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
Arizona is 14-0 since Fon moved into the lineup 2
Hitting .299 with 22 runs scored and 10 RBI in 23 games 3
Team leader with 14 doubles this season 4
Hitting .351 with 33 runs and 32 RBI in ?'07 5
Team leader with 42 RBI this year 6
Batting .315 with 21 runs scored and 26 RBI 7
Hitting .358 with a team-high five triples 8
Has thrown out nine of 18 base stealers this year 9
Pac-10 leader with 21 SB. Is 21 for 22 in SB this year Pitching
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
See You in May
The Wildcats begin a three-week, nine-game road swing this weekend when they head to
That Was So Last Year
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.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the current winning streak is that
Dating back to the final five games of the 2006 season,
It’s Been A While
The last time
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
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 ...
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
Head coach Andy Lopez is quickly closing in on his 200th all-time victory at
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.
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
Like a Glove
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 Cats in the Pac
Heading into the week of play
Winning the Close Ones
at Cal State Fullerton
W, 2-1 2/23
W, 6-5 - 10 Innings 3/3
W, 8-7 3/9
W, 2-1 3/20
W, 5-4 3/21
W, 7-6 3/28
W, 6-5 3/30
W, 5-4 5/5
W, 1-0 - 11 Innings
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
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.
Over the last 11 games,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Three-Homer Games at
April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI
March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs.
April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI