Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Washington Game One
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 04, 2008
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????????????SEATTLE ?C?Washington starter Nick Haughian (3-2) tossed a two-hitter and struck out a career-high 15 batters in complete-game 1-0 victory over No. 18 Arizona at Safeco Field on Friday. The loss dropped the Cats to 14-10 overall and to 2-5 in the conference, while the Huskies improved to 19-8 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10.

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????????????The UW left-hander allowed a leadoff double by T.J. Steele in the second and a leadoff single by C.J. Ziegler in the fourth but found little other trouble in handing Arizona its third shutout loss of the season. He struck out the side in the first and second and had two strikeouts each in the sixth, seventh and ninth frames.

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????????????Meanwhile the UW offense handed Haughian the only run necessary in the seventh.

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UWˇ?s Brian Pearl drew a one-out walk from Arizona ace Preston Guilmet to get things going. Joey Dunn followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt down the third base line. The effort to give himself up proved to be too good, as the UW catcher beat out Guilmetˇ?s throw that sailed past Ziegler at first for an error. The errant toss allowed Pearl to scamper the third to place runners on the corners for Andy Lentz.

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????????????UW left fielder followed with a RBI double to the gap in right-center to plate the crucial run. The two-bagger was the last of UWˇ?s four hits for the night.

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????????????UAˇ?s Guilmet was charged with a hard-luck loss, allowing just the one run on four hits of 6 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander struck out two and walked three on the night.

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????????????Steele, who extended his hitting streak to nine straight games, narrowly missed out on his seventh homer of the season when he drilled a second inning Haughain offering off the fa?ade in left field for a stand up double. On a night that Arizona would need any offense available, the ball hit a Seattle Mariners sign on the left field wall, three feet right of falling into the UW bullpen for a homer.

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????????????Arizona will face Washington in the second of three scheduled conference games on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Husky Ballpark. Left-hander David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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