March 8, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas- For the second straight week, the Arizona baseball team lost its Saturday game of the series in the ninth inning. The No. 21 Wildcats gave up three runs in the ninth inning to defending NCAA national champions Texas and lost 3-2. The loss dropped Arizona to 12-6 for the season, while Texas improved to 14-6 with the come from behind win.
Arizona starter Joe Little was outstanding on the mound through the first 8 1/3 innings of the game. The lefty was working on a five-hit shutout into the ninth when UT's Dustin Majewski ended Little's day with a solo home run with one out in the final inning that cut Arizona's lead to 2-1. The Arizona coaching staff went to the bullpen and Derek Rodriguez in relief.
Rodriguez struggled to find the strike zone, walking the first two batters he faced. UT pinch hitter Michael Holliman followed the two free passes with a RBI single to left that scored pinch runner Danny Muegge from second, notching the score at 2-2. An intentional walk to Curtis Thigpen loaded the bases with one out. Rodriguez then battled back to strike out pinch hitter Nathan Warrick for the second out, but was not so lucky against Joe Ferrin who grounded the Arizona reliever's 1-1 pitch up the middle for the game-winning hit.
The loss was the third blown save for the Arizona bullpen this season, having failed to save games against Baylor and Texas A&M in the ninth inning earlier this year.
Junior Brian Anderson had a standout day for the Wildcats in the loss. The center fielder finished the game 3 for 4, including a solo home run in the fourth inning that gave Arizona a 1-0 lead. The home run was Anderson's team-leading sixth of the season.
Sophomore Pat Reilly extended his hitting streak to 23 straight games with an infield single in the fourth inning. He finished the game 1 for 2.
Arizona will attempt to rebound from the loss in the series finale on Sunday. UA's Kevin Guyette will make his second straight start in place of injured right-hander Richie Gardner. First pitch is scheduled for noon Tucson time.