Baseball Takes Series Over Top-Ranked Stanford With 11-2 Win On Monday

May 17, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore John Meloan worked eight solid innings on the mound to lead the Arizona baseball team to a series victory over top ranked Stanford with an 11-2 win at Kindall Field on Monday. The Pac-10 series win was the second straight over the Cardinal dating back to last season, marking the first time since 1993 that a Wildcat team has won consecutive three-game series over Stanford.

The win on Monday, along with UA's incredible come-from-behind triumph on Sunday night, handed the Wildcats a two-games to one series victory and improved them to 27-21-1 for the year and even in the Pac-10 at 9-9. The victory held the Wildcats in fifth in the conference standings, three and half games behind leader Washington and just one game behind third-place Arizona State and UCLA.

Stanford, which moved into the top spot in the polls on Monday, lost consecutive games for the first time this season with Monday's defeat. The loss dropped the Cardinal to 39-10 overall and one-half game behind the conference-leading Huskies in the Pac-10 race at 12-6. The nine-run margin of defeat on Monday was the largest of the year for Stanford.

Meloan (6-0), who was coming off a complete game two hitter at UCLA on May 9, held the potent Cardinal bats in check less then 24 hour after Stanford had scored 18 runs on 19 hits to win his sixth game of the season and remain unbeaten on the year. The right-hander struck out seven Stanford hitters while allowing a pair of runs on 10 hits. He walked just three batters in the game and combined with reliever Brad Mills to strand 10 Stanford runners on base.

The Arizona offense snapped a 2-2 tie for Meloan with six runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Moises Duran drove home junior John Hardy and Jeff Van Houten with a one-out single through the left side of the Cardinal infield to break the tie and hand Arizona a 4-2 advantage.

After Bill Rhinehart singled to place runners on the corners, Cardinal reliever Greg Reynolds plunked Jason Donald to load the bases for sophomore Trevor Crowe. Crowe, who finished Sunday night's win 4 for 4 with two doubles and two triples, drew a walk to force in Duran from third for a 5-2 UA lead.

Nick Hundley plated another run in the next at bat with an infield single to third and was followed with a RBI-ground out by Derek Decater and run-scoring throwing error by Cardinal shortstop Chris Minaker on John Hardy's two-out grounder for an 8-2 Wildcat lead.

Arizona tacked on another run in the seventh on a solo home run by Crowe, his fourth of the season, and two more in the eighth on a Donald RBI-single and a failed pickoff attempt at third base.

Trailing 2-0 after three and half innings, the Wildcat offense got going with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game on a pair of RBI-singles by Crowe and Hundley. The Cardinal scored single runs in the third and fourth on a single by Minaker and a sacrifice fly by Donny Lucy, respectively.

Stanford's Matt Leva (4-1) was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up four runs on six hits in four innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.

Arizona will remain home this week to host rival Arizona State for a three-game conference series at Kindall Field. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is scheduled for 7 pm. All three games will be broadcast live on KNST 790 AM and Friday's series opener can be seen live on College Sports TV.

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