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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/22/2007
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Arizona will close out the regular season with a road trip to Tempe to face rival Arizona State.

Wed., May 23 - at Arizona State - 7 p.m.

Thurs., May 24 - at Arizona State - 7 p.m.

Fri., May 25 - at Arizona State - 1 p.m.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Hunter Pace R/R LF Hit .385 with six runs scored last weekend vs. UW
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R SS Hitting .329 with 42 runs scored and 21 RBI in 41 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Pac-10 leader with 22 doubles
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L RF Batting .359 with a career-high 10 HRs and 53 RBI 
5 Brad Glenn R/R 3B Team leader with 57 RBI this year
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Has hit a career-high seven HRS in ?'07
7 Jon Gaston L/L DH Hitting .329 with a team-high eight triples
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Batting .261 with 22 RBI and 19 runs scored this year
9 Mike Weldon R/R 2B Started all three games vs. Washington last weekend
Pitching
Wed RHP Ryan Perry 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA and 30 Ks in in 28 IP
Thr RHP Preston Guilmet 11-1 with a 1.58 ERA and 126 Ks in 120 IP
Fri LHP David Coulon 4-3 with a 4.76 ERA and 48 Ks in 58 2/3 IP
CP  RHP Jason Stoffel 4-0 with three saves and a 1.53 ERA in 20 relief appearances

 

What it Boils Down To

Arizona will need to win all three games this week against ASU to earn a split of the Pac-10 title. The red-hot Sun Devils deservedly already own at least a share of the conference championship with back-to-back weekend sweeps of UCLA and Oregon State. Arizona last won a Pac-10 title in 1992.

 

Last Week

Arizona posted its third Pac-10 series sweep of the season in its final regular season home stand of the year ... The Wildcats defeated Washington 7-0 on Friday, 13-4 on Saturday and completed the three-game sweep with a 17-8 win on Sunday ... The three victories improved Arizona’s record at Kindall Field this season to an impressive 28-4 overall and 10-2 in league contests ...Offensive Numbers: Highlighted by senior Bill Rhinehart’s cycle on Sunday, the Arizona offense awoke from its slumber in a big way against the Huskies ... The Wildcats scored 37 runs in the three games while batting .373 (41 for 110) for the weekend ... UA rapped out nine doubles, four triples and three home runs in the series sweep and finished with a team slugging percentage of .609 ... Arizona walked 12 times and was hit by eight pitches to surpass the strikeout total of 19 for the weekend ... Sophomore Jon Gaston (..329, 3 HR, 25 RBI), who was fitted for corrective eyeglasses prior to Saturday’s contest, used his new vision to hit .667 (4 for 6) with two triples (Nos. 7 and 8 for the year), his third home run, five RBI and four runs scored. He also went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts ...Rhinehart (.359, 10 HR, 53 RBI) hit for the 12th cycle in school history and batted .600 (9 for 15) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, five RBI and five runs scored ...Dwight Childs (.261, 0 HR, 22 RBI) improved his season batting average 23 points for the year after going 6-for-12 (.500) with a double, four RBI and three runs scored in the series ... C.J. Ziegler (.347, 10 HR, 56 RBI) drove in a team-high eight runs over the weekend and hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles and four runs scored ... Hunter Pace (.387, 0 HR, 4 RBI) started all three games for Arizona in left field and proved his mettle be hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a RBI and a team-high six runs scored ... Colt Sedbrook (.329, 1 HR, 21 RBI) batted .308 for the weekend (4-for-13) and scored five runs and he was hit by three pitches during the series to earn him a share of the career HBP record at Arizona at 38 ... Pitching Numbers: The Wildcats pitching staff posted a 3.33 team ERA in 27 innings of work against the Huskies ... Arizona struck out 19 UW batters and issued only seven walks ... Preston Guilmet (11-1, 1.58 ERA, 126 K) tossed his fifth complete game of the season in Friday’s 7-0 whitewashing of UW. The CG marked the sixth time Guilmet has gone nine innings in a contest (He went nine innings in a no-decision, extra-inning game with Cal on April 5) and his second CG shutout of the year... Left-hander David Coulon (4-3, 4.76 ERA, 48 K) made his second straight start in the No. 2 position in place of an ailing Brad Mills. Coulon picked up his fourth win of the season with six solid innings. He allowed four runs on nine hits and finished with five strikeouts and one walk ... Sunday starter Mike Colla (3-2, 5.22 ERA, 39 K) earned his third win of the season after holding UW to two earned runs on six hits over five innings.

 

Regular Season Wins

Arizona’s 39 wins this year are not only the high water mark in a regular season under current head coach Andy Lopez, but are also the most  victories for an Arizona club in the regular season since the 1989 team went 42-16-1 prior to postseason play.

 

A Weekly Winner

Preston Guilmet’s pitcher of the week honors by Collegiate Baseball on May 7 and the Pac-10 on May 8 brought his season total to seven weekly awards in  13 starts. He is the only player in Arizona history to be named the national player of the week three times in a career (let alone a single season) and is also the only Wildcat pitcher to be feted with conference honors four times during the same season and in a career

Guilmet’s Weekly Honors

Feb. 5 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 19 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
March 13 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
April 16 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week
April 17 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
May 7 Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week
May 8 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

 

Clemens Semifinalist

Right-hander Preston Guilmet was named one of 10 national semifinalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award. He is the only pitcher from the Pac-10 Conference to make the list and is one of just three sophomores. Guilmet is the first UA pitcher to be named a semifinalist for the award since its inception in 2004

Clemens Award Semifinalists

Adrian Alaniz, Texas 12-2, 2.47 ERA, 94 2/3 IP, 28 BB, 83 K, .208 Opp BA
Barry Enright, Perpperdine 12-4, 1.73 ERA, 125 IP, 13 BB, 85 K, .238 Opp BA
Preston Guilmet, Arizona 11-1, 1.58 ERA, 120 IP, 25 BB, 126 K, .200 Opp BA
Bryan Henry, Florida State 14.0, 2.50 ERA, 104 IP, 24 BB, 107 K, .232 Opp BA
Brian Matusz, San Diego 10-2, 2.43 ERA, 111 IP, 33 BB, 152 K, .206 Opp BA
Adam Mills, Charlotte 12-2, 1.06 ERA, 127 2/3 IP, 24 BB, 132 K, .186 Opp BA
Kyle Nicholson, Texas A&M 11-1, 1.95 ERA, 110 IP, 18 BB, 91 K, .214 Opp BA
David Price, Vanderbilt 10-0, 2.76 ERA, 114 IP, 29 BB, 164 K, .204 Opp BA
Nick Schmidt, Arkansas 9-3, 3.08 ERA, 108 IP, 46 BB, 101 K, .211 Opp BA
Jacob Thompson, Virginia 10-0, 1.46 ERA, 98 2/3 IP, 25 BB, 93 K, .193 Opp BA

 

Getting Recognized

In addition to the Clemens Award right-hander Preston Guilmet is on the watch lists for the Brooks Wallace Award and is also one of 50 national semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which is presented to the top college player in the nation.

 

Like a Rock

Ace Preston Guilmet (11-1, 1.58 ERA) has been about as steady a Friday starter as you can get. For the year he has tossed no less than six innings in all 15 starts, five complete games and has gone eight or more innings nine times (including four straight starts of nine innings and currently back-to-back CGs). He has not given up a single run in six starts, has struck out nine or more batters eight times, has allowed seven or less hits in 12 of 15 outings and has walked two or less 12 times. In 120 innings pitched this season he has thrown 105 scoreless frames while surrendering multiple runs in just five of them. Arizona is 14-1 in games that Guilmet has started this year.

 

Finally, No. 200

It took a little bit longer than anticipated thanks to a season-high four-game losing streak, but the ?'07 Cats finally handed head coach Andy Lopez his 200th all-time win at Arizona. UA’s 5-3 win over Lopez’s Alma Mater UCLA on April 29 handed the Wildcat skipper his milestone victory. In just his sixth year at Arizona, Lopez 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 207, five-plus seasons

 

A Quick Look at Arizona State

The Sun Devils enter the week of play with a seven-game win streak, a 41-12 overall record and Pac-10 mark of 17-4 ... ASU is ranked No. 6 in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll ... The Devils possess the top offense in the nation and are batting .352 as a team and averaging 9.7 runs, 12.7 hits and 8.8 RBI per game ... Sophomore Brett Wallace leads the Pac-10 in batting (.425), slugging (.747) on base percentage (.508), runs (67), hits (94), RBI (73) and home runs (15) ... Outside of Wallace’s impressive year, Arizona State has 10 other regulars on the roster hitting .309 or better ... On the mound, ASU is 41-12 with 16 saves and a 4.06 team ERA ... The Devils have struck out 369 hitters this season against 205 walks ... While the official starting rotation for the week is listed as TBA, the Devils have routinely started RHP Mike Leake (11-1, 3.57 ERA), LHP Josh Satow (10-3, 2.21 ERA) and LHP Brian Flores (9-1, 3.89 ERA) this season ... ASU head coach Pat Murphy is in 13th season in Tempe and has posted a 521-254-1 record as the Devils’ skipper.

 

Arizona vs. Arizona State - The History

The Wildcats and Sun Devils have met 415 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1907. Arizona owns a 228-186-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won the season series each of the last two years. The Cats and Devils have already met twice this season with each team winning once. ASU pounded UA 22-8 in Tucson on Feb. 27, but the Wildcats won their second straight Challenge at Chase on March 28 with a 6-5 victory.

 

Winning the Close Ones

Arizona won its 10th one-run game in a 10-inning, 7-6 victory over Liberty on May 6. For the year the Wildcats are 10-1 in single run contests

One-Run Success

Date  Opponent Result
Feb. 16 at Cal State Fullerton W, 2-1
Feb. 23 at UNLV W, 6-5 - 10 Innings
March 3 Eastern Michigan W, 8-7
March 9 at Hawaii W, 2-1
March 20 Morehead State W, 5-4
March 21 Morehead State W, 7-6
March 28 Arizona State W, 6-5
March 30 Oregon State W, 5-4
Apri l5 Cal  W, 1-0 - 11 Innings
Arpil 21 at Washington State L, 4-3
May 6 Liberty W, 7-6 - 10 Innings

 

Free Baseball

The Wildcats have gone extra innings four 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, took down Cal 1-0 in 11 innings on April 6 at home and most recently out-lasted Liberty 7-6 at home on May 6. The victory over the Golden Bears was the first 1-0 win for Arizona since defeating Cal State Fullerton in SoCal in 2005.

 

Offensive Numbers

Heading into play this week, the Wildcats are batting .310 as a team and averaging 7.4 runs, 10.6 hits, 2.2 doubles and 6.7 RBI per game.

 

Holler for Dollar

The month of May has seen senior Bill Rhinehart put together an absolutely torrid nine-game hitting streak. The left-hander is batting .475 (19 for 40) with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored. He is slugging .975 during the hitting streak and has a .488 on base percentage. He has hit for the cycle, smashed a grand slam and collected at least one RBI in eight of the nine contests

 

Bill-Cycle

Senior Bill Rhinehart became just the 12th player in Arizona history to hit for the cycle last Sunday against Washington. He hit a two-run homer in the first, a single in the fourth, a two-run triple in seventh and a double with two outs in the eighth. For the weekend he hit .600 (9 for 15) with four doubles, the triple, the home run, five RBI and five runs scored and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for doing so.

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