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Mark Melancon Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 30, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Selected in the 30th round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.



Appeared in an Arizona freshman record 29 games in 2004 ... Holds the Arizona single season record for saves (11 in 2005) ... Is tied for the career saves record at Arizona (14 in two seasons).


Arizona 2005

Appeared in a team-high 34 games, the second-most for any Arizona pitcher in a single season in school history ... Went 4-3 with a school record 11 saves ... Finished with a team-low 2.58 ERA and struck out 69 hitters in 66 1/3 innings of work ... NCAA Fullerton Region (June 3-6): Made three appearances in the postseason and tallied two saves in 4 1/3 innings ... Worked out a self-imposed bases loaded jam in the ninth inning of UA’s 6-5 win over Fullerton for his school record 11th save of the year ... Picked up his 10th save of the year in 2 1/3 innings of work against Missouri in the regional opener ... Cal (May 28-29): Made two appearances in the series and worked three innings ... Won his fourth game of the season in the second game of the series after working 1 1/3 innings ... at #22 Stanford (May 20-22): Appeared in all three games in the series and worked a combined four innings. Did not give up run over the weekend and surrendered only one hit. Earned his ninth save of the year in the 11-8 UA victory in the series finale after working a scoreless 1 2/3 innings ... at #24 Arizona State (May 14-16): Tallied his eighth save of the year with three scoreless innings of work in the 18-1 series finale win. Finished with three Ks in the game ... Appeared in the series opener and worked one inning in a 6-2 loss ... Utah Valley State (May 6-8): Recorded his seventh save of the season after working the final three innings in the series finale. Struck out three ... #21 USC (April 29-May1): Appeared in two games in the series and worked 2 1/3 innings ... UC Irvine (April 22-23): Was charged with his third loss of the season after giving up the go-ahead run in Sacramento, Calif. Worked four innings and struck out four in the game ... #15 Oregon State (April 15-17): Appeared in the series opener and picked up his sixth save of the season after tossing the final two innings. Struck out four in the game ... Won his third game of the season in the series finale after pitching the final 3 2/3 innings of Arizona’s 7-6 come-from-behind win. Struck out three and walked two ... at Washington State (April 8-10): Worked the final 3 1/3 innings in the series finale and picked up his second win of the year. Struck out three and walked one ... at UCLA (April 1-3): Worked a scoreless final two innings in UA’s 8-4 win in the series opener to earn his fifth save of the season ... Washington (March 24-26): Tossed a season-high five innings to pick up his first win of the season on March 25. Gave up just one run on two hits while striking out a season-high six batters ... at #2 Cal State Fullerton (March 18-20): Had mixed weekend that saw him pick up his fourth save of the season after preserving UA’s 1-0 win over the final 1 1/3 innings in the series opener ... Was charged with his second loss of the year after surrendering a walk-off HR in the 17-15 loss in the series finale ... Mississippi State (March 11-13): Appeared in all three games of the series, worked three combined innings did not give up a hit and finished with seven strikeouts ... Entered the March 12 game with runners on first and second and no outs. Struck out the next three batters to earn his third save of the year ... Struck out all three hitters he faced in the series opener ... #1 Texas (March 4-6): Was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up the go-ahead run in UA’s 5-4 loss in the series opener ... Worked the final 2 1/3 innings in the 5-4 loss in the series finale. Struck out six UT hitters in two appearances ... Arizona State (Feb. 23): Tallied his first save of the year after pitching the final two innings in Arizona’s 11-5 win ... #11 Arizona State (Feb. 15): Held the Sun Devil bats in check over 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help Arizona win in 14 innings. Finished with four Ks ... New Mexico (Feb. 4-6): Appeared in two games in the season opening series ... Struck out three in two innings of work.



Summer 2005

Played for the USA Baseball national team ... Went 1-0 with a team-best five saves in 10 appearances ... Gave up just seven hits and no runs in 12 1/3 innings of work ... Struck out 10 and walked none during the summer.


Arizona 2004

Season: Finished with a team-best 4.33 ERA (min 25 IP) with a 6-4 record and three saves in 62 1/3 innings pitched ... Appeared in UA freshman record 29 games ... His three saves were tied for second-best on the frosh school record list ... Postseason: Appeared in five postseason games and went 2-0 with two saves in 10 innings pitched ... Struck out five and walked just one while limiting opponents to a .065 batting average (2 for 31) ... College World Series: Picked up his second save in the postseason with 2 2/3 hitless innings of relief in UA’s 7-2 win over Arkansas. Struck out two and walked one ... Worked a scoreless inning of relief in UA’s 8-7 loss to Georgia in the CWS opening game ... Long Beach Super Regional: Played a key roll in Arizona’s best-of-three series win over the 49ers, garnering a win and a save in the series ... Tallied his second career save with a hitless ninth inning in the SR opener after UA had rallied to take a 6-5 lead with four runs in the top of the ninth ... Came back two days later to pick up Arizona’s CWS clinching win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings on Sunday. Entered the contest with the game tied 3-3 with one out and the go-ahead run on third base in the top of the ninth. Got a line drive double play to get out of it and force the game into extra innings. Then worked out of a first and third, no out jam in the top of the 10th to preserve the tie before working a perfect top the 11th for the victory ... South Bend Regional: Worked 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against Kent State to pick up his first postseason victory and his fifth overall win of the year ... Stanford (May 15-17): Struck out a career-high five batters in 4 1/3 innings of relief in a no-decision effort in UA’s 11-9 loss in the series opener ... at Oregon State (April 2-4): Picked up his fourth win of the year in Saturday’s 14-7 win. Struck out four over 4 1/3 innings while allowing just two hits ... Round Rock College Classic (March 11-13): Tallied his first career save against TCU in the classic opener. Did not give up a run over three innings and allowed just two hits ... at Baylor (Feb. 27-28): Earned his third win of the season in UA’s series clinching win over the Bears on Feb. 28. Struck out two in one inning of work ... Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 13-15): Did not give up a run over three innings of relief against the Titans in the series opener to win his second game of the year ... UC Riverside (Feb. 6-8): Worked a perfect 2 2/3 innings with four strikeouts in his first career appearance for his first career win.


High School

Graduated from Golden High School where he earned four letters in baseball for coach Brad Madden ... Three-time team captain ... Was named all-state in baseball twice ... Also earned three letters football and four in basketball ... Named all-state in football twice and once in basketball ... Member of the honor roll and of the National Honors Society.


Summer League

Played Connie Mack baseball for Cherry Creek.



Full name: Mark David Melancon ... Born: 3/28/85 in Wheat Ridge, Colo. ... Son of David and Cherry Melancon ... Has one sister, Michelle.

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