Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No Foolin' - Baseball Wins One, Halted in Second
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 02, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            BERKELEY, Calif. ?- The April’s Fool’s joke was on the Arizona and California baseball teams as they battled rain, the impending darkness and a flight schedule while trying to squeeze in two games on Saturday.


The Wildcats (12-13, 1-1 Pac-10) won the opening game of a scheduled double-header, 5-1, but will have to wait to find out the outcome of the second game until Sunday when it is played to completion. Tied 4-4 heading into the top of the 13th inning, the game was held over due to darkness.


            The Wildcats and Bears (15-12, 3-2 Pac-10) will pick up the series finale as it was left on Saturday and play it until completion. UA will then fly to Phoenix, travel straight to Chase Field and take on Arizona State as scheduled at 5 p.m. in the Challenge at Chase.


The Wildcats opened the day with a four-run victory in the rain-delayed second game. Left-hander Brad Mills (3-1) scattered four hits and struck out seven batters over six scoreless innings to pick up his third in of the year.


Closer Mark Melancon surrendered an unearned run in the ninth inning after a Brad Boyer error extended the frame, but struck out four over the final three innings to collect his fourth save of the year.


Offensively, Arizona rapped out seven hits in the game. Freshman Jon Gaston went 1 for 3 with a pair of runs scored, while senior Derek Decater drove in a pair runs despite going 0 for 2.


In the halted second game, Arizona jumped out to a 4-0 lead after five innings, scoring two in the second and one run each in the fourth and fifth. Konrad Schmidt, Colt Sedbrook and Boyer all had RBI to stake the Wildcats to the early advantage.


Trailing 4-1 after scoring in the bottom of the sixth, Cal’s Brennan Boesch hit a two-run homer off of reliever Mike Colla in the seventh to pull the Golden Bears within one at 4-3.


After a scoreless eighth, Cal tied the game when UA’s Daniel Schlereth issued a bases-loaded walk in the ninth.


Both schools had opportunities to pull off a win in the bonus innings, as Arizona stranded a runner at second in the 10th, runners at second and third in the 11th and had Sedbrook thrown out at home trying to score from second on a Matt Denker single in the 12th .


Meanwhile, the Golden Bears, who saw a chance to win the game in the ninth end on a bases-loaded UA double play, left runners on first and second in the 10th and a runner at third in the 11th.


UA’s Matt Baugh worked a career-high three scoreless innings in the extra frames and finished with three strikeouts and no walks.


As noted above the two schools will complete the three-game series finale on Sunday. The Wildcats will be at bat with no outs and nobody on in the top of the 13th inning when the game resumes.

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