May 25, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington Huskies defeated Arizona, 8-3, in Pac-10 baseball action at Husky Ballpark on Saturday. The loss, UA's third straight, dropped the Wildcats to 30-24 overall and 8-15 in conference play. Washington held onto at least a share of second place in the conference standings with the victory, improving to 30-24-1 overall and 15-8 in the Pac-10.
The Washington offense took advantage of a career-high five walks by Arizona starter Joe Little to rally from an early 1-0 deficit to take an 8-1 advantage through six innings. All five hitters walked by the UA southpaw starter came around to score, including three in the decisive six-run sixth.
UW's Taylor Davidson and Kyle Larsen provided all the offense the Huskies needed, finishing the game a combined 4 for 8 with five RBIs and three runs scored at the plate.
Little (6-6) picked up his sixth loss in his final start of the season. He was charged with six runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. UW's Sean White (6-2) worked eight innings for his sixth win of the season. He struck out seven and walked none.
John Hardy's fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field in the ninth, closed the UW gap to five in the final inning, but Huskies' reliever Tyler Shepple retired Chris Marini and Kevin Anderson to end the game. Hardy led all Arizona players at the plate, finishing 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Pat Reilly was the only other Wildcat player with multiple hits on the afternoon, going 2 for 4 with one run scored.
Arizona will close out the 2002 season on Sunday in its three-game series final with the Huskies, who can still claim a share of the Pac-10 title. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. with freshman right-hander Jason Snyder slated to take the mound for the Wildcats.