Baseball Takes Pac-10 Series With 8-3 Win over Cal on Sunday

May 2, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif.- Senior Scott Burns worked out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning as the Arizona baseball team hung on to get a much-needed Pac-10 series victory over Cal with a 8-3 win at Evans Diamond on Sunday.

The win handed UA a two games to one victory over the Golden Bears in the conference series and improved the Wildcats to 23-19-1 overall and to 7-8 in conference play. Cal, which has just one Pac-10 series remaining on its schedule this season, dropped to 24-27 overall and 8-13 in the conference with the loss.

Leading 4-3 with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Burns got Cal's Chris Errecart to line out to Jason Donald at shortstop to end the inning and quash the Golden Bear threat.

The Wildcat offense picked Burns up with a pair of runs to extend the UA lead to three in the top of the eighth on a run-scoring double by sophomore Nick Hundley and a sac-fly off the bat Pat Reilly. Sophomore Jordan Brown tacked on two insurance runs with a deep home run with one on in the top of the ninth off of Cal reliever David Morrow for a five-run Arizona lead.

Burns, a fifth-year senior who picked up first career save in Friday's series opening 5-3 victory, earned his second save of the weekend in 2 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander, who gave up just one hit while striking out two, closed the door on a gutsy performance by UA starter John Meloan.

Meloan (4-0), who narrowly missed making his scheduled start in the game due to a stomach virus, picked up the win. The big right-hander gave up just two earned runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out just one against four walks, but ate up enough innings to save the depleted Wildcat bullpen.

Tied 1-1 after three innings, freshman Bill Rhinehart, who finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored, wrapped a two-run homer around the foul pole along the right field line to hand the Wildcats a 3-1 advantage

Junior Jeff Van Houten, who made a diving catch in right field in the first and threw out a Golden Bear runner at home in the second, hit his second home run of the season in the fifth. The solo shot over the right field fence extended the Wildcats' lead to 4-1 and forced Cal starter Kyle Crist from the game.

Crist (3-7) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Wildcats will complete a three-week, nine-game road trip next weekend with a three-game non-conference series at UCLA in Westwood. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 7 pm. All three games can be heard live on the radio on KNST 790 am.

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