April 11, 2010
Final Box Score (PDF)
SEATTLE, Wash. – The No. 22 Arizona baseball team captured the series victory over Washington by winning a 9-1 decision behind a brilliant complete-game performance by Kyle Simon on Sunday afternoon at Husky Ballpark.
Simon turned in his best performance of his career as he improved to 5-2 on the season. Hetossed a three-hit complete game in which he allowed just one run.
The sophomore right-hander seemingly got better throughout the game as he did not allow a hit over the final four innings of the game. In fact, of the final 16 Husky hitters to come to the plate, just one reached base, which prevented any chance of a Husky rally.
Arizona (22-9, 4-5 Pac-10) was led offensively by a flurry of extra-base hits – nine total – as it collected 14 hits to score its nine runs on the day. Bobby Brown finished a home run short of the cycle, while Joey Rickard and Steve Selsky blasted the fifth and sixth home runs of their respective seasons.
The Wildcats fell behind in the first two games of the series, but scratched across the first run in today’s game. A one-out double by Brown in the second inning led to an unearned run as Brown later scored on a throwing error by Husky first baseman Aaron Russell.
The Huskies tied the game at 1-1 in the home half of the second, but UA surged ahead again in the top of the third by plating a pair of runs. The first came on Rickard’s solo shot to left field and the second when Jett Bandy drove home Rafael Valenzuela on a double to right centerfield.
Like last night’s game, a bases-loaded situation dictated the outcome of the game with the Huskies at the plate. Miles Kizer’s grand slam firmly put the game out of reach from the Wildcats in the fifth inning on Saturday, but on Sunday, Simon was able to induce an inning-ending double play off the bat of Doug Cherry with the bags packed in the fourth.
Simon allowed just one base runner the rest of the game.
At that point, the Wildcats had roughed up UW starter Adam Cimber for four runs on six hits through four innings. Arizona continued to add insurance runs against the bullpen, putting three on the board in the fifth inning off UW reliever Adrian Gomez.
Consecutive singles by Valenzuela and Bandy set the table for Selsky, who blasted a three-run shot to left field and extend UA’s lead to 7-1 in the fifth.
Selsky, who finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored, again factored into a big inning for the Wildcats as he hit his first of two doubles in the game. Robert Refsnyder, who hit his first career home run on Friday night, lifted a two-run homer to left field to push the score to its final, 9-1.
The win captured UA’s first series victory away from home on the season and marked UA’s first series victory in Seattle since 2000.
Arizona will now take a brief break from conference action as it travels to Spokane, Wash., to battle Gonzaga in a single game on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for Noon (PT).