Arizona baseball

The Arizona Wildcats debuted copper helmets Friday night at Hi Corbett Field against Washington.

There's a good chance the lids will never be seen again.

The copper-clad Wildcats were bombarded by the Huskies in a 23-1 loss in the opener of a three-game series.

It was ugly from start to finish for the Wildcats.

"If you've played baseball long enough, you've been on both ends," UA coach Andy Lopez said. "I've been on the end where we beat a team 32-0 and I've lost 32-4. It's a bad night.

"You get it out of your system and come back tomorrow and play good baseball."

The Huskies (15-28, 7-12 Pac-12) chased Arizona starter Konner Wade after 3 1/3 innings. He gave up 11 hits, eight earned runs and retired just 10 of the 22 batters he faced. It was his shortest outing of the season.

The Wildcats ace is now 4-5 and saw his ERA rise from 3.48 to 4.22. He's 1-5 in Pac-12 play with a 5.44 ERA.

"It bothers me from the standpoint that it is May and I had a junior on the mound and he looked like a freshman," Lopez said. "He had no command. We're calling in, it's out. We're calling out, it's in.

"You have to have good command, and I don't think any of our guys showed good command tonight.

"We made a lot of mistakes around the plate."

The 30 hits the Wildcats surrendered are the most in program history. The previous high was 27, done three times - twice by Arizona State and once by Stanford.

The loss was the most lopsided defeat of the Lopez era and the worst of his Division I coaching career. The previous worst at Arizona was a 19-1 loss to Stanford in his first season in 2002.

As for the program as a whole, it's the team's worst setback since a 32-3 loss to Arizona State in 2000.

The list of forgettable numbers could probably continue, but the Wildcats (28-16, 9-10) are focusing on something else - the 22-run loss counts the same as any other, and the UA still has a chance to win the series with a victory today and Sunday.

"We have to flush it," said junior third baseman Brandon Dixon, who went 3 for 4 with the lone run scored in the loss. "We have two more games in this series. We have to take care of tomorrow and take care of Sunday. A loss is a loss whether it's 22-1 or 2-1.

"We just have to bounce back."

That was also the message in the Washington clubhouse.

"I told our guys those are the defending national champions, they are the best coached team in America and they are going to come out tomorrow and be a completely different team," Huskies coach Lindsay Meggs said. "They are going to have forgotten this game happened by the time they get here tomorrow and we have to do the same."

Meggs' squad scored in seven of the nine innings, had seven extra-base hits and scored at least five runs in a frame three different times. Seven of the Washington starters had at least three hits in the win and the team was 30 of 54 (.556) at the plate total.

It was a rare breakout game for a UW team that entered the night in 10th place in the conference and 14 games under .500 total.

"I don't think I've ever seen a team hit like that," Dixon said. "Everything fell for base hits."

Junior James Farris (4-3, 4.21) will try to get the Wildcats back on track tonight when the series resumes at 6. Austin Voth (4-5, 2.84) will start for Washington.


• What: Washington at Arizona

• Where: Hi Corbett Field

• When: 6 p.m.

• Radio: 1290-AM

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk