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Baseball Starts Three-Week Road Swing at Stanford
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/10/2007
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Arizona will head to Palo Alto, Calif., for a three-game Pac-10 series against Stanford at Sunken Diamond

Fri., April 13 - at Stanford - 6 p.m.

Sat., April 14 - at Stanford - 1 p.m.

Sun., April 15 - at Stanford - 1 p.m.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L LF Arizona is 14-0 since Fon moved into the lineup
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Hitting .299 with 22 runs scored and 10 RBI in 23 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Team leader with 14 doubles this season
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L DH Hitting .351 with 33 runs and 32 RBI in ?'07
5 Brad Glenn R/R 3B Team leader with 42 RBI this year
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Batting .315 with 21 runs scored and 26 RBI
7 Jon Gaston L/L RF Hitting .358 with a team-high five triples
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Has thrown out nine of 18 base stealers this year
9 Robert Abel R/R SS Pac-10 leader with 21 SB. Is 21 for 22 in SB this year
Pitching
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA and 68 Ks in 71 IP
Sat LHP Brad Mills 7-2 with a 3.21 ERA and 58 Ks in 53 1/3 IP
Sun RHP Ryan Perry 0-0 with a 6.19 ERA and 18 Ks in 16 IP
CP  LHP Daniel Schlereth 1-0 with eight saves in 13 relief appearances this year

 

Pac-10 Start

Arizona has opened its Pac-10 slate with back-to-back sweeps of Oregon State and California. The 6-0 start in Pac-10 action is the first for Arizona in school history. The previous best start was 5-0 in 1997 ... The last time an Arizona team won seven straight league games at any point in the year was in 2005.

 

See You in May Tucson

The Wildcats begin a three-week, nine-game road swing this weekend when they head to Palo Alto, Calif., for a three-game series at Stanford. After taking on the Cardinal, the Cats will head to Pullman, Wash., for three against Washington State before traveling to Los Angeles at the end of the month for a three-gamer at UCLA. Arizona is the only Pac-10 school that is scheduled to play three consecutive weeks on the road in conference play this season. The nine-game road swing is the longest of the year for Arizona and will cover 4,490 round trip miles.

 

That Was So Last Year

Arizona’s 28 wins in 2007 have already surpassed the win total of 27 from a year ago.

 

14-Straight

Arizona’s 14-game winning streak is the longest current streak on the Division I level ... It is UA’s longest consecutive string of wins since opening the 1998 season 16-0 ... During the streak UA is 6-0 in Pac-10 games, 8-0 in non-conference games, 4-0 vs. top 25 teams, 11-0 at home, 2-0 on the road, 1-0 on neutral fields, 5-0 in one-run games, 3-0 in two-run games, 2-0 in extra inning games and 2-0 in shutouts ... The Wildcats have out-scored its competition 116 to 61 over the last 14 games ... Offensively UA is batting .319 (153 for 480) and is averaging 8.3 runs and 7.3 RBI per game over the streak ... Arizona has hit 31 doubles and 12 triples over the last 14 games ... The pitching staff has chipped into the 14-0 record with a 3.64 ERA in 131 innings of work ... The pitchers have struck out 136 batters and walked 66, while limiting the opposition to a .255 batting average ... Defensively Arizona has a .981 fielding percentage during the streak.

 

Power Outage

Perhaps the most impressive part of the current winning streak is that Arizona has put together the sustained success without the aid of the long ball. Arizona has hit just three home runs over its last 18 games, including a current streak of seven consecutive homerless games.

 

11-Straight

Dating back to the final five games of the 2006 season, Arizona has won 11 consecutive Pac-10 contests. The Wildcats took the final two games of a three-game series against Arizona State and swept USC in Los Angeles to wrap up the ?'06 year with a five-game win streak and with series sweeps over No. 2 Oregon State and Cal to open conference play this season, the Cats have been prefect in 11 straight league games ... Arizona has swept its last three Pac-10 three-game series (at USC in ?'06, vs. OSU and Cal this year).

 

It’s Been A While

The last time Arizona had a 28-6 overall record 34 games into a season was 1978. The ?'78 team, which finished the year 45-13 overall, improved to 30-6 before dropping its seventh game of the season.

 

Nine Times Three

Right-hander Preston Guilmet has gone nine innings in each of his last three starts. Dating back to his CG win against Northern Colorado on March 24, and including CG win vs. No. 2 Oregon State and nine shutout innings against Cal, Guilmet is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 27 innings of work. He has allowed just three earned runs while striking out 27 and walking only seven. In the 27 innings of work, he has tossed 24 scoreless frames and the opposition has hit just .181 against him.

 

Last Week

The Wildcats swept a three-game series against Cal for the first time since 1998 to improve to 6-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time in school history ... The three-game sweep extended Arizona’s winning streak to 14-straight games ... The Wildcats won a 1-0, 11-inning contest in the series opener on Thursday. The victory improved the Wildcats to 9-0 in one-run games and to 3-0 for the year in extra innings ... Offense: The Wildcats batted .291 as a team in the series sweep vs. Cal ... UA outscored Cal 21-15 in the three games and collected nine doubles and a triple ... Arizona finished 5 for 7 in stolen base attempts to improve to 70 for 88 on the year ... Individually, Diallo Fon led all Wildcats at the plate, batting .400 (4 for 10) with a pair of doubles, an RBI and four runs scored. Fon went 2 for 2 in stolen bases ... T.J. Steele and C.J. Ziegler each went 4 for 11 (.354) with Steele collecting a triple, three RBI and two runs scored and Ziegler chipping in with a game-winning two-run double on Saturday, four RBI and two runs scored in the series ... Brad Glenn drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning on Thursday and added four more RBI in Friday’s 15-12 win. Pitching: The Wildcats went 3-0 with two saves and posted a 4.66 ERA in 29 innings of work in the series sweep of Cal ... Arizona, the Pac-10 leader in strikeouts heading into the weekend, punched out just 17 batters in the series, but limited Cal to a .262 batting average ... Not a pitching fact, but certainly something that didn’t hurt ?- Arizona went error-free in 29 innings last week ... No. 1 starter Preston Guilmet (6-0, 1.65 ERA, 68 Ks) went nine innings for a third-straight start in a no-decision effort on Thursday. The right-hander tossed nine scoreless innings and finished with six Ks and four walks before giving way to Jason Stoffel in extra innings. Guilmet lowered his ERA from 1.89 to 1.65 with the nine shutout innings ... No. 2 starter Brad Mills (7-2, 3.21 ERA, 58 Ks) picked up his team-leading seventh win of the year on Friday. The senior southpaw allowed five runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings against Cal ... Reliever David Coulon (3-1, 4.82 ERA, 35 Ks) took over for starter Ryan Perry in Saturday’s series finale and helped cap off the sweep with three hitless innings of relief. The sophomore left-hander struck out two and walked two ... Stoffel (3-0, 2 saves, 3.09 ERA, 22 Ks) picked up a win and a save in two appearances last weekend ... Cory Burns picked up his second save of the year with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in the 15-12 win on Friday ...

 

Home Protection

Although it won’t do them a bit of good for the next three weeks, the Wildcats have done a pretty good job of taking care of business in Tucson this season. In 23 home games the Cats are 21-2 overall. In a March 24th double-header against Northern Colorado, Arizona won its 999th and 1,000th all-time games at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium since putting down roots at the site in 1967. Arizona, which has ensured a 12th-straight winning season at home, is now 1,007-445-4 (.693) at the facility.

 

Nearing 200

Head coach Andy Lopez is quickly closing in on his 200th all-time victory at Arizona. After UA’s 28-6 start to the year, Lopez currently stands at 196-129-1 (.603) all-time with the Cats. In just his sixth season at UA, he is already the fourth-winningest coach in school history.

Arizona Coaching Wins

1. Jerry Kindall      860, 24 seasons

2. Frank Sancet     831, 23 seasons

3. Pop McKale      302, 33 seasons

4. Andy Lopez      196, five-plus seasons

 

A Quick Look at Stanford

The Cardinal (13-15) are off to an 0-6 start in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1977 after being swept at Arizona State last weekend ... Stanford will head to Reno for a midweek game against Nevada on Tuesday prior to hosting Arizona this weekend ... Offensively, the Cardinal is hitting .276 as a team and is averaging 5.8 runs, 9.5 hits and 5.2 RBI per game ... Adam Sorgi, who missed the entire 2006 season, is back and leading the Cardinal at the plate. The junior is batting .388 in 14 games played ... Michael Taylor has hit a team-high five home runs and is the top Cardinal with 25 RBI ... Leadoff hitter Sean Ratliff has scored a team-high 31 runs and is the top base stealer with eight ... On the mound Stanford has a 5.86 ERA entering the week of play ... The Cardinal arms have 172 strikeouts against 100 walks and opponents are batting .314 against them ... The starting rotation for the weekend has not been set, but the three starters last weekend against ASU were Jeremy Bleich (1-5, 5.23 ERA), Jeffrey Inman (2-2, 6.02 ERA) and Nolan Gallagher (2-4, 7.03 ERA) ... Head coach Mark Marquess is in his 31st season as the Cardinal skipper and has posted a 1,270-632-5 record in Palo Alto.

 

Arizona vs. Stanford - The History

The Wildcats and Cardinal have met 152 times on the baseball diamond dating back to 1923 ... Stanford owns a 94-58 edge in the all-time series, but Arizona has taken two of three from Stanford in Pac-10 series each of the last four seasons.

 

Like a Glove

The Arizona defense did not commit an error in three games last week against Cal. The error-free stint is the second multi-game stretch that Arizona has not committed a defensive miscue. The Wildcats went errorless over a five-game period from March 4-13 ... For the year Arizona has played 12 error-free games.

 

Offensive Numbers

Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .313 as a team and averaging 7.4 runs, 10.7 hits, 2.2 doubles and 6.6 RBI per game.

 

Checks and Balances

The Arizona batting order has distributed the wealth throughout the year. The Cats currently have seven different players hitting .300 ore better, eight different players with 20 or more runs scored, nine players that have double-digit RBI and three players with 10 or more doubles.

 

The Cats in the Pac

Heading into the week of play Arizona remains among the conference leaders in a number of offensive categories. UA is first in triples (24) stolen bases (70) and HBP (56) and second in batting average (.313), slugging (.474), on base percentage (.397) runs scored (251), hits (363), RBI (224), doubles (75) and total bases (549)  ... Individually, Jon Gaston  is 10th among conference players in batting average (.358) and is ninth in slugging (.596), tied for sixth in on-base percentage (.458) and second in triples (5) ... Brad Glenn leads the conference with 12 HBP and is ninth in batting average (.359), sixth in slugging (.624), third in RBI (42) and fifth in on-base percentage (.483) ... C.J. Ziegler dots the Pac-10 top 10 in slugging (3rd, .656), runs scored (5th, 38), RBI (5th, 37), doubles (2nd, 14), home runs (4th, 7) and total bases (2nd, 84) ... Bill Rhinehart is sixth in hits (47), eighth in runs scored (33), ninth in RBI (32) and 10th in total bases (70) ... Robert Abel is the Pac-10’s top thief this year with 21 stolen bases.

 

Winning the Close Ones

Arizona is 9-0 in games decided by one run this season. During the current 14-game win streak, Arizona has won five of the contests by a single run. Last season the Cats went 4-7 in one-run games.

One-Run Success

Date  Opponent Result
2/16 at Cal State Fullerton W, 2-1
2/23 at UNLV W, 6-5 - 10 Innings
3/3 Eastern Michigan W, 8-7
3/9 at Hawaii W, 2-1
3/20 Morehead State W, 5-4
3/21 Morehead State W, 7-6
3/28 Arizona State W, 6-5
3/30 Oregon State W, 5-4
5/5 Cal  W, 1-0 - 11 Innings

 

Free Baseball

The Wildcats have gone extra innings three times this season and have emerged victorious each time. The Wildcats won a 6-5, 10-inning affair at UNLV in February, defeated Northern Colorado 7-5 in 12 innings at the end of March and took down Cal 1-0 in 11 innings last week at home. The victory over the Golden Bears was the first 1-0 win for Arizona since defeating Cal State Fullerton one-nil in Fullerton in 2005.

 

Year Two

Head coach Andy Lopez has said that the biggest improvement for a player is between their freshman and sophomore seasons. Brad Glenn is certainly proving his skipper right. As a freshman last year, Glenn batted .288 with 11 doubles, zero triples, 10 home runs, 38 runs scored and 32 RBI in 51 games played. In 31 games as a sophomore this year, he is hitting .359 with 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 25 run scored and has already surpassed his RBI total from last year with a team-high 42 this season.

 

Coincidence? Maybe, but Maybe not

The Wildcats’ 14-game win streak has happened in conjunction with outfielder Diallo Fon’s move into the starting lineup as the leadoff hitter. Over his last 14 games, Fon is batting .404 (23 for 57) with three doubles, three triples, six RBI and a very impressive 21 runs scored. Over a four-game period (at Hawaii-Hilo, two games vs. Morehead State and the series opener against Northern Colorado), Fon reached base safely 12 times and came around to score every single time. The redshirt freshman is 10 for 11 in stolen bases, has a .507 on-base percentage and is slugging at a .561 clip during the 14-game stretch.

 

Walk-off Wins

Over the last 11 games, Arizona has recorded walk-off wins three times. Kevin Rodland started the trend with a one-out single in the ninth inning against Morehead State on March 21. T.J. Steele then topped him with a one-out, two-run walk-off homer against Northern Colorado two games later on March 25. Brad Glenn is the latest Wildcat to get in on the act with a two-out game-winning hit in the 11th inning against Cal on March 5.

 

Walk-Off Wackiness

T.J. Steele’s walk-off homer in the 12th inning against Northern Colorado on March 25 was the first for the Wildcats since Jeff Van Houten did so against Washington in the 12th inning two years to the date of Steele’s game-ender.

UA’s Last Two Walk-Off Homers

March 25, 2005     Jeff Van Houten vs. Washington - Solo HR to lead off the 12th

March 25, 2007     T.J. Steele vs. Northern Colorado - One-out, two-run HR in the 12th

 

Two-Out Guy

Brad Glenn has racked up a team-best 42 RBI in 33 games this season. More impressive however is that 25 of the 42 runs driven in have come with two outs in an inning. For the year Glenn is batting .396 with two outs, 37 points higher than his overall average of .359.

 

Bouncing Back

Junior C.J. Ziegler went through a rough patch - 3 for 19 during a five game stretch - but the first-year Wildcat has bounced back in a big way. In his last four games Ziegler is batting .562 (9 for 16) with three doubles, seven RBI and six run scored. Against Oregon State on April 1, he collected the first five-hit game of the season for the Wildcats and helped extend UA’s winning streak 14-straight three games later with a game-winning two-run double in the seventh inning against Cal last weekend.

 

Ready, Willing and Abel

With the departure of three-year starter Jason Donald, the shortstop position was a vacant slot heading into the 2007 season. Freshman Robert Abel got the early chance in the pivotal position and has done nothing to relinquish the starting spot. Starting all 34 games and playing every defensive inning, Abel is hitting .310 with six doubles, three triples, 16 RBI and 29 run scored. Defensively, Abel over came a stretch earlier in the year in which he committed five errors over five games to post just three defensive miscues in Arizona’s last 21 contests.

 

Abel to Steal a Bag

Freshman shortstop Robert Abel saw his streak of successful stolen base attempts end at 15 straight when he was caught on March 25 against Northern Colorado. Still, the first-year Wildcat is 21 for 22 in stolen base tries this season to pace an Arizona club that is 70 for 88 on the year (80%) to lead the Pac-10. T.J. Steele (11 for 11) and Hunter Pace (2 for 2) are perfect for the year, while Abel, Diallo Fon (10 for 11), Brad and Jon Gaston (8 for 9) have each been caught only once.

 

Back-To-Back Back-To-Back

C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in back-to-back games earlier this season. Ziegler led off the ninth inning against Arizona State on Feb. 27 with a solo homer and was followed around the bases by Glenn in the next at bat. The duo repeated the feat three days later in the third inning against Eastern Michigan.

 

Multi-Ball

A year removed from having just one player hit multiple home runs in a contest (David Plante, at USC), three different Wildcats have gone yard at least twice in a game this season. Bill Rhinehart (2) and Brad Glenn (3) each hit multiple homers against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7, and C.J. Ziegler joined them on March 2 against Eastern Michigan with a pair of solo shots. It was the first multi-homer game for each player in their respective UA career ... The team record for multi-homer games in a single season is nine by the 1993 Wildcat squad ... The individual career record is 10 by Shelley Duncan (199-2001).

 

One Yard from History

Brad Glenn was already having a good day - 3 for 3, three home runs - when he strode to plate in the eighth inning against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7. Little did he know that he was about to come 36 inches shy of doing something nobody in over 100 years of Arizona baseball had done. The sophomore outfielder lined a 1-2 offering towards the gap in left-center and the ball smacked the outfield fence just three feet short of going over for what would have been his record-breaking fourth bomb of the game. Despite coming up a yard short of the record, Glenn tied four other former Wildcats for the most HRs in a single game in school history

Three-Homer Games at Arizona

April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI

March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs. Weber State - 4-for-4, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI

April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI

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