March 12, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona and Portland baseball teams slugged it out in a four-hour affair at Frank Sancet Field on Wednesday. The No. 21 Wildcats eventually prevailed 15-12, but not before each team exchanged leads and scored in nearly every half inning. The win handed Arizona the two-game series sweep and improved its record to 14-7 for the season, while the Pilots fell to 3-11 with the loss.
Terrence Taylor's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning paved the way for a three run frame to hand Arizona its final lead of the game and give the Wildcats the win.
Freshman Nick Hundley led off the inning with Arizona's 11th walk of the game. Portland reliever Trevor Hahn appeared to get himself out of trouble in inducing sophomore's Jeff Van Houten and John Hardy to fly out and strike out, respectively, for the first two outs in the inning, but a walk to Brad Boyer placed runners on first and second for Taylor.
The junior center fielder, making his first start for Arizona, lined Hahn's 3-2 pitch back up the middle to score Hundley and advance Boyer to third. Taylor proceeded to steal second, which in turn drew Moises Duran an intentional walk, his fourth free pass of the game, to load the bases for clean up hitter Trevor Crowe.
Crowe chopped an infield single to second that scored both Boyer and Taylor for two more insurance runs and a 15-12 UA lead.
Freshman Chris Frey came on in the ninth inning for winning pitcher Wes Zlotoff (1-0) to close out the marathon game for his first collegiate save. Hahn (0-1) picked up the loss after giving up three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
The two schools combined to score at least one run in 14 of the 17 turns at bat in the contest. Arizona tallied 16 hits and a season-high 13 walks on offense to Portland's 14 hits and nine walks.
Crowe led all players individually in the game with a 4 for 5, six RBI day. Taylor completed his first day of duty with Arizona 3 for 4 at the plate with four runs scored. Portland catcher Joe Watson paced the Pilot attack with a perfect 5 for 5 afternoon. He drove in two and scored three times, as well in the loss.
Arizona returns to action on Thursday in the opening contest of a three-game series with Wagner. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.