Seth Mejias-Brean leads the Wildcatsby Andy Morales on Apr. 15, 2012, under Sports
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Former Cienega baseball, football and basketball standout Seth Mejias-Brean found himself sitting alone at the top of the University of Arizona baseball charts with a .380 batting average with 52 hits and 33 RBIs Sunday afternoon.
Those are numbers that would fill almost any other player with pride but Mejias-Brean sees it differently. In fact, the 6-foot-2 third baseman doesn’t even see them at all.
“I don’t concentrate on my batting average and I don’t even know what it is,” explained Mejias-Brean. “I’m seeing the ball pretty well right now and I go up to bat wanting to beat every pitch.”
His singular focus at the plate against UCLA earned him a .500 average (6-12) for the series but the nationally ranked (4) Wildcats dropped two of three games to the Bruins to fall out of first place in the PAC 12.
Not bad for a local kid who once threw for 4,158 yards as the Bobcats quarterback before graduating in 2009. Although he really doesn’t see much of his former Cienega teammates, Mejias-Brean is happy to be playing in front of the home crowd on a winning team.
“I miss playing football and basketball but I’ve narrowed it down to baseball and I’m really happy my family can come and watch me play whenever they want,” he added.
Arizona took the first game of the series 4-3 on Friday, April 13 but then dropped the second game 15-3 on Saturday, April 14 and the last one 6-2 in front of 2,858 fans at Hi Corbett Field on Sunday afternoon.
Mejias-Brean went 3-4 with a double, run scored and a stolen base. It was as if he was playing on a different level than the rest of his teammates considering head coach Andy Lopez felt UCLA outpitched his squad in the loss.
Sophomore pitcher James Farris shutdown UCLA for three innings until he gave up a lead-off walk to start the fourth. He then gave up back to back singles to bring in a run but Mejias-Brean came up with the defensive play of the game as he stepped on third and then threw to first to end the inning.
Freshman catcher Riley Moore walked in the bottom of third and scored on an sacrifice RBI by junior Alex Mejia to give the Wildcats a short 1-0 lead.
With the score now tied up at 1-1, Mejias-Brean reached on a one-out hit in the bottom of the fourth and then stole second base where freshman Trent Gilbert drove him in one out later.
Unfortunately, the Wildcats could only manage two more base runners the rest of the game with Mejias-Brean recording a double in the sixth and a single in the ninth.
The Bruins, however, scored two more runs in the fifth to retake the lead 3-2 on three straight hits and they never looked back.
Junior Stephen Manthei relieved Farris with two on in the fifth but he induced a pop up to end the threat. Manthei gave up two more earned runs before he was relieved by freshman Mathew Troupe with one runner on in the seventh.
Troupe gave up an unearned run in the inning to give UCLA their final 6-2 margin. Troupe allowed two hits and a walk the rest of the way.
Arizona (24-11, 10-5) will travel to ASU (23-13, 7-5) on Tuesday. ASU swept USC at home this past weekend.