Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Drops First One-Run Game of the Year
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 22, 2007
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            PULLMAN, Wash. ?- Arizona’s line score was the same on Saturday as it was on Friday but the outcome wasn’t, as UA’s three runs on four hits came up shy in a 4-3 loss to Washington State at Bailey-Brayton Field.


The loss, just the second in the conference for the Wildcats, dropped UA to 31-8 on the year and to 9-2 in Pac-10 play. Washington State improved to 18-18 overall with the win and snapped a four-game Pac-10 slide to improve to 2-9 in conference action.


            The lack of offensive production handed Arizona its first one-run loss of the year and denied left-hander Brad Mills his team-leading ninth win.


            After jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the third on a double by Jon Gaston and a sacrifice fly by Robert Abel, Arizona struggled at the plate against WSU starter Nick Ison. The senior right-hander dominated the Wildcats through the middle innings, holding them hitless from the fourth through the seventh, retiring 15 straight UA hitters in the process.


            Meanwhile the Cougar offense struck for three runs on four hits off of Mills in the fourth to take a two-run lead. DH Mike Gilbert delivered the big blow with a two-run single to left to hand WSU the lead and Zach Borba added another run-scoring single in the frame to stake the Cougs to a 3-1 edge.


            Gilbert added to his productive day in the sixth, hitting what would prove to be a much-needed solo homer off Mills to push the advantage to 4-1.


            The Cats repeated their third inning scoring effort in the eighth when Bill Rhinehart doubled and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Rodland to make it 4-2 WSU.


            Colt Sedbrook pulled the Cats within one with a one-out solo homer in the ninth, but closer Ross Humes sandwiched strikeouts of C.J. Ziegler and Rhinehart around an infield single by Brad Glenn to finish off the win.


            Ison (4-5) picked up the win after allowing just two runs on two hits in 7 1/3 innings of work. He finished with three strikeouts and just one walk on the afternoon. Humes tallied his seventh save of the year with 1 2/3 relief innings.


            Mills (8-3) was charged with his third loss of the season despite allowing just four runs on six hits over seven innings on the mound. He struck out seven and walked only one in the loss.


            Arizona and Washington State will meet up for the rubber game of the conference series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Right-hander Ryan Perry is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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