PALO ALTO, Calif. ?- The No. 8-ranked Arizona baseball team scored six runs in the third inning and tacked on three more in the sixth to win its Pac-10 series opener against No. 22-ranked Stanford 9-4 at Sunken Diamond on Friday.
The victory improved Arizona to 35-16 overall on the year and to 15-4 in conference play. The Cardinal dropped to 30-20 for the year and to 10-9 in the Pac-10 with the loss.
The Wildcats sent 10 hitters to the plate in the third and scored six runs on eight hits and a Stanford error. Junior Trevor Crowe opened the scoring with his 23rd double of the year to score classmate Derek Decater and freshman Bryan Kervin for a 2-0 advantage.
Crowe’s double marked the 44th extra base hit this year for the Golden Spikes Award candidate, placing him in a tie with former Wildcat Todd Trafton (1986) for the single season record at Arizona. Crowe finished the contest 2 for 4, with two RBI, two runs scored and his seventh intentional walk of the year.
As a team, Arizona finished the contest with 14 hits ?- including three doubles - and all nine starters recorded at least one hit for the eighth time this season. Individually, Boyer (2 for 4, R, 2 RBI), Jason Donald (2 for 4, R), Derek Decater (2 for 4, RBI, 2 R) and Bryan Kervin (2 for 4, R) all finished with a pair of hits on the night.
On the mound, junior starter John Meloan (9-2) picked up his ninth win of the season after holding Stanford to four runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander settled in after giving up a pair of runs on two hits in the third inning to limit the Cardinal to two runs on seven hits over the next 4 1/3. He finished the game with six strikeouts and two walks.
Closer Mark Melancon shut the door over the final 1 2/3 innings in a non-save situation.
Stanford’s Jeff Gillmore (9-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering nine runs ?- eight earned ?- on 13 hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Arizona and Stanford will play game two of the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Saturday. UA’s Kevin Guyette will take the mound for the Wildcats. The game can be heard live on 1290 AM The Source.