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Baseball Heads To Hawaii
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/07/2007
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Arizona will head to the Islands for five games over spring break. The Wildcats will take on Hawaii in three games this weekend in Honolulu and will then head to the Big Island to face Hawaii-Hilo next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fri. March 9 - at Hawaii - 6:30 p.m.

Sat. March 10 - at Hawaii - 6:30 p.m.

Sun. March 11 - at Hawaii - 1 p.m.

Tues. March 13 - at Hawaii-Hilo - 6 p.m.

Wed. March 14 - at Hawaii-Hilo - 1 p.m. - All Times Local to Site

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 T.J. Steele R/R CF Batting .347 with eight doubles and 14 RBI
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Batting .308 with five runs in seven games
3 Bill Rhinehart L/L 1B Team-leader with .387 Avg. Has 19 runs and 19 RBI
4 C.J. Ziegler R/R DH Team leader with six HRs
5 Brad Glenn R/R LF Team leader with 23 RBI
6 Jon Gaston L/R RF Batting .377 with 14 runs and eight extra base hits 
7 Erik Castro L/R 3B Has appeared in 17 of 18 games and made 14 starts
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Hitting ..342 with four doubles and a triple.
9 Robert Abel R/R SS Batting .306 with 19 runs scored. Is 8 for 8 in SB
Pitching
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 36 IP, 29 K vs. 5 BB
Sat LHP Brad Mills Team leader with four wins this season
Sun LHP David Coulon 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 22 2/3 IP
CP LHP Daniel Schlereth 1-0 with four saves in seven relief appearances this year

 

Last Week

The Wildcats opened the week with a 22-8 loss to rival Arizona State in a non-conference game in Tucson ... The Sun Devils raced out to an 8-0 advantage in the first and never looked back ... ASU rapped out 20 hits in the game, including three doubles and three home runs ... The Devils turned a triple play in the fourth inning of the game ... Arizona pitchers walked a season-high 12 batters in the loss ... The Wildcats bounced back to win their three-game series over Eastern Michigan in Tucson ... The Wildcats won the opening two games, 9-2 and 8-7, but couldn’t pull out the sweep after falling 7-5 on Sunday ... As a team, UA hit .355 for the week (50 for 141) with seven doubles, three triples and five home runs ... The Wildcats also went 9 for 9 in stolen base tries to extend their streak to 19-straight successful steal attempts ... Individually, Jon Gaston led all UA players at the plate, batting .538 (7 for 13) in the four games with a double, a triple and three runs scored ... Bill Rhinehart finished the week 8 for 20 with four RBI and two runs scored ... C.J. Ziegler hit three home runs last week and finished the four games 7 for 19 (.368) with five RBI, four runs scored and a .842 slugging percentage ... Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in consecutive games (2/27 vs. Arizona State and 3/2 vs. Eastern Michigan) ... Held back by 22 earned runs against Arizona State, the Wildcats pitching staff finished the week with a 8.25 ERA ... Despite the rough outing against the Sun Devils, the UA staff rebounded to limit Eastern Michigan to 3.67 ERA over the weekend ... After walking a season-high 12 batters against ASU, the UA pitchers issued just four walks in three games against EMU ... The Cats finished the week with 38 strike outs in 36 innings of work ... The individual standouts on the mound were sophomores Preston Guilmet and Daniel Schlereth and senior Brad Mills ... Guilmet (3-0, 2.50 ERA) surrendered a season-high 12 hits to Eastern Michigan in Friday’s win, but limited the Eagles to just two runs over 7 1/3 innings while striking out five and walking none. His efforts earned him his third win of the year ... Schlereth (1-0, 4 saves, 1.46 ERA) appeared in three games over the week and recorded nine of 10 outs via the K over his 3 1/3 innings of work. He picked his team-leading fourth save of the year on Saturday against EMU ... Mills (4-1, 3.18 ERA) won his team-leading fourth game of the season after striking out a career-high 10 hitters in Saturday’s win. He held EMU to just one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings

 

A Quick Look at Hawaii

The Rainbows welcome the Wildcats for the weekend series with a 14-6 overall record ... Hawaii swept a five-game series against Chicago State last weekend to snap a three-game losing streak ... As a team UH is batting .304 for the year and is averaging 7.4 runs, 10.3 hits, 6.3 RBI per game ... The Rainbows have a keen eye at the plate, drawing 113 walks in 20 games ... Former Wildcat Kris Sanchez leads the Hawaii offense, batting a team-high .437 with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs and 31 RBI in 19 games played ... Sanchez, who played high school baseball for UA volunteer assistant Keith Francis at CDO, redshirted at Arizona in 2003 before transferring to Central Arizona and then to Hawaii ... Justin Frash (22 runs) and Brandon Haislet (25 runs) have combined to scored 47 runs for UH this season ... On the mound UH has posted a 2.90 team ERA in 177 innings of work ... The Rainbow staff has punched out 199 hitters against just 39 walks this year ... The tentative UH rotation for the weekend is - Fri. - LHP Ian Harrington (3-3, 3.37 ERA), Sat. - LHP Mark Rodrigues (4-1, 3.16 ERA) and Sun. - RHP Josh Schneider (2-1, 1.97 ERA) ... Head coach Mike Trapasso is in his sixth season at UH and has posted a 174-140 overall record.

 

Arizona-Hawaii Connections

In addition to former Wildcat Kris Sanchez playing for Hawaii, there are a couple of other UH-UA connections ... Arizona assistant coach Mark Wasikowski began his collegiate playing career at Hawaii before transferring to Rancho Santiago CC and Pepperdine ... Current Rainbow pitcher Cameron Wheeler played the last two seasons at Yavapai Community College in Prescott where UA coach Jeff Casper was an assistant for the same two years.

 

Arizona vs. Hawaii  - The History

The Wildcats and Rainbows have met 23 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1914 ... UH holds a 14-9 advantage in the all-time series ... Arizona and Hawaii last met in baseball in the 1992 NCAA West Regional played in Tucson. Hawaii defeated Arizona 10-3 to eliminate the top-seeded Wildcats from the postseason ... The Rainbows went on to face current Arizona head coach Andy Lopez’s Pepperdine team in the regional twice. UH defeated Pepperdine 6-3 to advance to the regional championship game where it lost to the eventual national champion Waves,  9-0 ... Arizona last traveled to Hawaii in the 1992 regular season where it won one and dropped a pair games.

 

Arizona and Hawaii in the Postseason

In addition to the 1992 regional, UA and UH have long tradition of meeting in the postseason, including twice at the College World Series in 1980. The Cats defeated the Rainbows 5-3 in the championship game in Omaha that year to take home their second national title in baseball.

Arizona and Hawaii Postseason Match ups

1992 West Regional (Tucson, Ariz.)  Hawaii 10 - Arizona 3
1989 West I Regional (Tucson, Ariz.) Arizona 17 - Hawaii 3
1987 West II Regional (Tempe, Ariz.)  Hawaii 6 - Arizona 3
1980 College World Series (Omaha, Neb.) Arizona 6 - Hawaii 4
College World Series (Omaha, Neb.) Arizona 5 - Hawaii 3 - Championship Game
1979 Midwest Regional (Tucson, Ariz.) Arizona 10 - Hawaii 2
Midwest Regional (Tucson, Ariz.) Arizona 5 - Hawaii 3
 

One More Historical Note, I swear!

In back-to-back weekends Arizona will take on two of the three schools it has defeated in the national championship game in Omaha. Last weekend it was Eastern Michigan, whom UA defeated to win the 1976 title. This weekend it will be Hawaii, who, as noted above, fell to the Cats in the 1980 title game. In order to make it three-for-three for the year, Arizona will have to meet up with Florida State somewhere along the line. The Cats defeated the 'Noles in the 1986 championship game in Omaha.

 

Hard Working Guys

Five different Wildcats have started all 18 games this season - 1B Bill Rhinehart, LF Brad Glenn, CF T.J. Steele, DH C.J. Ziegler and SS Robert Abel. Last year Colt Sedbrook and Brad Boyer were the only UA player to have made 18 straight starts to open the year, and Sedbrook was the only UA player to start all 55 games.

 

Offensive Numbers

Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .321 as a team and averaging 7.4 runs, 11.1 hits, 2.3 doubles, 1.0 home runs and 6.7 RBI per game.

 

Grand Theft

The Wildcats are 25 for 31 in stolen base attempts this season and have successfully swiped 19 consecutive bags. Dating back 12 games to Feb. 10, eight different players have stolen at lease one base without getting caught.

Stealing them Silly

Player Current Streak Season
Robert Abel 5 for 5 8 for 8
T.J. Steele 4 for 4 5 for 5
Bill Rhinehart 3 for 3 3 for 4
Brad Glenn 2 for 2 2 for 2
Jon Gaston 2 for 2 2 for 3
Dwight Childs 1 for 1 1 for 1
Kevin Rodland 1 for 1 2 for 4
Colt Sedbrook 1 for 1 1 for 1

 

Red-handed

On the other side of the stolen base, Arizona has caught half of the would-be thieves this season (9 of 18). Freshman catcher Dwight Childs leads the way in anti-theft, having shot down five of eight runners this year (63 %).

 

Touch ?'Em All

The Wildcats have hit 18 home runs in 18 games thus far. The middle part of the batting order - Bill Rhinehart (4 HR), C.J. Ziegler (6) and Brad Glenn (5) - have accounted for 15 of the 18 bombs, while Jon Gaston (2) and T.J. Steele (1) have added the other three.

 

Back-To-Back Back-To-Back

C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in back-to-back games last week. Ziegler led off the ninth inning against Arizona State on Tuesday 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 this past Friday 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 (1999-2001).

 

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

Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs. Utah - 4-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI

Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs. Utah Valley State - 4-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 3 HR, HBP, 5 RBI

Only Hassey and Duncan hit their HRs in consecutive ABs

 

Extra, Extra

In 18 games this season Arizona has posted at least one extra base hit in each one ... UA has hit at least one double in 17 of 18 contests this season, including a season-high eight in the season-opener against Gonzaga ... The Wildcats hit eight doubles, three triples and a home run against Gonzaga on Feb. 2. The 12 extra base hits in that contest were the most put up by a UA squad in school history, eclipsing the previous high-water mark of 11 set by the 1985 and 2001 teams ... Junior DH C.J. Ziegler tied the UA single-game school record for doubles in his first career start on Feb. 2, swatting three two-baggers. He finished the contest 4 for 5 with three RBI and four runs scored.

 

Doing it with Two

Through the first 18 games the Arizona offense has taken advantage of the final out in an inning. The Wildcats have scored 64 of their 133  runs (48.1 %) this year with two down in a frame. The Cats are hitting .333 for the year with two outs and have 56 two-out RBI.

 

Free Ride

The Arizona hitters have shown a good eye at the plate over the last seven games. Against UNLV, Arizona State and Eastern Michigan, the Cats have drawn 29 walks, including a season-high eight against UNLV in a 9-3 win on Feb. 24. For the year, UA has been issued 59 free passes on walks and is averaging 3.3 base on balls per game.

 

Wearing It

Although they are behind last year’s record-setting pace, the Cats have been hit by 29 pitches in 18 games thus far. The opposition has twice hit Arizona batters five times in a contest this season and the Cats have been dosed at least once in 13 of 18 games thus far. Led

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