Feb. 24, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team tied a season-high with its third straight win in a 7-4 decision over Oklahoma State at Frank Sancet Field on Monday. Arizona improved to 9-4 for the season, while OSU fell to 3-5.
Arizona's rally from a 3-2 deficit with a four-run fourth inning proved to be the difference in the game. Freshman Nick Hundley led the comeback charge with an inning-opening triple to straight away center that turned into the game-tying run. OSU outfielder Jose Virgil's throw on the play eluded both cutoff men for a throwing error, which allowed Hundley to come around and even the game at 3-3.
Sophomore Pat Reilly followed with a single through the right side of the Cowboy infield. The base knock improved his hitting streak to 18 straight games. A steal of second and a passed ball moved the Wildcat first baseman to third. OSU's starter Spencer Grogan struck out Dallas Haught for the first out of the inning, but was not quite as lucky with sophomore John Hardy who sent his full count pitch back up the middle to score Reilly and give Arizona a 4-3 lead.
The Wildcats added two more to the tally in the inning on Jeff Van Houten's RBI ground out and Moises Duran's two-out RBI double to the gap in right-center. Hardy and freshman Brad Boyer accounted for the runs to give UA a 6-3 advantage.
On the mound, junior Joe Little (3-2) rebounded from a short stint in Friday's start against Minnesota to pick up the victory with five solid innings of relief of starter John Meloan. The Wildcat southpaw scattered six hits in his first relief outing in nearly two years while striking out two and walking one.
Meloan, who was on a pitch count in his first career start, gave up just two earned runs in 3 2/3 innings with three punchouts and three walks. Reliever Derek Rodriguez got the final out of the game with a third of an inning of work in the ninth.
OSU's Grogan (0-1) was handed the loss after giving up six runs in just 3 1/3 innings.
Arizona will resume competition on Friday as Texas A&M comes to Tucson for a three-game series at Sancet Field. The Wildcats are looking to rebound against the Aggies who swept Arizona three games to none in College Station last season. First pitch for Friday's game is set for 3 p.m.