PULLMAN, Wash. ?- Trevor Crowe went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles, a triple and three RBI and John Meloan tossed eight scoreless innings, as the No. 9-ranked Arizona baseball team shut out Washington State 13-0 at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash., on Friday.
The Pac-10 series-opening victory improved Arizona to 22-10 overall and to 6-1 in the conference. Washington State dropped its eighth decision in its last nine game with the loss and fell to 16-18 overall and 0-7 in the Pac-10.
Led by the outstanding effort by Crowe, the Arizona offense rapped out 17 hits in the contest, including three doubles, two triples and four home runs. Sophomore Jason Donald hit a pair of solo homers to finish the game 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Nick Hundley added a three-run shot in the second inning and Bill Rhinehart hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth. Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown went 2 for 6 with three RBI in the win for Arizona.
Meloan (6-0) meanwhile won his 16th straight decision dating back to last season and improved to 6-0 for the year. The right-hander scattered four hits over eight innings, while striking out seven and walking three on 114 pitches. He retired the side in order in four of his eight innings pitched and allowed just three runners to advance past first base.
Freshman Matt Baugh tossed the ninth to close out the win.
Washington State’s Dane Renkert (1-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering six runs, two earned, on four hits in two innings.
Arizona and Washington State will meet up for game two of the three game series on Saturday at 3 p.m. Reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Kevin Guyette will take the mound as the starter for the Wildcats. The game can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM The Source.