May 19, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team dropped its final home game of the season in its Pac-10 series finale with Washington State in familiar fashion, surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth to fall 9-7. The game was the third of the series in which the winning team rallied for three runs in the final inning to steal a victory.
The loss dropped Arizona to 30-22 overall and 8-13 in Pac-10 play. WSU improved to 21-30 overall and 6-15 in the Pac-10 with just its second conference series win of the season. The ninth inning loss was the fourth of the season for the Wildcats, who have now dropped 11 games this season by two runs or less.
Trailing 7-6 in the ninth inning, Washington State's nine hole hitter, Collin Henderson, drove home the winning run on a two-out, bases-loaded double down the right field line off reliever Brian Anderson. The sharply hit ball scooted just outside the reach of first baseman Will Thompson and into right field, scoring all three men on base in the process. Henderson finished the contest 4 for 4 with two doubles, four RBIs and a run scored.
After trailing for much of the game, the Wildcats rallied for a run in the sixth, four in the seventh and one in the eighth to take the short lived lead into the ninth. Marc Kaiser led the charge with a two-run homer in the eighth to give Arizona its one-run advantage. Kaiser finished the game 3 for 4 at the plate with the home run and a two-run triple for four RBIs on the afternoon.
Anderson (0-2) picked up his second loss of the season on the mound, surrendering two runs on one hit in just two thirds of an inning. He struggled with his control, walking the first two hitters he faced, including the eventual winning run, and three total for the game.
WSU's Jamin Svendsen (2-1) picked up his second win of the season with 1.1 innings of relief.
Arizona will end its season next weekend on the road at Washington. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Note: Eight Arizona seniors (Kevin Anderson, Clayton Bried, Chris Cunningham, Brad Hassey, Kevin Sears, Justyn St. Clair, Matt Wersel and Wes Zlotoff) playing in their final home game at Sancet Field were recognized in a pre-game ceremony.