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Baseball Drops 7-5 Decision to Washington
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 29, 2006
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            SEATTLE, Wash. ?- The Washington baseball team had an answer for each Arizona run on the night and right-hander Tim Lincecum struck out 11 Wildcat batters to become the winningest pitcher in school history, as the Huskies took the opening game of a three-game Pac-10 series 7-5 at Husky Ballpark in Seattle on Friday.


            The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Wildcats and dropped them to 19-21 overall and to 5-8 in the Pac-10. Washington improved to 29-15 overall and to 7-6 in the conference with its third-straight win.


            The Wildcats scored a run in the second, one in third and Brad Boyer stole home for the second straight week for a run in the fifth, only to see Washington take advantage of four UA errors to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the second and one run in the third, and answer Boyer’s fifth inning run with one its own to take a 4-3 lead.


A three-run seventh, keyed by a leadoff home run by Matt Stevens and a full-count, two-run double with two outs by Zach Clem, pushed the Washington advantage to 7-3, and proved to be too much for the Cats to overcome.


After Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo home run by Bill Rhinehart to lead off the inning, the Huskies battled back to tie the game on a two-out run-scoring single by Stevens through the left side of the infield.


Catcher’s interference by Konrad Schmidt with Danny Cox at the plate extended the inning and placed runners on first and second for Brett Kaluza. The Husky center fielder handed UW its first lead with another single through the left side of the infield to plate Stevens and give UW a 2-1 edge.


Arizona rallied to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the third on an infield single by Jason Donald to score Boyer, but the Huskies found the answer again in the bottom of the frame when Donald and Schmidt were charged with a pair of throwing errors on the same play.


UW’s Matt Hauge led off the inning with a ball back to pitcher Preston Guilmet. The infield single careened off the right-hander’s foot in front of a hard-charging Donald. The junior shortstop tried to make a sidearm flip to get Hauge at first, but saw his throw sail high and miss the mark. The errant toss ended up with Schmidt, who then threw the ball into left field to move the advancing Hauge all the way to third base.


After Zach Clem was hit by a pitch to place runners on the corners with no outs, Curt Rindal handed Washington its second lead at 3-2 on a fielder’s choice ground out to third that plated Hauge with the go-ahead run.


Boyer, who finished the game 2 for 3 with three runs scored, tied the game for a second time with his second straight steal of home of the season. The senior second baseman, who had walked and advanced around to third on a pair of ground outs by Colt Sedbrook and David Plante, broke for home and slid under the tag of catcher Matt Lane to knot the game at 3-3. Boyer stole home last Friday in a 10-6 loss to Stanford in Tucson.


The tie lasted one out into the bottom of the fifth when Hauge plated Kaluza with a sacrifice fly to center after Kaluza led off the inning with a triple to the gap in right center.


Stevens’ 13th home run of the season and Clem’s two-run double extended the lead to 7-3 after seven. The Wildcats, who scored an unearned run in the eighth, pulled within two in the ninth on a two-out double by Boyer and a run-scoring single by Sedbrook, but Plante, representing the tying run at the plate, grounded out to reliever Richie Lentz to end the game.


Lincecum (10-2), who surrendered three earned runs on five hits over eight full innings, picked up his team-leading 10th win of the year. In doing so, the right-hander became the winningest pitcher in Washington history with his 28th career victory. Lentz picked up his first save of the year after closing out the win in the ninth.


UA’s Guilmet (2-6) was charged with the loss after giving up seven runs, five earned, on nine hits over seven innings. The freshman right-hander struck out eight and walked none on the night.


Rhinehart’s third homer of the year in the second extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 straight, and Donald saw his streak stretch to 11 consecutive games on his RBI-infield single in the third.


Arizona and Washington will meet up for game two of the three-game set on Saturday at 2 p.m. UA’s Brad Mills is the scheduled starter for the contest that can be heard live on 1290 AM.

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