Wildcats stay alive

The Arizona baseball team has been living on the edge for over two months. They almost seem to play better with their backs against the wall. Sunday was no exception as Arizona stayed alive at the College World Series with a 7-2 win over Arkansas in the losers' bracket.

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After two days of the wind blowing in, the Wildcats took advantage of a change in direction. Wildcat batters hit four home runs, two by Jordan Brown, to give the team the offensive explosion they needed.

Wildcat pitchers were solid as well. Starter John Meloan upped his record to 10-0 as he surrendered just two runs in six-plus innings. He was shaky with his control, but the Razorbacks never hit him hard. He carried a no-hitter into the fourth.

Reliever Mark Melancon walked his first batter with the bases loaded, but then retired the next eight batters to close out the game.

Arizona got on the board in the third when Brown hit a solo shot to lead off the inning. The team would do the bulk of their damage in the fourth. Jeff Van Houten singled to start the inning and Moises Duran hit a rocket to left field to give Arizona a 3-0 lead. Four batters later Brown hit his second bomb, this one a two run shot and the Wildcats had a commanding 5-0 lead.

Arkansas scratched across run in the fifth. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases and a sacrifice grounder allowed the run to score. Melon struck out the next batter but loaded the bases again on a walk before getting out of the jam with his second strike out of the inning.

The Wildcats got the run right back in the top of the sixth when John Hardy singles and stole second. Brad Boyer singled him home two batters later.

Boyer was 3-4 on the day. He had three stolen bases, including two in the fifth.

All told six Wildcats had multiple hits.

Jason Donald concluded the scoring with a solo shot to lead off the ninth.

Arizona will now face the loser of the Texas/Georgia match-up.

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