TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If Friday night was any indication, Riley Moore is determined to make the most of his senior campaign as the final regular season of his career enters the home stretch.
The four-year starting catcher equaled his career high with four hits, scored three runs and added three more RBI to lead Arizona in an 8-6 victory over visiting Washington before a crowd of 3,491 at Hi Corbett Field.
Moore and the Wildcats roughed up Huskies' starter Noah Bremer for three runs in the first inning and chased the freshman right-hander after only four innings.
Kevin Newman's one-out single sparked the three-run first frame. After Newman stole second, Moore drove him home with a single. Later Tyler Krause's run-scoring hit and a Jared Oliva sacrifice fly completed the initial scoring.
The Wildcats matched their three-run first with a three-run sixth inning, too. Newman delivered a two-out RBI double, Moore drove him in with a single and Bobby Dalbec ripped another run-scoring double.
An inning earlier, Moore's double extended the club's streak of games with an extra base hit to 35 in a row. JJ Matijevic later picked up an RBI when his double sent Moore in for the score.
Arizona (28-18, 12-13 Pac-12) pounded out 13 hits against Bremer and three relievers. Bremer (L, 5-3) took the loss after allowing four runs – two earned – on seven hits. He walked none and struck out one.
Starter Cody Hamlin was steady on the mound for the Wildcats, picking up his second-consecutive victory. The righty cruised into the eighth inning with only three runs allowed, but a pair of errors prevented a potential inning-ending double play ball and three more runs would be tacked onto his line.
Hamlin (W, 6-3) was charged with the six runs – five earned – over 7.1 innings. He scattered nine hits, walked only one and registered five strikeouts.
Washington (24-22, 9-16) entered the eighth trailing 8-3, but brought the tying run to the plate with one down in the penultimate inning. Relievers Robby Medel and Tyger Talley retired both batters they faced in the eighth, avoiding further trouble.
Talley returned to close the game with a clean ninth inning. The junior picked up his second save of the year.
Arizona can capture its second straight series win with a victory Saturday night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. (MST) with a television broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
GAME NOTES: Arizona has won four of its last five games … Riley Moore matched his career high with four hits. It was the second time this season the senior collected four hits in a contest … Moore was 3-for-3 batting with runners in scoring position. He is now batting .412 with runners in scoring position during conference play … Arizona recorded an extra base hit for the 35th-consecutive game … The Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak to Washington … UA improved to 23-1 when leading after six innings … Cody Hamlin allowed more than four earned runs in an outing for the first time this season … Kevin Newman reached base for the ninth-consecutive game … Scott Kingery became the third Wildcat to steal 10 bases this season (also Newman and Justin Behnke). Newman picked up his team-leading 18th swipe of the season.