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Cats, Devils Square Off in Pac-10 Series
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Release: 05/14/2010
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May 14, 2010

No. 2 Arizona State (41-5, 14-4 Pac-10) at Arizona (30-16, 9-9 Pac-10)
Tucson, Ariz. | Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium

Series Schedule/Probable Starting Pitchers

Saturday, May 15 | 6 p.m. | Live Stats | Radio: KCUB 1290-AM
RHP Seth Blair (8-0, 2.79) vs. RHP Kurt Heyer (6-1, 2.22)

Sunday, May 16 | 6 p.m. | Live Stats | Radio: KCUB 1290-AM
RHP Merrill Kelly (9-0, 3.39) vs. RHP Kyle Simon (7-4, 3.66)

Monday, May 17| 6 p.m. | Live Stats | Radio: KCUB 1290-AM
RHP Jake Borup (10-0, 3.36) vs. TBA

Some Series Themes: Intrastate rivals with contrasting momentum clash in the Pac-10 conference weekend series to conclude a five-game series between the schools this year … The Sun Devils have won nine-straight and 13 of their last 15, while the Wildcats have dropped seven of their last 10, including three straight weekend series … Interestingly, both teams went their separate ways after UA handed then-No. 1 Arizona State a 4-2 loss on April 20 in Tempe as the Wildcats have won just three games since and the Sun Devils 10 of 11 … Each team will face the weekend pitchers for the first time this season, with Arizona throwing Kurt Heyer and Kyle Simon in the first two games and a pitcher to be announced on Monday. The Sun Devils will stick with their tremendous trio of starters that includes right-handers Seth Blair, Merrill Kelly and Jake Borup … Despite UA’s slumping bats in recent weeks, the two schools remain the 1-2 punch in the Pac-10 in hitting (UA .334 and ASU .347) … The strikeout column may be something to keep an eye on. ASU’s staff has the second-most strikeouts (409) in the league, while UA hitters have struck out the fewest times of any team (247). However, UA has struck out 17 times in two games against ASU this year … UA has won the last two Pac-10 conference series in Tucson (2008 and 2006). In both season, the Cats dropped the opener and came back to win the final two contests … Final exams ended on Friday for UA students, with graduation ceremonies in McKale Center taking place on Saturday … With the season series tied 1-1, this weekend’s set of games will decide the winner of the baseball point as it pertains to the State Farm Territorial Cup Series presented by State Farm, which UA captured as its women’s golf team won the Pac-10 title in late April.

 

Cats in the Rankings: Arizona dropped out of the rankings in four of the five major polls after losing two of three to Cal State Bakersfield over the weekend. The Wildcats were ranked No. 25 in this week’s National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 and check in No. 25 in the official RPI ratings released by the NCAA on Tuesday.

Approaching 1,000 Wins: Arizona head coach Andy Lopez is quickly approaching one of the greatest coaching milestones: 1,000 Division I career victories. To date, Lopez has 999 career victories. Already this year, Ohio State’s Bob Todd and LSU’s Paul Mainieri, Sam Houston State’s Mark Johnson, and South Carolina’s Ray Tanner and Rutgers’ Fred Hill have reached 1,000 Division I coaching victories. Currently, 45 coaches have reached the milestone. Lopez’s career Division I coaching record is 999-618-7 (.619).

 

300 Wins: Arizona coach Andy Lopez already has reached one coaching milestone this season: 300 wins as the skipper of the Wildcats. UA’s 11-7 victory over New Mexico on March 24 marked win No. 300 in Lopez’s nine seasons in Tucson. At Arizona, Lopez holds a record of 312-200-1 (.614).

 

RPI Facts: Arizona checks in No. 25 in the latest RPI ratings released by the NCAA on Tuesday … The Cats have accumulated an 11-8 record against Top 50 teams and a 16-13 record against the Top 100 to date ... UA is an even 4-4 against the RPI Top 10 thus far, splitting two games with No. 1 ASU, dropping two of three against No. 8 UCLA, and winning two of three against No. 10 Cal State Fullerton … Eight of the Pac-10’s schools are in the Top 47, with Washington at No. 57 and USC at No. 62 … No other conference has all of its members in the Top 70, although the SEC has 10 of its 12 programs in the Top 50.

 

The Home Stretch: The Wildcats opened the season with 25-consecutive games at home; now they will conclude their regular season home schedule with three games against ASU and three against Stanford (May 21-23). The Cats are an impressive 25-9 at home this season with six games left.

 

Heyer on National POY Watch List: Arizona freshman pitcher Kurt Heyer is one of 25 quarterfinalists for the College Baseball Foundation 2010 Pitcher of the Year Award. Heyer is the only freshman on the list that includes three seniors, 12 juniors and nine sophomores.

 

Heyer in Perspective: On the season, Heyer boasts a 6-1 record with a 2.22 earned run average in 13 appearances, including 12 starts. He has allowed just 68 hits in 77 innings pitched while limiting opposing hitters to a .239 batting average. Perhaps most impressive, Heyer has struck out 89 batters while issuing just 18 walks on the season. Heyer ranks in the top-10 in the conference in several key pitching categories, including having the third-lowest ERA and the third-most strikeouts. He has allowed the fifth-fewest total runs and the fourth-fewest earned runs. Heyer’s freshman season totals already rank highly on the UA freshman single season record lists with three weeks of the regular season remaining. Heyer’s tally of 89 strikeouts ranks second-most ever for a UA freshman, trailing only Ben Diggins, who struck out 91 in 1999. His six wins are good enough to tie four other notable freshmen – Ed Vosberg, Joe Magrane, Mark Melancon and Eric Berger – for the sixth-most in a single season, while his 77.0 innings pitched checks in at No. 8. With at least three expected starts remaining for Heyer, he will put several current figures on the line in the coming weeks. His 2.22 ERA currently would be the top freshman mark in UA history, which is held by Vosberg’s 3.46 ERA in 1980. Heyer’s 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched is ahead of Berger’s 10.03 clip in 2005, and the 2.1 walks per nine innings pitched trails only Sean Rierson’s 1.88 pace in 2001.

 

Freshmen Five: Look for Arizona to have five freshmen in its starting lineup this weekend, plus a freshman on the mound to open the series on Saturday night. UA’s entire infield in recent week’s has been composed of freshmen with Cole Frenzel’s return from injury and his insertion into the lineup at first base. Robert Refsnyder has become the everyday starter at second base as junior Bryce Ortega has missed time with an injury, while Alex Mejia and Seth Mejias-Brean anchor the left side of the infield at shortstop and third base, respectively. Meanwhile, Joey Rickard has started 45 of 46 games in centerfield. The group has produced, too, hitting a collective .338 on the season. They account for over 40 percent of the team’s hits, 45 percent of the team’s RBI and just under 40 percent of the runs.

Freshmen on the Mound: Five of Arizona’s top eight pitchers are freshmen, including weekend ace Kurt Heyer who has emerged as one of the Pac-10’s best pitchers. The late-inning crew is mostly freshmen as well, with Nick Cunningham, Tyler Hale and Augey Bill working together to finish games. All told, freshmen pitchers have tossed over half of UA’s innings on the season and account for nearly 60 percent of the team’s strikeouts. Impressive considering most of the work has been out of the bullpen, save for Heyer’s starts. As a class, freshmen have a 4.09 ERA, which checks in below the team’s 4.45 mark entering this weekend.

One More To Go: Alex Mejia’s next hit will be his 50th of the season. Once achieved, he’ll become the seventh Wildcat to reach 50 hits on the season. The mark is significant considering four of the previous eight teams have had at least seven players with 50 hits. Most recently, the 2008 club did so, while the 2004 and 2003 clubs each did so. The highest total of players with 50 hits came in 2005, when eight Wildcats did so, including Trevor Crowe, who had 106 base hits – the second-most ever in a single season for a UA player.

Finally A Long Ball: Joey Rickard’s two-run homer on May 9 not only tied him for the team lead in home runs, but it snapped a 13-consecutive game drought between homers for the Wildcats, which tied for the longest since 1994. The last time a UA team went 10 or more games without hitting a long ball was in the 1994 season and it happened twice – once for 10 games and another for 13 games. For the 10-game stretch, Chris Cooper homered on March 27 in a 27-4 loss to Stanford. UA’s next home run came on April 22 as Rob Frisbee homered in an 8-3 loss to Stanford (coincidence?). In between were 10 games without a home run. Earlier that season, Ron Tegland hit a home run on Feb. 11 in a 12-9 loss to NMSU. UA’s next home came on March 15 when Menno Wickey and Matt Lake each hit a home run against Sacramento State. Otherwise, 13 games were played in between without a home run. An interesting note to the 2010 home run slump is the fact that Arizona hit seven home runs in the four games immediately prior to the current drought and had hit at least one homer in 13 of the previous 15 games. This year, UA’s last home was hit by Rafael Valenzuela on April 12 at Gonzaga.

Alive With Five: One of those interesting “magic number” statistics that can indicate, to a strong likelihood, the outcome of a game this season for Arizona is the number of runs its opponent scores in a game. In 21 such games, the Wildcats are 20-1 this season when holding an opponent to five or fewer runs in a game this season. The lone blemish on the record was a 4-3 loss at Berkeley on April 3. The statistic is complemented by the fact the Wildcats are 29-5 on the year when scoring five runs or more.

When They Win: The Wildcats are hitting .380 as a team in the 30 games that they have won, while opponents have struggled to hit .251 in such games … UA hitters have 125 strikeouts against 122 walks in those games, while UA pitchers have struck out 235 opponents and walked just 93 hitters in games won … The Wildcats have hit 20 of their 25 home runs in victories … UA is 76-for-99 in stolen base attempts in wins while opponents have just 11 steals in 20 tries … The Wildcats have committed 34 errors in wins, while the opposition has committed 58 … UA has 83 doubles, 17 triples and 20 homers in wins out of 416 total base hits … The Cats hit .403 with runners in scoring position, .341 with two outs and have 93 two-out RBI in victories, while opponents have just 30 two-out RBI and hit .211 with two outs.

When The Other Guys Win: In Arizona’s 16 defeats this season, opponents have hit .321 compared to UA’s .242 clip … UA hitters have struck out 122 times and drawn only 36 walks in those games, while UA pitchers have tallied 116 strike outs and yielded 78 walks …. The Cats have five home runs in the 16 losses … Arizona is 6-for-13 in stolen base attempts in losses, while opponents have swiped 20 bags in 35 attempts … UA has committed 33 errors to opponents’ 15 errors in losses this season … UA has 18 doubles, five triples and five homers in such games … The Cats hit just .257 with runners in scoring position, .259 with two outs and have only 22 two-RBI, while opponents have 54 two-out RBI and hit .310 in the losses.

The Home Stats: Arizona is 25-9 at home this season and it’s easy to see why: In home games, Arizona has out-scored the opposition 307-189 thanks to a .362 batting average, .440 on base percentage and .503 slugging percentage … 17 of UA’s 25 homers on the season have come at Kindall Field, as have 68 of the team’s 82 stolen bases … UA’s pitching staff has struck out 284 batters against 129 walks … Opposing hitters manage a cumulative .276 batting average and have only 78 extra base hits out of 343 total hits in Tucson … Jett Bandy (.409, 5 HR, 14 2B, 31 RBI) and Steve Selsky (.428, 3 HR, 10 2B, 5 3B, 39 RBI) have enjoyed hitting at home the most, while Robert Refsnyder and Seth Mejias-Brean are both .400 or better respectively at home …. Kurt Heyer has 79 strikeouts in 61.2 IP at home, while issuing just 11 total walks.

Frenzel’s Frenzied Return: After missing nearly two full months of action due to an operation on his right wrist, freshman Cole Frenzel has made seven-consecutive starts. The starts were his first since Feb .27 against Long Beach State, although he made his initial return a week earlier against UCLA in a pair of pinch hit situations on April 23-24. Since returning from injury, Frenzel is 10-for-28 (.357) at the plate with five walks, including an impressive 5-for-13 performance two weeks ago at USC. The left-handed hitter collected two of UA’s four hits in the opener on Friday and added two more base-knocks in the series finale on Sunday. The second of the two hits on Sunday jump-started a six-run eighth inning for the Wildcats, who overcame a 6-3 deficit to claim a 9-6 edge.

Balance in the Order: Arizona has found offensive production up and down its order throughout the season. Of their seven regular starters in the batting order, the Wildcats have seven players who have scored at least 25 runs and collected 25 RBI. At the top of the order, Joey Rickard has collected a team-high 43 RBI, which is tied for fifth-most in the Pac-10. At the bottom of the order, Alex Mejia has driven in 27 runs while scoring 28. In fact, Mejia is the only regular bat in the lineup hitting below .300, but he has improved that number to .293 in recent weeks. Typically, UA will shuffle its DH and LF spots with Bobby Brown and Bobby Rinard. The two have combined to score 31 runs and collect 32 RBI. With Cole Frenzel in the mix, it’s another bat that can be counted on and he is hitting .357 in his last seven games.

Two-Out Facts: It’s a well-known fact that driving in base runners with two outs can go a long way to helping a team win; at the same time, pitchers stranding opposing base runners is just as important. The Wildcats have found it tough in recent weeks to get out of innings and have been unable to drive home runs with two outs. In fact, in the last 10 games opponents have combined to collect 24 two-out RBI in the seven combined wins over Arizona the last three weeks. In those games, Arizona has collected just five two-out RBI of its own. And in those games, the opposition is hitting .330 with two outs, while the Wildcats have hit just .225. On the season, wins and losses break down in similar fashion. Arizona has an 93-30 advantage in two-out RBI in its 30 wins, while it has surrendered a 54-42 margin to opponents in the 16 losses. Opponents hit just .211 with two outs in games the Wildcats win, but hit at a .310 pace in games the Wildcats lose.

Selsky Powering Up: Sophomore right fielder Steve Selsky has racked up 23 extra base hits in his last 35 games after hitting just two extra base hits in the first 10 games of the season. Not that Selsky was struggling at the plate to begin the season as he was actually hitting an even .400 through 10 contests. Selsky is now hitting .395 on the season and was hitting .420 prior to the USC series entering this month. In the last 35 games, he has collected 12 doubles, five triples and six homers.

More on Steve: Steve Selsky has asserted himself as one of the top offensive players in the Pac-10 through the first half of the 2010 season. Selsky leads all conference players with 75 hits on the season and his .395 average is No. 2 in the league. The right fielder’s on-base percentage of .465 is tops for a UA player and No. 7 in the conference, while his .616 slugging percentage is No. 6 in the Pac and tops on the club. He is tied for second with Rafael Valenzuela in triples (5) among all league players. Selsky, who drove in only 21 runs last season, is No. 4 with 44 RBI and is No. 3 in runs scored with 49. In his career, Selsky is hitting .361 with 65 RBI, 22 doubles, seven triples and 13 home runs.

Bandy On Bench Award Watch List: Arizona sophomore catcher Jett Bandy was added to the official watch list for the 2010 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John’s Pizza, The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced in mid-April. The 6-foot-4 Bandy, who has started all 46 of UA’s games, including 39 behind the plate, is No. 8 in the Pac-10 with a .373 batting average. He has collected 66 hits and scored 48 runs, marks that rank with Steve Selsky as two of the top-five figures in the Pac-10 in each category. Bandy’s on-base percentage (.463) ranks No. 8 in the conference. He is one of five Wildcats with 30 RBI. In 93 career games, Bandy has a .337 batting average with 115 base hits. He has belted 40 doubles in his one and a half seasons and roped nine homers. He has nearly as many career walks (32) as strikeouts (38), and already ranks in UA’s top-5 for career hit by pitches with 30.

Refsnyder Rollin’: Freshman Robert Refsnyder is one of four regular freshman starters for the Wildcats and he as quietly put together a sensational rookie season. In fact, Refsnyder has become one of the Pac-10’s top hitter as his .382 batting is No. 5 in the league. Refsnyder, who can play various positions including left field, third base and second base, is second among UA regulars with that .382 batting average to go with 32 runs scored and 37 RBI. His 68 hits are tied for second-most on the club and third-most in the conference. Refsnyder has also stolen six bases in nine attempts on the season and has been hit by a pitch eight times, which is tied for second-most on the squad.

‘K’urt Heyer: Entering this week’s action, freshman Kurt Heyer is third amongst all Pac-10 pitchers with 89 strikeouts. Of his 89 strikeouts, 30 have been looking, which checks in No. 2 in the league. Heyer’s arm has accounted for 89 of UA’s 314 strikeouts as a team (25.4 percent) despite throwing just 18.5 percent of UA’s innings as a team. On the year, Heyer has a 6-1 record in 12 starts with an ERA of 2.22, which is No. 3 in the Pac-10 and best among regular weekend starters. He has allowed just 18 walks on the season and his 2.1 walks per nine innings ratio is the second-best among Pac-10 regular starters. In his six Pac-10 starts, Heyer has a 2.25 ERA, eerily close to his 2.22 season mark. Opponents are hitting just .229 against him for the season and Pac-10 foes are batting .244.

Heyer Standards: Arizona freshman pitcher Kurt Heyer set the bar pretty high for himself in his collegiate debut. He was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and one of “Louisville Slugger’s” National Player’s of the week as announced by Collegiate Baseball for his effort against Utah Valley. Additionally, CollegeBaseballInsider.com named Heyer as its West Region Pitcher of the Week. In just six innings of work, the 6-foot-2 right hander struck out 13 batters, tying for second-most ever in a single game by a UA freshman pitcher. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Heyer struck out 13 of the 22 batters he faced, allowing just one run on three hits and only one walk. Heyer’s performance paced the Wildcat pitching staff to 17 strikeouts, the most for a UA staff in a single game since the Wichita Regional opening game against Oral Roberts in 2007. Heyer’s 13 strikeouts were the most for a UA pitcher in over two seasons, dating back to Preston Guilmet’s masterful 15-strikeout performance against Stanford in 2007. Heyer surpassed the 13-strikeouts with a 14-strikeout performance on April 16 against Washington State.

Simon Says: Arizona sophomore right-hander Kyle Simon has steadied himself after an up-and-down start to the season and turned in the best performance of his career at Washington on April 11. In the game against the Huskies, Simon tossed a complete game as he allowed just one run on three hits. Earlier this year, Simon won his first decision of the year on Feb 21 against Utah Valley in an eight-inning effort in which he allowed just one run and struck out seven. He then struggled in his next two starts and saw his ERA peak at 5.06 following a second-straight loss on March 6 against Cal State Fullerton. Since, Simon has been brilliant, picking up five wins in nine starts. The recent run of success has pushed his record to 7-4 on the season with a 3.66 ERA. In his last 70.0 innings pitched, Simon has allowed just 35 runs – 25 earned (a 3.21 ERA) – and has 38strikeouts against 17 walks.

Joltin’ Joey: Freshman centerfielder Joey Rickard has kicked off his collegiate career in impressive fashion. Through 46 games – all but one start – Rickard is hitting .339 with eight doubles, three triples and is tied for the team lead with six home runs, including a grand slam against Sacramento State on March 20. The Las Vegas native’s 43 RBI not only ranks second on the club, but ranks tied for No. 5 for all Pac-10 players, as does his 65 total hits. He was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 15 following a sensational five-game stretch. In the field, he’s patrolled the spacious Kindall Field outfield like a veteran, serving as a key component in the middle of UA’s defense.

Seth Steps Up: One of UA’s top performers during the first half of the season is freshman third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean. The first-year Wildcat is hitting .400 since March 5, which has improved his season batting average from .176 on March 6 all the way to its current .340. Mejias-Brean has also been UA’s fifth-best run-producer during the stretch, collecting 26 RBI over the last 33 games while scoring 25 runs. Included was his first career home run on March 14 against Northern Colorado, a solo shot to center field. The week prior, Mejias-Brean began to break out of his early-season slump as he delivered a clutch game-winning single in the 11th inning of opener of the Cal State Fullerton series on March 5. Two days later, Mejias-Brean drove in three runs in the 10-1 series clincher. For his performance, Mejias-Brean was named to the Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll by collegebaseball360.com.

Pac-10 POWs: A pair of freshmen – Joey Rickard and Kurt Heyer (twice) – have been named Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week this season, along with sophomores Jett Bandy and Steve Selsky … Selsky was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 29 after hitting 10-for-20 on the week and accounting for 17 total runs to go with two home runs … Bandy was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 22 after hitting .600 over a five-game stretch in which the Wildcats improved their winning streak to 11 games … Rickard helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of sweeps last week over Saint Joseph’s (March 10) and Northern Colorado (March 12-24). The 6-foot-1 native of Las Vegas hit .579 for the week, scored six runs and collected nine RBI in five games. Additionally, Rickard reached base five times with a walk and was twice hit by a pitch, yielding a .692 on base percentage, to go with five stolen bases … Heyer, in just six innings of work, struck out 13 batters against Long Beach State on Feb. 25, tying for what was then the second-most ever in a single game by a UA freshman pitcher. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Heyer struck out 13 of the 22 batters he faced, allowing just one run on three hits and only one walk … Heyer was again named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 19 after striking out 14 hitters in 8.2 innings against Washington State. The 14 K’s are the second-most ever by a UA freshman.

Top 25 Wins: On the season, the Wildcats are 4-4 against teams ranked in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll at the time of the game.  In 2009, Arizona was just 1-14 against Top 25 teams, including 1-9 against such teams in Tucson.

UA’s 15-Game Winning Streak: Arizona mounted a 15-game winning streak from March 7 – March 27, the sixth-longest winning streak in program history and the seventh-longest home winning streak. Included in the streak were wins over Cal State Fullerton (1), Saint Joseph’s (2), Northern Colorado (3), Wichita State (2), Sacramento State (3), New Mexico (2) and Oregon (2).

Turning Two: The Wildcats have turned 50 double plays (43 on ground balls) on the season which is third-most in the Pac-10. The total double plays ranks No. 24 in the entire nation entering this week and has been a pitcher’s best friend throughout the season. Alex Mejia – one of the prime suspects in the double plays – leads all Pac-10 players with 163 assists on the season.

2,500-Win Club: Arizona’s 8-1 season-opening victory over Utah Valley was the 2,500th win as a program dating back to its first season in 1904. Only six other schools have reached the milestone, including Fordham (4,024 wins in 149 seasons), Texas (3,157 in 113 seasons), Southern California (2,652 in 115 seasons), Michigan (2,633 in 136 seasons), Stanford (2,596 in 116 seasons) and Arizona State (2,601 in 98 seasons). All-time, Arizona is 2,529-1,340-22.

Young Cats: With only two seniors and 17 freshmen, Arizona is the youngest team in the Pac-10 conference this season. In fact, the Wildcats have 23 underclassmen on their roster, which doesn’t include three junior college transfers to the program. A look around the rosters at other league schools finds that UCLA and California have 15 freshmen apiece. While the Conference is thin on seniors at most every school, only Oregon State has as few seniors as the Wildcats do.

.300 Club: Through 46 games, the Wildcats are hitting .334 as a team, in line with recent UA clubs that have finished the season over .300. In fact, Arizona’s last seven teams have hit .300 or better for the season. The best figures were turned in by the 2003 and 2005 clubs, which each hit .328 respectively. Last year’s ’09 team was next in line with a .314 average. The 2004 College World Series team hit .305 as did the 2006 team. The Wildcat clubs of 2007 (.306) and 2008 (.301) also were above .300.

Unselfish Play: Arizona’s 5-4 victory in 13 innings over UNLV on March 3 included a record-tying performance by the Wildcats. UA executed five different sacrifice bunt plays to move runners up, tying the school single-game record previously establish at California on April 1, 2006. Interestingly, that game also lasted 13 innings. The last of this year’s five sacrifice hits proved to be the game winner as Alex Mejia successfully put a bunt down with a runner a second and an errant throw to first allowed the winning run to come in to score from second. On the season, UA has 13 sacrifice bunts in 12 games.

Home Sweet Home: The Arizona Wildcats are in the midst of a 26-game homestand to open the season at Jerry Kindall Field. That’s right, the Cats don’t hit the road until their Pac-10 opener at California on April 1 – and that’s no April Fools’ joke. It’s the longest stretch of home games in over 30 years for Arizona, which has stretches of 11 (2002) and 16 games (1998) to open seasons in recent years. The 1979 club opened its season with 24-straight games, but even that pales in comparison to the school’s longest streak. In 1967, the Wildcats hosted 39 home games before ever going on the road. As it relates to this year’s group, the Wildcats hope to continue success at home. Since the current Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium opened in 1967, the Wildcats have emerged victorious in 1,073 games overall, having won nearly 70 percent of the games played. UA has posted 39 home winning seasons since 1967 with an average of 25 wins per year at the field. In 1974 the Wildcats were nearly perfect in Tucson, posting a 37-1 home record, and they went 28-4 at home in 2007 to record the best home winning percentage (.875) since 1976.

New Coaches: Head Coach Andy Lopez has introduced two new coaches to the program. Shaun Cole, who served as the baseball operations director last season, as assumed an assistant coaching position this season and he will work with the pitching staff. Brett Scyphers, a former player under Lopez in the 2005-06 seasons before becoming a three-year team manager, has been named the volunteer assistant coach. The duo brings a youthful combination of playing experience and baseball knowledge that hits home with players. Both officially joined the program prior to the start of the fall practice season.

Hitting in the Pac-10: Here’s a look where Arizona ranks statistically in the Pac-10 in offensive categories (all games) entering this weekend:

 Category                      Stat                         Pac-10 Rank
Batting Avg.                 .334                        2
Slugging %                   .468                        3
On Base %                   .408                        2
Runs Scored                354                         2
Hits                               549                         2
RBI                                315                         2
Doubles                       101                         4
Triples                         22                           2
HR                                 25                           9
Walks                          158                         9
Strikeouts                    247                         10 (fewest)
HPB                               59                           4
Stolen Bases               82                           2


On Deck: Arizona will wrap up its 2010 home schedule as it hosts Stanford May 21-23 at Kindall Field. The Wildcats will honor their two seniors – Grayson Adams and Rafael Valenzuela – prior to the start of the series opener at 6 p.m. on Friday.

 

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