May 18, 2009
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TUCSON, Ariz. – Hunter Pace lived up to his name by pacing Arizona offensively, as the Wildcats earned a third-consecutive Pac-10 series victory with a wire-to-wire win, 9-5, over Washington on Monday afternoon at Jerry Kindall Field.
Pace, playing in his final Pac-10 home game as a senior, accounted for seven of UA’s nine runs in the game, going 2-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored, four RBI and two stolen bases while batting out of the seventh spot in the lineup.
The centerfielder’s production was enough to top the visiting Huskies (25-27, 13-11 Pac-10) for the second day in a row, who were unable to get much pitching early in the game.
The Wildcats (27-24, 10-14 Pac-10) jumped on starter Andrew Kittredge in the first inning as they roughed the right-hander up for five first-inning runs.
Kittredge hit three batters in the first and allowed five hits, before being lifted after pitching just two-thirds of an inning.
Arizona batted around in the first inning, sending 11 batters to plate. This came after the Wildcats batted around in their final at-bat on Sunday night in the eighth inning as they rallied with six runs in the frame to win 10-7.
Bobby Coyle singled home UA’s first run with the bases loaded before Pace delivered his first two-RBI hit of the game, a single through the left side.
Rafael Valenzuela and Dwight Childs added RBI singles later in the inning, staking UA to its 5-0 lead.
Arizona starter Daniel Workman kept the Huskies scoreless through two innings, but allowed three runs in the third and one in the fourth as UW pulled within a run.
But, Pace gave UA some additional breathing room with a two-run triple in the home half of the inning, as he drove in Steve Selsky and Valenzuela, who had each reached base with singles.
Childs, who went 2-for-4 in the game, doubled home Pace to open the game up to a four-run margin.
Leading 8-4, Workman yielded another single run in the fifth before Joe Allison came on in relief.
Allison, who earned his fourth win of the season, teamed with Bryce Bandilla and Jason Stoffel, who combined to pitch 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, while allowing just one hit and no walks.
The dominating relief effort allowed the Wildcats’ bats to cool off, as the only insurance run UA added was by – who else – Pace in the sixth inning. Pace was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and was driven in by Childs, who collected his third RBI of the game.
The win gave UA its fourth-consecutive weekend series victory and its third straight in Pac-10 play.
Arizona will conclude its regular season home schedule on Wednesday as it hosts No. 3 Arizona State in a non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.