The win improved
“It’s a tough call with Mark,”
Leading 3-2, Melancon (1-0) entered the game in the bottom of fifth and completely shut down the UCR offense. The junior gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out five to pick up his first win of the year.
He worked around both base hits he surrendered, stranding the game-tying run at third in the seventh and striking out the final two hitters looking in the contest after giving up a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth.
For the season, Melancon has limited the opposition to a .080 batting average while punching out seven hitters in 7 2/3 innings.
It appeared early that the
UCR cut the Wildcat lead to one with a pair of runs in bottom of the second and reliever Pat Cassa, who transferred to UCR from
Offensively, Jason Donald opened the scoring for
The Highlanders, who finished with 10 hits on the day, cut into the
The Wildcats added an insurance run for a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth on Jon Gaston’s single to right to plate Steele from second.
The two schools will meet up for the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday at 2 p.m.