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Release: 02/18/2008
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? Player B/T Pos. Notes
1 Hunter Pace R/R LF Apeeared in 30 games and batted .349 last season
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Has started 104 games in two years at Arizona
3 Dillon Baird L/R 3B JC Transfer from Yavapai JC
4 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Leading returning hitter (.355, 23 2B, 13 HR, 63 RBI)
5 Jon Gaston L/R RF Hit four HRs in UA's last nine games last season
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Hit seven HRs in 2007 after zero bombs in 2006
7 Brad Glenn R/R DH Second with 10 HRs in 2007
8 Robert Abel R/R SS Tied Steele for the team SB lead with 21 last year
9 Dwight Childs R/R C Started the final 33 straight games as a true frosh
Pitchers Notes
Fri. RHP Preston Guilmet ? ? 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, 2008 Preseason All-American
Sat. LHP David Coulon ? ? Has started 32 career games at Arizona
Sun. RHP Ryan Perry ? ? 2008 Preseason All-American
CP RHP Jason Stoffel ? ? 5-0 with five saves as atrue frosh last season

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Arizona Game Notes as a PDF?

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Free Live Webcast
The Georgia athletic department will provide a free preview of its online video broadcast in the series opener on Friday. UA fans can log on for free to see game one by?clicking here. Fans that wish to subscribe for a one-time monthly fee of $9.95 can then watch to final two games live over the internet. Free live stats of all three games during the series can be found by?clicking here.

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Opening It Up
The Wildcats will open the 2008 season at Georgia, whom they last met up with in the 2004 College World Series ... This yearˇ?s trip to Athens will mark just the fourth time since 1950 that UA will open a season away from Tucson (2001 - Hawaii-Hilo, 1997 - Hawaii-Hilo, 1972 - UCLA) ... 2008 also marks the first time in school history that Arizona will open a year against a school from the Southeastern Conference.

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Starting Fast
After opening the 2007 season with a weekend sweep of visiting Gonzaga, the Wildcats have won 13 straight opening weekend series dating back 1995 and have gone 33-7 on the first weekend of the year during this span ... Dating back 1994, Arizona is 13-1 on Opening Day with the lone loss coming to BYU in 2003 ... Under seventh-year head coach Andy Lopez UA is 16-2 all-time on opening weekend and has won five of six season-opening games.

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Early Recognition
The Wildcats have garnered their fair share of preseason praise. UA has been tabbed as the No. 1 team in the nation by both Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game/Crosschecker.com, No. 2 by Baseball America, No. 5 in both the NCBWA and the USA Today/Coaches polls and No. 8 by Rivals.com. The Collegiate Baseball poll marks the first time in school history that the Cats have been tabbed No. 1, while the No. 2 slot from Baseball America matches Jerry Kindallˇ?s 1989 club for the programˇ?s highwater mark in that publicationˇ?s preseason rankings.

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Quick, Fast and in a Hurry
After the Wildcats open their season with a three-game set at Georgia, UA will get really serious about playing games in a real hurry. Starting February 29 and running through March 9, Arizona will play eight games in 10 days. The Cats will open the stretch with a three game set against Sac State to open the home slate Feb. 29-March 2, then host UNLV for a pair of midweek games March 4-5 before heading to Corpus Christi, Texas, March 7-9 for the Whataburger Classic against South Alabama, Notre Dame and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. After the initial flurry of games, UA will close out the month of March with nine games in 13 days before embarking on a schedule that features 20 games in 30 days in the month of April.

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Coaches Pick Cats
The Wildcats have been named the team to beat in the Pacific-10 Conference this season. In a vote by the leagueˇ?s coaches, Arizona was named to the top spot, garnering 61 total points. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team and the point totals go eight for a first place vote, seven for second and so on. It is the first time Arizona has been named the preseason favorite since the Pac-10 North and South merged prior to the 1999 season.

Preseason Pac-10 Poll (First-Place Votes) Total Points
1 Arizona (6) 61
2 Arizona State (3) 56
3 UCLA 51
4 Oregon State 44
5 Cal 32
6 Stanford 30
7 USC 23
8 Washington State 18
9 Washington 9

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Individual Honors
Junior Preston Guilmet, the 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, has been rewarded for his outstanding sophomore season in 2007. The third-year Wildcat has been tabbed a first-team preseason All-American by NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com. He has also garnered third-team preseason honors from Baseball America, joining classmate T.J. Steele. Prompted by an outstanding showing in the Cape Cod summer league, BA has named Ryan Perry as first-team preseason AA selection. Senior C.J. Ziegler was feted with first-team honors by NCBWA and joined LHP Daniel Schlereth on the third-team by Collegiate Baseball.

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More Recognition
Junior right-hander Preston Guilmet has been named to the initial ˇ?watch listˇ± for the 2008 Golden Spikes Award ... He is also on the CSTV.comˇ?s Player of the Year Watch List ... Guilmet and outfield classmate Jon Gaston have each been listed on the preseason Brooks Wallace Award Watch List ... Arizonaˇ?s closing tandem of LHP Daniel Schlereth and RHP Jason Stoffel has each be named to the NCBWAˇ?s preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. Schlereth, a junior, needs just four more saves to move past former teammate Mark Melancon for the career saves lead and Stoffel looks to build off an impressive freshman season that saw him allow just one earned run in 12 Pac-10 appearances last year and strike out 11 of the 15 hitters he faced in the NCAA Regional in Wichita, Kan., last year.

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Thatˇ?s Offensive
The Wildcats return nine position players that saw action in 30 or more games, including seven that started at least 48 games ... Led by senior C.J. Ziegler (.355, 23 2B, 13 HR, 63 RBI), Arizona returns 84 percent of its runs, 82 percent of its hits, 84 percent of its doubles, 76 percent of its triples, 75 percent of its home runs, 78 percent of its RBI and 92 percent of its stolen bases from last season ... The Wildcats finished at or near the top of the Pacific-10 Conference in a number of team offensive categories last season, including batting average (.306, 2nd), slugging percentage (.478, 2nd), on base percentage (.391, 2nd), runs (428, 3rd), hits (619, 3rd), RBI (389, 3rd), doubles (126, 3rd), triples (33, 1st), home runs (52, 3rd) and stolen bases (95, 1st).

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On the Bump
The Wildcats return seven arms that logged significant innings for one of the best UA pitching staffs in the last 30 years, including the top four ERA leaders and four of the top five strikeout artists. Highlighted by 2007 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year Preston Guilmet (12-2, 1.87 ERA, 146 Ks), last yearˇ?s Arizona staff finished the season with the lowest team ERA since 1976 (3.90), the fewest home runs allowed in 34 years (20) and the fewest hits (516), runs (273) and earned runs (228) allowed in 30 years. The collective group posted the second-most strikeouts in school history and finished in a tie for second for the most saves in a single season ... Much like the offense, the pitchers finished among the Pac-10ˇ?s best statistically last seasons, including second in ERA, second in opponent batting average (.257), first in strikeouts (541) and third in wins (42), as well as the fewest hits, earned runs and home runs allowed in the Pac-10.

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Draft Dodgers
The Wildcats received some good news at the start of the school year when five drafted UA players opted not to sign professional contracts and return to campus. Junior LHP Daniel Schlereth was picked in the eighth round by the Oakland Aˇ?s, junior LHP Eric Berger in the ninth by the Aˇ?s, senior 1B C.J. Ziegler in the 37th round by the St. Louis Cardinals, and classmates Colt Sedbrook (2B) and David Coulon (LHP) in the 42nd round by the Cubs and Rockies, respectively. Additionally, freshmen signees Bobby Coyle (19th, Cleveland), Matt Presley (24th, Boston) and Andrew Allen (43rd, Arizona) all enrolled in class rather than sign.

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A Quick Look at Georgia
The Bulldogs return 19 letterwinners from a 2007 squad that went 23-33 overall and 11-19 in the Southeastern Conference ... Georgia has appeared in a pair of recent College World Series (2004 and 2006) ... Among the 19 returners this season is All-American closer Joshua Fields who was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the second round last year, but became the highest drafted player not to sign a professional contract upon his return to Athens ... The Dogs batted .279 as a team last season and averaged 5.2 runs, just under 10 hits and 4.8 RBI per game ... On the mound the UGA arms posted a 4.66 team ERA and averaged 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings ... Opponents batted just .264 against Georgia last year ... UGA head coach David Perno is seventh season as the skipper of the Bulldogs and has complied a 206-159 overall record in Athens.

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Arizona vs. Georgia ˇ? The All-Time Series
The Cats and Dogs have met a grand total of two times on the baseball diamond, both at the 2004 College World Series. UGA had the upper hand in both contests, defeating UA, 8-7, in the opening game of the CWS and then eliminating the Wildcats, 3-1, from the postseason field four days later ... Historically, Arizona has played six teams that currently call the SEC home and has gone 9-14 against them. The Wildcats most recently faced Mississippi State in a home-and-home series with UA sweeping MSU in Tucson in 2005 and the Bulldogs returning the favor in Starkville a year later.

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Looking Back
The Wildcats wrapped up their 2007 season with a 42-17 overall record and a 15-9 mark in the Pac-10. The 42 wins were the most for any Arizona team since 1989 and the league record was good enough for a second place finish. UA advanced to the regional championship game against Wichita State in Wichita, Kan., but fell to the Shockers, 3-0, in the title game. Departed senior Bill Rhinehart finished the season with the team triple crown, batting a team-high .372 with 13 HRs and 66 RBI. It marked just the third time school history a player had accomplished such a feat. Current junior Preston Guilmet paced a Wildcat pitching staff that posted very impressive numbers over the course of the season and Guilmet became UAˇ?s first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year since Scott Erickson in 1989.

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Head Coach Andy Lopez
Arizona head coach Andy Lopez enters his seventh season as the Wildcats skipper with a 210-141-1 record at UA. Now in his 26th season as a collegiate head coach, Lopez needs just three more victories for 900 in his career. He currently stands with a 897-558-7 mark at four different schools (Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine, Florida and Arizona).

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