SEATTLE – The No. 22 Arizona baseball team earned its first road victory of the season as Kurt Heyer made his return to the mound and led Arizona to a 7-2 victory over Washington on Friday night at Husky Ballpark.
Heyer improved to 5-0 on the season as he limited the Huskies to two runs on four hits in 6.2 innings. He struck out four and walked three.
Arizona (21-8, 3-4 Pac-10), which allowed a run in the bottom of the first, took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning and never looked back. Robert Refsnyder launched his first career homer to right field to put the Wildcats on the board, and Bobby Rinard came in to score an unearned run later in the inning as he stole third base and then trotted home as catcher Pierce Rankin’s throw sailed down the left field line.
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Steve Selsky kept the offensive attack going in the fourth as he blasted a solo home run over the left center field fence to push UA’s lead to 3-1.
Heyer, who hit the first batter he faced and allowed a single and a run in the first inning, cruised through the next four innings. The freshman right-hander retired 13-consecutive batters from the first inning into the fifth inning.
By then, Arizona had added three more runs in the fifth and enjoyed a commanding 6-1 lead with its ace on the mound. Washington (16-12, 2-2 Pac-10) plated a run in the sixth off Heyer, but still trailed 6-2.
Heyer worked into the seventh inning and retired the first two batters he faced, but was lifted from the game after a single and a walk. Joe Allison took over and ended the inning with a groundout, then worked a scoreless eighth inning.
The Wildcats, who managed just five runs in three games at California last weekend, added a final run in the eighth inning. Nick Cunningham closed the game in the ninth to finish off the Huskies and preserve UA’s first road victory of the season and snap a four-game losing streak.
Selsky, Jett Bandy and Rafael Valenzuela each had two hits for the Wildcats. Valenzuela tripled to right to drive in two runs in the top of the fifth inning.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.