John Meloan's Two-Hitter Leads Arizona Past UCLA
May 9, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore John Meloan tossed a complete game two-hitter and senior Moises Duran hit a pair of home runs as the Arizona baseball team won its non-conference series over UCLA with an 11-2 win at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Sunday. The Wildcats, who dropped the series opener on Friday 7-3 before rallying to win the last two games 20-9 and 11-2, improved to 25-20-1 for the year.
Meloan (5-0) made a pair of mistakes in the game as both of UCLA's hits went over the fence for home runs, but the right-hander settled down both times to pick up his fifth win of the year and Arizona's first complete game victory of the season.
He retired 18 straight batters at one point during the game while striking out six and walking just two. The two-hitter was the first for an Arizona pitcher since Sean Rierson blanked UC Irvine on just a pair of hits on Feb. 15, 2003.
Duran handed Meloan all the offense he needed with a three-run homer in the top of the first. The blast was his fourth of the season and he added a two-run shot in the top of the ninth for his first multi-home run game of the year. The two homers were the 29th and 30th of his career moving him into a tie with Robert Woodside (1975-78) for sixth on the Arizona career record list.
Sophomore Jordan Brown continued to torment the Bruins with his fifth home run of the season against them in the second inning on Sunday. The two-run blast allowed him to take sole possession of the team lead with eight for the year. Sophomore Trevor Crowe added a two-run blast in the fifth to give Arizona eight home runs during the three-game series.
UCLA's David Johnson (1-2) was charged with the loss after giving up six earned runs on six hits in three innings of work.
Arizona, which closed out its nonconference schedule with the win on Sunday, will return to Pac-10 action when top-ranked Stanford comes to Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium for a three-game series next Saturday-Monday. First pitch for the series opener against the Cardinal is set for 7 pm.