Fri., March 30 -
Sat., March 31 -
Sun., April 1 -
Potential Starting Lineup
Arizona is 8-0 since Fon moved into the lineup 2
Hitting .328 with 14 runs scored and nine RBI in 17 games 3
Team leader with seven HRs and 31 RBI 4
Hitting .360 with 26 runs and 29 RBI in ?'07 5
Has been hit by a Pac-10-high nine pitches this year 6
Hit a walk-off HR against Northern Colorado last Sun. 7
Has 10 RBI in 23 games played this season 8
Hitting .279 with five 2Bs, nine runs and 10 RBI 9
Pac-10 leader with 17 SB. Is 16 for 17 in SB this year Pitching
RHP Preston Guilmet
5-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 52 Ks in 53 IP Sat
LHP Brad Mills
5-2 with a 2.61 ERA and 48 Ks in 41 1/3 IP Sun
LHP David Coulon
2-1 with a 4.94 ERA and 32 Ks in 31 IP CP
LHP Daniel Schlereth
1-0 with eight saves in 13 relief appearances this year
On the Air
Both Friday and Sunday’s games against
Shoeless Joe Day at Kindall Field
The Shoeless Joe Committee, a UA baseball support group, is sponsoring Sunday’s contest against
The Wildcats will open Pac-10 play this weekend ...
The Wildcats won the second annual Challenge at Chase by defeating rival Arizona State 6-5 on the D-Backs home field ... Jon Gaston was named the game’s MVP after going 2 for 3 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored ... The Cats scored three runs in the fourth and three in the sixth, and withstood a four-run ASU rally in the seventh to win their eighth straight game ... Right-hander Jason Stoffel, who worked out a bases loaded jam in the fifth by striking out ASU’s 4-5-6 hitters, picked up his second win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Daniel Schlereth took over sole possession of second place all-time at UA with his 15th career save.
Arizona went 5-0 last week, defeating Morehead State in Tucson on Tuesday and Wednesday before sweeping a home three-game series against Northern Colorado over the weekend ... Friday’s series opener against Northern Colorado was rained out and forced the two schools to play a double-header on Saturday ... Arizona’s two wins in the twin-bill on Saturday were the 999th and 1,000th all-time for the program at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium ... The Wildcats won a pair of the games over the week on walk-off hits. Kevin Rodland drove home Brad Glenn from second with a one-out single in the bottom of ninth inning in Wednesday’s 7-6 win over Morehead State and T.J. Steele ended Sunday’s 7-5 come-from-behind win with a one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th against Northern Colorado ... Arizona improved to 2-0 all-time against Morehead State and to 35-3 against Northern Colorado ... After some recent struggles with the bats, the Arizona offense rebounded to hit .347 in the five games last week ... The Cats averaged 7.4 runs, 12.0 hits, 2.2 doubles, 1.0 triple and 7.0 RBI per game in the five contests ... As a team Arizona went 19 for 24 on the week in stolen bases ... Leadoff hitter Diallo Fon paced the club with a .520 individual batting average, going 13 for 25 with a double, a triples, two RBI and a team-best nine runs scored in five starts. He also went 6 for 7 in stolen base tries over the week ... The UA pitching staff led the Cats to the five-game sweep by posting a 2.81 ERA in 48 innings pitched ... The UA hurlers struck out 59 hitters over the week and limited the opposition to a .219 batting average ... The five starters teamed up to go 2-0 with a 3.91 ERA and 34 Ks in 25 1/3 IP ... The bullpen chipped in with a 3-0 record, a 1.59 ERA, one save and 25 Ks in 22 2/3 IP ... Starter Preston Guilmet continued his season-long dominance by shutting out Northern Colorado over all nine innings in the opening game of the double-header on Saturday. As noted above, the right-hander picked up his fifth win of the year after allowing just three hits, while striking out 11 and walking only one in his first career complete game ... Left-hander Brad Mills settled down after a rough start in the second game of the twin-bill. The senior allowed just two runs on five hits over seven innings while striking out 10 and walking none. He improved to 5-2 on the year with the victory ... Setup man Cory Burns, who appeared in four the five games last week, picked up back-to-back wins against
A Quick Look at
The No. 2-ranked Beavers open Pac-10 play this weekend with a 23-3 overall record and a 12-game win streak in tow ... Offensively, the defending national champs are batting .303 as a team and are averaging 7.7 runs, 10.4 hits and 7.0 RBI per game this year ... Individually Jordan Lennerton and Mitch Canham pace the club with matching .387 batting averages ... Lannerton has 21 RBI and 13 run scored and Canham adds 24 more RBI and a team-best 28 runs scored ... The Beavers thrive on mound, posting a Pac-10-best 2.43 team ERA in 230 innings pitched ... OSU announces its weekend rotation on Friday’s, but it has generally gone Fri. - RHP Mike Stutes (6-0, 2.17 ERA), Sat. - LHP Joe Paterson (5-1, 2.59 ERA) and Sun. - RHP Daniel Turpen (6-0, 2.31 ERA) ... CLoser Eddie Kunz is 1-0 this season with four saves and a 1.88 ERA in 14 1/3 IP ... Head coach Pat Casey is in his 13th year as the Beavers’ skipper and has posted a 414-264-4 record in Corvallis heading into play this weekend.
Taking on the Champs
With the defending 2006 College World Series champs Oregon State in town this weekend to square off against Arizona, UA assistant media relations director Julian Temblador took it upon himself to research how the Cats have fared against a school the year after their title run.
2005: 2-4 at
2003: 1-2 at
1999: 1-2 at USC (1998 NCAA Champion)
1996: 0-3 at
1989: 2-1 vs. Stanford, 1-2 at Stanford (1988 NCAA Champion)
1988: 0-3 at Stanford, 2-1 vs. Stanford (1987 NCAA Champion)
1986: 0-1 vs.
1985: 2-1 at
1982: 1-1-1 at
1980: 2-1 vs.
1979: 0-2 at USC, 3-1 vs. USC (1978 NCAA Champion)
1978: 0-4 at
1972: 1-2 vs. USC (1971 NCAA Champion)
1970: 2-1 at
1968: 1-2 at
1966: 1-2 at
1963: 3-3 vs.
1960: 1-0 vs.
1959: 0-1 at USC (1958 NCAA Champion)
1950: 1-2 at
37-48-1 (.430) all-time vs. Defending NCAA Champion
23-15 (.605) all-time at home vs. Defending NCAA Champion
The Wildcats and Beavers have met 38 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1963 ...
Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .311 as a team and averaging 7.1 runs, 10.6 hits, 2.1 doubles and 6.4 RBI per game.
Coincidence? Maybe, but Maybe not
The Wildcats’ eight-game win streak has happened in conjunction with outfielder Diallo Fon’s move into the starting lineup as the leadoff hitter. Over his last seven games, Fon is batting a team-best .455 (15 for 33) with a double, two triples, three RBI and a very impressive 14 runs scored. Over a four-game period (at Hawaii-Hilo, two games vs. Morehead State and the series opener against Northern Colorado), Fon reached base safely 12 times and came around to score every single time. The redshirt freshman is 6 for 7 in stolen bases, has a .526 on-base percentage and is slugging at a .606 clip during the eight-game stretch.
Winning the Close Ones
at Cal State Fullerton
W, 2-1 2/23
W, 6-5 - 10 Innings 3/3
W, 8-7 3/9
W, 2-1 3/20
W, 5-4 3/21
W, 7-6 3/28
The Wildcats won a pair of games last week with walk-off hits. Freshman Kevin Rodland drove in Brad Glenn from second with a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth against
T.J. Steele’s walk-off homer in the 12th inning against Northern Colorado on March 25 was the first for the Wildcats since Jeff Van Houten did so against
UA’s Last Two Walk-Off Homers
March 25, 2005 Jeff Van Houten vs. Washington - Solo HR to lead off the 12th
March 25, 2007 T.J. Steele vs.
The Cats in the Pac
Heading into the week of play and excluding any midweek games,
Touch ?'Em All
The Wildcats have hit 21 home runs in 28 games thus far. The middle part of the batting order - Bill Rhinehart (5 HR), C.J. Ziegler (7) and Brad Glenn (5) - have accounted for 17 of the 21 bombs, while Jon Gaston (2) and T.J. Steele (2) have added the other four. Last year it took UA 39 games to hit 21 home runs.
Needing That Triple
DH C.J. Ziegler has four times this year fallen one hit shy of hitting for the cycle and three times it has been a triple that has gone missing. The junior went single, double and home run twice against
Brad Glenn has racked up a team-best 29 RBI in 27 games this season. More impressive however is that 20 of the 29 runs driven in have come with two outs in an inning. For the year, Glenn is batting .386 with two outs, 42 points higher than his overall average of .344.
Abel to Steal a Bag
Freshman shortstop Robert Abel saw his streak of successful stolen base attempts end at 15 straight when he was caught last Sunday against
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
A year removed from having just one player hit multiple home runs in a contest (David Plante, at USC), three 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
One Yard from History
Brad Glenn was already having a good day - 3 for 3, three home runs - when he strode to plate in the eighth inning against
Three-Homer Games at
April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI
March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs.
April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI
Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs.
Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs.
Only Hassey and Duncan hit their HRs in consecutive ABs
In 28 games this season Arizona has posted at least one extra base hit in 27 of them ... UA has hit at least one double in 25 of 28 contests this season, including a season-high eight in the season-opener against Gonzaga ... The Wildcats hit eight doubles, three triples and a home run against Gonzaga on Feb. 2. The 12 extra base hits in that contest were the most put up by a UA squad in school history, eclipsing the previous high-water mark of 11 set by the 1985 and 2001 teams ... Junior DH C.J. Ziegler tied the UA single-game school record for doubles in his first career start on Feb. 2, swatting three two-baggers. He finished the contest 4 for 5 with three RBI and four runs scored.
Although they are behind last year’s record-setting pace, the Cats have been hit by a Pac-10-high 41 pitches in 28 games thus far. The opposition has hit
Glenn Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore Brad Glenn was named the Feb. 13 Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference office. In UA’s five games vs. Utah Valley State and New Mexico, the UA outfielder went 9-for-17 (.529) with a double, three home runs (all in one game), eight RBI and four runs scored. He finished the week with a 1.118 slugging percentage and also drew two walks and was hit by four pitches to help lead to a .652 on base percentage.
The Arizona pitching staff is 22-6 this season with nine saves in 252 innings pitched ... Opponents are batting just .254 against them with a lowly .342 slugging percentage ... The Arizona arms have recorded 272 Ks this year against just 103 walks.
The Cats in the Pac
Excluding any midweek games, Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts (262) and the fewest home runs allowed (9), is second in team ERA (3.63), wins (21) and opposing batting average (.252) and places third in the fewest earned runs allowed (98) ... Individually, right-hander Preston Guilmet is second in ERA (1.70), fifth in opp. batting average (.203), third in innings pitched (53.0), tied for second in strikeouts (52) and tied for sixth in wins (5) ... Left-hander Brad Mills is 10th in the Pac in opp. average (.234), tied for fourth in strikeouts (48) and tied for sixth in wins (5) ... Closer Daniel Schlereth is second with seven saves
Back With the Pitchers
After one year away,
21 and Change
Right-hander Preston Guilmet has been pretty stingy about giving up runs this season. As noted above he is second in the Pac-10 with a 1.70 ERA, but he has been even more dominant than that of late. Dating back to his final 4 1/3 innings of work against
21 1/3 Scoreless Innings Pitched
March 2 Eastern
March 9 at
March 24 Northern
* - Gave up two runs in the third inning before working 4 1/3 scoreless innings against
Sophomore Preston Guilmet has been the mainstay in the