March 11, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The No. 21 Arizona baseball team batted around in the first two innings and cruised to a 19-5 win over Portland at Frank Sancet Field on Tuesday. The victory snapped Arizona's season-high-tying two-game losing streak and improved its overall record to 13-7 for the season. Portland fell to 3-10 with the loss.
The Wildcats sent a combined 19 hitters to the plate in the first and second innings and scored 13 runs off of Portland starter Daniel Knox (0-3) and reliever Stephen Ball.
All nine Arizona starters collected at least one hit and a run scored in the win. Sophomore Richard Mercado provided much of the pop in the early going with four RBIs in his first two plate appearances alone; he finished the game with five RBIs on 3 for 5 hitting on the day. Classmate Jeff Van Houten added to the Arizona tally with a pair of home runs in the game en route to a 3 for 4, three run and six RBI day.
Arizona starter Mark Worrell (1-2) picked up the win on the mound with four innings of work. He gave up a pair of unearned runs, while striking out four Pilot batters and walking three. Freshman Pat Lawler made his first appearance as a Wildcat with five solid innings of relief.
The Wildcats and Pilots will close out the two-game set on Wednesday. Reining Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Sean Rierson will square off on the mound against Portland freshman Joe Jones in the 3 pm game.