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Baseball Shuts Out Notre Dame, 2-0, in 10 Innings
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/06/2006
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            MINNEAPOLIS ?- The Arizona baseball team finally broke out of a 16-inning scoreless stretch with two runs in the 10th inning, and juniors Brad Mills and Mark Melancon combined on a 10-hit shutout on the mound as the Wildcats (10-5) defeated Notre Dame (2-5), 2-0 to win their final game at the Metrodome in the Dairy Queen Classic on Sunday.


Arizona wrapped up the DQ Classic with a 2-1 record to boost its overall record to 10-5 on the year. The Irish, who scored just one run in three games over the weekend, dropped to 2-5 with the loss.


            Brad Boyer scored Colt Sedbrook all the way from first on a triple off the right field baggie in the Metrodome and Jason Donald rewarded his senior teammate with a trip home on a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat for the two-run cushion. Sedbrook, who was hit by a Dairy Queen Classic five pitches in UA’s three games, was plunked to lead off the 10th for the Wildcats.


            The late-inning offensive heroics made a winner out of Melancon (3-1). The junior right-hander tossed the final 4 2/3 innings, and finished with five Ks and just one walk. The work of Arizona’s of closer preserved the fine shutout effort by starter Mills. The junior southpaw struck out a career-high eight batters and scattered five hits over the first 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision effort.


            Notre Dame threatened to take an early lead when Jeremy Barnes singled to right with runners on first and second and two outs in the first inning, but outfielder Jon Gaston’s throw home on the play was on the mark and in time to catch Brett Lilley as he tried to score from second.


            The Wildcats will head out on the road again next weekend with a trip to Starkville, Miss., for a three-game series against Mississippi State.


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