Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Washington Game Three
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 06, 2008
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????????????SEATTLE ?C Walks, errors and mental mistakes again proved to be too much for the Arizona baseball team to overcome as Washington (20-9, 3-2 Pac-10) took the conference series between the two with a 5-1 win in the series finale on Sunday.

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??????????? A pair of defensive miscues on bunts led to three runs while a fundamental error on the base paths erased the only momentum Arizona had on the day as the Huskies handed UA its third straight conference series loss.

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??????????? Trailing 1-0 with runners on first and third in the sixth UA reliever Daniel Schlereth threw away a bunted comebacker which led to an unearned run and extended the lead to two.

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The Cats then tossed away their lone scoring chance in the game in the eighth when pinch runner Hunter Pace was picked off first base with the tying run in scoring position at second.

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Arizona put the cap on a frustrating day by posting two more errors for three more runs in the eighth.

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??????????? After struggling to muster any offense on the day, UA (15-11, 3-6) rallied to cut the UW edge to 2-1 with one out and runners on first and second in the eighth. However, with the go-ahead run on first in the form of Pace, the Washington pickoff derailed the UA momentum and Colt Sedbrook followed with a harmlessly bouncer to first to end the inning and UAˇ?s only real scoring threat in the game.

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UW took advantage of some shaky control by Arizona starter Eric Berger to jump out to an early 1-0 edge. UWˇ?s Bradley Boyer made Berger pay for his third leadoff walk of the game in the third by delivering a run-scoring double to put the Dawgs up 1-0.

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UW starter Jorden Merry (4-0) dominated the UA batting order. After allowing a one-single in the first inning to Colt Sedbrook, the UW right-hander retired 16 straight UA batters, including four on strikeouts, until Diallo Fon singled with two outs in the sixth. He struck out six and walked two over 7 1/3 innings to pick up his fourth win of the year.

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??????????? The Wildcats will head to San Diego this evening, take Monday off and then face San Diego State in a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday before finally returning to Tucson in time for next weekendˇ?s three-game series against Indiana State.

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