March 22, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Freshman Brad Boyer overcame a torn finger nail suffered in pre-game warm ups and a seventh inning error to help Arizona (20-9, 1-1 Pac-10) rally to a 6-5 win over USC (13-12, 1-1 Pac-10) at Frank Sancet Field on Saturday.
Boyer's third hit of the game drove in pinch runner Dallas Haught with the game- winning run in the bottom of the ninth to help Arizona stave off a second straight loss to the Trojans.
Sophomore Jeff Van Houten led off the ninth with an infield single to first base. Haught came on to pinch run for the outfielder and promptly stole second to place him in scoring position. After a Nick Hundley strike out, sophomore John Hardy advanced Haught to third on a ground ball that was misplayed by USC's Jon Brewster for the Trojans' second error of the game.
Hardy stole second to put runners on second and third with one out for Boyer. The first-year Wildcats lofted reliever Jordan Olsen's 2-1 offering to right-center against a drawn-in outfield for a single to plate Haught and even Arizona's Pac-10 record at 1-1.
Wildcat reliever Brian Pemble (1-0) picked up his first win of the season with an inning of work. The southpaw struck out one and walked one in his second appearance of the week.
Arizona jumped out to a 5-1 led through the first six innings, but saw USC roar back to tie the score with a four-run seventh inning off of reliever Kevin Guyette. Guyette was the victim of hard luck as all four runs crossed the plate unearned, thanks to a pair of Wildcat errors.
Arizona and USC will play the rubber game of the conference opening series on Sunday at 1 p.m. KNST (790-AM) will broadcast the game live.