Hundley's Three-Run Blast Hands Arizona 7-6 Win Over USC
May 30, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning and Friday starter Koley Kolberg came on to save John Meloan's eighth win of the season as Arizona rallied to defeat USC 7-6 at Dedeaux Field on Sunday. The win improved Arizona to 30-24-1 for the season and even in the Pac-10 at 12-12. The Wildcats will have to wait to until Monday's NCAA selection show at 9 am on ESPN2 to learn their postseason fate.
Trailing for the majority of the game, Hundley delivered his second home run in as many days to hand the Wildcats their first lead of the day at 7-6 with the three-run blast that bounced off the scoreboard in right. Arizona opened the inning with a solo home run by Jordan Brown, his second of the game and his 10th of the season, and back to back infield singles by Jason Donald and Richard Mercado to pave the way for Hundley's homer.
Clinging to the one-run lead at 7-6, Meloan got the first out in the bottom of the eighth before giving up a double to Michael Moon down the right field line. Arizona coach Andy Lopez called on Kolberg for just his second relief appearance of the season to get Meloan and the Wildcats out of the mess. The junior right-hander got Blake Sharpe to ground out to first before retiring Jeff Clement, who already had five RBI in the game, on a comebacker to the mound to strand Moon at third as the potential tying run.
Kolberg worked a perfect ninth inning for his first career save.
Leading 1-0 after one, USC's Clement hit a two-out bases-loaded bloop double in shallow left field as part of a four-run USC second inning. The Trojans loaded the bases on a single and pair of walks by Meloan before Clement drove in all three with the looping double. Cyle Hankerd added another run with a sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead.
Arizona scratched across a pair of single runs in the fifth and sixth to cut the Trojan advantage to 5-2 on a lead off double by Nick Hundley and a pair of grounds outs in the fifth and a leadoff solo home run by Jordan Brown, his team-leading ninth homer of the season, in the sixth. But Clement added his fifth RBI of the game with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth to push the USC lead back to three runs.
USC opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, posting a single run without the benefit of a hit. Michael Moon opened with a walk and was erased on a fielder's choice ground ball by Blake Sharpe. Meloan advanced Sharpe all the way to third on a failed pickoff, which allowed Jeff Clement to drive him home with a sacrifice fly to left field three pitches later.
The Wildcats had an opportunity to opportunity to score early as Trevor Crowe led off the game with single through the left side of the infield and was followed by a walk to Jeff Van Houten to place runners on first and second with no outs. However, USC starter Josh Rummonds got Jordan Brown and Moises Duran to pop up harmlessly in the infield before striking out Jason Donald to end the inning and the UA threat.
The Wildcats will have to wait until 9 am on Monday to learn their postseason fate when ESPN2 airs the 2004 NCAA regional selection show.