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Arizona walks off against Washington to sweep series

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona Wildcats scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Washington 12-11 Sunday afternoon in front of 3,356 fans at Hi Corbett Field.

It marked the second time in the past three games the Wildcats earned a walk-off win against the Huskies, and completed a three-game sweep of Washington. The win improved Arizona to 31-15 on the season and 12-12 in Pac-12 play. Washington dropped to 24-20 and 10-11 in league.

The Wildcats trailed 11-7 heading into the ninth inning when Cal Stevenson started the inning with a single and moved to second on a throwing error by the second baseman. After a pop out, Alfonso Rivas scored Stevenson with an RBI single to center field. JJ Matijevic, who homered twice earlier in the game, followed with a double down the right field line on the first pitch to move Rivas to third and put two on with one out for Matt Fraizer.

Fraizer, a freshman left fielder, coaxed a walk to load the bases for Cesar Salazar. Salazar singled to shortstop to score Rivas and make it 11-9. With the bases still loaded, Matijevic scored on a wild pitch with Nick Quintana batting to make it 11-10. Quintana hit a dribbler to pitcher Leo Nierenberg, who fielded it cleanly, but threw the ball away, trying to get Quintana at first base. The miscue allowed Fraizer and pinch-runner Ryan Haug to score, giving Arizona the dramatic 12-11 win.

Matijevic led the way for the Cats, going 3 for 3 with five RBI, three runs scored and a walk to go with his two home runs and ninth-inning double. The junior first baseman now has two multi-home run games this season, becoming the first Wildcat to do that since Brad Glenn in 2009. Rivas also had a three-hit game, going 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Stevenson also had three hits, going 3 for 5 with three runs scored.

Landon Faulkner, who tossed a scoreless ninth inning for Arizona, earned the win to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Washington opened the scoring much earlier in the game, scoring three runs in the third inning. Arizona responded with a pair in the bottom half of the inning. Stevenson led off with a double and moved to third when Jared Oliva reached on an error. Rivas then scored Stevenson on an RBI single. Matijevic followed with a sacrifice fly to score Oliva and cut the deficit to one.

The Huskies added another run in the fourth to go up 4-2, but Arizona pulled even in the fifth, thanks to Matijevic. With two outs and nobody on, Rivas singled to center. Matijevic followed with a home run to center field on a 1-2 pitch to tie the game at four.

But Washington scored again in the sixth to go up 5-4, and then three more times in the seventh to make it 8-4. The Cats cut it into it in the bottom of the seventh. With two on and nobody out, Rivas hit a sacrifice fly to score Stevenson, who started the inning with a double. With Oliva on and one out, Matijevic hit his second home run of the game, this one an opposite field shot to left field, to plate two runs and make it 8-7.

Again, Washington had a response, scoring three times in the eighth to go up 11-7 and set up the ninth-inning dramatics. The sweep is Arizona’s first of Washington since 2011 and is the Cats’ second conference sweep of the season.

Oliva and Salazar each had two hits in the win. All total, Arizona had eight extra-base hits in the win. The Cats improved to 23-4 at Hi Corbett this season, equaling its home win total from a year ago when Arizona went 23-7 at home.

Arizona will play again at Hi Corbett Field on Tuesday when it hosts Arizona State in a nonconference midweek affair. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

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