April 10, 2010
Final Box Score (PDF)
SEATTLE, Wash. – The No. 22 Arizona baseball team dropped the second game of a three-game series to host Washington as the Huskies defeated the Wildcats, 10-2, on Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
The Huskies pestered the UA pitchers throughout the game by putting their leadoff batters on base and delivering timely two-out hits. The Wildcat pitchers compounded their own problems with six walks in the game.
Undoubtedly, the biggest blow for the Wildcats came in the fifth inning with Washington holding a 3-1 advantage. UA reliever Grayson Adams issued a two-out walk to Jacob Lamb that loaded the bases. Miles Kizer, a catcher who entered the game batting .229, fell behind in the count 1-2 against Adams, but lifted a grandslam over the right field fence to extend UW’s lead to 7-1.
The fifth-inning started with a leadoff single by Doug Cherry, one of three Husky hitters who scored after reaching base to open an inning in the game – all three innings that UW scored. Caleb Brown then drew the fourth walk of the game issued by UA starter Bryce Bandilla, who was lifted two batters later in favor of Adams.
Bandilla was charged with two of the runs in the fifth inning and allowed five in his 4.1 innings of work. He suffered his second-consecutive loss and dropped to 3-3 on the season.
Washington (17-12, 3-2 Pac-10) jumped on top of the Wildcats with three runs in the second inning in similar fashion. Bandilla issued a leadoff walk to Pierce Rankin, who came in to score on Jacob Lamb’s RBI single.
Bandilla issued a second walk in the inning to David Bentrott, which came with two outs. That set up Bradley Boyer’s two-run RBI single to stake the Huskies to a 3-0 lead after two.
Arizona (21-9, 3-5 Pac-10) threatened to do similar damage to Husky starter Andrew Kittredge in the fourth inning, but was unable to come up with a clutch base hit like the Huskies did throughout the game.
Jett Bandy was hit by a pitch to open the top of the fourth and moved to third on Robert Refsnyder’s one-out double. Bobby Brown reached first with a walk to load the bases before designated hitter Josh Garcia delivered an RBI single to leftfield to put the Wildcats on the board.
However, with the bases still loaded, UA was unable to do further damage. Seth Mejias-Brean popped out to second base and Alex Mejia flew out to deep centerfield to end the threat.
The Wildcats did not score again until Valenzuela hit his second home run of the season in the top of the seventh – a solo shot to right centerfield.
The Huskies quickly answered and stuck to their formula of putting the leadoff batter on and following it up with an important two-out hit. Tyler Hale issued a leadoff walk to Rankin and scored on Sean Meehan’s two-out double, which forced Hale from the game.
Cory Bernard entered in place of Hale, but allowed a two-RBI double to Bentrott, which pushed UW’s lead to 10-2.
Arizona was retired in order in the eighth and ninth innings by UW reliever Jacob Clem, who closed out a stellar day started by Kittredge. The right-handed Kittedge scattered five hits and walked just two UA batters in 7.0 innings of work. He improved to 5-2 on the season.
The two teams will complete the three-game series on Sunday. The rubber match is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.