College World Series
Wednesday, March 4

OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- John Meloan provided the innings and Jordan Brown the power to keep Arizona alive in the College World Series.

Meloan pitched 6 1/3 effective innings and Brown homered twice as the Wildcats posted a 7-2 victory over Arkansas in an elimination game.

Arizona (36-26-1) bounced back from an 8-7 loss to Georgia in the opener on Friday. The Wildcats will face Georgia or Texas in another elimination game on Tuesday.

Meloan (10-0) allowed two runs and five hits. The righthander turned in a second straight solid outing after 8 1/3 solid innings in last Sunday's Super Regional contest against Long Beach State.

"I was able to mix it up today," Meloan said. "Good pitches will get out good hitters and I threw the ball well today."

Brown opened the scoring with a leadoff homer in the third inning off Arkansas starter Clint Brannon (4-4). He added a two-run shot that capped a four-run fourth inning for a 5-0 bulge.

Brown batted eighth instead of his usual No. 3 spot in the lineup.

"Batting eighth has nothing to do with it," Brown said. "If you need an extra motivation to do well on this stage you're in the wrong sport."

The Wildcats homered four times. Moises Duran drilled a two-run shot in the fourth inning and Jason Donald completed the scoring with a solo shot in the ninth.

Meloan ran into trouble in the seventh inning and exited after a one-out walk to Jake Dugger loaded the bases. Mark Melancon entered and walked Casey Rowlett to force in a run and make it 6-2 before retiring Clay Goodwin and Scott Hode to work out of the jam.

Melancon finished up by setting down the next six hitters to notch his third save.

"Melancon pitched a good game for us and we ran the bases well," Arizona coach Andy Lopez said. "We're thankful to live another day."

Arkansas (45-24), picked to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the Southeastern Conference, ended a successful campaign. The Razorbacks finished 0-2 in their first appearance in Omaha since 1989.

"We might have gotten more out of our team than any other team in the country this year," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, who fell to 0-6 in the CWS. "We might have maxed out the last couple of weekends."


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