April 17, 2012
THE GAMES Date Time (PDT) Opponent Location Wednesday, April 18 11:00 a.m. New Mexico Hillenbrand Stadium 1:00 p.m. New Mexico Hillenbrand Stadium
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SERIES HISTORY Arizona vs. New Mexico All-Time: 27-1 First Competed: Last Year: 1987 N/A
LEADING OFF: - Arizona has won 27 of the 28 contests in the all-time series between Arizona and New Mexico, including each of the last 23. The Lobos' only win in the series came on April 27, 1990 in the Southwest Diamond Classic in Albuquerque when New Mexico defeated Arizona 2-1. The teams last met in 2010 when they competed four times. Arizona beat New Mexico 9-3 at the Judi Garman Classic before sweeping a three-game series in Albuquerque six days later. - California had won 15 consecutive contests before Arizona handed the Bears their second loss of the season on Saturday. In the contest, Arizona scored more runs (8) and had more hits (13) than California has surrendered all season. The 13 hits by the Wildcats were the most since a 16-hit output against San Jose State last season. - This doubleheader was a late addition to the schedule that serves to help replace six games lost due to rain earlier in the season. The Cats were rained out of an entire series at Baylor and a week later, rained out of half of the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton. - After beginning the conference slate 0-4, the Wildcats have won 8 of their last 11 conference games to climb over .500 and into fourth place in the conference. Arizona's 15 Pac-12 games played are the most in the conference, but some teams will catch Arizona this week as UA is off this weekend. It appeared as though California was running away with the conference title, but Arizona did what Stanford, Washington nor Utah could not do, beat the Bears and help second place Arizona State to move within one game in the loss column.
STARING AT THE STATS: ...Arizona's .295 batting average would represent only its third sub-.300 mark in the last 10 years if it held up. The Cats hit .289 in their last NCAA title year (2007) and checked in at .297 in 2005. UA also hit .291 in 2002 to snap a nine-year streak of .300 hitting started in 1993 when it first hit over .300 as a team (.328). So, overall since 1993 UA has hit .300 or better all but three years... UA has 44 stolen bases (48 attempts), its highest total in five years since the 2007 squad led by Caitlin Lowe who swiped 101 in 109 attempts. It's a three woman show, with Karissa Buchanan (15-15), Chelsea Suitos (11-12) and Brigette Del Ponte (10-11) combining for 36 of the SBs... The Cats are averaging 25.4 at-bats per game. With 11 regular-season games remaining, that projects possibly to the fewest total number at bats since 1985 (802 in 33 games). UA should finish up somewhere near the 1,384 at bats posted by the 1993 NCAA title team, one of only five UA squads that had fewer than 1,500 at bats in the 30 Division I years. But, any long run in the postseason would alter that one... Shelby Pendley's 14 home runs rank right up there in terms of Arizona freshman sluggers. Del Ponte hit 21 in 2010 to set the Arizona frosh record. Mackenzie Vandergeest (20) and Leneah Manuma (19) had big years in 2001, and Leah Braatz hit 18 as as frosh in 1994. Stacie Chambers hit 15 in her first year in 2008...