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Baseball Returns to Home Sweet Home
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/03/2007
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Arizona will close out its non-conference schedule when it hosts Liberty for three games this weekend,.

Fri., May 4 - Liberty - 7 p.m.

Sat., May 5 - Liberty - 6 p.m.

Sun., May 6 - Liberty - 12 p.m.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L LF Has scored 25 runs in 22 starts
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Hitting .295 with 28 runs scored and 13 RBI in 32 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Team leader with 16 2Bs and 10 HRs this season
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L DH Hit his 7th HR of the year last week at UCLA
5 Brad Glenn R/R 3B Team leader with 46 RBI this year
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Batting .321 with 28 runs scored and 34 RBI
7 Jon Gaston L/L RF Hitting .331 with a team-high five triples
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Batting .248 with 18 RBI and 14 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 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 104 Ks in 95 IP
Sat LHP Brad Mills 8-4 with a 3.62 ERA and 75 Ks in 74 2/3 IP
Sun RHP Mike Colla 2-1 with a 5.24 ERA and 32 Ks in 34 1/3 IP
CP  RHP Jason Stoffel 4-0 with three saves and a 1.52 ERA in 15 relief appearances

 

The Grand Canyon State

The Wildcats will not leave Arizona for the remainder of the regular season. Arizona will host Liberty, USC and Washington in Tucson the next three 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 traveling 4,490 round trip miles to Stanford, Washington State and UCLA.

 

A Final Break From Pac-10 Play

After five straight weeks of conference action Arizona will take a break from the Pac-10 when its hosts Liberty for the final non-conference weekend of play in regular season. In 28 games prior to this weekend Arizona is 22-6 in non-conference contests and is batting .311 as a team and has a 3.86 ERA.

 

Shuffling the Deck

The Arizona coaching staff shuffled the lineup for the final two games against UCLA last weekend. Sophomore Hunter Pace started his first two career games in left field and had a home run taken away by UCLA outfielder Will Penniall in Sunday’s contest. Other changes included Colt Sedbrook moving from second to shortstop for the two games and Kevin Rodland and Mike Weldon each getting a start at second base.

 

Last Week

The Wildcats dropped their second straight and third weekend series of the season at UCLA last weekend ... The conference-leading Bruins won the opening two games of the series, but the Wildcats ended a four-game losing streak and staved off their first series sweep with a win in the three-game finale on Sunday ... Offensive Numbers: The Wildcats batted just .198 in the three games, collecting three doubles and two home runs ... For a second straight week, T.J. Steele and Brad Glenn led the way at the plate going 3 for 11 (.273) each ... C.J. Ziegler finished with just one hit, but made it count. The junior swatted his team-leading 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the eighth inning, to power the Cats to a series-saving 5-3 win on Sunday ... Pitching Numbers: The Wildcats posted a 6.84 ERA in 25 innings of work ... The staff struck out 26 and walked 12 while allowing the Bruins to hit .292 in the series ... Ace Preston Guilmet (8-1, 1.80 ERA) was charged with his first loss of the year despite a solid seven-inning start on Friday. The right-hander allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out nine and walking two ... Right-hander Mike Colla (2-1, 5.24 ERA) was impressive in his first appearance since March 25. The sophomore tossed a career-high 5 2/3 innings in a start on Sunday, allowing just one earned run while striking out five in a no-decision effort ... Freshman closer Jason Stoffel (4-0, 2.54 ERA) struck out four batters in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief of Colla to pick up his fourth win of the season.

 

Regular Season Wins

Arizona’s 32 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 12 contests remaining in the regular season this year, Arizona needs just six more wins to eclipse the ?'05 squad for the best regular season record under Lopez and eight 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 nine 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 23 home games this season the Cats are 21-2 overall, including a current streak of 11 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 1,007-445-4 (.693) at the facility.

 

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 (8-1, 1.80 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 12 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 four starts, has struck out 10 or more batters five times, has allowed seven or less hits in 10 of 12 outings and has walked two or less in nine starts. In 95 innings pitched this season he has thrown 82 scoreless innings while surrendering multiple runs in just five of them. Arizona is 11-1 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      200, five-plus seasons

 

A Quick Look at Liberty

The Flames, who lost 12-9 to Virginia Tech on Tuesday, enter the weekend of play against Arizona with a 28-19 overall record and a 9-6 mark in the Big South Conference ... Offensively Liberty is batting .311 as a team and is averaging 7.3 runs, 11.1 hits and 6.5 RBI per game this season ... Individually, Garrett Young leads the team with a .383 batting average in 39 games played ... The junior outfielder also leads the team with seven home runs and 44 runs scored ... Junior Tim Nanry is the leading RBI producer with 42 runs driven in this season to go along with six bombs ... On the mound the Flames have a 4.69 team ERA in 420 2/3 innings pitched and have 284 strikeouts against 136 walks ... The tentative rotation for the weekend is Fri. - RHP Dustin Umberger (4-3, 4.65 ERA), Sat. - RHP David Stokes (7-4, 5.45 ERA) and Sun. - Michael Solbach (6-2, 3.59 ERA) ... Head coach Matt Royer is in his fifth season with the Flames and has posted a 145-126 record.

 

Arizona vs. Liberty - The History

The Wildcats and Flames have met one time previous to this weekend’s games. Arizona won two out of three vs. Liberty in Tucson in 1990.

 

Royer Returns

Liberty head coach Matt Royer will enjoy a homecoming of sorts this weekend. The fifth-year skipper got his coaching start at UA mentoring the Wildcats’ JV team in 1982 while completing his master’s degree in physical education. The ?'82 junior varsity went 20-2-1 under Royer’s leadership.

 

Winning the Close Ones

Arizona lost its first one-run game of the season at Washington State on April 21. Still, the Cats are 9-1 this season in games decided by a single run.

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

 

Offensive Numbers

Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .298 as a team and averaging 6.9 runs, 10.0 hits, 2.1 doubles and 6.2 RBI per game.

 

Where’s the Offense?

The Wildcats have struggled at the plate over the last seven games. Dating back to the series finale at Stanford on April 15, the Wildcats are batting just .192 as a team and averaging only 3.4 runs and 5.7 hits per game. The best remedy for the ailing bats might be simply playing at home. In 23 games at Kindall Field this year the Wildcats are hitting .349 as a team and averaging 8.5 runs and 11.9 hits per game. Individually C.J. Ziegler is most likely the happiest Wildcat to be home. The junior is hitting .434 with 34 runs scored, 11 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 30 RBI at Kindall Field this season. Jon Gaston (.412) and Brad Glenn (.400) are both hitting .400 at home and five other Wildcats are batting over .300 in Tucson.

 

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 (76) and HBP (60) and is third in batting average (.298), slugging (.456), runs scored (298), RBI (268) and total bases (660)  ... Individually, Brad Glenn is 10th in slugging (.599) and seventh in on base percentage (.468), tied for fifth in RBI (46) and tied for third in doubles (15) ... C.J. Ziegler is third in slugging (.644), second in doubles (16), tied for fifth in runs scored (44), tied for third in home runs (10) and tied with Glenn for fifth in RBI (46) ... Jon Gaston is ninth in on base percentage (.452) and second in triples (5) ... Robert Abel (1st, 21) and T.J. Steele (t-3rd, 14) are among the top base stealers in the Pac-10.

 

Free Baseball

The Wildcats have gone extra innings three 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 and took down Cal 1-0 in 11 innings on April 6 at home. The victory over the Golden Bears was the first 1-0 win for Arizona since defeating Cal State Fullerton one-nil in Fullerton in 2005.

 

Career Highs

A number of Wildcats have already surpassed or are nearing their career highs in just 43 games played.

Stat 2007 Numbers Career High
Brad Glenn
Runs 33 38 - 2006
Hits 54 53 - 2006
2B 15 11 - 2006
HR 6 10 - 2006
RBI 46 32 - 2006
T.J. Steele
Runs 28 33 - 2006
Hits 53 54 - 2006
2B 10 13 - 2006
3B 3 5 - 2006
HR 4 0
RBI 34 33 - 2006
SB 14 5 - 2006
Bill Rhinehart
Runs 36 40 - 2006
Hits 51 58 - 2006
HR 7 7 - 2004
RBI 36 48 - 2006
Jon Gaston
Runs 29 39 - 2006
Hits 45 47 - 2006
2B 12 4 - 2006
3B 5 Arizona Baseball
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