April 10, 2002
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Next Up - California: California enters the weekend series with Arizona 22-16 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears took two of three from UCLA last weekend in conference action, including a dramatic 15-inning win on Sunday that ended with David Weiner's walk-off grand slam. They most recently fell to St. Mary's, 6-5, on Tuesday. Sophomore Conor Jackson powers the Cal offense. Batting a team-high .387 through last weekend's games, he also leads the conference with 11 home runs and has 10 doubles and 42 RBIs as well. Senior Carson White compliments his teammate with a .347 average, five fence busters, 10 doubles and 28 RBIs. On the mound, senior ace and current Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Trevor Hutchinson has tallied a 7-3 record with a 3.03 ERA in 77.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 72 batters this season while issuing only 16 free passes. Sophomore closer Matt Brown leads the team with six saves in 16 appearances. He has also tallied a 3-1 record. The Wildcats own an 80-57 advantage over California all-time, but lost two of three at home to the NCAA Regional bound Bears last year. Cal returns six starters, seven pitchers and 18 letterwinners from its 2001 postseason club.
UA Probable Pitchers Friday - vs. RHP Sean Rierson (5-2, 3.93 ERA) Saturday - vs. RHP Marc Kaiser (5-2, 3.95 ERA) Sunday - vs. LHP Joe Little (5-3, 5.43 ERA)
Wildcat Notes From The Stanford Series:(Overall) Senior Brad Hassey continued his torrid pace at the plate in conference play with an 8 for 16 weekend (.500) against Stanford ... With two hits on Sunday, Hassey extended his team leading hitting streak to eight straight games ... Freshman John Hardy led Arizona with four runs batted in, including two key RBIs in Arizona's come-from-behind victory on Sunday ... With Stanford's win on Saturday, ensuring the series victory, Arizona has lost its last three straight series, all to Pac-10 opponents ... (Sunday) - The win on Sunday halted Arizona's season-high tying four game losing streak ... The 10-1 deficit through 1.5 innings was the largest come-from-behind victory of the season for Arizona and the second largest deficit overcome by the Wildcats vs. a Pac-10 opponent in school history ... All nine starters on offense collected at least one hit in the game and eight had two or more ... Eight starters also drove in one or more runs in the game ... Marc Kasier's 2.1 innings pitched were the fewest in his career as a starter ... Wes Zlotoff earned just his second career save ... (Saturday)- The 18 point margin of victory for Stanford on Saturday was the largest for a Wildcat opponent this season and was the most lopsided loss for UA since March 4, 2000 when the Wildcats dropped a 32-3 decision to rival Arizona State in Tempe ... Both the 19 runs and the 26 hits on Saturday were the most given up by Arizona this season ... The 26 hits was just one base knock shy of tying the all-time game-high surrendered by an Arizona pitching staff. Stanford (1994) and Arizona State (1996 and 2000) each had 27 hits in a game to set the mark ... (Friday)- Redshirt freshman Pat Reilly broke the NCAA record for putouts in a game with 29 in Friday's 18-inning game. The previous record of 26 was shared by Davidson's Clay Hall (1994) and Randy Guerra of Miami (Fla.) (1979) ... Friday's game was the longest in school history at 5:19 ... It marked the second most innings played in a single game, trailing only the 1973 squad which went 19 innings against Chapman ... The Wildcats fell one at bat short of equalling the school record for ABs in a game with 65 ... Arizona matched its season high with seven errors in the game. The Wildcats also had seven defensive miscues against Arizona State (3/22) ...Reilly, Justyn St. Clair and Marc Kaiser all recorded the second most at bats in a single game in school history with eight each. Eight other players have had eight ABs in school history. Jim Filippeli had nine in the 1973 game against Chapman.
It's A Final: Arizona and Stanford administrators huddled with the Pac-10 Conference on Monday and announced that UA's eighth inning, 15-13, lead over the Cardinal would go down as a win for the Wildcats. When the teams left the field after the eighth inning on Sunday so that Stanford would make its flight out of Tucson, the general understanding was that the suspended game would be completed at Sunken Diamond after the conclusion of Arizona's series at California this upcoming weekend. That will not be the case as Arizona was credited with the 15-13 win. Reliever Chris Goodman picked up the win in the game and Wes Zlotoff the save. In the past, several Arizona games have been postponed and made up on later dates, but after a search through the archives it has been found that only two Wildcat games have been suspended since UA joined the Pac-10 Conference. Both were caused by poor weather. In 1979 the Wildcats were trailing USC 7-5 through eight innings on March 18 in Los Angeles before rain caused the game to be called to a halt. The Trojans and Wildcats finished the game nearly a month later on April 12 when USC came to Tucson for a three-game series. The Wildcats went scoreless in the top of the ninth to end the game in USC's favor. Seven years later, in 1986, the Wildcats and California attempted to play a doubleheader after rain washed out the first two games of the series. After defeating the Golden Bears 2-1 in the first game, Arizona held a 6-4 advantage in the second game before inclement weather halted the game in the seventh inning. The game resumed on April 5 and ended in a 7-4 Arizona victory.
Comebacks: Arizona's rally from a 10-1 deficit through the first inning and a half to win 15-13 over Stanford on April 7 marked the second largest come-from-behind victory against a Pac-10 opponent in school history. The nine-run difference is surpassed only by the 1991 team that trailed the Cardinal by 10 runs through 1.5 innings. The '91 Wildcats rallied to defeat Stanford 21-11.
Two Games In One: Arizona and Stanford played what turned out to be two full nine inning games in one. The two schools battled for 18 innings on April 5 for over five hours. The game established a number of Arizona single game records and came close to breaking more.
New Records: Previous Arizona Record: Longest Game: 5:19 5:04 - at Mississippi (3/3/01) Individual Putouts: 29 - Pat Reilly 23 - Bob Starke (3/29/73) Team At-Bats vs. Pac-10 Opp. - 65 63 - at California (2/28/97) Near Records: Current Record Team At-Bats: 65 66 - vs. Chapman (3/29/73) Individual At-Bats: 8 by three players 9 - Jim Filippeli (3/29/73)
Into The Record Books: Due to an error in the production of the 2002 media guide, redshirt freshman Pat Reilly was mistakenly left out of the book. With 29 putouts in Arizona's 18-inning marathon with Stanford (4/5), the Reno, Nev., native made sure he'll be included in future guides, as well as in the record books. Reilly established not only a new school mark, but an NCAA record for all Division I players as well with the 29 putout game. His work at first base surpassed the former record of 26 held by Clay Hall of Davidson (1994) and Miami's (Fla.) Randy Guerra (1979).
Hassey's Heating Up: Senior Brad Hassey entered his final season of Conference with three years of experience behind. Obviously he paid attention. Hitting just .283 in Arizona's 27 non-conference games to open 2002, the shortstop has turned it on for Pac-10 opponents. With 18 hits in 39 conference at-bats, he is batting a team-high .462 in UA's nine Pac-10 contests thus far. He has also scored seven runs and driven in seven more. As UA's leadoff hitter he has done an impressive job of getting on base, posting a .543 on-base percentage in Pac-10 play. Hassey's recent exploits have improved his overall batting average to a team-high .329 for the season. Other Wildcats to step up for conference action have been sophomore Moises Duran (.247 against non-conference, .375 in Pac-10 play) and freshman John Hardy (.288 against non-conference, .323 in Pac-10 play).
Hitting Notes: Arizona's team batting average dropped went up one point after the three games with Stanford ... The Wildcats have hit at least one home run against 13 of its 14 opponents this season. The only opponent not to give up a long ball to the Cats thus far is Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ... Senior Brad Hassey, who hit .500 against the Cardinal, has improved his batting average 56 points over Arizona's last 10 games (.273 to .329). During the afore mentioned span the shortstop is hitting a team-best .476 (20 for 42) with nine RBIs and nine runs scored ... Sophomore Marc Kaiser leads the team with 33 runs scored this season ... The Wildcats need only six more stolen bases this season to equal the number swiped last year ... 10 of the 13 players that are averaging at least one at bat per game have hit one or more home runs this season ... Of the returning players that have at least one at bat per game (seven total), five have recorded career high numbers in home runs.
Long Ball Stats: At the beginning of the year, the position of Arizona's long ball leader was up for grabs. With the departure of UA's all-time home run king, Shelley Duncan, and only six home runs returning to the current roster, the role could have gone to any number of players. And, in a way, it has. A total of 10 different Wildcat players have hit at least one of UA's 36 round-trippers this season, seven of whom have two or more. The 2002 team has, in fact, hit eight more home runs through 36 games than the 2001 team did (36-28). Leading the way with a career-high seven fence busters is Chris Cunningham. Cunningham has gone yard with nobody on four times, one runner on twice and with two runners on once for 11 runs batted in on homers. Jeff Van Houten, a freshman, and sophomore Moises Duran are tied for second on the team with six each. Van Houten has hit two solos shots, three two-run homers and a grand slam for 12 RBIs on home runs. Duran has gone yard with the bases loaded once, with one on twice and hit three solo shots for a total of 11 RBIs. (See page 7 of the notes for the entire team break down) The Wildcats are 15-6 this season when at least one player hits a homer and are 8-1 in the nine games two or more players connect for the four-base hit.
Pitching Notes: The Wildcats pitching staff remains at nearly a three-to-one strikeout to walk ratio this season (2.5-to-1) ... In Marc Kaiser's two complete games this season the sophomore has had to toss only 93 pitches both times ... In Kaiser's two losses on the mound this season the Wildcat offense have produced ZERO runs both times (Long Beach State, Oregon State)... Senior Wes Zlotoff continues to lead the team with a 2.25 ERA in 20.0 innings pitched this season ... Joe Little is the team leader in strikeouts (54) and is tied with Kasier and Sean Rierson in wins (5) ... Sean Rierson continues to lead the team in innings pitched (75.2) ... Opponents are hitting .280 against Arizona pitching this season, five points lower than a year ago through 36 games ... The Wildcat starting staff (Rierson, Little and Kasier) is averaging better than six innings per start ... Closer Brian Anderson is now five for seven in save opportunities in his career ... Through 36 games the 2002 Arizona pitching staff is on pace for one of the better statistical seasons in last five years:
Year-By-Year Comparison (through 36 games) 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 ERA 4.41 4.87 7.51 5.77 5.51 CG 3 1 3 3 0 Sho 2 1 0 2 0 CBO 1 1 0 2 0 Sv 6 11 5 9 8 IP 326.1 329.0 315.0 326.0 312.0 H 361 377 414 395 363 R 204 220 318 254 228 ER 160 178 263 209 191 BB 89 127 189 155 147 SO 221 261 299 282 332
Pac-10 Stats: The Wildcats, both as a team and individually, continue to rank among the conference leaders in a number of catagories. Offensively, Arizona leads the conference in runs scored (277), triples (17) and walks (164). Somewhat surprisingly the Wildcats are also tied for the conference lead with 36 home runs. On the mound the Wildcats are tied for first in wins (22) and given up the fewest walks (89). The pitching staff is third amongst Pac-10 teams in ERA (4.41) and innings pitched (326.1). Individually, Moises Duran (26), Marc Kaiser (24) and Chris Cunningham (22) are one-two-three in the conference in walks. Kasier also is tied for seventh in runs scored (33). Senior Brad Hassey's recent hot streak at the plate has moved him to third in the conference in total hits with 50 on the season. Cunningham's seven home runs are tied for fifth best amongst all players thus far. (See the list to the right and on the next page to see the league leaders and where the Cats rank)
Going The Distance: Marc Kaiser's second consecutive complete game performance of the season against Arizona State (3/24) makes him the first Arizona pitcher since 2000 to toss two or more complete games in a season. Ben Diggins went all nine three times in 2000. Arizona's three complete games this season (two by Kaiser, one by Rierson) ties this year's team with the 2000 pitching staff for the second most CGs in the last five years. Both the 1999 and '97 pitching staffs tossed five complete games each. The school record is 38 by the 1956 team.
Coming Through In A Pinch: Ken Riley has produced in the pinch this season. Pinch hitting that is. The junior has three of Arizona's four pinch hits this year. In four pinch hit at bats, Riley is batting .750 with two singles, a triple and an RBI that scored the game tying run in the 10th inning of Arizona's come-from-behind win over UC Irvine on Feb. 23. Freshman Richard Mercado is the only other player to tally a pinch hit this year.
Stick Around For the Stretch: Arizona has out-scored its opponents 44-17 in the seventh inning this season. The 27 run difference is the most of all innings for the Wildcats this year. The first inning is the closest, in which Arizona holds an 16 point discrepancy with a 34-18 advantage. (See page 9 of the notes for an inning-by-inning breakdown of runs scored)
Wearin' It: It's painful to be a Wildcat batter in 2002. Opposing pitchers have plunked Wildcat hitters 45 times already in just 36 games (1.36 HBP per game). In comparison, last year Arizona batters were hit "just" 35 times in 56 games (0.63 HBP per game). Should the Wildcats' opposition continue to assail batters at the current rate, Arizona will end up with over 70 hit bats men, smashing the current school record of 59 (1.02 HPB per game) set in 1997. The 45 HBP this season have already surpassed the season totals of 30 other Arizona teams.
Manufacturing, Inc.: Arizona has scored a total 277 runs this season and 77 of them (28 percent) have come without Arizona recording a hit to score the run. In 30 of the 32 games in which Arizona has scored, at least one run was plated without the benefit of a hit. The Wildcats have manufactured runs via ground ball outs to the left side of the infield, wild pitches, walks, balks, sacrifice flies, straight steals and even batters being hit by pitches.
Game-By-Game Breakdown of Runs Scored Without a Hit 1/25 vs. New Mexico 5 of 6 1/26 vs. New Mexico 7 of 23 1/27 vs. New Mexico 0 of 8 2/1 vs. Utah 2 of 3 2/2 vs. Utah 3 of 17 2/3 vs. Utah 2 of 5 2/4 vs. Southern Utah 6 of 10 2/5 vs. Southern Utah 3 of 11 2/7 vs. San Diego State 0 of 1 2/8 vs. San Diego State 1 of 6 2/9 vs. San Diego State 2 of 7 2/13 at Texas A&M-CC 2 of 4 2/16 at Texas A&M 2 of 4 2/17 at Texas A&M 2 of 6 2/22 vs. UC Irvine 2 of 14 2/23 vs. UC Irvine 2 of 7 2/24 vs. UC Irvine 3 of 13 2/26 vs. New Mexico St. 5 of 14 3/2 vs. CSUDH 6 of 12 3/3 vs. CSUDH 3 of 13 3/9 at Long Beach State 1 of 6 3/15 vs. UNC Wilmington 1 of 7 3/16 vs. UNC Wilmington 2 of 9 3/17 vs. UNC Wilmington 2 of 14 3/22 vs. Arizona State 1 of 7 3/23 vs. Arizona State 3 of 6 3/24 vs. Arizona state 2 of 10 3/27 at Oregon State 5 of 13 3/28 at Oregon State 0 of 1 4/5 vs. Stanford 1 of 4 4/6 vs. Stanford 1 of 1 4/7 vs. Stanford 2 of 15
Using All Three Outs: Jeff Van Houten's grand slam against UNC Wilmington (3/17) was just one of many two-out hits the Wildcats have posted this season. Arizona is hitting .289 (105-for-363) and have scored 121 of their 277 runs (44%) as a team with two down in an inning this season. Leading the way individually are seniors Justyn St. Clair and Brad Hassey. The duo are hitting .389 and .314, respectively, with two outs. St. Clair has 11 RBIs in the situation and Hassey nine. Freshman John Hardy, who had four two-out RBIs against ASU (3/22), leads the team with 19 two-out RBIs.
The More The Merrier: Arizona is doing a fine job of hitting with runners on base, posting a .323 batting average at the plate. However, that average increases significantly when all three bases are occupied. In 40 official at bats with the bases loaded, Arizona is hitting .375 (15-for-40) with four grand slams (see note that follows), 58 RBIs and an .800 slugging percentage. The Wildcats have also hit seven sac-flies, walked five times and been hit by pitches five times in bases loaded situations. Freshman Jeff Van Houten has cleared the bases twice with the sacks full, tallying a three-run triple and a grand slam. He has also been hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for eight RBIs. Classmate John Hardy leads the team with 10 bases loaded RBIs.
Having A Grand Time: Van Houten's two-out grand slam against UNC Wilmington (3/17) was Arizona's fourth sacks-full round-tripper of the season. Van Houten, Brian Anderson, John Hardy and Moises Duran's slams mark the first time since 1999 that an Arizona team has had two or more bases loaded home runs in a season. The 2002 team now shares the school record for slams in a season with seven other squads. Arizona's 1955, '56, '61, '88, '93, '98 and '99 teams all hit four grand slams in a season. Former Wildcat Dave Shermet holds the all-time individual career grand slam record with four.
900 All-Time Wins: Arizona achieved its 900th victory at Frank Sancet Field in a 14-2 win over UNC Wilmington (3/17) earlier this season. Located on the corners of Enke and National Championship Drives, Sancet Field has been the home of Arizona baseball for over 35 seasons. Known originally as Wildcat Field, it was renamed and dedicated Frank Sancet Field on April 19, 1986 to honor Arizona's longtime head coach. Coach Sancet put Arizona on the collegiate baseball map, posting a 831-283-8 (.744) record in 23 seasons as head coach. His Wildcat teams made 16 postseason appearances during his tenure and nine trips to Omaha. He finished runner-up at the College World Series three times. Since moving to its current location, the Arizona team has gone 902-391-3 in 1,296 games for a .697 winning percentage (Current through 4/15/02). The Wildcats have suffered only three losing seasons on their home turf and nearly reach perfection in former head coach Jerry Kindall's second season with a 37-1 home record. Frank Sancet Field has been the site of four NCAA Regionals (1979, '80, '89, '92).
700 and Counting: When Andy Lopez signed on with the Wildcats last summer he had accumulated 687 wins in 19 seasons as head coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine and Florida. Arizona's win over UC Irvine on Feb. 23 propelled the first year Arizona skipper to his 700th career win. Through 36 games at Arizona, his career record now stands at 709-432-6 (.621).
Head Coach Andy Lopez: First-year Arizona skipper Andy Lopez makes his return to the Pac-10 where he played collegiality at UCLA in 1974-75. Entering his 20th season as a head coach Lopez takes over as the head man at his fourth school. Starting out at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 1983, Lopez has also coached at Pepperdine and the University of Florida. While in Malibu, he led the Waves to the only team national championship in school history, winning the 1992 College World Series title in Omaha. He twice led Florida to Omaha and in the process doubled the Gators number of trips from two in 82 years to four in just seven more. One of only seven active coaches with a national championship to his credit, Lopez is also just one of eight men to ever lead two or more schools to the College World Series.
Arizona Player Career Stats vs. California (Through 4/11/02) Hitter G BA AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SB Marc Kaiser 1 .500 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 Moises Duran 2 .500 4 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 1 Brian Anderson 3 .462 13 2 6 7 2 1 0 2 1 Justyn St. Clair 3 .333 12 3 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 Brad Hassey 6 .316 19 4 6 3 1 0 0 0 1 Ken Riley 3 8 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Pitcher G GS W-L Sv. IP H R ER BB K ERA Brian Anderson 1 0 1-0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 Tony Sulser 2 0 0-0 0 6.0 6 3 3 2 4 4.50 Chris Goodman 1 1 0-0 0 3.1 8 5 5 1 3 13.50 Sean Rierson 1 1 0-0 0 4.1 10 10 7 1 3 14.54 Joe Little 2 0 0-0 0 2.2 5 5 5 1 1 16.88 Marc Kaiser 1 1 0-1 0 3.1 10 9 9 3 2 24.30