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Baseball Sweeps Series Vs. Washington State
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/11/2005
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            PULLMAN, Wash. ?- The Arizona baseball team scored fours runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to overcome a season-high five errors and a five-run deficit in a 13-10 come-from-behind victory over Washington State at Bailey-Brayton Field on Sunday.

 

The series sweeping victory improved Arizona to 24-10 overall and 8-1 in the conference, the best start to a Pac-10 season for any UA team in school history. Washington State dropped to 16-20 overall with the loss and remained winless in the Pac-10 at 0-9.

 

Trailing 9-5 after five innings, the Wildcats rallied to tie the game with four runs on four hits in the sixth and took advantage of a pair of WSU errors and two balks by Cougar reliever Wayne Daman Jr. (4-3) for four runs and a 13-9 advantage in the seventh.

 

Sophomore reliever Mark Melancon (2-2) entered the game for Arizona in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied at 9-9 and worked out of a first and second jam. The right-hander gave up one run on two hits over the final 3 1/3 innings to pick up his second win of the season. He finished with three strikeouts and one walk in the game.

 

Offensively, all nine Arizona starters collected at least one hit in the contest as the Wildcats rapped out 16 hits, including four doubles and a triple. Junior Trevor Crowe, who finished the weekend with a .615 batting average, went 3 for 5 with a RBI, two runs scored and his third intentional walk of the series on Sunday.

 

Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown went 2 for 5 with three runs driven in and freshman Bryan Kervin chipped in with a 3 for 5, two-RBI day at the plate.

 

Arizona will return to action next weekend in a crucial Pac-10 showdown against No. 23-ranked Oregon State at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium in Tucson. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday.

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