TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona pitching staff struggled in a series finale for the third consecutive week as Washington handed the No. 13-ranked Wildcats a 16-8 loss at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Saturday.
The defeat dropped the Wildcats to 18-10 on the year and to 2-1 in conference play. Washington improved to 14-10 overall and to 1-2 in the Pac-10.
Trailing 1-0 early, the Huskies roughed up starter David Coulon (2.0 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO) and reliever Sean Rierson (3.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) for seven runs in the third inning and continued to pour it on with a run in the fifth, four in the sixth, three in the seventh and one in the ninth to win going away.
Coulon (2-1), who worked out of self-imposed jams in the first two innings, dug himself a hole again in the third by loading the bases on a walk to leadoff hitter Zach Clem, hitting Kyle Larsen in the next at bat and issuing another free pass Nick Batkoski. Matt Stevens ended Coulon’s day with a run-scoring single to tie the game at 1-1.
Rierson took over on the mound and walked Matt Hague to drive in the go-ahead run before giving up a gland slam to pinch hitter Matt Lane for a 6-1 UW advantage. Brent Lillibridge tacked on the final run in the frame on a RBI-grounder that was misplayed by second baseman Bryan Kervin for an error.
Lane added three-run homer in the sixth to finish the game 2 for 5 with two home runs, seven RBI and two runs scored. Hague, making his first start of the season at DH, chipped in with a pair of home runs as well, to finish 2 for 5 with five RBI and three runs scored.
Washington’s Keaton Everitt (0-1) picked up the win with 5 2/3 innings of solid relief. He gave up just two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking just one.
Arizona will head to Los Angeles next weekend for a three-game series against UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the second week of conference play.
Arizona junior Chris Frey saw his team-high 13-game hitting streak end with an 0 for 3 day at the plate ... Jason Donald was hit by his team-leading 12th pitch of the season. He is just three HBPs away from tying Kenny Corley for the single season school record ... Freshman infielder Jason Seefeld made his first collegiate appearance on the mound in the ninth inning for Arizona ... In the last three weeks the Arizona pitching staff has given up a combined 46 runs in the final games of a weekend series.