TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Trevor Crowe Show highlighted No. 8-ranked Arizona’s 7-5 win over No. 15 Oregon State in its Pac-10 series opener against the Beavers at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium in Tucson on Friday.
The victory, UA’s seventh straight, improved the Wildcats to 25-10 overall and to an all-time best 9-1 in Pac-10 play. Oregon State dropped to 26-6 overall and 5-2 in the conference with its season-high second straight loss.
Crowe finished the contest 3 for 4 with a pair of singles, his eighth triple of the season, a sacrifice fly, two stolen bases and four RBI. He broke a scoreless tie in the second inning with a two-out, three-run triple to right field and stole home two pitches later for a 4-0 Arizona lead. The junior led off the game with a single up the middle to mark the 20th time in 35 games he has reached base in his first at bat of a game, while also extending his hitting streak to 11 straight..
Despite Crowe’s efforts, OSU made a contest of it and it took a pair of late Wildcat runs to hold off the persistent Beavers.
Staked to a 5-0 lead on Crowe’s second inning heroics and a two-out RBI double by Chris Frey in the third, the Beavers rallied for three runs in the sixth off of UA starter John Meloan to cut the Arizona advantage to two.
Jordan Brown hit his team-best 10th home run of the year with two outs in the seventh to push the lead back to three runs at 6-3, but OSU got to Arizona relievers Eric Berger and Mark Melancon for a pair of runs on back-to-back doubles by Darwin Barney and Shea McFeely in the eighth.
Crowe’s sac-fly in the home half of the eighth capped off the scoring and Melancon settled in to work a scoreless ninth for his sixth save of the year.
Meloan, who struck out 11 OSU hitters in six innings, picked up his 17th-straight win dating back to last season and moved to 7-0 on the year. He gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits and walked two in the game.
OSU’s Dallas Buck (7-1) was charged with his first loss of the year after giving up a season-high six runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. Buck struck out four and walked four on the night.
Arizona Junior Nick Hundley was the only other Wildcat to finish with multiple hits, as Oregon State out-hit Arizona 10-8 in the game. Hundley extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games in finishing 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored in the contest.
Arizona and Oregon State will meet up for game two of the three game series on Saturday at 7 p.m. Junior Kevin Guyette (6-2) is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats. The game can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM The Source.
Trevor Crowe’s straight steal of home in the second inning was the first for Arizona since former Wildcat Pat Reilly swiped home against Portland on March 12, 2003 ... Friday’s contest was the 24th game this season that Crowe finished with two or more hits ... Oregon State stranded five of its eight runners left on base in scoring position ... Six of Arizona’s seven runs in the game came with two outs ... Arizona won its ninth Pac-10 game in its 10th conference contest. Last year the Wildcats picked up their ninth Pac-10 win in their 18th game.