett Bandy followed with a single to score Valenzuela.

The Huskies got a run back for 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Smith led off with a single and scored on a one out double by Lamb. Unfortunately any momentum the Huskies may have had at that point got extinguished on the same play when Arizona pulled the hidden ball trick to retire Lamb. Shortstop Mejia fielded the throw from center fielder Rickard on Lamb's hit but never called time. When Lamb took a lead off second, Mejia tagged him out. Rankin came to bat next and walked, but instead of having runners on at first and second with one out, the Huskies only had one runner on with two outs. Chase Anselment struck out swinging to end the inning.

Arizona regained a five run lead at 7-2 in the top of the seventh when Bandy doubled and scored on a single by pinch hitter Bobby Brown.

Despite trailing by the five runs, the Huskies had their chances to cut into the deficit, but the clutch hit eluded them. In the bottom of the seventh, they put two runners on base against Heyer but reliever Joe Allison got Smith to ground out for the third out. Then in the eighth they put two more runners on base but Allison struck out Russell swinging to end the inning.

The two teams will play the second game of the series at Husky Ballpark at 2 p.m. on Saturday and conclude the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Top Stories