March 7, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas- Junior starter Sean Rierson tossed his fourth career complete game helping the Arizona baseball team defeat the defending NCAA national champion Texas Longhorns 5-1 at Dirsch-Falk Field on Friday. The victory improved Arizona's record to 12-5 for the season, while Texas, which has lost three of its last four games, fell to 13-6 with the loss.
Rierson (4-0), who threw a complete game, 2-hit shutout at UC Irvine earlier this season, struck out a season-high nine batters on just 116 pitches to pick up his fourth consecutive win on the mound. The right-hander scattered seven hits over the nine innings. He held the Horns hitless through first 3 1/3 innings before finally giving up a single to Dustin Majewski in the fourth.
Offensively, junior Moises Duran put the Wildcats up 2-0 in the first with a two-run blast over the left field wall off of UT starter Danny Muegge (3-2). The homer, Duran's team-high-tying fifth of the season, scored Trevor Crowe who had walked with one out in the inning.
The Wildcats added a single run in the second on Jeff Van Houten's RBI ground ball to short that scored Pat Reilly from third. Reilly extended his hitting streak to 22 straight games with a double to center to lead off the inning.
Texas finally broke through for its lone run in the fourth on Taylor Teagarden's two-out double that scored Majewski. The lone run was all the Horns could muster as Rierson continually kept the UT hitters off balance with a mix of fast balls and curves.
Arizona closed out the scoring on pinch-hitter Richard Mercado's single to left in the sixth. The base hit drove in freshman Trevor Crowe from third and allowed Duran to come home from second after UT's Eric Sultemeirer misplayed the ball for an error.
As a team the Wildcats collected nine hits in the game. Crowe and Reilly were the only Arizona players to collect multiple in hits on the night, as each finished 2 for 4 with two and one runs scored, respectively. Junior Brian Anderson and Mercado also extended their hitting streaks to 17 and 14 games, respectively, with a hit apiece in the win.
Arizona and Texas will meet up for game two of the three game set on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tucson time. Arizona's Joe Little (3-2) will square off against UT's Sam LeCure (2-0) on the mound.