April 12, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team bounced back from its disappointing 4-3 loss to Washington on Friday with a 13-4 win over the Huskies in the second game of the three-game series at Frank Sancet Field on Saturday.
The win improved Arizona's overall record to 25-12 for the season and even in the Pac-10 at 4-4. Washington fell to 22-11 with the loss and into a tie with Arizona in the conference standings at 4-4.
Junior Sean Rierson was impressive on the mound for Arizona, giving up four runs, just three earned, on six hits in eight innings of work. The six-strikeout performance improved the right-hander's record to a team-best 7-1 for the season.
Offensively, Arizona rapped out 14 hits in the game, including eight for extra bases. Trailing 2-0 through 2 2/3 innings, Arizona tied the score in the bottom of the third on a sac fly by Derek Decater and Jeff Petersen wild pitch.
The Wildcats took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a leadoff double by Jeff Van Houten, a RBI triple by Brad Boyer and a two-run homer off the bat of Richard Mercado. Mercado's blast was his third of the season and gave Rierson all the runs he needed on the night.
Seattle-area native Decater led the Wildcat attack with a 3 for 3, two double and three-RBI night at the plate. Boyer, Mercado, Pat Reilly and Trevor Crowe all paired hits in the game, as nine of the 10 Wildcat players to get an at-bat scored at least one run.
Washington and Arizona will play the rubber game of the Pac-10 series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Arizona's Joe Little (4-2, 3.46 ERA) will take the mound against Washington's Trevor Gibson (3-0, 3.58 ERA). The game can be heard live on KNST (790-AM).