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Release: 05/06/2005
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This Week

The Pac-10-leading Wildcats take a break from conference play for the final time during the regular season with a three-game series against Utah Valley State this Friday-Sunday at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium ... The Wolverines are in their first season as a Division I school and tote a 15-33 record into Tucson ... It will be a busy week for UVS, as it lost to BYU 10-6 on Monday, defeated Utah 12-8 on Tuesday and will face Arizona State in Tempe on Wednesday before heading south for the three-game set against the Wildcats ... UVS and Arizona have never met on the baseball field.

 

Last Week Recap

Arizona held its first-place position in the conference standings with a 2-to-1 series victory over USC in Tucson ... The Trojans took the series opener 13-0 on Friday, before Arizona rebounded to win 7-2 on Saturday and 18-4 on Sunday ... The Wildcats batted .339 in the series with seven doubles, two triples and four home runs ... Friday - USC’s Ian Kennedy limited Arizona to three hits over eight innings and struck a UA season-high 14 Wildcat hitters ... Junior John Meloan saw his 17-game winning streak come an end after giving up eight runs on nine hits in six innings ... The shutout loss was just the second time this season that Arizona has been held scoreless in a game and the four hits matched a season-low for UA ... Saturday - The Arizona bats came back to life and UA starter Kevin Guyette turned in 7 2/3 solid innings as the Wildcats snapped their season-high four-game losing streak ... Five different Wildcats finished with a pair of hits in the contest and Jeff Van Houten drove in a pair of key runs and Nick Hundley hit his 10th HR of the year and finished with three RBI ... Guyette limited the Trojans to just two runs on hits for his team-leading seventh win of the year. He struck out just three, but did not issue a walk ... Sunday - The Arizona offense exploded for a season-high-tying 18 runs on 20 hits in the series-clinching 18-4 win ... Arizona scored 13 runs on 11 hits in the third inning alone as it sent 17 hitters to the plate ... Junior Trevor Crowe hit his fourth leadoff home run of the season in the first and added a solo shot to start the 13-run third inning ... All nine UA starters finished with at least one hit in the game and eight of nine scored at least one run ... The offensive fireworks overshadowed an outstanding relief outing by freshman Eric Berger. The southpaw tossed six scoreless innings and limited USC to just two hits with five Ks and one walk for his fifth win of the season.

 

11 Hits, 13 Runs, One Inning

The Wildcats sent 17 hitters to the plate, rapped out 11 hits and scored 13 runs in the third inning alone in an 18-4 win over USC on May 1. Arizona finished the inning with six singles, two doubles, two triples, a home run, a hit batter and two walks. Eight of the nine hitters in the UA batting order collected at least one hit and scored at least one run and all nine had at least one RBI in the inning. Trevor Crowe, Brad Boyer, Jordan Brown, Nick Hundley and Chris Frey all scored twice, while Boyer, Frey and Jason Donald each finished with a pair of hits in the frame.

        It was the most runs in an inning for Arizona since it set the school record of 16 runs in the seventh inning of a 40-10 win over St Francis on Feb. 22, 1995. The 1995 team sent 19 hitters to the plate, collected four singles, two doubles, a triple and drew six walks. The Wildcats scored 15 runs in the sixth inning against St. Francis a day earlier.

 

Trevor Crowe Named To Golden Spikes Watch List

Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe has been named to the Watch List for the 2005 Golden Spikes award. The third-year starter leads the potent Arizona offense in average, runs, hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases. Current Red Sox manager and former Wildcat All-American Terry Francona is the only Arizona player to have won the award.

 

In Season Recognition

In addition to junior Trevor Crowe being named to the Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award, he has also been named as a player to be watched for both the Dick Howser Trophy and the Brooks Wallace Award as the top collegiate player in the nation. Classmate Nick Hundley is on the Watch List for the 2005 Johnny Bench Award for the top collegiate catcher and junior right-hander John Meloan is on the Watch List for the 2005 Roger Clemens Award for the top collegiate pitcher. Jordan Brown joins Crowe on the Watch List for the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy.

Golden Spikes Award Watch List                        

Trevor Crowe

Johnny Bench Award Watch List

Nick Hundley

Roger Clemens Award Watch List        

John Meloan                                                        

Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy Watch List

Trevor Crowe

Jordan Brown

Brooks Wallace Award Watch List

Trevor Crowe

 

The Arizona Offense

Heading into the week of play, Arizona remains the Pac-10 leader in average (.329), slugging (.528), runs scored (368), hits (530), RBI (333), doubles (114), triples (27), total bases (851) and walks (202). Arizona is averaging 8.4 runs and 12 hits per game this season.

 

Seven For Us, Six For Them

The Wildcats are a very impressive 26-4 this season when scoring seven or more runs in a game. The Wildcats are 6-0 when scoring seven, 3-2 when scoring eight, 2-0 with nine runs and are 15-2 when plating 10 or more runs in a contest. Conversely, UA is 28-4 when giving up six or fewer runs to its opposition. Arizona is averaging 8.4 runs per game while giving up an average of 5.5 runs this season.

 

Double Digit Hits = Wins

Arizona is 24-4 this season when getting 10 or more hits in a contest. In UA’s 15 losses, the Wildcats have collected four hits twice, five hits twice, six hits once, seven hits twice, nine hits four times and 10 or more hits four times. In the five wins with less than 10 hits, Arizona has nine hits three times, eight once and six once.

 

National Statistical Rankings

The Wildcat offense not only ranks among the top schools in the Pac-10, but in the nation as well. Through last weekend’s games, Arizona is 11th in the nation in team batting average (.329), 11th in scoring (8.4), 25th in home runs per game (1.16), third in triples per game (0.61), sixth in the nation in doubles per game (2.59) and eighth in slugging percentage (.528). Individually, junior Trevor Crowe is 23rd in the country in average (.415), eighth in doubles per game (0.48), fourth in triples per game (0.18) and 13th in both runs per game (1.34) and slugging percentage (.744). Classmate Jordan Brown is currently ninth in the NCAA Division I rankings ins RBI per game (1.41) and Nick Hundley ranks 25th in doubles per game (0.42)

 

Spreading It Around

The Wildcat batting order has produced top to bottom. In Arizona’s 44 games this season, all nine starters have collected a hit in five games, eight of nine in 12 games and seven of nine in seven others (24 contests with at least seven players getting one hit in a game). Seven of the nine starters have 40 or more hits, six have scored 40 or more runs and eight have driven in 20 or more. Batting a Pac-10-best .329 as a team, seven different starters are batting .300 or better individually for the year, including one over .400. The offense is averaging 8.4 runs and 12 hits per contest this season.

 

Free Ride

Heading into the week of play, Arizona leads the Pac-10 with 202 walks. That alone is noteworthy, but it becomes even more impressive when you toss in that UA, which also leads the conference with a .528 slugging percentage, has walked nearly as much as it has struck out (202 BB to 257 K) and that 65 of the 202 free passes (32 percent) have come around to score this season. Individually, Arizona has five different players in the lineup that have walked more times than they have struck out this season.

 

Two Outs? Rally’s On!

Led by a season-high 10 two-out runs against Fullerton on March 20, Arizona has scored 146 runs this season after the first two outs in an inning have been recorded (40 percent of UA’s 368 runs this year). As a team, Arizona is batting .337 as a team with two outs and has recorded 126 two-out RBI. Individually, junior Jordan Brown leads the two-out RBI parade with 28 runs driven in with a pair down. Brown is batting .387 (29 for 75) and has hit five of his team-leading 11 HRs with two outs so far this season. Classmate Chris Frey is hitting a team-best .396 with 10 two-out RBI this season.

 

The Trevor Crowe Show

Junior Trevor Crowe has positioned himself for one of the top offensive seasons in Arizona school history. He is currently the Pac-10 leader in slugging (.744), runs (59), hits (81), doubles (21), triples (8) and total bases (145). He is second in the conference in average (.415) and stolen bases (18)), third in on-base percentage (.491), seventh in RBI (45) fifth in walks (29) and seventh in home runs (9). Crowe has a team-best 27 multi-hit games, 21 games with two or more runs scored and has driven in two or more runs 12 contests this season.

        Arizona’s leadoff hitter, Crowe has gotten on base to start a game in 24 of Arizona’s 44 contests this season. He has hit nine singles, seven doubles, two triples, three solo home runs and an inside-the-park home run as the Wildcats’ first hitter in a game and has reached base 39 times in 82 opportunities when leading off any inning (.476).

Trevor Crowe and The Single Season Arizona Record Book

Stat Crowe's Numbers (44 Games) Single Season Leader
Runs 59 Dave Stegman (1976) - 91 (73 Games)
Hits 81 Dave Stegman (1976) - 111 (73 Games)
Doubles 21 Dave Stegman (1976) - 30 (73 Games)
Triples 8

Bill Barraclough (1960) - 12 (52 Games)
Charles Shoemaker (1960)

Extra Base Hits 38 Todd Trafton (1986) - 44 (68 Games)
Total Bases 145 George Arias (1993) - 173 (61 Games)
Jason Thompson (1993) - 173 (61 Games)
Slugging % .744 Dennis Haines (1974) - .765 (64 Games)
 

Jolting Jordan Brown

Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown has already surpassed his single season career high for runs driven in Arizona’s first 44 games this season. The junior first baseman finished the 2004 campaign with 57 RBI in 59 games played. He has 62 this season with 12 regular season games left on the schedule. His 1.41 RBI per game average places him ninth among all Division I players this season.

        Brown has at least one RBI in 27 games this year and has posted two or more RBI in a team-high 20 games. In 15 Pac-10 games alone this season, Brown has an amazing 25 RBI. He also leads Arizona with 11 home runs, two away from his career high of 13 set last season.

 

Taking A Dose

Sophomore Jason Donald set the school record for getting hit by pitches in a single season against Oregon State on April 16. Taking a dose a Pac-10-high 16 times this year, Donald passed Kenny Corley’s previous single season record of 15 in Arizona’s 36th game this year.

 

Hundley’s Dish

Junior Nick Hundley has started 43 of Arizona’s 44 games behind the plate, including the last 30 straight. The mark easily surpasses his career high for games caught in a single season of 32 set in his freshman season of 2002. The heavy work load hasn’t affected his productivity on offense, as he has already set career highs in hits (56), doubles (18), home runs (10), RBI (33) and walks (34).

 

Hundo vs. The Pac

Halfway through the conference schedule, junior Nick Hundley has taken a liking to Pac-10 pitching. In 15 games thus far, the Wildcat catcher is batting .362 (21 for 58) with 10 doubles, a triple and four home runs. Added up, 15 of his 21 hits in conference play have gone for extra bases which has led to a .776 slugging percentage. He has 16 RBI and 14 runs scored in conference games this season.

 

Double D

Since taking over as the starting DH against Washington on March 24, junior Derek Decater has taken off. Second on the team in average over the 18 game span since the Washington series opener, Decater is batting .340 with two doubles, three triples, a home run, 11 runs scored and seven RBI.

 

Van Houten’s Streak Ends

Senior Jeff Van Houten saw his school record-tying 28 game hitting streak come to an end with an 0 for 4 day at the plate in Arizona’s 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton on March 18. Van Houten strung together seven straight games to end the 2004 season and had at least one hit in his first 21 games this season to tie Ernie Durazo and Jack Daugherty for the longest two-season hitting streak in school history. In his 203-game career at Arizona, Van Houten has been held hitless for two or more consecutive games only eight times and he has never gone hitless for more than three straight contests.

28 Game Hitting Streak Numbers

Jack Daugherty (March 29, 1981-Feb. 9, 1982) - 106 AB, 32 R, 43 H, 27 RBI, .406 Avg

Ernie Durazo (May 19, 2000-March 10, 2001) - 117 AB, 24 R, 43 H, 32 RBI, .368 Avg

Jeff Van Houten (June 6, 2004-March 16, 2005) - 121 AB, 27 R, 50 H, 35 RBI, .413 Avg

 

Frey Enjoying Full Time Duty

Used primarily as a defensive replacement and situational left-handed pitcher his first two seasons at Arizona, junior Chris Frey has thrived as a full time starter in the outfield. Batting .357 this season, he has at least one hit in 34 of Arizona’s 44 games this year. Playing center field in the spacious Kindall Field, Frey is the lone player to start all 44 games this year and not commit an error for the Wildcats (97 total chances).

 

Pac-10 Player of the Week Trevor Crowe

Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference office on Feb. 22. Crowe led all Arizona players with a .529 batting average, nine hits (including a double, a triple and two home runs), as well as a team-best eight RBI, five runs scored and a 1.059 slugging percentage against ASU and UTPA. He collected at least one hit in all four games to extend his team-best hitting streak to 18-straight games dating back to last season (eight in 2004, 10 in 2005) and also walked a team-high six times to help him to a .652 on-base percentage in the four games ... In Friday’s series-opener at UTPA, Crowe tied his career-high with six RBI and hit both of his home runs for the week in the contest (3 for 5, three runs, six RBI, two HRs, BB in the game).

 

Pac-10 Player of the Week Jordan Brown

Junior Jordan Brown led UA to a two-games-to-one series victory over visiting Washington on the opening weekend of Pac-10 March 24-26. The Wildcats’ first baseman hit .429 (6 for 14) with a team-high seven RBI and five runs scored in the three games. Four of his six hits in the series went for extra bases, including two doubles, a triple and his team-leading eighth home run of the season. In Friday’s come-from-behind 6-5 victory, Brown forced the contest into extra innings after hitting a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to tie the game at 5-5 in the ninth inning. Teammate Jeff Van Houten ended the game with a walk-off home run in the 12th inning.

 

Arizona’s Pitching

Somewhat overlooked by the potent Arizona offense, the Wildcat pitching staff has posted impressive numbers of its own this season .. Tossing five shutouts this year, the UA hurlers have a 4.57 team ERA in 399 2/3 innings pitched this year ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts (426), is third in opponent’s batting average (.258), innings pitched (399 2/3) and is tied for second in wins (29) ... The scheduled starters for this weekend are RHP John Meloan (7-1, 3.97 ERA, 91 K) on Friday, RHP Kevin Guyette (7-4, 3.81 ERA, 101 K) on Saturday and either LHP David Coulon, Eric Berger or Sean Rierson on Sunday.

 

Punching ?'Em Out

Not since 1998 has an Arizona pitching staff put up similar strikeout numbers through the first 44 games as this season’s staff. The 2005 Wildcats have punched out 426 batters this year, an average of 10.0 per nine innings. The last team to put up similar numbers was the 1998 team that started the season 25-16. The ?'98 Cats had 371 strikeouts in the first 41 games for an average of 9.4 per nine innings. Individually, seven different UA pitchers have 20 or more strikeouts this season. Junior right-hander Kevin Guyette paces the staff with 101 Ks against 22 walks this year.

The Last Eight Years of Strikeouts (Through 44 Games)

Year Strikeouts Innings Pitched Avg. K per 9 Innings
2005 426 399.2 9.6
2004 301 389.0 7.0
2003 326 397.2 7.4
2002 270 396.1 6.1
2001 311 397.0 7.1
2000 368 384.0 8.6
1999 341 398.0 7.8
1998 393 379.2 9.3

 

A year Later

Despite throwing 10 more innings through 44 games, the 2005 pitching staff is well ahead of last season’s numbers in nearly every category.

Pitching Numbers 2004 vs. 2005 (Through 44 games)

Stat 2004 2005 Difference
ERA 4.93 4.57 -0.36
Wins 23 29 +6
Innings Pitched 389.0 399.2 +10.2
CG 4 3 -1
Shutouts 0 5 +5
Saves 10 9 -1
Hits Allowed 427 398 -29
Runs Allowed 256 244 -12
Earned Runs Allowed 213 203 -10
Walks Allowed 185 165 -20
Strikeouts 301 426 +125

 

17 Straight Ends For Big John

Friday starter John Meloan saw his 17-game winning streak come to an end in a 13-0 loss to USC on April 29. Still, the big right-hander is 21-2 all-time during his three seasons at UA. Outside of the defeat to USC, his only other career loss at UA came on May 4, 2003, against Cal in his freshman year. Between losses he appeared in 33 games, made 23 starts and went 17-0. Used primarily as a reliever early in his career at UA, he has flourished as a starter with a 17-1 record, a 3.89 ERA and 168 strikeouts when taking the ball from the get go. In 2004 he became just the third pitcher at Arizona to finish a season undefeated with 10 or more decisions.

Meloan’s 17-Game Winning Streak Numbers (April 10, 2004-April 22, 2005)

23 Starts, 17-0, 3.69 ERA, 153.2 IP, 152 Hits, 73 R, 63 ER, 76 BB, 160 K

Meloan’s Overall Career Numbers

51 GP, 21-2, 4.31 ERA, 213 IP, 213 H, 123 R, 102 ER, 117 BB, 208 K

Meloan’s Career Starting Numbers (2 in 2003, 11 in 2004, 13 in 2005)

26 GS, 17-1, 3.89 ERA, 169.1 IP, 165 H, 84 R, 73 ER, 86 BB, 168 K

 

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week John Meloan

Junior John Meloan was named the conference’s pitcher of the week after helping to shut out Cal State Fullerton on March 18. The right-hander scattered four hits over 7 2/3 innings for his fourth win of the season. The effort handed CSF ace Ricky Romero his first loss of the year and pushed Meloan’s winning streak to 14 straight games dating back to last season.

 

Meloan Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week

Junior right-hander John Meloan was named the co-national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball for his 7 2/3 innings, one-hit effort against New Mexico on Feb. 4. The honor was the first in Meloan’s career and the first for an Arizona player since teammate Sean Rierson garnered the award on Feb. 18, 2003. Meloan is the eighth UA player to be recognized by the publication as its player of the week since 1994.

 

“K”-G

A year ago Kevin Guyette struck out a career-high eight batters in his first start of the 2004 season against UC Riverside. He went on to finish the campaign with 83 punchouts, but never again approached the eight K plateau he established early on. A year later Guyette has struck out eight batters in a game three times, nine three times, 11 once and whiffed a career-best 15 in a complete-game loss to UCR on Feb. 26. second in the Pac-10 in strikeouts heading into the weekend, Guyette has punched out a career-high 101 hitters in 13 starts this season and is averaging 10.7 Ks per nine innings. 

 

Making His Own Luck

Heading into his start against UCLA on April 2, junior Kevin Guyette was a very unlucky 0-2 in his career when throwing a complete game. A lack of offensive production (.161 team batting average, 2 runs per game) was the main culprit in those losses. The right-hander made sure that one run was going to be more than enough in his third career CG, as he tossed a one-hit shutout in an 11-0 victory over the Bruins. He finished the April 2 game with 11 strikeouts on 100 pitches and did not allow a Bruin base runner past first after the second inning. A week later against Washington State he tossed his second straight complete-game victory in a 7-4 win over Washington State. In bringing his career complete game record to 2-2, Guyette struck out eight Cougar hitters and walked only one on 110 pitches.

Guyette’s Complete Game History

4 Games, 2-2, 36 IP, 23 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 40 K, 2.25 ERA

 

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Kevin Guyette

Junior Kevin Guyette became the fourth straight Wildcat to garner weekly conference honors after being named the April 5 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. The right-hander tossed a complete-game one-hitter in an 11-0 victory over UCLA on April 2. He needed just 100 pitches to shut out the Bruins while recording 11 strikeouts and just two walks. He retired the final 11 hitters he faced in the contest and did not allow a UCLA base runner past first after the second inning.

 

Coulon Takes On Sunday’s

After a three-week stretch that saw Arizona give up 46 runs in series finales to Mississippi State, Cal State Fullerton and Washington, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez tabbed freshman left-hander David Coulon to take over the role of Sunday starter. The choice was a wise one as Coulon  has a 4.38 ERA in 11 starts this season as opposed to a 17.18 ERA in three relief appearances.

 

Bullpen Suits Berger

As opposed to classmate David Coulon, frosh southpaw Eric Berger has been fantastic out of the bullpen. Heading into the weekend Berger has a 5-0 record, a 1.53 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 15 relief appearances this year. As a starter Berger is 0-0 with a 13.00 ERA and 11 Ks in three starts. He has worked two or more innings in nine of his 15 relief appearances this year and has finished with two or more strikeouts in 10 games out of the pen.

Berger’s Starting vs. Relief Numbers In 2005

Starter    0-0, 13.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 11 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 6 BB, 11 K

Relief      5-0, 1.53 ERA, 35.1 IP, 18 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 16 BB, 39 K

 

Coming To Work Early

Arizona closer Mark Melancon has been a work horse out of the bullpen this season. Appearing in a team-high 23 games this season, the right-hander has worked two or more innings in 12 contests in 2005. Three times he has gone four or more innings, including a season-high five-inning stint against Washington that earned him his first victory of the year. For the season, Melancon is 3-3 with six saves and a team-best 2.81 ERA. He has struck out three or more hitters in 12 games this season and has punched out a career-high 55 batters total.

 

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Mark Melancon

Sophomore right-hander Mark Melancon was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week by the conference office on March 15. Melancon garnered his first career weekly honor after pitching in all three of UA’s games against Mississippi State (March 11-13) and striking out seven the 10 hitters he faced. He earned his third save of the year after working out a first and second, no-out jam in the ninth inning of a 7-3 Arizona win on Saturday.

 

Head Coach Andy Lopez

Entering his fourth season as the skipper at UA, Lopez has reenergized the Wildcat program. The fastest coach in school history to lead a team to College World Series, he has posted a 131-89-1 record (current) in his first three-plus seasons. Last year’s postseason run extinguished a streak of 18 years without a UA appearance at the CWS and made him one of just three coaches in NCAA Division I history to lead three different schools to Omaha. In addition to his role as head coach, Lopez also serves as the pitching coach for the Wildcats.

 

No Place Like Home

A season removed from playing the fewest number of home games since 1973 (27 home games in 2004), Arizona played 19 of its first 22 games of the season in Tucson, and will host a more-typical total of 34 regular season games at Kindall Field in 2005. Since moving to its current location on the corners of Enke and National Championship Drives in 1967, Arizona has posted 35 winning seasons (including 2005) at Kindall Field, including the last 10 straight.

 

Senior Assault On The Record Book

Two of Arizona’s three seniors on the roster this season have a chance to leave a lasting impression in the all-time record book. Outfielder Jeff Van Houten is edging his way into the hitting records and right-hander Sean Rierson is already among the all-time leaders in the pitching records.

Jeff Van Houten

Record Van Houten's Numbers Rank All-Time Leader
Games Played 203 8th Chip Hale - 255
At Bats 764 6th Chip Hale - 978
Runs 182 t-7th Dave Stegman - 287
Hits 268 6th Chip Hale - 337
Mulit-Hit Games 75 5th Robbie Moen - 102
Doubles 44 t-12th Dave Stegman - 72
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