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Baseball Opens Pac-10 Play against '06 CWS Champs
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/29/2007
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Arizona will open the conference season against 2006 CWS champs Oregon State at home this weekend.

Fri., March 30 - Oregon State - 7 p.m.

Sat., March 31  - Oregon State - 6 p.m.

Sun., April 1 - Oregon State - 12 p.m.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L LF Arizona is 8-0 since Fon moved into the lineup
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Hitting .328 with 14 runs scored and nine RBI in 17 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R DH Team leader with seven HRs and 31 RBI
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L RF Hitting .360 with 26 runs and 29 RBI in ?'07
5 Brad Glenn R/R 1B Has been hit by a Pac-10-high nine pitches this year
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Hit a walk-off HR against Northern Colorado last Sun.
7 Erik Castro L/R 3B Has 10 RBI in 23 games played this season
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Hitting .279 with five 2Bs, nine runs and 10 RBI
9 Robert Abel R/R SS Pac-10 leader with 17 SB. Is 16 for 17 in SB this year
Pitching
Fri 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 Oregon State will be broadcast live on the radio on 1290 AM in Tucson and streamed via the internet at Arizonaathletic.com. Saturday’s contest between the Cats and the Beavers will be preempted by the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Brian Jeffries, the Voice of the Wildcats, will call all of the action on Friday and Sunday.

 

Shoeless Joe Day at Kindall Field

The Shoeless Joe Committee, a UA baseball support group, is sponsoring Sunday’s contest against Oregon State. Ticket vouchers, good for free admission to the 12 p.m. game, are available at all of the local Tucson Quick-Mart convenience stores and the first 500 fans through the gate on Sunday will receive a free UA T-shirt.

 

Pac-10 Openers

The Wildcats will open Pac-10 play this weekend ... Arizona is 38-43-1 all-time on Pac-10 opening weekend dating back to its first year in the league (1979) ... Arizona and Oregon State have never opened Pac-10 play against each other.

 

Wednesday

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.

 

Last Week

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 Morehead State on Tuesday and Wednesday, and went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 7 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out six and walked none ... Closer Daniel Schlereth picked up his team-leading seventh save of the year on Tuesday against Morehead State and gave up just one hit in three appearances last week. He finished with seven strikeouts and four walks for the week.

 

Reaching 1,000

Arizona’s double-header sweep of Northern Colorado on March earned the Wildcats their 999th and 1,000th wins all-time at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. Since first putting down roots at the site in 1967, UA is 1,001-445-4 all-time at the facility. This year the Cats are 15-2 at home.

 

A Quick Look at Oregon State

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 Cal State Fullerton (2004 NCAA Champion)

2003: 1-2 at Texas (2002 NCAA Champion)

1999: 1-2 at USC (1998 NCAA Champion)

1996: 0-3 at Cal State Fullerton (1995 NCAA Champion)

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. Miami in CWS (1985 NCAA Champion)

1985: 2-1 at Cal State Fullerton (1984 NCAA Champion)

1982: 1-1-1 at Arizona State, 1-2 vs. Arizona State (1981 NCAA Champion)

1980: 2-1 vs. Cal State Fullerton (1979 NCAA Champion)

1979: 0-2 at USC, 3-1 vs. USC (1978 NCAA Champion)

1978: 0-4 at Arizona State, 2-2 vs. Arizona State (1977 NCAA Champion)

1972: 1-2 vs. USC (1971 NCAA Champion)

1970: 2-1 at Arizona State, 3-0 vs. Arizona State (1969 NCAA Champion)

1968: 1-2 at Arizona State, 2-1 vs. Arizona State (1967 NCAA Champion)

1966: 1-2 at Arizona State, 2-1 vs. Arizona State (1966 NCAA Champion)

1963: 3-3 vs. Michigan (1962 NCAA Champion)

1960: 1-0 vs. Oklahoma State in CWS (1959 NCAA Champion)

1959: 0-1 at USC (1958 NCAA Champion)

1950: 1-2 at Texas (1949 NCAA Champion)

 

37-48-1 (.430) all-time vs. Defending NCAA Champion

23-15 (.605) all-time at home vs. Defending NCAA Champion

 

Arizona vs. Oregon State - The History

The Wildcats and Beavers have met 38 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1963 ... Arizona holds a 22-16 edge overall against Oregon State and is 15-6 all-time against the Beavers in Tucson.

 

Offensive Numbers

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.

 

Eight Straight

Arizona has won eight straight games dating back to the series finale at Hawaii on March 11. During the winning streak the Cats are batting .317 as a team with 15 doubles, nine triples and three home runs. UA is 26 for 32 in stolen bases over the last eight games, and has walked 33 times and been hit by 11 pitches while striking out 42 times. On the mound, the pitching staff has a 2.88 ERA in 75 innings of work. The UA hurlers have struck out 91 hitters and walked only 31 while limiting the opposition to a lowly .229 batting average

 

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

Arizona is 7-0 in games decided by one run this season.

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
 

Walk-Off Winners

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 Morehead State on Wednesday to hand the Cats a 5-4 win over the Eagles. Sophomore T.J. Steele then one-upped Rodland by ending last Sunday’s game with a one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 12 inning against Northern Colorado to give the Wildcats a 7-5 edge over the Bears.

 

Walk-Off Wackiness

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 Washington in the 12th inning two years to the date of Steele’s game-ender.

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. Northern Colorado - One-out, two-run HR in the 12th

 

The Cats in the Pac

Heading into the week of play and excluding any midweek games, Arizona remains among the conference leaders in a number of offensive categories. UA is first in triples (20) stolen bases (50) and HBP (41), second in batting average (.314), slugging (.489), home runs (21) and total bases (452) and third in runs scored (194), RBI (172) and doubles (59) ... Individually, Bill Rhinehart is seventh among conference players in batting average (.373) and is tied for second in hits with 41 ... C.J. Ziegler dots the Pac-10 top 10 in slugging (3rd, .686), runs scored (6th, 31), RBI (5th, 31), doubles (t-2nd, 11), home runs (t-2nd, 7) and total bases (3rd, 70).... Brad Glenn leads the conference with nine HBP and is tied for seventh in the Pac in RBI with 29 for the year and freshman Robert Abel is the top thief in the conference with 15 stolen bases.

 

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 New Mexico back in February and hit a single, two doubles and a home run in a game against Hawaii-Hilo on March 13. Most recently, Ziegler hit a single, double and triple against Northern Colorado on March 24. Despite missing out numerous times on the 12th cycle in school history, Ziegler’s power credentials are still impressive. With 11 doubles, two triples and seven home runs, over half of his 34 hits this year are for two or more bases (20 of 34, 59%).

 

Two-Out Guy

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 Northern Colorado. Still, the first-year Wildcat is 16 for 17 in stolen base tries this season to pace an Arizona club that is 55 for 68 on the year (81%) to lead the Pac-10. T.J. Steele (9 for 9), Hunter Pace (2 for 2) and Brad Glenn (5 for 5) are perfect for the year, while Abel, Diallo Fon (6 for 7), Colt Sedbrook (3 for 4) and Jon Gaston (5 for 6) have each been caught only once.

 

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), 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 Utah Valley State on Feb. 7, and C.J. Ziegler joined them on March 2 against Eastern Michigan with a pair of solo shots. It was the first multi-homer game for each player in their respective UA career ... The team record for multi-homer games in a single season is nine by the 1993 Wildcat squad ... The individual career record is 10 by Shelley Duncan (199-2001).

 

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 Utah Valley State on Feb. 7. Little did he know that he was about to come 36 inches shy of doing something nobody in over 100 years of Arizona baseball had done. The sophomore outfielder lined a 1-2 offering towards the gap in left-center and the ball smacked the outfield fence just three feet short of going over for what would have been his record-breaking fourth bomb of the game. Despite coming up a yard short of the record, Glenn tied four other former Wildcats for the most HRs in a single game in school history

Three-Homer Games at Arizona

April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI

March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs. Weber State - 4-for-4, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI

April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI

Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs. Utah - 4-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI

Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs. Utah Valley State - 4-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 3 HR, HBP, 5 RBI

Only Hassey and Duncan hit their HRs in consecutive ABs

 

Extra, Extra

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.

 

Wearing It

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 Arizona batters six times in a contest this season and the Cats have been dosed at least once in 17 of 28 games. Led by a single-season record 26 HBP by Colt Sedbrook, Arizona shattered the school record for getting hit last season with 96. The 2006 club had been hit by 56 pitches 28 games into the season.

 

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.

 

Pitching Numbers

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, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez is once again serving as the pitching coach for the Wildcats. During his 25 years as a head coach on the collegiate level, Lopez has served as the pitching coach for all four of his College World Series teams, including UA’s 2004 squad.

 

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 Eastern Michigan on March 2, Guilmet has tossed 21 1/3 innings without giving up a single run. During the scoreless stretch, Guilmet has allowed just 14 hits and  five walks while punching out 26 batters. Most recently he tossed a complete game shutout against Northern Colorado last Saturday in which he struck out 11 and allowed just three hits and one walk.

21 1/3 Scoreless Innings Pitched

March 2 Eastern Michigan * - 4 1/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

March 9 at Hawaii - 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 12 K (Career-high)

March 24 Northern Colorado - 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K

* - Gave up two runs in the third inning before working 4 1/3 scoreless innings against Eastern Michigan.

 

Friday Starter Preston Guilmet

Sophomore Preston Guilmet has been the mainstay in the Arizona rotation, starting all seven Friday contests. The right-hander is 5-0 for the year with a 1.70 ERA in 53 innings of work. He has punched out 52 hitters on strikes this season and has issued only 10 walks. Guilmet has gone six or more innings in all seven starts this year, while limiting the opposition to a .203 batting average.

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