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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/09/2007
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Arizona returns to Pac-10 play this weekend when it hosts USC for three games at Jerry Kindall Field.

Sat., May 12 - USC - 7 p.m.

Sun., May 13 - USC - 6 p.m.

Mon., May 14 - USC - 12 p.m.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L LF Has scored 30 runs in 25 starts
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Hitting .333 with 34 runs scored and 17 RBI in 35 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Team leader with 19 2Bs and 10 HRs this season
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L DH Hit his career-best 8th HR of the year last weekend
5 Brad Glenn R/R 3B Team leader with 52 RBI this year
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Batted .786 (11 for 14) with 3 HRs last weekend 
7 Jon Gaston L/L RF Hitting .321 with a team-high five triples
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Batting .244 with 18 RBI and 16 runs scored this year
9 Robert Abel R/R SS Pac-10 leader with 21 SB. Is 21 for 23 in SB this year
Pitching
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 110 Ks in 102 IP
Sat LHP Brad Mills 9-4 with a 3.70 ERA and 79 Ks in 80 1/3 IP
Sun RHP Mike Colla 2-1 with a 5.58 ERA and 36 Ks in 40 1/3 IP
CP  RHP Jason Stoffel 4-0 with three saves and a 1.46 ERA in 16 relief appearances

 

The Grand Canyon State

The Wildcats will not leave Arizona for the remainder of the regular season. Arizona will host USC and Washington in Tucson the next two weekends before traveling 100 miles north to Tempe for a season-ending series against Arizona State. The respite from the road is just what is needed after UA spent the last three weeks of April traveling 4,490 round trip miles to Stanford, Washington State and UCLA.

 

Non-Conference Numbers

Arizona wrapped up its non-conference schedule last weekend with a series sweep over visiting Liberty. In 31 non-conference games this regular season Arizona posted a 25-6 overall record, a .324 team batting average and a 3.66 team ERA. The Wildcats lost only one three-game non-conference series (at No. 8 Cal State Fullerton) and recorded three-game sweeps in four non-conference weekends.

 

Last Week

The Wildcats closed out their non-conference slate with a three-game series sweep of visiting Liberty ... The sweep capped off Arizona’s non-conference record in the regular season at 25-6 ... The Cats opened the series with a bang, winning 16-2 on Friday and 16-3 on Saturday, before outlasting the Flames 7-6 in 10 innings on Sunday ...Offensive Numbers: Arizona busted out with a .419 team average (52 for 124) in the series with the Flames ... The weekend raised UA’s team average 10 points (from .298 to .308) ... The Cats finished the series with 12 doubles and a season series-high seven home runs ...  T.J. Steele (.358, 7 HR, 42 RBI) battered the Liberty pitching staff to lead the Wildcats with a crazy .786 batting average (11 for 14), three home runs, two doubles, eight RBI and five runs scored ... Steele and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs on Saturday to mark the fourth time this season that Arizona has hit homers in consecutive at bats ... Steele’s two-homer game on Saturday was the fourth multi-homer game by a Wildcat this season ... Along with Steele’s outstanding weekend, a total of seven different players hit .385 or better ... True frosh Oliver Padre (.200, 0 HR, 4 RBI) took advantage of his first two career starts, collecting his first collegiate hit, a double on Saturday, and driving in the game-winning run in the 10th inning with a single on Sunday ... Sophomore Hunter Pace (.385, 0 HR, 3 RBI) made the most of his limited playing time going 2 for 3 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored, including the game-winner in Sunday’s 7-6, 10-inning victory ... Junior Colt Sedbrook (.333, 1 HR, 17 RBI) turned in a 10 for 16 (.625) weekend at the plate with a double, a RBI and a team-best six runs scored ... Senior Bill Rhinehart (.339, 8 HR, 41 RBI) went 6 for 13 (.462) with five RBI and three runs scored against the Flames and hit his career-high eighth homer of the year on Sunday ... C.J. Ziegler (6 for 15) and Robert Abel (4 for 10) both hit .400 for the weekend ... Ziegler (.337, 10 HR, 48 RBI) collected his second three-double game of the year on Friday to tie the single game school record, while Abel (.286, 0 HR, 21 RBI) scored five runs in the series sweep ... Not to be outdone, sophomore Brad Glenn (.358, 8 HR, 52 RBI) hit a pair of home runs in the series en route to a 5 for 13 weekend at the plate (.385). He finished with six RBI and six runs scored ... Pitching Numbers: The Arizona pitching staff went 3-0 with a 3.54 team ERA in 28 innings of work ... The hurlers struck out 25 Liberty batters while issuing only five walks ... As noted above, ace Preston Guilmet (9-1, 1.68 ERA, 110 K) tossed seven shutout innings in a one-hit start on Friday ... He did not issue a walk while striking out six to raise his season total to 110 in 102 IP ... Left-hander Brad Mills (9-4, 3.70 ERA, 79 K) tied Guilmet for the team wins lead with 5 2/3 innings of work on Saturday. He allowed just three runs on seven hits to pick up his ninth W of the year. Mills struck out four and walked three ... Daniel Schlereth (2-0, 8 saves, 2.92 ERA, 38 K) picked up his second win of the year with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in Sunday’s 10-inning win ... Relievers Ryan Perry (0-1, 6.57 ERA, 24 K) and Jason Stoffel (4-0, 3 saves, 2.45 ERA 31 K) both turned in scoreless performances out of the bullpen.

 

Regular Season Wins

Arizona’s 35 victories this season are nearing the high-water mark for a regular season under head coach Andy Lopez. In 2005 the Wildcats completed the regular season with a 37-19 overall record (UA then went 2-2 in the postseason to finish 39-21). With nine contests remaining in the regular season this year, Arizona needs just three more wins to eclipse the ?'05 squad for the best regular season record under Lopez and five more victories to become the first UA team to reach 40 wins in  the regular season since the 1989 team went 42-16-1 excluding postseason play.

 

Home Sweet Home

With six straight home games up next on the schedule, the Wildcats are looking to build on an impressive record at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. In 26 home games this season the Cats are 24-2 overall, including a current streak of 14 straight home wins and a 6-0 record in Pac-10 games. In a March 24th double-header against Northern Colorado, Arizona won its 999th and 1,000th all-time games at Kindall Field since putting down roots at the site in 1967. Arizona, which has ensured a 12th-straight winning season at home, is now 1,010-445-4 (.694) at the facility.

 

There’s No Place Like Home

The Wildcat offense has enjoyed playing at home. In 26 contests at Jerry Kindall Field this season Arizona is batting .358 as a team (326 for 910) with 70 doubles, 17 triples, 25 home runs and 218 RBI. The Cats are averaging 9.0 runs, 12.5 hits and 8.4 RBI per game at home thus far. Individually, C.J. Ziegler (.429) and Bill Rhinehart (.402) are both hitting over .400 for the year at home and six of their teammates are batting .344 or better at Kindall Field.

 

Preston Guilmet Named National Pitcher of the Week

Sophomore right-hander Preston Guilmet has been named a Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after firing a one-hitter over seven innings against Liberty on May 4. His latest selection marks a school-record third time this season he has been recognized by the publication. Guilmet (9-1) held the Flames hitless for 5 2/3 innings last Friday before finally allowing a single with two outs in the sixth. He did not give up another hit while holding Liberty scoreless for seven innings to lower his Pac-10-leading ERA to 1.68 for the season. He did not issue a walk in his team-leading ninth win of the year and finished with six strikeouts to raise his season total to 110 in 102 innings pitched.

 

Guilmet and Steele Sweep Weekly Conference Honors

For the first time since 1998 Arizona swept the weekly player/pitcher of the week honors by  the Pac-10 Conference. T.J. Steele and Preston Guilmet pulled off the rare double dip by leading Arizona to a series sweep over Liberty May 4-6. Steele picked up his first career conference honor by leading the way at the plate by going 11 for 14 (.786) with three home runs, a pair of doubles, eight RBI and five run scored. Guilmet picked up his record-setting fourth weekly honor with seven one-hit innings in a start on Friday. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings and struck out six with no walks for his team-leading ninth win of the year.

Sweeping the Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week Awards at Arizona

Year Date Player/Pitcher
1988 4/25 Kevin Long/Jim Richardson
1989 5/15 Todd Devereaux/Jim Richardson
1991 4/30 Marc Lavoie/Carlos Rico
1992 3/30 Chris Gump/Carlos Rico
1998 2/10 Jason Hendricks/Rob Shabansky
2007 5/8 T.J. Steele/Preston Guilmet

 

A Weekly Winner

Preston Guilmet’s latest pitcher of the week honors by Collegiate Baseball on May 7 and the Pac-10 on May 8 brings 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

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

 

Getting Recognized

Right-hander Preston Guilmet is on the watch lists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate pitcher, and the Brooks Wallace Award. He 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 (9-1, 1.68 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 13 starts and has gone eight or more innings seven times (including four straight starts of nine innings). He has not given up a single run in five starts, has struck out 10 or more batters five times, has allowed seven or less hits in 11 of 13 outings and has walked two or less in 10 starts. In 102 innings pitched this season he has thrown 89 scoreless innings while surrendering multiple runs in just five of them. Arizona is 12-1 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 203, five-plus seasons
 

A Quick Look at USC

The Trojans come to Tucson with a 23-22 overall record and a 6-9 mark in the Pac-10 ... USC took last weekend off for finals, but won two of three against Washington State in their latest action ... The Men of Troy are batting .280 as a team this season and are averaging 5.0 runs, 9.4 hits and 4.6 RBI per game ... Individually, Grant Green is USC’s leading hitter with a .311 average, 39 runs scored and a Pac-10-best nine triples this season ... Lucas Duda paces the club with six home runs and 29 RBI ... On the mound, USC has a 4.69 team ERA and 296 strikeouts in 400 2/3 innings pitched ... The announced rotation for the weekend is Sat. - RHP Brad Boxberger (3-4, 2.80 ERA), Sun. - RHP Ryan Cook (6-2, 4.34 ERA) and Monday LHP Tommy Milone (2-5, 6.45 ERA) ... Head coach Chad Kreuter is in his first season at USC.

 

Arizona vs. USC - The History

The Wildcats and Trojans have met 200 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1921. USC owns a 104-95-1 advantage in the all-time series, but Arizona has won five straight contests dating back to 2005 and has won the season series against the Trojans each of the last four straight seasons.

 

Winning the Close Ones

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

One-Run Success

Date  Opponent Result
2/16 at Cal State Fullerton W, 2-1
2/23 at UNLV W, 6-5 - 10 Innings
3/3 Eastern Michigan W, 8-7
3/9 at Hawaii W, 2-1
3/20 Morehead State W, 5-4
3/21 Morehead State W, 7-6
3/28 Arizona State W, 6-5
3/30 Oregon State W, 5-4
4/5 Cal  W, 1-0 - 11 Innings
4/21 at Washington State L, 4-3
5/6 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 weekend, the Wildcats are batting .308 as a team and averaging 7.3 runs, 10.5 hits, 2.2 doubles and 6.6 RBI per game.

 

There’s The Offense

After struggling at the plate the last two weeks (UA had hit .192 in the seven games leading up to last weekend), the Wildcats broke out a new set of bats and lit up the Liberty pitching staff for 39 runs on 52 hits in three games. In the first two games of the series vs. the Flames alone (a 16-2 win and a 16-3 victory), the Wildcats exceeded the previous seven-game totals in hits (41 to 40) and runs scored (32 to 24).

 

The Cats in the Pac

Heading into the week of play Arizona remains among the conference leaders in a number of offensive categories. UA is first in triples (25), stolen bases (79) and HBP (71) and is second in batting average (.308), slugging (.475), runs scored (337), RBI (303) and total bases (745)  ... Individually, Brad Glenn is tied for eighth in batting average (.358), sixth in slugging (.624) and on base percentage (.468), second in RBI (52) and tied for fourth in doubles (16) ... C.J. Ziegler is fourth in slugging (.640), second in doubles (19), sixth in runs scored (47), fifth in home runs (10) and seventh in RBI (48) ... Jon Gaston is ninth in on base percentage (.448) and second in triples (5) ... Robert Abel (1st, 21) and T.J. Steele (t-2nd, 16) are among the top base stealers in the Pac-10 ... After a monster weekend last week, Steele comes in tied with Glenn for eighth in batting average (.358), tied for fourth in hits (64) and tied for sixth in total bases (103).

 

Powering Up

After hitting just three home runs over an 18-game stretch from March 3-April 7, the Wildcats have found their power stroke. In the last 12 games the Cats have hit 16 home runs to

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