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Baseball Closes Out Home Slate vs. Washington
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/17/2007
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Arizona plays its final games at home during the regular season when it hosts Washington for a three-game series.

Fri., May 18 - Washington - 7 p.m.

Sat., May 19 - Washington - 6 p.m.

Sun., May 20 - Washington - 12 p.m.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L LF Has scored 31 runs in 27 starts
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Hitting .331 with 37 runs scored and 17 RBI in 38 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Team leader with 20 2Bs and 10 HRs this season
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L DH Batting .339 with a career-high nine HRs this year
5 Brad Glenn R/R 3B Team leader with 53 RBI this year
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Has hit a career-high seven HRS in ?'07
7 Jon Gaston L/L RF Hitting .316 with a team-high six triples
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Batting .238 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 10-1 with a 1.70 ERA and 119 Ks in 111 IP
Sat LHP David Coulon 3-3 with a 4.61 ERA and 43 Ks in 52 2/3 IP
Sun RHP Mike Colla 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 39 Ks in 45 IP
CP  RHP Jason Stoffel 4-0 with three saves and a 1.32 ERA in 18 relief appearances

 

The Grand Canyon State

The Wildcats will not leave Arizona for the remainder of the regular season. Arizona Washington in Tucson this weekend 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 dropped their first home series of the season in losing two of three to visiting USC ... UA won the opener 5-2 on Saturday, but a stagnant offense produced just seven more runs over the next two contests to hand the Trojans their first series win over Arizona in four years ... Offense Numbers: The Wildcats batted .277 as a team (26 for 94) and hit six doubles, two triples and a home run ... Senior Bill Rhinehart (.339, 9 HR, 48 RBI) led the way at the plate batting .333 (4 for 12) with three runs, two doubles, a triple, his second career grand slam and a seven RBI ... Junior Colt Sedbrook (.331, 1 HR, 17 RBI) hit .300 in the series (3 for 10) with a double and three runs scored ... Pitching Numbers: The Arizona pitching staff posted a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings of work ... The UA hurlers struck 26 Trojan hitters while walking only nine all weekend long ... Sophomore Preston Guilmet (10-1, 1.70 ERA, 119 K) picked up his fourth complete game win of the season on Saturday. The right-hander allowed two runs on nine hits over the nine innings while striking out nine and walking only one ... Junior David Coulon (3-3, 4.61 ERA, 43 K) made spot start for the injured Brad Mills and pitched well. The southpaw allowed three earned runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Despite the effort he was saddled with the loss ... Sophomore Mike Colla (2-2, 5.40 ERA, 39 K) also turned in a nice performance only to get charged with a loss. The right-hander allowed just two earned runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings in Monday’s 4-2 loss.

 

Regular Season Wins

Arizona’s 36 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 six contests remaining in the regular season this year, Arizona needs just two more wins to eclipse the ?'05 squad for the best regular season record under Lopez and four 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.

 

Final Home Stand of the Year

This weekend’s series against Washington will mark the final three regular season games at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. In 29 home games leading up to this weekend’s series the Cats are 25-4 and have won all of their three-game series but one. Offensively Arizona is batting .351 as a team and has hit 76 doubles, 19 triples and 26 home runs at Kindall Field. Individually, eight different players are hitting over .300 for the year at home, including C.J. Ziegler who leads all players with a .426 average at Kindall Field. On the mound the UA pitching staff has a 3.78 team ERA in 267 innings pitched. The UA arms have struck out 259 hitters and issued only 107 walks.

 

Thanks Brad and Bill

This weekend will mark the final home weekend for UA’s two seniors. Brad Mills and Bill Rhinehart are Arizona’s last two players from the 2004 CWS team. Mills, who is the only player on the current roster to earn a spot out of walk-on tryouts, enters the final home stand of his career with a 15-10 record in 58 appearances on the mound, 180 strikeouts and a 4.26 ERA. Rhinehart, a four-year letter winner for the Wildcat, enters his final weekend at home with a career batting average of .325 with 27 home runs and 143 RBI in 169 games played.

 

A Weekly Winner

Preston Guilmet’s pitcher of the week honors by Collegiate Baseball on May 7 and the Pac-10 on May 8 brought his season total to seven weekly awards in 14 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

Guilmet’s Weekly Honors

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

 

Clemens Semifinalist

Right-hander Preston Guilmet has been named one of 10 national semifinalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award. The sophomore is the only pitcher from the Pac-10 Conference to make the list and is one of just three sophomores. Guilmet is the first UA pitcher to be named a semifinalist for the award since its inception in 2004

Clemens Award Semifinalists

Adrian Alaniz, Texas 12-2, 2.37 ERA, 91 IP, 24 BB, 81 K, .199 Opp BA
Barry Enright, Pepperdine 11-4, 1.78 ERA, 116 IP, 12 BB, 77 K, .241 Opp BA
Preston Guilmet, Arizona 10-1, 1.70 ERA, 111 IP, 23 BB, 119 K, .207 Opp BA
Bryan Henry, Florida State 13-0, 2.47 ERA, 98 1/3 IP, 21 BB, 102 K, .230 Opp BA
Brian Matusz, San Diego 10-2, 2.43 ERA, 111 IP, 33 BB, 152 K, .206 Opp BA
Adam Mills, Charlotte 11-2, 1.13 ERA, 119 IP, 23BB, 129 K, .182 Opp BA
Kyle Nicholson, Texas A&M 11-1, 1.74 ERA, 103 2/3 IP, 16 BB, 86 K, .212 Opp BA
David Price, Vanderbilt 9-0, 2.91 ERA, 105 1/3 IP, 26 BB, 149 K, .209 Opp BA
Nick Schmidt, Arkansas 9-2, 2.95 ERA, 100 2/3 IP, 43 BB, 97 K, .208 Opp BA
Jason Thompson, Virginia 10-0, 1.48 ERA, 91 1/3 IP, 23 BB, 85 K, .194 Opp BA
 

Getting Recognized

In addition to the Clemens Award right-hander Preston Guilmet is on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award and 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 (10-1, 1.70 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 14 starts, four complete games and has gone eight or more innings eight times (including four straight starts of nine innings). He has not given up a single run in five starts, has struck out nine or more batters eight times, has allowed seven or less hits in 11 of 14 outings and has walked two or less 11 times. In 111 innings pitched this season he has thrown 96 scoreless frames while surrendering multiple runs in just five of them. Arizona is 13-1 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      204, five-plus seasons

 

A Quick Look at Washington

The Huskies come to Tucson with a 27-23 overall record and a 9-9 mark in league play ... UW is currently fourth in the Pac-10 and most recently up ended 16-6 on Tuesday after dropping two of three to Stanford in Palo Alto last weekend ... Offensively the Huskies are batting .306 as a team and are averaging 6.4 runs, 10.8 and 5.8 RBI per game this season ... Individually, Matt Hague leads the way at the plate with a .354 batting average, 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 RBI ... Curt Rinadal adds nine homers and 45 RBI, while Bradley Boyer is hitting .352 with 16 doubles and 26 RBI ... On the mound the Huskies have a 5.11 team ERA in 438 1/3 innings pitched. The Husky staff has struck out 298 hitters this season and walked 186 ... The weekend rotation is Fri. - RHP Jason Erickson (4-1, 3.79 ERA), Sat. - RHP Elliott Cribby (1-1, 5.61 ERA) and Sun. - Jordan Merry (6-7, 4.99 ERA) ... Head coach Ken Knutson is in his 15th season in Seattle and has posted a 524-343-2 record at UW.

 

Arizona vs. Washington - The History

The Wildcats and Huskies have met 25 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1992. Washington owns a slight 13-12 advantage in the all-time series and took two of three from the Cats last season in Seattle. The last meeting between UA and UW in Tucson resulted in a 2-to-1 series win for the Wildcats.

 

Winning the Close Ones

Arizona won its 10th one-run game in a 10-inning, 7-6 victory over Liberty on May 6. 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 .306 as a team and averaging 7.1 runs, 10.4 hits, 2.2 doubles and 6.4 RBI per game.

 

Where’s the Runs

Since scoring 15 times in a 15-1 win over Stanford in Palo Alto on April 14 the Wildcats have not scored more than five runs in a Pac-10 contest, a stretch of 10 straight conference games.

 

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 (27), stolen bases (82) and HBP (73), is second in batting average (.306) and slugging (.471) and third in runs scored (349), On Base percentage (.389), RBI (314) and total bases (784)  ... Individually, Brad Glenn is eighth in slugging (.608) and sixth in on base percentage (.460), third in RBI (53) and tied for fourth in doubles (17) ... C.J. Ziegler is fifth in slugging (.632), tied for second in doubles (20), sixth in runs scored (48), sixth in home runs (10) and tied for 10th in RBI (48) ... Robert Abel (1st, 21) and T.J. Steele (2nd, 17) are the top two base stealers in the Pac-10.

 

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 15 games the Cats have hit 17 home runs to bring their season total to 38. T.J. Steele (7) has led the way with four fence-busters during the power surge and Bill Rhinehart (9) has hit four, including his second career grand slam. Team home run leader C.J. Ziegler (10) has hit three HRs, while Brad Glenn (8) has hit two bombs and Diallo Fon (1) and Colt Sedbrook (1) have both hit their first HRs of the year over the last 15 games.

 

Consecutive Jacks

Brad Glenn and T.J. Steele had back-to-back jacks on May 5 to mark the fourth time UA has had home runs hit in consecutive ABs in a game this season, a feat UA accomplished but one time last year.

Back-to-Back Jacks

Feb. 27 vs. Arizona State                    C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn

March 2 vs. Eastern Michigan           C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn

April 20 at Washington State            Bill Rhinehart and T.J. Steele

May 5 vs. Liberty                                 Brad Glenn and T.J. Steele

 

Back-To-Back Back-To-Back

C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in back-to-back games earlier this season. Ziegler led off the ninth inning against Arizona State on Feb. 27 with a solo homer and was followed around the bases by Glenn in the next at bat. The duo repeated the feat three days later in the third inning against Eastern Michigan.

 

Multi-Ball

A year removed from having just one player hit multiple home runs in a contest (David Plante, at USC), four different Wildcats have gone yard at least twice in a game this season. Bill Rhinehart (2) and Brad Glenn (3) each hit multiple homers against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7, and C.J. Ziegler joined them on March 2 against Eastern Michigan with a pair of solo shots. Most recently T.J. Steele joined the club with two bombs against

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