Offense wasn't an issue for the Wildcats, who scored three runs in the first inning and never relinquished the lead. Riley Moore led the way, going 4-4 and driving in three runs. Kevin Newman and Tyler Krause each went 2-5 and drove in a run, but really, everyone contributed, as every Arizona batter either reached base or drove in a run.
Still, the game had drama thanks to a late push by Washington. Arizona's pitching wasn't the problem -- it wasn't perfect, but it was serviceable. Cody Hamlin went seven and a third innings and gave up five earned runs. The issue for Arizona, though, was defense. Jared Oliva dove for a fly ball in the fourth and missed, giving up a run. Worse, Kevin Newman dropped a grounder for a sure-fire double play that would've ended the eighth inning. He then compounded his mistake by trying to salvage the play at first and throwing it wide, allowing a run to score and opening the door to a three-run rally for Washington.
That three-run Washington eighth inning closed the lead to 8-6 and certainly made Arizona fans nervous, but Tyger Talley closed out the inning and pitched a perfect ninth to pick up the save and finish off the Huskies.
Arizona will look to clinch the series Saturday night at Hi Corbett. First pitch is set for 7 PM and the game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.