FULLERTON, Calif. ?- Freshman Jason Seefeld drove home Jordan Brown from second with a two-out single in the top of the seventh and John Meloan scattered four hits over 7 2/3 innings as the No. 10-ranked Arizona baseball team shut out No. 2 Cal State Fullerton 1-0 at Goodwin Field on Friday.
The victory improved the Wildcats to 16-7 for the year while the Titans fell to 14-4 with their second straight loss.
Meloan, who won his 14th consecutive decision on Friday, and CSF ace Ricky Romero worked out of numerous jams and traded zeros on the scoreboard over the first six innings before the Wildcats were finally able to break through in the seventh.
Brown opened the inning with a sharply hit grounder past diving Titan first baseman Brett Pill and down the right field line for a leadoff double. A line out by Nick Hundley, a walk to Jason Donald and a Chris Frey strikeout, placed runners on first and second with two outs for Seefeld.
The freshman DH, making just his second career start, hit Romero’s 0-1 offering past the Titan left-hander and the two middle infielders for a single up the middle to plate Brown for the lone run of the game.
Meloan worked a perfect seventh and got two outs in the eighth before making way for sophomore Mark Melancon who closed out the win by working out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth and leaving ninth-inning leadoff hitter Brett Prettyman on second after he opened the inning with a double.
Meloan improved to 4-0 on the year after stranding seven Titan runners on base over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked four on 114 pitches. Melancon picked up his team-best fourth save of the year, giving up one hit and one walk, while striking out one in 1 1/3 innings.
Romero (5-1) was the hard luck loser after giving up just the one run on six hits in eight innings on the mound. He finished with eight strikeouts and two walks in his first defeat of the year.
Both teams had opportunities to score through out the game, but Meloan left runners on first and second in the first and fourth innings and Romero worked around a Jason Donald leadoff double in the fifth to keep the game scoreless.
Arizona and Fullerton will meet up for the second game of the three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m. PST. Junior Kevin Guyette will take the mound as the starter for the Wildcats.
Arizona’s Jeff Van Houten saw his school record-tying 28 game hitting streak come to an end after finishing Friday’s contest 0 for 4 ... Friday was the third shutout win of the season for Arizona and the second that UA starter John Meloan has been a part of.