April 18, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash.- Junior Dallas Haught hit an 11th-inning home run to help Arizona thwart another late inning loss, as the No. 24-ranked Wildcats defeated Washington State, 6-4, at Bailey-Brayton Field on Friday.
The victory, Arizona's first in four extra inning games this season, improved the Wildcats' record to 28-13 overall and 7-4 in the Pac-10. Washington State fell to 11-26 and 3-8 with the loss.
The Wildcats appeared to have the game in hand with a 4-3 lead with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but a passed ball off the glove of catcher Richard Mercado allowed WSU's Derek Bruce to score from third to tie the game at 4-4 and force extra innings.
After a scoreless top of the 10th for Arizona, reliever Mark Worrell (2-3) came on with one out in the bottom of the inning to strand runners on first and second with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning. Worrell shut down the Washington State offense over the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his second win of the season, striking out four of the seven hitters he faced without giving up a hit.
Haught rewarded Worrell's efforts on the mound with a long drive to left field that easily cleared the wall with one out in the 11th to break the tie and give Arizona a 5-4 lead. The Wildcats added an insurance run for Worrell with two outs in the inning on a RBI single by Brian Anderson that scored Lee Franklin whom had just tripled to right.
Prior to the ninth, the Wildcats had led through out the game, scoring a run in the first, one in the third and two in the fourth. The Cougars, who tallied single runs in the second and third, pulled within one run in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI ground out before tying the score on the passed ball in the ninth.
Junior Terrence Taylor led the Wildcat attack at the plate, finishing with three of Arizona's 10 hits in the game. The junior college transfer stole three bases in the first three innings and scored twice as well. Haught, who had replaced Taylor in the lineup in the eighth, launched his third home run of the season off of WSU's Garrett Alwert (1-2) who was charged with his second loss of the season.
Arizona will look for it first Pac-10 three-game sweep of the year in the series finale on Saturday. Game time is set for 12 noon and all the action can be heard live on KNST (790-AM).