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Release: 04/18/2007
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Arizona will head to Pullman, Wash., for a three-game Pac-10 series against Washington State at Bailey-Brayton Field. All three games will be broadcast live on the radio on 1290 AM in Tucson.

Fri., April 20 - at Washington State - 5:30 p.m.

Sat., April 21 - at Washington State - 2 p.m.

Sun., April 22 - at Washington State - 12 p.m.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L LF Has scored 24 runs in 18 starts
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Hitting .327 with 26 runs scored and 11 RBI in 26 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Team leader with 16 2Bs and eight HRs this season
4 Brad Glenn R/R DH Team leader with 46 RBI this year
5 Jon Gaston L/L RF Hitting .345 with a team-high five triples
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Batting .326 with 25 runs scored and 32 RBI
7 Erik Castro L/R 3B Hit .333 against Stanford last weekend
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Batted .267 with 17 RBI and 13 runs scored this year
9 Robert Abel R/R SS Pac-10 leader with 21 SB. Is 21 for 22 in SB this year
Pitching
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet 7-0 with a 1.58 ERA and 83 Ks in 80 IP
Sat LHP Brad Mills 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 62 Ks in 62 1/3 IP
Sun RHP Ryan Perry 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA and 19 Ks in 18 1/3 IP
CP  RHP Jason Stoffel 3-0 with two saves and a 1.80 ERA in 13 relief appearances

 

Pac-10 Start

Arizona has opened its Pac-10 slate with an 8-1 mark through the first three series of the year to match the 2005 team’s school-best start to conference play.

 

See You in May Tucson

The Wildcats enter Week Two of their three-week road trip. Arizona took two of three from Stanford in Palo Alto last weekend, will face Washington State in Pullman this weekend and will close out the three-week jaunt at UCLA next weekend. Arizona is the only Pac-10 school that is scheduled to play three consecutive weeks on the road in conference play this season. The nine-game road swing is the longest of the year for Arizona and will cover 4,490 round trip miles.

 

16-Straight

Arizona’s 16-game winning streak came to an end last Sunday in a 6-3 loss to Stanford in Palo Alto ... The streak was the longest for Arizona since opening the 1998 season 16-0 ... During the month-long streak Arizona hit .324 as a team and averaged 8.7 runs, 11.3 hits and 7.8 RBI per game ... Arizona collected 39 doubles, 13 triples and six home runs in the 16 wins ... Seven different players batted over .300 during the streak, including a pair over .400 (C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn) ... On the mound, UA posted a 3.32 team ERA in 149 innings pitched ... Six different pitchers had an ERA under 3.00 during the streak ... The pitching staff limited the opposition to a .246 batting average and punched out 155 hitters against just 68 walks ... Preston Guilmet (three), Brad Mills (four), Cory Burns (three), Paul Bargas (two) and Jason Stoffel (two) all won multiple games during the streak ... Arizona won eight non-conference games during the streak and eight Pac-10 games ... The Cats won 11 of the 16 games at home, four on the road and one at a neutral site ... Arizona took down a pair of ranked opponents (ASU and OSU) a total of four times during the streak ... There were five one-run wins during the streak, two in extra innings and two shutout wins ... Arizona out-scored its competition 139-63 during the streak ... The opposition scored first in nine of the 16 wins.

 

It’s Been A While

The last time Arizona had a 30-7 overall record this far into a season was 1978. The ?'78 team, which finished the year 45-13 overall, had an identical record at the same point as this season’s team.

 

Nine Times Four

Right-hander Preston Guilmet has gone nine innings in each of his last four starts. Dating back to his CG win against Northern Colorado on March 24, and including a CG win vs. No. 2 Oregon State (3/30), nine shutout innings against Cal (4/5) and his latest CG win Stanford (4/13), Guilmet is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 36 innings of work. He has allowed just four earned runs while striking out 42 and walking only eight. In the 36 innings of work, he has tossed 32 scoreless frames and the opposition has hit just .173 against him. For what it’s worth - Guilmet’s start prior to the four-game nine-inning run was eight shutout innings at Hawaii. Dating back to that Hawaii game on March 9 (last five starts), Guilmet is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 44 innings of work. He has punched out 54 batters, walked only 12 and opponents are batting just .175 against him during this stretch.

 

A Real Knockout

If Arizona’s first two starters in the pitching rotation were a boxer the one-two, right-left combo would be pretty devastating. Right-hander Preston Guilmet is 7-0 with a video game-like 1.58 ERA in 80 innings pitched. After him you get left-hander Brad Mills who leads the team with eight victories and has a 2.89 ERA in 62 1/3 innings pitched. The duo has teamed up to punch out 145 batters while walking only 35. The pair has fooled the opposition enough to limit them to .220 batting average.

A Right and a Left - Preston Guilmet and Brad Mills Combined

15-2, 2.15 ERA, 20 starts, 142 1/3 IP, 114 H, 41 R, 34 ER, 35 BB, 145 K, .220 Opp. BA

 

CGs Abound

Preston Guilmet's and Brad Mills’ back-to-back complete games last weekend at Stanford brought the season total for the year to four, tied for the fourth-most in a single season at UA in the last 17 years ... The Cats had just one complete game performance last season (David Coulon at USC) and three in 2005 ... In 2004 Arizona pitchers tossed six complete games and went just 2-4 in them ... The most complete games in a year in the last 17 seasons is seven by the 1995 team ... The 1990 team is last to post double digit CGs with 12.

CGs at UA Since 1990

12 1990
7 1995
6 1992, ?'93, 2004
5 1991, ?'97, ?'99
4 1994, 2002, ?'03, ?'07
3 2000, ?'05
2 ?-
1 1996, 2001, ?'06
0 1998

 

Last Week

The Wildcats went 2-1 in a three-game Pac-10 series at Stanford last weekend ... The series victory over the Cardinal marked the fifth straight year the Wildcats have won the three-game set vs. Stanford... Arizona won the opening two games of the series by a combined score of 23-2 to run their winning streak to 16-straight games ... Arizona scored a season-high 11 runs in the fifth inning in Saturday’s 15-1 victory ... The Cardinal, which opened the conference slate 0-8, ended its losing ways with a 6-3 victory over the Wildcats in the series finale on Sunday ... The loss on Sunday snapped a 13-game Pac-10 winning streak for the Wildcats dating back to last season ... Offensive Numbers: As a team the Wildcats batted .318 (34 for 107) with nine doubles, a triple and three home runs in the three-game series vs. Stanford ... Arizona out-scored Stanford 26-8 over the course of the three games ... As a team the Wildcats posted a .505 slugging percentage and a .402 on base percentage ... As noted above, C.J. Ziegler (.360, 8 HR, 42 RB) was a driving force individually behind the weekend series win, batting .455 with two doubles, five RBI and three runs scored ... Brad Glenn (.366, 6 HR, 46 RBI) hit his sixth homer of the year in Saturday’s 15-1 win and went 6 for 14 (.429) with two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored in the series ... T.J. Steele (.326, 3 HR, 32 RBI) ended a seven-game homerless drought for the Arizona in the 8-1 series-opening win on Friday and finished the series 6 for 14 (.429) with two doubles, six RBI and four runs scored ... Colt Sedbrook (.327, 0 HR, 11 RBI) added to the Wildcats’ offensive weekend, going 7 for 14 (.500) with a double, a RBI and four runs scored ... Freshmen Dwight Childs (.267, 0 HR, 17 RBI) and Erik Castro (.254, 0 HR, 11 RBI) each went 3 for 9 (.333), with Childs hitting a double and driving in three runs and Castro chipping in with a double and two runs scored ... Jon Gaston (.345, 2 HR, 18 RBI) scored four runs in the three games and Diallo Fon and Robert Abel each crossed home twice during the course of the weekend ... Pitching Numbers: The weekend on the mound for the Wildcats belonged to a pair of arms ... Sophomore Preston Guilmet (7-0, 1.58 ERA, 80 IP, 83 K) and senior Brad Mills (8-2, 2.89 ERA, 62 1/3 IP, 62 K) teamed up to toss back-to-back complete game wins over the Cardinal on Friday and Saturday... The right-left combo limited Stanford to just two runs on a combined 12 hits on Friday and Saturday ... Right-hander Guilmet went nine innings for a fourth straight start and won his seventh game of the year in the process ... Southpaw Mills blanked the Cardinal over the first eight innings, retired 10 straight batters from the sixth to the ninth and finished with four strikeouts against just one walk to earn his team-leading eighth victory of the year. The outing was the first complete game effort in Mills’ four-year career at Arizona and lowered his ERA from 3.21 to 2.89 for the season ... Aided by Guilmet and Mills’ stellar outings, Arizona went 2-1 over the weekend with a 2.77 ERA in 26 innings pitched and finished with 24 strikeouts against just six walks ... Reliever David Coulon (3-1, 4.79 ERA, 41 1/3 IP, 37 K) pitched well for the Cats in the loss on Sunday, surrendering just two runs on one hit over four inning of work.

 

Guilmet Named National/Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

Right-hander Preston Guilmet was named the National and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after dominating Stanford in a complete game performance in Arizona’s 8-1 win on April 13.  The sophomore ace baffled the Cardinal batters with a career-high 15 strikeouts in the contest and improved to 7-0 on the season while lowering his Pac-10-best ERA to 1.58 with his third CG win of the season. He allowed just the one run, on a solo homer in the second, and five hits, while walking only one. He struck out the side in four of his nine innings of work to help UA improve to 10-0 in games he has started this season.

 

A Weekly Winner

Preston Guilmet’s pitcher of the week honors by both Collegiate Baseball and the Pac-10 this week brings his season total to five weekly awards in 10 starts. He is just the second player in Arizona history to be named the national pitcher of the week twice in a career (Rob Hendricks 1998) and is the only Wildcat pitcher to be feted with conference honors three times during the same season. He joins Carlos Rico (1991-92) as the only two Arizona pitchers with three career conference POW honors

Guilmet’s Weekly Honors

Feb. 5 Collegiate BaseballLouisivlle 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 BaseballLouisivlle Slugger National Pitcher of the Week
April 17 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

 

Home Protection

Although it won’t do them a bit of good for the next two weeks, the Wildcats have done a pretty good job of taking care of business in Tucson this season. In 23 home games the Cats are 21-2 overall. In a March 24th double-header against Northern Colorado, Arizona won its 999th and 1,000th all-time games at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium 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.

 

Nearing 200

Head coach Andy Lopez is quickly closing in on his 200th all-time victory at Arizona. After UA’s 30-7 start to the year, Lopez currently stands at 198-130-1 (.603) all-time with the Cats. In just his sixth season at UA, he 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      198, five-plus seasons

 

A Quick Look at Washington State

The Cougars, who defeated Gonzaga 7-4 on Tuesday, enter the weekend of play with a 17-17 overall record and a 1-8 mark in the Pac-10 ... WSU was swept by Arizona State in Tempe last weekend ... Offensively WSU is batting .274 as a team and is averaging 6.1 runs, 6.5 hits and 5.2 RBI per game ... Scott Suttmeier is the Cougs leading hitter, batting .329 on the season with 12 RBI and 20 runs scored ... Jeff Miller and Greg Lagreid share the team home run lead with six bombs each ... Miller and Jared Prince both have a team-leading 22 RBI for WSU ... On the mound WSU has posted a 5.28 ERA in 300 innings pitched ... The Cougars have struck out 226 batters against 124 walks ... The opposition is batting .289 against WSU this season ... The probable pitching rotation for the weekend will be Fri. - RHP Wayne Damon Jr. (2-2, 3.79 ERA), Sat. - RHP Nick Ison (3-5, 5.23 ERA) and Sun. - TBA ... Head coach Donnie Marbut is in his third season in Pullman and has posted a 74-77 with the Cougars.

 

Arizona vs. Washington State - The History

The Wildcats and Cougars have met 32 times on the baseball diamond dating back to 1975 ... Arizona owns a 21-11 advantage all-time against Washington State, but the Cougs took two of three from the Cats in Tucson last season ... UA swept WSU in its last trip to the Palouse in 2005.

 

Winning the Close Ones

Arizona is 9-0 in games decided by one run this season. Last season the Cats went 4-7 in one-run games.

One-Run Success

Date  Opponent Result
Feb. 16 at Cal State Fullerton W, 2-1
Feb. 23 at UNLV W, 6-5 - 10 Innings
March 3 Eastern Michigan W, 8-7
March 9 at Hawaii W, 2-1
March 20 Morehead State W, 5-4
March 21 Morehead State W, 7-6
March 28 Arizona State W, 6-5
March 30 Oregon State W, 5-4
April 5 Cal  W, 1-0 - 11 Innings

 

Offensive Numbers

Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .314 as a team and averaging 7.5 runs, 10.7 hits, 2.3 doubles and 6.7 RBI per game.

 

Checks and Balances

The Arizona batting order has distributed the wealth throughout the year. The Cats currently have seven different players hitting .300 ore better, eight different players with 20 or more runs scored, nine players that have double-digit RBI and three players with 10 or more doubles.

 

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 (73) and HBP (59) and is second in batting average (.314), slugging (.476), on base percentage (.398) runs scored (277), hits (397), RBI (249), doubles (84) and total bases (603)  ... Individually, Brad Glenn is seventh in batting average (.366), fifth in slugging (.641) and on base percentage (.481), ninth in hits (48), second in RBI (46), third in doubles (14), and tied for eighth in home runs (6) ... C.J. Ziegler is fourth in slugging (.676), fifth in runs scored (41), tied for fourth in hits (50) home runs (8) and RBI (42) and is second in doubles (16) ... Jon Gaston is 10th in on base percentage (.459) and second in triples (5) ... Robert Abel (1st, 21) and T.J. Steele (t-2nd, 12) are one-two in the league in stolen bases.

 

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 last week 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 37 games played.

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