EDINBURG, Texas ?- The No. 10-ranked Arizona baseball team defeated UT-Pan American 18-3 at Edinburg Stadium in Edinburg, Texas, on Friday.
Sending nine hitters to the plate in the fourth, the Wildcats scored six runs on five hits to break a 2-2 tie and overcame a rough outing from ace John Meloan in their first road game of the season to remain unbeaten at 8-0. UTPA dropped to 2-8 with the loss.
Junior Trevor Crowe tacked on two more runs in the next at bat with his second home run of the season. The two-run shot hugged the right field line and curved around the foul pole to extend UA’s lead to 5-2. He later added another two-run homer, his third of the year, in the fifth.
A triple by Brad Boyer and pair of walks to Jordan Brown and Jason Donald later in the fourth inning loaded the bases for DH Bill Rhinehart. The second-year Wildcat responded with a two-run single through the right side of the infield to plate Boyer and Brown and advance Donald to third.
The frame eventually came to end when Rhinehart was caught in a run-down during a double steal attempt, but not before Donald crossed the plate to make it 8-2 Arizona.
Crowe’s second blast of the game in the fifth countered a UTPA run in the fourth and extended Arizona’s lead to 10-3. Crowe joined Rhinehart and Hundley to become the third different Wildcat to have two homers in a game this season. He finished the contest 3 for 5 with career-high-tying six RBI and two runs scored.
Brown chipped in with his team-leading fourth home run of the year as part of the five-run seventh inning and all nine Arizona starters finished with at least one hit and eight of nine scored at least one run in the game.
Other offensive standouts for Arizona included Chris Frey (3 for 6, double, two runs), Kervin (3 for 6, two doubles, four RBI, two runs), Hundley (2 for 5, double, four runs), Boyer (3 for 5, double, triple, two runs, two RBI) and Van Houten (3 for 5, double, run)
Meanwhile, Arizona ace Meloan struggled with his control on the damp and overcast night in his native Texas. He gave up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits in the three innings of work and did not factor in the decision. He finished with six strikeouts and five walks in his shortest performance of the year.
Reliever Sean Jarrett (1-0) picked up the victory after taking over for Meloan with the bases loaded in the fourth and working out of the jam with just one run being scored. Jarrett struck out a career-high 10 Bronc batters over six innings for his first career victory.
UTPA’s Ryne Foster (0-2) was charged with the loss after giving up eight runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. He struck out two and walked four.
The Wildcats opened the scoring with a pair of runs on in the first inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Jordan Brown, his team-leading 16th RBI of the year, and a fielding miscue in the right field that allowed Jeff Van Houten to score all the way from first on a Jason Donald single.
UTPA rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the third when a two-out Brad Boyer fielding error at second with the bases loaded allowed a run to score and extended the inning for the Broncs.
Notes:Trevor Crowe (16 games), Jeff Van Houten (15 games) Jordan Brown (eight games) and Nick Hundley (eight games) all extended their hitting streaks against UTPA on Friday ... The contest marked the sixth time in eight games this season that the Wildcats have scored in the double digits ... Including Friday’s contest, Arizona has finished with 10 or more hits in all eight games it has played this season ... The 18 runs scored (16 vs. Northern Colorado Feb. 12) and 20 hits (19 vs. New Mexico Feb. 6) against UTPA on Friday were season-highs for Arizona.