Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Chases Pac-10 Title vs. Cal This Weekend
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 27, 2005
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This Week

The No. 7-ranked Arizona baseball team (36-17, 16-5 Pac-10) will host California (32-21, 11-10 Pac-10) in the final regular season series of the year for both teams ... A lot is on the line for both schools as the regular season draws to a close. Cal is looking to up-end the Wildcats and earn an at-large berth in the NCAA postseason, while Arizona needs to pull off a series sweep to earn a share of the Pac-10 title with Oregon State and the Pac-10’s automatic berth in the postseason ... Cal will head to Tucson after having played just two games over the past three weeks. The Golden Bears defeated San Jose State 9-5 on May 10 and lost to UC Davis 8-7 on Tuesday before coming to the Old Pueblo ... Arizona leads the all-time series with an 86-60 advantage and has won the season series between the two schools each of the last three years. Needing a sweep for the Pac-10 crown, Arizona last took all three games of a series from Cal in 1998.


What to Watch For

- Arizona continues its quest for a share of its first conference championship since 1992 against California this weekend. The Wildcats will need a three-game sweep of the Golden Bears in order to match Oregon State’s 19-5 conference record. The Beavers are idle this weekend.

- Having already matched last season’s win total of 36 with three games remaining in the regular season, Arizona is going for the most single season victories since it won 45 games in 1989.

- With 16 Pac-10 victories, Arizona has already won more conference games than any other UA squad since the north and south divisions merged in 1998. Two wins against Cal will give Arizona the most conference victories since it won 18 Pac-10 contests in 1992, a series sweep would hand the Wildcats the most Pac-10 wins since the 1989 squad went 23-7 in the Pac-10 South.

- The NCAA leader in triples per game, Arizona has hit 14 three-baggers in its last 10 games.

- Arizona will attempt to move past Washington for the Pac-10 home run lead and a possible run at the conference regular season team triple crown. The Wildcats trail the Pac-10-leading Huskies by two HRs (62-60) and already lead the conference in team batting average (.335) and RBI (417).

- Junior Trevor Crowe continues his pursuit of the Arizona single season hits record. Already just the sixth player in school history to reach the century mark in hits, Crowe needs 11 more base knocks to tie Dave Stegman’s school record of 111 set in 1976.

- Crowe also needs just two more multi-hit games this season to tie Terry Francona (1980) and Robbie Moen (1993) for the Arizona single season record of 35.

- Crowe will look to extend his already broken single season school records in triples (13), extra base hits (46) and total bases (177).

- Pac-10 RBI-leader Jordan Brown is just six RBI away from becoming the fifth player in school history to record 80 runs driven in a single season. Brown has 74 for the year, the school record is 86 set by Ron Hassey in 1974

- Brown and classmate Nick Hundley’s race for the individual HR lead continues. Hundley overtook Brown’s season-long advantage against Utah Valley State on May 3 and he now leads the race 14 to 12.

- Junior right-hander Kevin Guyette will try to keep his three-game winning streak alive on the mound.


History On The Line

The Wildcats have won all seven Pac-10 series they have played this year and will attempt to win their eighth and final conference series of the season this weekend against Cal. No other team in Arizona’s Pac-10 history has won all of its conference series during a single season. The 1989 team that finished 23-7 against conference competition won eight of its 10 Pac-10 South series en route to the league title.


Last Week Recap

Arizona claimed its seventh Pac-10 series victory of the year with a two games to one win over Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, Calif. ... The victory marked the third straight year Arizona has taken a series victory over the Cardinal ... Arizona opened the weekend with a 9-4 win on Friday, fell 5-4 on Saturday and bounced back with an 11-8 win in the series finale on Sunday ... As a team, Arizona batted .357 in the three games and finished with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs against the Stanford pitching staff ... On the mound, the Wildcat hurlers posted a 5.06 ERA with 15 strikeouts against nine walks ... Friday - The Wildcats scored six runs in the third inning and John Meloan kept the Stanford bats at bay as Arizona opened the series with a five-run win ... Junior Trevor Crowe tied the single season record for extra base hits (44) with his 23rd double of the season ... Crowe finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI, two runs scored and his seventh intentional walk of the year ... Meloan (9-2) limited Stanford to four runs on nine hits over 7 1/3 innings. He finished the game with six Ks and two walks ... Saturday - The Wildcats dropped a heart-breaker 5-4 as the Cardinal rallied for a run with two outs in the ninth to snap a 4-4 tie ... Arizona had an opportunity to take the lead in the top of the inning with the bases loaded and one out, but Cardinal reliever Greg Reynolds got out of the jam and paved the way for Chris Minaker to drive home the winning run in the home half of the frame ... Arizona left six of its 10 runners left on base in the game in scoring position ... Nick Hundley and Jordan Brown each hit home runs for Arizona in the game ... Trevor Crowe broke the single season school record for extra base hits with his 24th double of the year to lead off the game ... Sunday - The Wildcats roughed up the Stanford pitching staff for a Cardinal season-high 18 hits to take the series win ... All nine starters finished with at least one hit ... Junior Trevor Crowe became just the sixth player in school history to reach 100 hits in a single season after finishing the game 3 for 6 ... Crowe set the school record for triples with his 13th three-bagger of the year ... Junior Brad Boyer lead all players with a game-high four RBI while going 3 for 5 ... Freshman Bryan Kervin went 3 for 3 with a pair of runs scored ... Classmate David Coulon picked up his third win of the year with three innings of relief and sophomore Mark Melancon closed out the win over the final 1 2/3 innings for his ninth save of the year.


The Arizona Offense

Heading into the week of play, Arizona remains the Pac-10 leader in average (.335), slugging (.541), runs scored (463), hits (653), RBI (417), doubles (143), triples (39) and total bases (1054). Arizona is averaging 8.7 runs, 12.3 hits, 2.7 doubles, 0.7 triples and 1.1 home runs per game this season.


Seven For Us, Six For Them

The Wildcats are a very impressive 33-4 this season when scoring seven or more runs in a game. The Wildcats are 7-0 when scoring seven, 3-2 when scoring eight, 3-0 with nine runs and are 20-2 when plating 10 or more runs in a contest. Additionally, UA is 34-5 when giving up six or fewer runs to its opposition. Arizona is averaging 8.7 runs per game while giving up an average of 5.2 runs this season.


Double Digit Hits = Wins

Arizona is 31-4 this season when getting 10 or more hits in a contest. In UA’s 17 losses, the Wildcats have collected four hits twice, five hits twice, six hits twice, seven hits twice, eight hits once, nine hits four times and 10 or more hits four times. In the five wins with less than 10 hits, Arizona has nine hits three times, eight once and six once.


The Big Inning

Highlighted by a 13-run inning against USC on May 1, Arizona has recorded 38 innings this season in which it has scored four or more runs in a frame and an equally impressive 18 innings with five or more runs scored. Arizona is 24-3 this season when scoring four or more runs in a single inning.

Big Inning Breakdown

4-run Innings                        20

5-run Innings                        5

6-run Innings                        8

7-run Innings                        4

10+-run Innings                    1



The Wildcats have been on an extra-base hitting tear. In UA’s last 11 games, it has hit 35 doubles (3.4/game), 14 triples (1.6/game) and 13 home runs (1.3/game) for a total of 62 EBH. The sum accounts for 40 percent of Arizona’s 156 hits over the 11-game span.

        For the year, the Wildcats have hit 143 doubles, 39 triples and 60 home runs for a total of 242 EBH (37 percent of the 653 hits this season). By comparison, UA’s opponents have managed just 60 doubles, 11 triples and 25 home runs, a total of 96 EBH accounting for just 20 percent of their hits.


Trevor Crowe Named To Golden Spikes Watch List

Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe has been named to the Watch List for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award. The third-year starter leads the potent Arizona offense in average, runs, hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases. Current Red Sox manager and former Wildcat All-American Terry Francona is the only Arizona player to have won the award.



Juniors Trevor Crowe and Nick Hundley have made the cut for a pair of different national awards. Crowe was named one of 13 semi-finalists for the 2005 Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player by the Collegiate Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas. Hundley is one of 10 catchers on the semi-finalist list for the 2005 Johnny Bench Award given to the top collegiate backstop in the nation.


National Statistical Rankings

The Wildcat offense not only ranks among the top schools in the Pac-10, but in the nation as well. Through last weekend’s games Arizona is fifth in the nation in team batting average (.335), fifth in scoring (8.7), 28th in home runs per game (1.13), first in triples per game (0.74), third in the nation in doubles per game (2.70) and fourth in slugging percentage (.541). Individually, junior Trevor Crowe is seventh in the country in average (.429), 10th in doubles per game (0.45), first in triples per game (0.25), fifth in runs per game (1.43) and fifth in slugging percentage (.760). Classmate Jordan Brown is currently seventh in the NCAA Division I rankings in RBI per game (1.4), Nick Hundley ranks 18th in doubles per game (0.42) and 36th in slugging percentage (.688). Senior Jeff Van Houten is 29th in RBI per game (1.17) and junior Brad Boyer is 17th in triples per game (0.13).


Spreading It Around

The Wildcat batting order has produced top to bottom. In Arizona’s 53 games this season, all nine starters have collected a hit in nine games, eight of nine in 13 games and seven of nine in nine others (30 contests with at least seven players getting one hit in a game). Seven of the nine starters have 57 or more hits - including six with 65 or more - six have scored 50 or more runs and six have driven in 42 or more. Batting a Pac-10-best .335 as a team, seven different starters are batting .300 or better individually for the year, including one over .400. The offense is averaging 8.8 runs and 12.3 hits per contest this season.


Two Outs? Rally’s On!

Led by a season-high 10 two-out runs against Fullerton on March 20, Arizona has scored 170 runs this season after the first two outs in an inning have been recorded (37 percent of UA’s 463 runs this year). As a team, Arizona is batting .334 as a team with two outs and has recorded 147 two-out RBI. Individually, junior Jordan Brown leads the two-out RBI parade with 33 runs driven in with a pair down. Brown is batting .358 (34 for 95) and has hit five of his 12 HRs with two outs so far this season. Senior Jeff Van Houten is hitting a team-best .420 with two outs this season.


Outstanding Outfielders

Arizona’s three main outfielders - Trevor Crowe, Chris Frey and Jeff Van Houten - have combined to put up very solid numbers this season. The two juniors and a senior are a major part of the Pac-10-leading offense this season and combined to post 250 hits (38 percent of the team total), score 185 runs (40 percent), drive in 156 runs (37 percent) and hit 54 doubles (38 percent), 19 triples (49 percent) and 20 home runs (33 percent). Frey and Crowe have started all 53 games this season at center and left, respectively, while Van Houten has posted 51 starts in right field and one at DH.


The Trevor Crowe Show

Junior Trevor Crowe has positioned himself for one of the top offensive seasons in Arizona school history. He is currently the Pac-10 leader in batting average (.429), slugging (.760), runs (76), hits (100), doubles (24), triples (13) stolen bases (23) and total bases (177). He is second in on-base percentage (.504), fifth   in RBI (53), tied for fourth in walks (36) and seventh in home runs (9). Crowe has a team-best 33 multi-hit games, 28 games with two or more runs scored and has driven in two or more runs 15 contests this season.

        Arizona’s leadoff hitter, Crowe has gotten on base to start a game in 29 of Arizona’s 53 contests this season. He has hit 12 singles, eight doubles, three triples, three traditional solo home runs and an inside-the-park home run as the Wildcats’ first hitter in a game and has reached base 49 times in 99 opportunities when leading off any inning (.495).

Trevor Crowe and The Arizona Single Season Record Book

Stat Crowe's Numbers (50 Games) Single Season Leader
Runs 76 Dave Stegman (1976) - 91 (73 Games)
Hits 100 Dave Stegman (1976) - 111 (73 Games)
Doubles 24 Dave Stegman (1976) - 30 (73 Games)
Triples 13

Trevor Crowe - 13

Extra Base Hits 46 Trevor Crowe - 46
Total Bases 177 Trevor Crowe - 177
Slugging % .760 Dennis Haines (1974) - .765 (64 Games)

Crowe and The Career Record Book

In just his third season, Trevor Crowe is already among the greats all-time in school history. Crowe is currently second all-time at UA with an .861stolen base percentage, third with 24 career triples, sixth with 72 multi-hit games, fifth with 91 extra base hits, eighth all-time with 61 stolen bases and eighth with 51 doubles.

Trevor Crowe and The Arizona Career Record Book

Stat Crowe's Numbers Rank All-Time Leader
Multi Hit Games 72 6th Robbie Moen - 102
Doubles 51 8th Dave Stegman - 72
Triples 24 3rd Charles Shoemaker - 30
Extra Base Hits 91 5th Dave Stegman - 110
Stolen Bases 62 8th Dwight Taylor - 90
Stolen Base % .861 2nd John Glenn - .872

16-Game Hitting Streak For Crowe

Junior Trevor Crowe has put together a career-high 16-game hitting streak heading into this weekend’s games against Cal. Over the course of the streak, Crowe is batting .456 (31 for 68), with five doubles, five triples, four home runs, 14 RBI, 23 runs scored, six stolen bases, a .853 slugging percentage and a .525 on base percentage.


Boyer Heating It Up

A key component to Arizona’s CWS run last season was the final month of play from then sophomore Brad Boyer. After struggling for the majority of  2005, the junior infielder has been one of the hottest hitters in the Arizona lineup of late. Toting a 12-game hitting streak into this weekend’s series against Cal, Boyer has hit .446 during the streak (25 for 56) with five doubles, three triples, 17 RBI and 14 runs scored.


Van Houten In Rare Company

Senior Jeff Van Houten joined an exclusive group with a five-RBI day against Arizona State on May 15. The four-year starter became just the third player in school history to record 200 or more RBI for an Arizona career. The 200-RBI club at Arizona includes former All-American and 1980 Golden Spikes Award winner Terry Francona (200 career RBI) and former All-American and all-time leader Ron Hassey (235 career RBI). Heading into this weekend’s series against Cal, Van Houten is currently second on the all-time list with 207 RBI. To see where Van Houten’s other career numbers rank in the all-time record book at UA, please see page 7 of the notes.


Van Houten’s Streak Ends

Senior Jeff Van Houten saw his school record-tying 28 game hitting streak come to an end with an 0 for 4 day at the plate in Arizona’s 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton on March 18. Van Houten strung together seven straight games to end the 2004 season and had at least one hit in his first 21 games this season to tie Ernie Durazo and Jack Daugherty for the longest two-season hitting streak in school history. In his 212-game career at Arizona, Van Houten has been held hitless for two or more consecutive games only eight times and he has never gone hitless for more than three straight contests.

28 Game Hitting Streak Numbers

Jack Daugherty (March 29, 1981-Feb. 9, 1982) - 106 AB, 32 R, 43 H, 27 RBI, .406 Avg

Ernie Durazo (May 19, 2000-March 10, 2001) - 117 AB, 24 R, 43 H, 32 RBI, .368 Avg

Jeff Van Houten (June 6, 2004-March 16, 2005) - 121 AB, 27 R, 50 H, 35 RBI, .413 Avg


Frey Enjoying Full Time Duty

Used primarily as a defensive replacement and situational left-handed pitcher his first two seasons at Arizona, junior Chris Frey has thrived as a full time starter in the outfield. Batting .340 this season, he has at least one hit in 41 of Arizona’s 53 games this year. Playing center field in the spacious Kindall Field, Frey is the lone player to start all 53 games this year and not commit an error for the Wildcats (126 total chances).


Jolting Jordan Brown

Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown has already surpassed his career total for runs driven in Arizona’s first 53 games this season. The junior first baseman finished the 2003 and 2004 campaigns with 72 combined RBI in 84 games played. He has 74 this season with three regular season games left on the schedule. His 1.40 RBI per game average places him seventh among all Division I players this season.

        Brown has at least one RBI in 33 games this year and has posted two or more RBI in a team-high 23 games. In 21 Pac-10 games alone this season, Brown has an amazing 33 RBI. He also has 12 home runs for the year, one away from his career high of 13 set in 2004.


Taking A Dose

Sophomore Jason Donald set the school record for getting hit by pitches in a single season against Oregon State on April 16. Taking a dose a Pac-10-high 19 times this year, Donald passed Kenny Corley’s previous single season record of 15 in Arizona’s 36th game this year. His HBP total this season would place him fifth all-time for a career at Arizona, but he was also hit by 10 pitches as a freshman in 2004 and is now just three away from Corley’s four-year career record of 32 in just his second year. Donald is 15th nationally in HBP this season.


Hundley’s Dish

Junior Nick Hundley has started 52 of Arizona’s 53 games behind the plate, including the last 39 straight. The current 39-game streak easily surpasses his previous career high for games caught in a single season of 32 set in his freshman season of 2002. The heavy work load hasn’t affected his productivity on offense, as he has already set career highs in hits (71), doubles (22), RBI (42) and walks (38) and leads Arizona with a team-best 14 home runs this season.


Hundo vs. The Pac

With just three games remaining on the Pac-10 slate, junior Nick Hundley has proven to liking Pac-10 pitching. In 21 games thus far, the Wildcat catcher is batting .365 (31 for 85) with 12 doubles, a triple and six home runs. Added up, 19 of his 31 hits in conference play have gone for extra bases which has led to a .741 slugging percentage against Pac-10 opposition. He has 20 RBI and 22 runs scored in conference games this season.


Double D

Since taking over as the starting DH against Washington on March 24, junior Derek Decater has taken off. Third on the team in average over the 27 game span since the Washington series opener, Decater is batting .352 with four doubles, three triples, a home run, 19 runs scored and 15 RBI.


Freshman Chipping In

Breaking into Arizona’s lineup is no easy feat, but a pair of freshmen have made an impact for UA’s high powered offense. “Newcomers” Bryan Kervin (.354, 45 H, 19 RBI, 28 R, 11 2B) and Jason Seefeld (.347, 17 H, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 2B) have combined to go 62 for 176 (.352), with 28 RBI, 35 runs scored and 15 doubles this season. Kervin has started 39 games this season at second and third (he missed 14 contests with a broken hand) and Seefeld has made 13 starts and played in 21 games this year as the DH.


11 Hits, 13 Runs, One Inning

The Wildcats sent 17 hitters to the plate, rapped out 11 hits and scored 13 runs in the third inning alone in an 18-4 win over USC on May 1. Arizona finished the inning with six singles, two doubles, two triples, a home run, a hit batter and two walks. Eight of the nine hitters in the UA batting order collected at least one hit and scored at least one run and all nine had at least one RBI in the inning. Trevor Crowe, Brad Boyer, Jordan Brown, Nick Hundley and Chris Frey all scored twice, while Boyer, Frey and Jason Donald each finished with a pair of hits in the frame.

        It was the most runs in an inning for Arizona since it set the school record of 16 runs in the seventh inning of a 40-10 win over St Francis on Feb. 22, 1995. The 1995 team sent 19 hitters to the plate, collected four singles, two doubles, a triple and drew six walks. The Wildcats scored 15 runs in the sixth inning against St. Francis a day earlier.


Pac-10 Player of the Week Trevor Crowe

Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference office on Feb. 22. Crowe led all Arizona players with a .529 batting average, nine hits (including a double, a triple and two home runs), as well as a team-best eight RBI, five runs scored and a 1.059 slugging percentage against ASU and UTPA. He collected at least one hit in all four games to extend his team-best hitting streak to 18-straight games dating back to last season (eight in 2004, 10 in 2005) and also walked a team-high six times to help him to a .652 on-base percentage in the four games ... In Friday’s series-opener at UTPA, Crowe tied his career-high with six RBI and hit both of his home runs for the week in the contest (3 for 5, three runs, six RBI, two HRs, BB in the game).


Pac-10 Player of the Week Trevor Crowe II

Junior Trevor Crowe was named the May 10 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading UA to a series sweep over Utah Valley State (May 6-8). Crowe finished the weekend series with a team-best .538 batting average (7 for 13), a double, three triples, four RBI, three stolen bases and a series-high seven runs scored. He ended the series with a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .571 on base percentage.


Pac-10 Player of the Week Jordan Brown

Junior Jordan Brown led UA to a two-games-to-one series victory over visiting Washington on the opening weekend of Pac-10 March 24-26. The Wildcats’ first baseman hit .429 (6 for 14) with a team-high seven RBI and five runs scored in the three games. Four of his six hits in the series went for extra bases, including two doubles, a triple and his team-leading eighth home run of the season. In Friday’s come-from-behind 6-5 victory, Brown forced the contest into extra innings after hitting a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to tie the game at 5-5 in the ninth inning. Teammate Jeff Van Houten ended the game with a walk-off home run in the 12th inning.


Arizona’s Pitching

Somewhat overlooked by the potent Arizona offense, the Wildcat pitching staff has posted impressive numbers of its own this season .. Tossing six shutouts this year, the UA hurlers have a 4.34 team ERA in 479 1/3 innings pitched this year ... The Wildcat arms have a better than 2.5-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts (489), is third in opponent’s batting average (.257) and second in innings pitched (479 1/3) and wins (36) ... The scheduled starters for this weekend are RHP John Meloan (9-2, 3.75 ERA, 114 K) on Friday, RHP Kevin Guyette (9-4, 3.78 ERA, 117 K) on Saturday and RHP Sean Rierson (3-2, 5.98 ERA, 35 K) on Sunday.


A year Later

Despite throwing 10 more innings through 53 games, the 2005 pitching staff is well ahead of last season’s numbers in nearly every category.

Pitching Numbers 2004 vs. 2005 (Through 53 games)

Stat 2004 2005 Difference
ERA 5.32 4.34 -0.98
Wins 29 36 +7
Innings Pitched 469.0 479.1 +10.1
CG 6 3 -3
Shutouts 0 6 +6
Saves 10 13 +3
Hits Allowed 534 475 -59
Runs Allowed 326 278 -48
Earned Runs Allowed 277 231 -46
Walks Allowed 220 188 -32
Strikeouts 364 489 +125

17 Straight Ends For Big John

Friday starter John Meloan saw his 17-game winning streak come to an end in a 13-0 loss to USC on April 29. Still, the big right-hander is 23-3 all-time during his three seasons at UA. His only three losses at UA have come at the hands of ASU (5/14/05), USC (4/29/05) and Cal (5/4/2003). Between the losses to Cal and USC, he appeared in 33 games, made 23 starts and went 17-0. Used primarily as a reliever early in his career at UA, he has flourished as a starter over the last two seasons with an 19-2 record, a 3.76 ERA and 191 strikeouts when taking the ball from the get go. In 2004 he became just the third pitcher at Arizona to finish a season undefeated with 10 or more decisions.

Meloan’s 17-Game Winning Streak Numbers (April 10, 2004-April 22, 2005)

23 Starts, 17-0, 3.69 ERA, 153.2 IP, 152 Hits, 73 R, 63 ER, 76 BB, 160 K

Meloan’s Overall Career Numbers

54 GP, 23-3, 4.19 ERA, 234.1 IP, 235 H, 133 R, 109 ER, 124 BB, 231 K

Meloan’s Career Starting Numbers (2 in 2003, 11 in 2004, 16 in 2005)

29 GS, 19-2, 3.76 ERA, 191.2 IP, 187 H, 94 R, 80 ER, 93 BB, 191 K


Academic All-District

Junior John Meloan was named to the District 8 All-Academic first-team. He has a 3.43 GPA in engineering management. He is now in the running for the Academic All-America team.


Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week John Meloan

Junior John Meloan was named the conference’s pitcher of the week after helping to shut out Cal State Fullerton on March 18. The right-hander scattered four hits over 7 2/3 innings for his fourth win of the season. The effort handed CSF ace Ricky Romero his first loss of the year and pushed Meloan’s winning streak to 14 straight games dating back to last season.


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