April 12, 2013
Arizona-Washington State Box Score (In Progress)
PULLMAN, Wash. - Host Washington State University was leading the University of Arizona baseball team, 7-4, in the eighth inning when play was suspended due to rain on Friday night at Bailey-Brayton Field. The game has been scheduled to resume beginning at noon (PDT) on Saturday.
On a chilly and windy evening, light rain showers began to fall shortly before the 6 p.m. first pitch. The rain persisted throughout the game and began to fall harder in the late stages, prompting umpires to call a rain delay at 8:05 p.m. After showers continued, the game was officially suspended at 8:40 p.m.
Saturday's forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-40's, gusty winds and a 50-percent chance of rain and/or snow showers, according to the National Weather Service. The impending forecast means the second game of the series, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., will instead begin about 30-45 minutes after the conclusion of the resumed game. Game management officials want to maximize the hours in the day to complete both contests.
Washington State (17-13, 4-5 Pac-12) jumped out to a comfortable early lead thanks to a four-run second inning. Yale Rosen, Ian Sagdal and Shea Donlin strung together three consecutive hits, with Donlin's single driving in the game's first run. The Cougars tacked on three more runs in the inning via a passed ball, sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.
Arizona (21-11, 6-6 Pac-12) answered back with two runs in the top of the third. Joseph Maggi singled with one out, and Johnny Field delivered a two-run homer to left field. The round tripper was the junior's fourth of the season and 10th of his career.
The Cougars tallied another run in the bottom of the third before opening the game up again with two unearned runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Trace Tam Sing was hit by a pitch before Austin Pernell blooped a ball behind the second base bag.
Arizona shortstop Kevin Newman's diving attempt to catch the ball came up short, and the centerfielder, Field, tried to throw out Pernell advancing to second base. As Pernell slid into second, the ball deflected off his foot and kicked towards the left field line. The ricochet allowed both Tam Sing and Pernell to score on the play.
The Wildcats fought back with two more runs in the top of the seventh against Cougars' reliever Chris McDowell, who issued a pair of two-out walks. Field followed with a two-run triple to right field to bring the Wildcats within three runs, trailing 7-4.
Starter Brandon Dixon will lead off the eighth.
Wade officially is still the Wildcats pitcher in the game, but will surely be relieved when Arizona takes the field in the bottom of the eighth. The junior right-hander was charged for seven runs allowed - five earned - on six hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked three.
The current pitcher of record for the Cougars is starter Joe Pistorese, who surrendered just two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked four and did not issue a walk.
All of Saturday's action will be broadcast on 1290 AM in Tucson, Ariz. Coverage begins at 11:45 a.m.
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