Baseballs Salvage Series Against Arizona State With 13-7 Win

May 23, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team scored 13 runs on 14 hits and sophomore John Meloan improved to 7-0 on the mound as the Wildcats salvaged a win in their three-game Pac-10 series against rival Arizona State. The 13-7 Wildcat victory was called by the umpires after seven and half innings due to a Pac-10 rule not to start an inning after the game time had reached four hours on a travel day.

The victory snapped a seven-game Sun Devil winning streak over the Wildcats and improved UA to 28-23-1 for the year and 10-11 in the Pac-10. ASU, which lost for the first time in 12 games, dropped to 39-14 overall and 12-9 in the conference.

Meloan, who experienced stomach issues prior to a start for the second time this season, settled in after giving up a solo home run to Jeff Larish in the first inning. The right-hander remained perfect on the year after limiting the Sun Devils to just three runs on 12 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He finished with four strikeouts and three walks in helping Arizona avoid a conference series sweep for the second time this season.

The Wildcats offense, which was able to muster just four runs on nine hits in the previous two losses in the series, finished the game on Sunday with eight of its nine starters collecting at least one hit in the game while also taking advantage of 12 Sun Devil walks.

Trailing 1-0 after Larish's solo blast in the first, Arizona sent 11 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the frame and came away with six runs on four hits and a five-run lead. ASU starter Brett Bordes (3-1) recorded just one out in the inning before being lifted from the game. The Sun Devil lefty was charged with his first loss of the year after giving up all six first-inning runs on three hits and four walks.

UA's Trevor Crowe batted twice in the opening inning and came away with a walk, a run scored and a two-run single to lead the Arizona charge. Jason Donald chipped in with a run-scoring walk and Nick Hundley and Richard Mercado added an RBI a piece in the inning on a single and a sacrifice fly, respectively.

After ASU cut the lead to 6-2 in the third, the Wildcats tacked on a pair of runs in the in the home half of the inning on a Moises Duran two-run single before breaking the game open with five runs in the seventh.

The Sun Devils rallied for a single run in the top of the seventh and four in the eighth before the game was halted due to the conference travel rule.

Crowe, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, finished Sunday's contest 3 for 5 with two RBI, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Duran, a senior playing in his final game at Kindall Field, added a pair of hits in four at bats, four RBI and two runs scored.

The ASU loss wasted a 3 for 4, two home run and four RBI day by Larish. The Sun Devil junior would have finished with three homers had it not been for Arizona's Derek Decater, who grabbed Larish's fifth-inning blast towards center back over the wall for a spectacular two-run saving catch.

Arizona, which remains alive for a postseason berth, will head out on the road for the final conference series of the season next weekend to USC. The three-game set will be played Friday-Sunday and all the action can be heard live on the radio on KNST 790 AM.

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