Missouri Recap: Four was the magic number for Arizona, as the Wildcats opened a 4-0 lead with four straight hits to open the fourth inning in a 5-3 victory over Missouri in the opening game of the Fullerton Regional on Friday. Brad Boyer opened the inning with a single through the right side of the infield, stole second and broke a scoreless tie on Jeff Van Houten’s single up the middle in the next at bat. Jordan Brown followed with a single through the right side to place runners on first and third for catcher Nick Hundley. The Johnny Bench Award finalist scored both Van Houten and Brown with his 23rd double of the season for a 3-0 UA lead. A sac bunt by Chris Frey and a Missouri wild pitch plated Hundley for the final score in the frame. Arizona tacked on a final score in the seventh as Trevor Crowe led off the inning with his 15th triple of the season and scored on Boyer’s single to right on the very next pitch.
Junior John Meloan overcame early control issues and a high pitch count to out-duel Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Max Schezer on the mound. Meloan picked up his 10th win of the season, limiting the Tigers to one earned run on four hits 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out 10 and walked four on the night. Closer Mark Melancon picked up his 10th save after working the final 2 1/3 innings.
Notes From The Missouri Game: Junior John Meloan became the UA first pitcher since Gil Heredia in 1986-87 to post 10 or more wins on the mound in back-to-back seasons ... Sophomore Mark Melancon tied the Arizona single season record for saves with his 10th conversion of the year ... Junior Trevor Crowe extended his school and Pac-10 single season record with his 15th triple of the season ... Seven of the nine hitters in Arizona order collected at least one hit in the game. It was the 32nd time this season that at least seven players had at least one hit in a contest for the Wildcats ... Mark Melancon’s 2 1/3 innings of work in the postseason opener for Arizona marked the 15th appearance this season he has worked two or more innings.
Opening Game Victory: Arizona opened the postseason with a win for the second straight year ... The last time UA began the NCAA tournament with opening game victories in back-to-back seasons was 1985-86 ... Arizona is 4-0 in its last four regional games ... The Wildcats are 14-2 all-time in the postseason in the second contest after opening with a win ... Arizona’s Andy Lopez is now 2-1 at UA in regional-opening games.
All-Time Postseason Records: The Wildcats are 52-35 (.598) in regional play since 1950 ... Arizona is 87-63 (.580) all-time in the NCAA Tournament ... Under head coach Andy Lopez, UA is 7-5 (.583) overall in the postseason and 4-2 (.667) in regional play.
Postseason Odds and Ends: Dating back to last season, Arizona junior Trevor Crowe has at least one hit in his last nine straight postseason games. During his postseason hitting streak, Crowe is batting .410 (16 for 39) with eight runs scored, four doubles, three triples and two RBI ... Senior Jeff Van Houten has at least one hit in Arizona’s last eight straight postseason games. Van Houten is batting .323 (10 for 31) with five runs scored, a double, a triple and six RBI during his postseason hitting streak ... John Meloan is 3-0 with a 3.22 ERA in five postseason appearances ... Arizona closer Mark Melancon is 2-0 with three saves and a 0.73 ERA in six all-time postseason appearances.
The Big Inning: Highlighted by a 13-run inning against USC on May 1, Arizona has recorded 40 innings in this season in which it has scored four or more runs in a frame and an equally impressive 19 innings with five or more runs scored. Arizona is 27-3 this season when scoring four or more runs in a single inning.
Big Inning Breakdown
4-run Innings 21
5-run Innings 6
6-run Innings 8
7-run Innings 4
10+-run Innings 1
Arizona-Cal State Fullerton History: Arizona and Cal State Fullerton have a long history of playing against each other. Having split the last six meetings over the past two seasons 3-3, Fullerton now owns a 53-29 all-time advantage in the series ... The Titans and Wildcats have met twice in the postseason and are split at 1-1. UA defeated CSF 7-3 in the West Regional in 1978 and fell to the Titans 16-3 at the 1979 College World Series.
Arizona-Cal State Fullerton This Season: Arizona visited Cal State Fullerton for a three game series March 18-20 this season. The Titans took the series 2-1 that featured a little bit of everything. Friday, March 18 - The Wildcats’ John Meloan and Mark Melancon teamed up to hand CSF ace Ricky Romero his first loss of the season in a 1-0 shutout win. UA freshman Jason Seefeld drove home Jordan Brown with a single up the middle in the seventh inning for the game’s lone run. Meloan was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after limiting the Titan offense to four runs over 7 2/3 innings. He finished with five strikeouts and four walks. Melancon worked the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his fourth save of the year. Romero was the hard-luck loser after giving up just one run on six hits over eight innings. Saturday, March 19 - The Titans evened the series at 1-1 a with a 7-1 victory over the Wildcats. Arizona twice had the bases loaded with one out, but hit into a double play both times to end the scoring threat. CSF’s Ryan Schreppel held the potent Arizona offense to just one run on a UA season-low four hits over 6 1/3 innings. Freshman Wes Romer picked up his first career save over the final 2 2/3 innings. Sunday, March 20 - Arizona and Fullerton teamed up to score 32 runs on 35 hits - including four doubles, a triple and five home runs - in a four-hour slugfest. Danny Dorn ended the contest with a two-out, two run homer off of Arizona closer Mark Melancon in the ninth inning to hand the Titans a 17-15 victory
Arizona-Cal State Fullerton Common Opponents: In addition to having met up with each other here in Fullerton earlier this season, the Titans and Wildcats have shared six common opponents this season
Opponent Arizona Cal State Fullerton
Stanford 2-1 2-1
UNLV 1-1 2-1
UCLA 3-0 2-0
UC Irvine 0-2 2-1
USC 2-1 1-2
UC Riverside 1-2 1-2
Combined Record 9-7 10-7