Melancon Sets Save Record, Cats 2-0

TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona junior Mark Melancon converted his school record 15th career save over the final three innings to highlight an outstanding bullpen effort, as the Wildcats (2-0) defeated Loyola Marymount (0-2) 5-3 at Kindall Field on Saturday.

"We made a lot of little mistakes early on the mound, defensively and at the plate," head coach Andy Lopez said. "But we really got an outstanding effort out of Brad Mills and Melancon in relief to help get us settled, and we did enough on offense to get by.

"I'm encouraged that this young team has battled back in our first two games, but we need to eliminate the mistakes early that have cost us some runs. I hope that we're learning with each at-bat and pitch, that's why we play these non-conference games."

Much like its season opener on Friday, Arizona found itself trailing early and needing to rally back to seal the win. The Lions jumped out to a 3-1 advantage off of UA freshman Mike Colla through the first two innings and were threatening for more with the bases loaded and two outs in the third.

Junior Mills entered the game and got LMU's Sean Dovel to ground into a fielder's choice at second to end the inning and the threat on his first pitch thrown.

The Arizona offense responded in the home half of the third by taking the lead with three runs on four hits. Newcomers Colt Sedbrook, T.J. Steele and Matt Denker drove in a run apiece in the frame as the Wildcats took a 4-3 advantage.

Freshman Brad Glenn, who went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles in his first career start, tacked on another run in the fourth for a 5-3 edge with a two-bagger to left that plated Jason Donald from second.

After ending the threat in the third, Mills (1-0) worked three scoreless innings before giving way to Melancon in the seventh. The effort earned the junior southpaw his first career victory as he scattered three hits, struck out one and walked none.

Melancon struck out two batters over three hitless innings to close out the win. The save broke the tie he shared with Ryan Moskau entering the year for the school career record.

Arizona will try for the three-game series sweep over LMU on Sunday at 12 p.m. Sophomore lefty David Coulon is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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