PULLMAN, Wash. ?- Arizona junior Kevin Guyette picked up his second straight complete-game victory and the Wildcat offense rapped out 15 hits in a 7-4 win over Washington State at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash., on Saturday.
The victory handed Arizona its third straight conference series win and improved its record to 23-10 overall and 7-1 in the Pac-10, the best start to a conference season since 1989. WSU dropped to 16-19 overall and 0-8 in the conference with the loss.
Guyette (6-2), the reigning Pac-10 pitcher of the week, gave up just four runs on seven hits over nine innings with eight strikeouts and only one walk. He surrendered just one hit over the last five innings of the game and retired the final seven straight batters for his sixth win of the year.
Offensively, Brad Boyer broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth with a one-out single that scored Bryan Kervin from second to hand Arizona its third lead in the game. Jeff Van Houten drove in another run in the top of the eighth with a run-scoring single and a WSU throwing error on Chris Frey’s fielder’s choice in the ninth allowed Nick Hundley to score from second and handed Arizona the three-run victory.
Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the second and came back from a 4-3 deficit to tie the game on a Hundley solo home run in the fifth.
Van Houten and Hundley each went 3 for 5 to lead the Wildcats at the plate. Van Houten finished with two RBI and a run scored, while Hundley hit his eighth home run of the season and added a single and double with two RBI and two runs scored.
Trevor Crowe reached base to lead off a game for the 19th time in 33 games this season for Arizona with a first inning single and finished the contest 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored and two intentional walks.
Arizona will try for its second straight conference road sweep on Sunday at 12 p.m. Freshman David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats. The game can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM.
Guyette threw his third complete game of the season against the Cougars on Saturday... Including Saturday’s win, Guyette has struck out eight or more batters in eight of his 10 starts this season ... Through eight Pac-10 games this season Nick Hundley is batting .441 and has 15 hits, 11 of which have gone for extra bases (seven doubles, a triple and three home runs) ... The 1989 Pac-10 Champion Arizona team started the conference season 7-1 as well ... Should Arizona pull off the series sweep on Sunday, it would mark the first time in school history a UA team would be 8-1 through the first nine games of a conference schedule.