Arizona Sends Arkansas Home, 7-2
June 20, 2004
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - In the early game, Arizona's Jordan Brown looked more like the No. 3 batterhe used to be rather than the No. 8 batter he was.
The demoted Brown hit two of his team's four home runs as the Wildcatseliminated Arkansas.
'To me, as long as I'm playing on a stage like this, where I'm hittingdoesn't really mean much as long as I get my hacks,' said Brown, who was0-for-13 in super regionals against Long Beach State and struck out three timesand had two singles in Friday's first-round CWS loss to Georgia.
Arizona (36-26-1) moves to a Tuesday game against Georgia. Arkansas endedits season 45-24.
John Meloan (10-0) and Mark Melancon combined to hold Arkansas to five hits.
The Razorbacks had managed only two hits in a 13-2 loss to Texas on Friday.
Arkansas' Dave Van Horn became the only coach to lose each of his first sixgames in the College World Series. Van Horn also went two-and-out in 2001 and'02 with his Nebraska teams.
Meloan allowed five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked six and struck outfive.
'I mixed it up and tried to throw a variety of pitches at them,' Meloansaid. 'No matter who you're playing in college baseball, two pitches are goingto get guys out on a consistent basis. I made good pitches, hit my spots andthat's what got me outs.'
Melancon retired the last eight batters he faced for his third save.
Brown homered leading off the third inning to open the scoring off Arkansasstarter Clint Brannon (4-4).
The Wildcats went up 5-0 in the fourth as 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 inning.
Arizona coach Andy Lopez said Brown was moved lower in the order because hewanted to minimize lefty-lefty matchups with Arkansas' Brannon and Sawatski.
Brown said he never took the demotion as a slap and that it wasn't addedincentive for Sunday's game.
'If you need extra motive to do well on a stage like this, you're in thewrong game,' he said.
Lopez said he appreciates Brown's attitude.
'One strong trait this program has with this group of young guys is theydon't take anything personally as far as moving them in and out of thelineup,' Lopez said. 'They understand we're trying to make the best decisionwe can for that particular day.'
Arkansas got its first hit off Meloan in the fourth inning when Scott Hodesent a hard liner down the third-base line.
But for the second straight game, the Hogs couldn't generate any offense.
Hode strayed too far from first on Haas Pratt's deep flyout. Donald,Arizona's shortstop, relayed center fielder Trevor Crowe's throw to firstbefore 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 Goodwinto end the inning.
The Hogs loaded the bases one more time in the seventh, but could pushacross only one run, which was walked in by reliever Melancon.
'What you saw today was a team that almost looked tired,' Van Horn said.'Maybe we maxed out the last couple weekends and that was that.'
The Razorbacks were not expected to be in Omaha this year after being pickedto finish last in the Southeastern Conference's West Division. The Hogs won theWest and then eight of 10 games on their way to the CWS.
'If you had told me at the beginning of the year we were going to win 45games and go to Omaha and lose two, I would have taken it in a second and beenthe happiest man in the country,' Van Horn said. 'Next year we'll be better,and hopefully we'll be back.'
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