TUCSON, Ariz. ?- UC Riverside’s Haley Winter tossed a complete-game, five-hitter to out-duel Arizona’s Kevin Guyette and his career-high 15 strikeouts in a 3-1 victory over the ninth-ranked Wildcats at Kindall Field in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday.
The loss, Arizona’s second straight and third in its last four games, dropped the Wildcats to 10-3 on the year. UCR improved to 7-6 with the win.
Winter (2-2) held the Wildcats in check all day, limiting UA to just three hits through the first eight innings, and narrowly missed out on holding the Wildcats scoreless in a game for the second time this season. He struck out three and walked just one, while giving up UA’s lone run with two outs in the ninth inning.
Guyette (2-1), who also went the distance in the game, was the hard luck loser, giving up three runs on seven hits in his second career complete game effort. He struck out at least one Highlander hitter in every inning, including the side in the fifth, for a team season-high 15 punchouts.
Offensively, UCR took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning on a RBI double by Kyle Barratt that plated Matt Cunningham from second.
UA’s Jason Donald set the Wildcats up for an opportunity to tie the game in the home half of the frame with a leadoff triple to the gap in right center. Arizona squandered the chance, as Winter worked out of the jam by getting Bill Rhinehart and Chris Frey to pop up to the infield and inducing Drew McDonald into an inning-ending fly ball to center
The Wildcats never really threatened again until the ninth, while UCR tacked on two more runs in the sixth on Brian Steinmeyer’s RBI-single and a first and third double steal for a 3-0 lead.
Jordan Brown, who extended his hitting streak to 13-straight games with a one-out single in the ninth, saved the Wildcats from the shutout loss when he came around to score on Rhinehart’s two-out single two batters latter.
Arizona will attempt to avoid the series sweep on Sunday at 12 p.m. MST. Senior Sean Rierson is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.
Senior Jeff Van Houten, junior John Meloan and freshman Kenny Williams did not even attend Saturday’s game due to various illnesses ... Junior Nick Hundley had to leave town on Saturday to attend to a family matter, giving freshman Drew McDonald his first career start behind the plate ... Donald’s triple in the second inning ended an 0 for 8 streak at the plate ... No player for either team finished Saturday's game with more than one hit ... Junior Trevor Crowe went 0 for 4 at the plate to snap his team-high 20-game hitting streak ... Guyette, who also tossed a complete game against UCLA on April 9 last year, is 0-2 for his career when going all nine innings.