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Arizona baseball: Wildcats lose in the first game ever at Husky Ballpark

Washington opened a new ballpark, and Arizona continued losing close games

A new home for Washington Baseball opened Friday night
A new home for Washington Baseball opened Friday night
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Arizona's first road game was more than just any normal road game in the Pac-12.

It was the start of a new era at Washington.

The Huskies opened up their brand new Husky Ballpark on Friday night, and came away with an 8-7 win over the Wildcats.

Scott Kingery led the game off with the first-ever hit in the ballpark, and went on to score the first run after a Kevin Newman single to left.

Arizona scored four times in the first, but Washington answered with five runs of their own in the second on five hits.

This was only the second time this season that James Farris didn't absolutely dominate hitters, and it's too bad since the offense actually put some runs up.

In the fourth, Arizona regained the lead on a Cody Ramer double to the right-center gap, which brought in Joseph Maggi and Kenny Meimerstorf.

Maggi, who started at first base, had three hits on the night. If anything, that's eerily similar to how last year went for the junior. Start in the outfield, struggle at the plate, move to first at the beginning of conference season, and then tear it up. So I expect big things from Maggi if he continues to play first.

While Farris gave up seven earned runs in five innings of work, Cody Moffett took the loss by facing just one batter in the sixth. Moffett walked Alex Schmidt, who eventually came in to score Washington's eighth and final run on a double by Austin Rei.

Tyler Parmenter was the one who gave up that double, allowing both runners he inherited to score. But after that, the righty settled in, and did not give up a run of his own in the final three innings of the game.

Arizona got one runner on in the 8th and 9th, but as has been the standard over the last week and a half, could not get any runs on those opportunities.

The Wildcats drop to 1-3 in Pac-12 play, while the Huskies are now 3-1 against the Arizona schools. But here's some pics from the first night at Husky Ballpark: