Wildcats Take Out Arkansas, 7-2, In CWS

June 20, 2004

By ERIC OLSON
Associated Press Writer

OMAHA, Neb. - Jordan Brown hit two of Arizona's four home runs, helpingthe Wildcats beat Arkansas 7-2 on Sunday and eliminate the Razorbacks from theCollege World Series.

Arizona (36-26-1) plays a Tuesday elimination game against the loser ofSunday night's Georgia-Texas matchup. Arkansas ended its season 45-24.

Dave Van Horn became the only coach to lose his first six games in theCollege World Series. Van Horn also went two-and-out in 2001 and '02 withNebraska.

John Meloan and Mark Melancon combined to hold Arkansas to five hits. Meloan(10-0) stayed perfect, scattering five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked six andstruck out five.

Melancon retired the last eight batters he faced for his third save.

Brown homered leading off the third inning to open the scoring off starterClint Brannon (4-4).

The Wildcats went up 5-0 in the fourth when Moises Duran hit a two-run homeroff Brannon, and Brown hit a two-run shot off reliever Jay Sawatski.

Jason Donald hit the Wildcats' fourth home run of the game leading off theninth.

Arkansas got its first hit off Meloan in the fourth when Scott Hode sent ahard liner down the third-base line.

But the Hogs, who managed only two hits Friday in their 13-2 loss to Texas,couldn't generate any offensive momentum.

Hode got out in the fourth when he strayed too far from first on HaasPratt's deep flyout. Donald, Arizona's shortstop, relayed center fielder TrevorCrowe's throw to first before Hode could get back, ending the inning.

The Hogs mustered only one run in the fifth after they loaded the bases withnone out on back-to-back singles and a walk. Danny Hamblin scored on ScottBridges' sacrifice.

After loading the bases again with two out, Meloan struck out Clay Goodwin.

The Hogs loaded the bases one more time in the seventh but could push acrossonly one run, which was walked in by Melancon.

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