LOS ANGELES ?- Junior Jordan Brown hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to lead the No. 12-ranked Arizona baseball team to an 8-4 come-from-behind victory over UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Friday.
The win improved the Wildcats to 19-10 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10. UCLA, which tied a school record with its 11th-straight loss, fell to 7-15 overall and to 0-1 in the conference.
Trailing 4-2 after six innings, Brown hit his sixth career home run against UCLA to hand the Wildcats a two-run advantage. The grand slam was the first in Brown’s career and the first for an Arizona player since Moises Duran on April 28, 2003 at Sacramento State.
Freshman second baseman Bryan Kervin started off the seventh with a grounder that was misplayed by UCLA shortstop Tommy Lansdon for an error. Wildcat leadoff hitter Trevor Crowe followed with a single through the right side of the infield to put runners on first and second with no outs.
After a failed sac-bunt attempt by Brad Boyer, senior Jeff Van Houten loaded the bases for Brown with an infield single to third base. The Pac-10 RBI-leader delivered with a first-pitch homer over the right field wall to clear the bases and hand the Wildcats a 6-4 lead.
The Wildcats tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth on a run-scoring double by Van Houten and a Chris Frey RBI-single for the final four-run margin.
Arizona sophomore closer Mark Melancon shut the door on the victory on the mound, working a scoreless two final innings to make a winner out of junior Sean Jarrett (2-2). The effort earned Melancon his team-best fifth win of the year.
UCLA’s Bryan Beck (0-4) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, including Brown’s blast.
Offensively, UCLA out-hit Arizona 10 to 9 in the contest. Van Houten led all players individually, finishing the contest 4 for 5 with three RBI and two runs scored. He tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning with a two-run double down the right field line. UCLA’s Will Penniall went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a RBI in the loss.