TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Texas’ J. Brent Cox got Arizona’s Jordan Brown to hit into a game-ending ground out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth as the top-ranked Longhorns defeated the No. 12 Wildcats 5-4 at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Sunday.
The victory gave the Longhorns a two games to one series victory and improved them to 17-1 overall for the year. Arizona dropped its second straight series of the season with Sunday’s loss and fell to 12-5.
Trailing 5-3 after eight and half innings, the Wildcats pulled within one on Jason Donald’s leadoff triple in the ninth and a pair of infield singles by Chris Frey and Trevor Crowe. Crowe’s one-out bouncer back up the middle plated Donald to cut the UT advantage to 5-4.
After a Texas defensive change in the outfield, Brown hit a soft grounder on the first pitch of the at bat to UT’s Chance Wheeless at first. Wheeless fielded the ball cleanly and stepped on the bag for an unassisted putout to end the Arizona threat and the game.
Texas scored all five of its runs in the contest with two outs, rallying to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth before taking the lead for good with two runs in the fifth and adding one apiece in the seventh and eighth.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the first and rallied to make it a one-run game with scores in the fifth and seventh, but could never pull even as it stranded six of the nine runners left on base in scoring position.
UT’s Clayton Stewart (5-0) picked up the win with two innings of relief of starter Adrian Alaniz (4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K). He gave up one run on two hits with no walks or strikeouts for his team-leading fifth victory of the year. Cox worked the final two innings and dodged Arizona’s effort to tie the game in the ninth for his fourth save of the year.
Arizona’s Sean Rierson (2-1) was charged with the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out four and walked none.
Offensively, Texas out-hit Arizona 13 to nine and finished with five doubles in the contest. Individually, UT’s Seth Johnston led all players at the plate, finishing the game 4 for 5 with two doubles, a RBI and a run scored. UA’s Chris Frey went 3 for 4 with a run scored in the losing effort.
Arizona will take Monday off before resuming practice on Tuesday. The Wildcats will return to action next Friday at 7 p.m. MST in the opening game of a three-game series at Kindall Field against Mississippi State.
Sunday's game was delayed for just over an hour due to lightening and rain ... Jeff Van Houten extended his hitting streak to 23 straight games with a RBI-single in the fifth inning ... Jordan Brown pushed his hitting streak to 17 consecutive games with a first inning single up the middle ... Van Houten moved into a tie with Shelley Duncan for third all-time at Arizona with his 16th career sacrifice fly in the first inning ... Despite losing the series, Arizona out-scored UT 16-13 for the weekend ... Texas posted 29 hits to Arizona’s 27 in the three games and finished with five errors to UA’s two.