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UA Baseball Hits Road For Four Games In Utah
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 04, 2012
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April 4, 2012

2012 Arizona Baseball

April 4, 2012 | Orem, Utah | Brent Brown Ballpark
No. 4 Arizona (21-7, 7-2 Pac-12) @ Utah Valley (12-11, 0-0 Great West)

April 5-7  |  Salt Lake City  |  Spring Mobile Ballpark
No. 4 Arizona (21-7, 7-2 Pac-12) @ Utah (7-19, 3-6 Pac-12) 
Wednesday, April 4 •  6 p.m. (MDT)  •  Brent Brown Ballpark  •  UA Radio: None
LHP Tyler Crawford (0-0, 4.76) vs. RHP Jeremy Gendlek (3-3, 7.22)
Thursday, April 5 •  6 p.m. (MDT)  •  Spring Mobile Ballpark  •  UA Radio: 1290 AM
RHP Kurt Heyer (4-1, 2.12) vs. RHP Joe Pond (2-4, 4.29)
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Friday, April 5 •  6 p.m. (MDT)  •  Spring Mobile Ballpark  •  UA Radio: 1290 AM
RHP Konner Wade (4-0, 3.33) vs. RHP Brock Duke (2-1, 2.86)
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Saturday, April 6 •  Noon (MDT)  •  Spring Mobile Ballpark  •  UA Radio: 1290 AM
RHP James Farris (4-1, 3.69) vs. RHP Kesley Kondo (0-0, 2.14)
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Arizona carries a five-game winning streak – all in Pac-12 games – into this week’s road trip …The Cats have played just five games away from home season, but face four road contests this week and eight of the next 11 … A rare non-conference single road game for the Cats, who defeated the Wolverines 12-6 in Tucson back on Feb. 21 at Hi Corbett Field … UA will be the first ranked team ever to visit Utah Valley when the teams meet on Wednesday evening in Orem, Utah … The Cats face Pac-12 rookie Utah for the first time since Andy Lopez’s first season in Tucson, but otherwise the schools have a rather extensive history on the diamond with 53 all-time meetings … UA’s weekend pitching has been strong in recent weeks, but four games in four days will see a new starter on Wednesday and likely a test of pitching depth over the course of the week … Arizona will look to remedy a recent surge in errors, though the club has made its share of impressive defensive plays, too ... A stretch of game’s that will test the mental toughness of a club that finds its receiving headlines across the nation for its recent play and evidenced by a No. 4 national ranking in Baseball America … Can the Cats play good baseball one day at a time? Baseball America Rankings
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Season Statistics
2012 Media Guide
Pac-12 Standings
Utah Valley/Utah vs. Arizona Statistical Comparison  Arizona Statistical Leaders
Utah Valley/Utah Stat Arizona Stat Player
12-11/7-19 (3-6 Pac-12) Record 21-7 (7-2 Pac-12) Avg. Seth Mejias-Brean (.393)
.301/.236 Avg. .327 Hits Alex Mejia (44)
151/94 Runs 196 Runs Johnny Field/Alex Mejia (28)
238/205 Hits 311 RBI Seth Mejias-Brean (31)
36/37 2B 56 2B Joey Rickard (10)
12/2 3B 13 HR Alex Mejia (3)
14/12 HR 6 OB% Robert Refsnyder (.473)
20-29/7-15 SB-ATT 44-65 SLG% Robert Refsnyder (.545)
.384/.322 OB% .399 SB Robert Refsnyder (9)
.430/.325 SLG% .433 ERA Kurt Heyer (2.12)
5.54/4.89 ERA 3.77 IP  Konner Wade (54.0)
122/171  K's 213 K's  Konner Wade (52)
Arizona Baseball Game Notes:

Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez: The Wildcats are coached by Andy Lopez, who is now in his 11th season with a 376-236-1 record at the school. He has guided the Wildcats to postseason competition in seven of the last nine years, including two straight NCAA regionals and highlighted by a 2004 College World Series appearance. The Wildcats have won at least 30 games in five straight years and in nine of Lopez’s 10 seasons at the school. Overall, Lopez has more than 1,000 career victories, one national championship and four College World Series appearances. Lopez owns a career record of 1,063-654-7 in 30 years as a head coach, including stints at Cal State Dominguez Hills (1983-88), Pepperdine (1989-94), Florida (1995-2001) and Arizona (2002-present). Lopez led Pepperdine, Florida (twice) and Arizona to College World Series appearances. His total victories are 13th-most among active coaches and he is just one of just 45 individuals to reach 1,000 career victories.

UA-Stanford Series Recap: Arizona swept Stanford for the first time since 1993, winning in comeback fashion in all three contests … In Game 1, the Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to surge past the Cardinal for an 8-7 victory. Bobby Brown’s bases-loaded, two-run single tied the game, and a third run scored on the play as the ball skipped past centerfield Jake Stewart to allow the winning to score from first base. Kurt Heyer (8.0 IP, 7 R, 2 ER, 10 K) outdueled Mark Appel (8.0 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 K) on the mound, while reliever Stephen Manthei collected the final three outs for the Wildcats to earn the win in relief … In Game 2, Konner Wade carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before surrendering two runs – one earned – on three hits in the sixth inning, en route to a complete-game effort. The Wildcats again rallied from behind, scoring two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth to win 4-2. Wade finished the game with seven strikeouts, including three in a 1-2-3 eighth inning as he retired the final seven batters of the game in order to preserve his fourth win … In Game 3, Stanford took a 2-0 lead in the fourth before the Cats quickly tied the game in the home half of the inning. Robert Refsnyder then blasted a three-run homer in the next inning to give UA its first lead, and James Farris went on to throw a complete game five-hitter as the Cats completed the sweep with a 6-2 win … In the three games, UA out-hit Stanford .371-.181 as a team, and collected eight extra base hits to the Cardinal’s four … The second-leading home run team, Stanford was homerless in the three games … UA pitching struck out 24 and walked just three in 27.0 innings on the weekend … UA overcame nine errors in a sometimes sloppy series that had 15 combined errors.

Comeback Cats: Arizona has developed a habit of falling behind early in games, something that has proven costly at times while other times simply serving as a wakeup call. The Wildcats have trailed in 20 of their 28 games in 2012, winning 13 and dropping seven of those contests. In fact, UA has fallen at some point in 15 straight games dating back to the Eastern Michigan game on March 10. Interestingly, it’s a trend that has carried over from 2011. A season ago, the Cats trailed during 38 of their 60 games played. They posted a 17-21 mark in those games. So the early returns in 2012 could indicate that the club has learned how to rally from deficits. In reality, the Wildcats would prefer to get ahead and stay ahead and put this comeback business behind them. We’ll see what the future has in store.

Out of the Gates: In recent seasons, Arizona has been known as a fast-starting team. Just look at the 2011 season when the Wildcats outscored opponents a cumulative 42-18 in the first inning of games. Or look at 2010 when the margin was 48-30. This year, surprisingly, the Cats have been outscored 21-20 in the opening inning of ballgames. It’s part of the reason UA has fallen behind in 12 straight games, and is something the Wildcats would like to turn around. As a team, UA is hitting .312 in the first inning of games, which is below average for all innings. Opponents, meanwhile, are batting .319 in the first inning off UA pitching, which is highest of any inning.

Winning Weekends: The mantra for all good baseball teams is to win each series. In a standard three-game series, that means winning two-out-of-three each weekend. Do that during conference play and you’ll be in contention for the league championship heading into the final weeks. It’s something Arizona has been very good at since the end of the 2011 season. If you take the final five series of last year (April 29-May 1) and the first seven of 2012, UA has won 11 of the last 12 weekend series it has played. That includes six sweeps and three series in which the Cats dropped the first game only to come back and win the final two. UA’s only weekend setback in the last 11 weekends was at Stanford a year ago when the Cardinal won two-of-three. Arizona avenged those losses with an impressive sweep last weekend.

Answering Machine: Arizona has become adept at quickly scoring runs soon after an opponent has scratched across a run(s). In UA’s series with Eastern Michigan (March 9-11), the Wildcats scored at least one run in every inning that the Eagles scored in the top of the inning. Since the start of that series (16 games), whenever an opposing team has scored at least one run in an inning, UA has answered back in their next at bat with at least one run nearly 50 percent of the time (23-of-48 innings). Last Friday night, Stanford scored two runs in the top of the second inning take a 2-0 lead. Arizona answered back with two runs of its own. An inning later, the Cardinal scored once again, before the Cats tacked on three in the home half of the inning. On Saturday, Stanford scored twice in the sixth to lead 2-1, before UA reginaed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning. On Sunday, the Cats fell behind 2-0 in the top of the fourth, before posting a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the frame.

The Last Five: Arizona’s five-game Pac-12 winning can be summed up quite simply: good hitting and even better pitching. Here’s a quick statistical look at the last five games: Arizona is out-hitting opponents .348-.194 … UA, which has six home runs on the season, has homered four times in the last five contests … Wildcat leadoff men have reached in 22 of the 43 innings the club has come to bat, which has helped offset a .268 batting average with runners in scoring position … UA pitchers, meanwhile, have kept leadoff men off base (7-of-45, .156) and limited hitters with running in scoring position (7-for-36, .194) … Interestingly, UA has hit into seven double plays without turning any defensively … Seth Mejias-Brean (10-for-18, .556), Joey Rickard (10-for-22, .455) and Bobby Brown (8-for-20, .400) have placed the offense, with Brown packing some power punch with two doubles, a triple and a homer, plus six RBI … UA’s pitching staff has a combined 2.60 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 11 walks in 45 innings pitched … Of the 20 runs allowed, only 13 have been earned due to 10 errors committed.

Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week: Sophomore Konner Wade was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Wade, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, turned in the best outing of his career against then-No. 2 Stanford last Saturday in Arizona's 4-2, series-clinching victory at Hi Corbett Field. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native tossed a complete-game three-hitter and improved his season record to 4-0 with a 3.33 ERA. Facing one of the Pac-12's top offensive lineups, Wade carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up three hits, which led to two runs - just one earned. From there he settled back into his dominating form, keeping the Cardinal hitless in the final three innings. He retired the final seven batters of the game in order, including striking out the side in order in the eighth inning. Wade racked up seven strikeouts against only one walk in the contest.

Pitching Prevails: The UA-Stanford series drew national attention and figured to be a battle of two of the most talented offensive clubs in the Pac-12, with the Cardinal seemingly holding the advantage on the mound. It didn’t play out that way. The Cats received three quality starts from the Kurt Heyer, Konner Wade and James Farris, with the two sophomore righties going the distance in the final two games. Junior ace Kurt Heyer went toe to toe with top MLB prospect Mark Appel, and while neither factored into the decision, Heyer was charged with just two earned runs and struck out 10 in the game. Stephen Manthei pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Heyer, to set the stage for a bottom of the ninth rally by the Cats’ bats in an 8-7 win. The next day, Wade carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and gave up just one earned run to go with six strikeouts in his career complete game. Farris followed with his second career complete game, a five-hitter on Sunday. In the three games, the UA pitching staff accumulated a 1.67 ERA, struck out 24 and walked just three in 27 innings pitched, while limiting Cardinal hitters to a .181 average. Not bad.

Strong Starts: Arizona has trotted out the same starting pitching rotation for all seven weekend series in 2012. Junior Kurt Heyer takes the ball on Friday nights, with sophomores Konner Wade and James Farris on the hill on Saturdays and Sundays, respectively. Together, they’ve helped the Wildcats win each weekend series to date with a cumulative 13-2 pitching record and 3.03 ERA (51 earned runs in 151.1 innings). They’ve collected 132 strikeouts and issued just 37 total walks, with both Heyer (9) and Farris (5) still in single digits of the free-pass category. Farris is tied for the second-fewest walks in the league, while Wade is tied for the second-most strikeouts (52) and Heyer has the sixth-best ERA (2.12). Wade’s .198 opponent batting average is third-lowest.

Power Surge: Don’t look now, but Arizona is finding its power stroke, if four homers in five games is any indication. Admittedly, that’s not much of a power surge. But consider that Arizona had just two home runs on the season before playing at Oregon State a week and a half ago. It was a 17-game drought that spanned 616 official a tbats before Bobby Brown and Riley Moore launched back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 5-3 lead over the Beavers in the second game of the series. For Brown, a fifth-year senior, the homer came in his 206th career at-bat. Moore, on the other, is a true freshman who belted his first career home run in his 74th official at bat. The following day, Mejia, a junior, collected his third homer of the season with a solo shot to give the Wildcats a two-run cushion in the sixth inning. Mejia had just one home run in his first two seasons at Arizona. Last Sunday against Stanford, Robert Refsnyder hit a three-run home run that proved to be the game-winner. It was the first of the season for Refsnyder, but the ninth of his career.

Fearsome Foursome: Juniors Alex Mejia, Seth Mejias-Brean, Robert Refsnyder and Joey Rickard have combined to make 572 starts in 581 total games played. They have missed a combined three games in their careers, with Rickard playing in all 146 games and missing only one start. It’s been a very consistent a productive group that has helped guide the Wildcats to consecutive NCAA Regional appearances. Together they have accumulated 751 base hits and 425 runs scored, hitting .333 (751-2256) as a group.

Seth’s Streak: Seth Mejias-Brean is turning in his best season as a Wildcat in the first half of 2012. Mejias-Brean, who has made 139 starts at third base as a Wildcat, carries a team-best .393 batting average and a career-best 21-game hitting streak into this weekend’s action (also has a 27-game reached-base streak). His 31 RBI on the season not only rank second among Pac-12 players, but have surpassed the 28 he collected in all of 2011. Speaking of his sophomore campaign a year ago, Mejias-Brean has continued to be one of the Wildcats most productive hitters since the end of last April. Beginning on April 30 of last year and continuing through this week, Mejias-Brean is hitting a robust .404 (67-166) with 25 runs scored and 43 RBI over the course of 47 games. In his career, Mejias-Brean is a .329 hitter with 88 runs and 90 RBI.

UA’s Iron Man: Junior centerfielder Joey Rickard has played in all 146 games of his Wildcat career, including 145 starts. That’s 146 straight games played for Rickard, which puts him No. 9 in school history for consecutive games played. Provided he stays healthy and in the lineup, Rickard can move into the top-five by season’s end. It’s an impressive feat for a guy that has been UA’s table-setter at the top of the order and one asked to roam the spacious outfields at Kindall/Sancet and Hi Corbett Field in his career. He’s hitting .361 this season with 10 doubles and 25 runs scored, which has improved his career average to .334. He has 46 extra base hits (29 2B, 5 3B and 12 HR), 121 runs scored and 102 RBI. He has 204 career base hits.

Rev’d Up Ref: Junior right fielder Robert Refsnyder is turning in a strong junior campaign after being named an All-Pac-10 player a year ago. Refsnyder is third on the club in overall batting average (.382, eighth-highest in Pac-12), while his .545 slugging percentage is tops on the team thanks to a team-leading 13 extra base hits. Refsnyder has walked 10 times and been hit by a pitch 10 other times, boosting his on-base percentage to a team-high .473, which is seventh-best in the Pac-12. In addition, he’s scored 27 runs and added 29 RBI, while stealing a team-high nine bases. He’s been the guy to have at the plate in key situations, hitting .512 with runners in scoring position. In the series finale against Stanford, he blasted his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to propel the Cats to a 6-2 win. In his three-year career, Refsnyder has an impressive .341 batting average, 116 runs scored, 123 RBI and 50 extra base hits (31 2B, 12 3B, 9 HR).

Mejia Mania: An All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore, shortstop Alex Mejia is turning in a sensational junior season. Mejia ranks second on the club and seventh in the Pac-12 with a .386 batting average entering this week. He is slugging .535 on the season, which is second on the team, and been boosted by six doubles, a triple and three home runs. The round-trippers lead the club and are his first since his freshman season after he snapped a streak of 371 at-bats without a home run earlier this season. Mejia has developed from a steady bottom of the order hitter to a guy that now hits No. 3 in the lineup. In his career, Mejia boasts a .339 batting average, 100 runs scored, 187 hits and 98 RBI. Interestingly, Mejia has been even more efficient in conference games in his career, hitting .365 (84-230) with 37 runs and 30 RBI in 63 career league contests. Defensively, Mejia makes some spectacular plays on seemingly a daily basis, and his 93 assists lead the Pac-12. Mejia was named a second team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Brown Delivers: Senior Bobby Brown has regained the starting designated hitter role that he opened the season with. An early season slump pushed Brown to mostly a pinch-hitting role after the first two weeks of the season. But he earned a start at Oregon State (3/24) five games ago and since, he and the team have been on a hot streak. Brown hit his first career home run in the top of the ninth inning of that game against the Beavers to spark the Cats to a lead and eventual victory. He’s since gone on a five-game hitting streak, scored three runs and driven in six in the five starts at DH. His batting average has risen from .211 to its current .276, and he’d like nothing more than to keep raising it. On the year, he’s hit four doubles, three triples and a home run to go with 17 RBI.

Heyer Standards: Junior Kurt Heyer is in his third season as the Friday starter for the Wildcats. He is a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree and has been tabbed as preseason third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and is on the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award. As a sophomore, Heyer tied for the most starts in the nation (20) and ranked fourth nationally with 134 strikeouts. The 6-foot-2 right-hander tallied double-digit strikeouts six times in 2011, and has done so 11 times in his career. In 2012, Heyer is 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 51.0 IP.

Heyer Rings ‘Em Up: Kurt Heyer matched his career high set during his freshman season with 14 strikeouts against Harvard on March 2 and now has 51 on the season. In his career, Heyer has 294 strikeouts, which is believed to be the most in the nation for active pitchers (research courtesy Troy Prendergast at Troy University). Heyer’s 294 strikeouts are the 9th-most in program history and trail Rich Hinton’s 300 (1967-69) for the eighth-most. Two pretty big names – Lance Dickson (304) and Joe Magrane (307) loom just beyond Hinton. Heyer, a Huntington Beach, Calif., has made 43 starts in his career, which is tied with Don Lee for ninth-most in program history. He boasts a 19-10 record and a 2.66 ERA in his career.

‘K’onner Wade: Sophomore RHP Konner Wade, the club’s Saturday starter, has reached double-digit strikeouts in three of his seven starts this season and has a team-high 52 on the season, which is tied for second in the Pac-12 Conference and ranks No. 21 nationally. That’s a bit surprising since he racked up just 28 strikeouts in 61.2 innings as a freshman. Wade, whose career high was seven punch-outs entering the season, shattered the previous mark with 13 in his season debut against North Dakota State on Feb. 18. He followed that up with another 10 strikeouts a week later against Auburn on Feb. 25 and 10 more versus Harvard on March 3. The strong start backs up an impressive summer that saw Wade become a Cape Cod League All-Star mostly as a closer. At Arizona, he’ll remain a starter, a spot he’s had success in during his first two years. In his career as a starter (6-0, 15 career starts), Wade has thrown 94.0 innings with a 2.68 ERA (28 ER).

The Setup Man-thei: Junior right-hander Stephen Manthei (pronounced man-THEE) has emerged as the Wildcats go-to setup guy and bridge to closer Mathew Troupe. Manthei is 5-2 on the season with a 3.26 ERA and one save to his credit in 19.1 innings pitched and 13 total appearances. He’s been at his best in recent weeks, when he has turned in a stellar 1.65 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched over 10 appearances. During that span, he has surrendered just three earned runs on eight hits and six walks, to go with nine strikeouts. Troupe, meanwhile, has taken over for the final outs of the game to earn four of his five saves during Manthei’s last 10 appearances.

Troupe Time: Freshman right-hander Mathew Troupe has emerged as Arizona’s closer. On the job-training has been pressure-packed at times for the youngster, but so far he’s passed some significant tests. Three of Troupe’s five saves have come on the road at nationally-ranked foes Rice (3/14) and Oregon State (3/24-25). At Rice, Troupe worked himself into a jam that loaded the bases and brought the winning run to the plate before recording his third strikeout of the ninth to preserve an 8-5 Wildcat win. Two weeks ago at Oregon State, Troupe earned saves in each of the Wildcats’ two victories. In the Saturday game, the righty allowed one run and had the tying run on third base, before recording the final two outs to preserve a narrow 5-4 victory. The next day, in cold and rainy conditions, Troupe struck out the side in the ninth to secure UA’s 7-5, series-clinching victory over the Beavers. On the year, Troupe has a 2-0 record, a 2.81 ERA and five saves in 12 appearances. His five saves are tied for fourth-most in the Pac-12 and he’s registered at least one strikeout in each game he has pitched. He’s tallied 24 total strikeouts against six walks in 16.0 innings pitched.

Ranked Foes: Arizona has played six straight games against ranked teams, winning five straight. To date, the Wildcats have played eight games against teams ranked in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll at the time of the game. The Wildcats split two at No. 8 Rice (3/13-15), before winning a road series at No. 19 Oregon State (3/23-25). Arizona then went home and swept three games from No. 2 Stanford (3/30-4/1) at Hi Corbett Field. In all, the Cats have a 6-2 record against Baseball America Top 25 teams thus far, with plenty more showdowns on the slate. Home games against No. 5 UCLA (4/13-15) and No. 22 Oregon (5/4-6), plus five total games against rival No. 24 Arizona State (4/17, 5/16, 5/25-27) are in store.

Home At Hi Corbett: Arizona’s decision to move its home venue off campus to historic Hi Corbett Field has paid dividends this season, none bigger than last weekend’s showdown with No. 2 Stanford in town. A crowd of 4,191 turned out for the series opener last Friday, the largest home attendance for the Cats in over four years. More than 3,500 showed up on Saturday and another 2,900-plus cheered the Cats on to a sweep on Sunday. Over the three games, a total of 10,656 passed through the gates, which marked the first time UA surpassed 10,000 fans for a three-game series in two decades. The last time it happened was May 15-17, 1992, when the Wildcats closed out the regular season with a three-game sweep of Arizona State in front of a combined 13,466 at Sancet Field. That was also the last season Arizona hosted an NCAA regional. On the year, the Cats have drawn 48,571 fans in 23 games (avg. 2,111), a significant increase over the 36,412 fans at 33 home games (1,103 per game) a season ago.

From Start To Finish: Baseball is a nine-inning game (usually), but the early returns on this year’s Arizona baseball team show that scoring first can make all the difference. Consider that the Wildcats are 10-2 when scoring first in a game, while five of their seven losses have come in games when the opponent scores first. One of the indicators has been first-inning runs. The Cardinal and Navy is 8-2 when scoring in the first inning this year. In 2011, the Cats were a quick-starting club that outscored foes 42-18 in the initial frame over the course of the season and posted a mark of 23-7 when scoring first.

Alive With Five: Five runs seems to be a pretty good breaking point for success for the Wildcats. In 2012, Arizona is 18-2 when it scores five or more runs in a game, while it has struggled to a 3-5 mark when it fails to score at least five runs. Conversely, the same holds true for opponents. When the Wildcats have held opponents under five runs, they are 13-0. When opponents score five runs or more, UA has struggled at to a 8-7 clip.

Closing the Deal: Under Andy Lopez, the Wildcats have been dominant in games when they have had a lead late in games. In fact, the Wildcats are 279-25-1 (.917) in the last 305 games when they have a lead after the sixth inning. That covers the last nine full seasons of Lopez’s teams that have won at a 92-percent clip in such games. Certainly it has helped having Major League arms in the bullpen. Consider that three players - Mark Melancon, Daniel Schlereth and Ryan Perry - have reached the big leagues in recent years, and another – Cory Burns – may get a chance this season with the San Diego Padres. In 2011, Arizona was 31-4 when leading after six innings. So far in 2012, the Wildcats are 17-1 in such games (NMSU loss on 3/20).

.300 Club: Arizona led the Pac-10 and ranked No. 3 in the nation in 2011 with a .320 team batting average, which extended the program’s streak to nine consecutive seasons with an overall batting average of .300 or better. In 2011, UA hit .321 as a team which was the best clip for a Wildcat team since 2005, when a veteran squad turned in a blistering .328 average. The 2003 club - Andy Lopez’s second year - also hit .328, while the 2009 club hit .314. Other marks include .306 in 2007, .305 in 2006 and in the 2004 College World Series season, and .301 in 2008. This year, the Wildcats are hitting .327 through 25 games.

On Deck: Arizona will return home and continue Pac-12 Conference play against No. 5 UCLA in a three-game series April 13-15 at Hi Corbett Field. Thereafter, the Wildcats play a non-conference game at No. 24 Arizona State on April 17, before traveling to play Washington in Seattle for a three-game set April 20-22.

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