Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Heads West For Key Pac-10 Match-up
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 25, 2007
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Arizona will head to Los Angeles for a three-game Pac-10 series against conference-leading UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Fri., April 27 - at UCLA - 6 p.m.

Sat., April 28 - at UCLA - 2 p.m.

Sun., April 29 - at UCLA - 1 p.m.


Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L LF Has scored 24 runs in 21 starts
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Hitting .309 with 27 runs scored and 12 RBI in 29 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Team leader with 16 2Bs and nine HRs this season
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L DH Hit his 6th HR of the year last week at WSU
5 Brad Glenn R/R 3B Team leader with 46 RBI this year
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Batting .325 with 26 runs scored and 34 RBI
7 Jon Gaston L/L RF Hitting .339 with a team-high five triples
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Batting .250 with 17 RBI and 13 runs scored this year
9 Robert Abel R/R SS Pac-10 leader with 21 SB. Is 21 for 23 in SB this year
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet 8-0 with a 1.53 ERA and 95 Ks in 88 IP
Sat LHP Brad Mills 8-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 69 Ks in 69 1/3 IP
CP  RHP Jason Stoffel 3-0 with three saves and a 1.71 ERA in 14 relief appearances


See You in May Tucson

The Wildcats will wrap up their three-week road swing with a three-game series at UCLA this weekend. UA opened the extended trip with a 2-1 series win over Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., before dropping two of three to Washington State in Pullman, Wash., last 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.


Middle of the Pac

Arizona has played 12 of its 24 Pac-10 games this season and its 9-3 record is the second-best for any UA club halfway through the conference season since the North and South Divisions merged in 1999.

Arizona Halfway through the Pac-10

Year Halfway Point Final Postseason
2007 9-3 ?- ?-
2006 5-7 12-12 None
2005 10-2 17-7 NCAA Regional
2004 5-7 12-12 College World Series
2003 7-5 13-11 NCAA Regional
2002 5-7 9-15 None
2001 6-6 12-12 None
2000 5-7 8-16 None
1999 4-8 13-11 NCAA Regional


Two Blue

Arizona’s back-to-back losses to Washington State last weekend in Pullman marked just the second three-game series it has lost this season (at Cal State Fullerton). It also was just the third time this year UA has dropped consecutive games (two to Cal State Fullerton Feb. 17-18 and at UNLV and vs. Arizona State Feb. 25 and 27).


Conference Series Winning Streak Snapped

Arizona’s series loss to Washington State last weekend snapped a streak of five straight Pac-10 series wins for the Wildcats. Dating back to last season, Arizona took two of three from Arizona State and swept USC to close out the 2006 season. The Cats then opened the 2007 Pac-10 slate with back-to-back sweeps of Oregon State and Cal and took two of three from Stanford in Palo Alto before stumbling against the Cougars last weekend.


Last Week

As noted above, Arizona dropped just its second weekend series of the season ... Washington State limited Arizona to just nine runs on 16 hits over the three-game set ... The Wildcats hit just .180 for the weekend, wasting a 2.88 team ERA during the series with the Cougars ... Offensive Numbers - The Cats went 16 for 89 (.180) with two doubles and four home runs in three games ... T.J. Steele (.325, 4 HR, 34 RBI) and Brad Glenn (.362, 6 HR, 46 RBI) each went 3 for 10 to lead the way ... Steele, Bill Rhinehart (.345, 6 HR, 34 RBI), C.J. Ziegler (.347, 9 HR, 43 RBI) and Colt Sedbrook (.309, 1 HR, 12 RBI) all hit home runs during the series ... Arizona left 12 runners on base in the series, including six in scoring position ... Pitching Numbers - The Arizona pitching staff posted a 2.88 ERA in 25 innings of work over the weekend ... The arms limited WSU to a .231 team batting average and just eight earned runs ... UA finished with 25 Ks against only seven walks in the series ... Right-hander Preston Guilmet (8-0, 1.53 ERA, 95 K) continued his dominance on the mound, holding WSU to just one run on seven hits over eight innings on Friday. He finished with 12 Ks and three walks to pick up his eighth win of the year ... True freshman Jason Stoffel (3-0, 3 saves, 2.81 ERA, 24 K) converted his third straight save attempt with a scoreless inning in relief or Guilmet on Friday ... Brad Mills (8-3, 3.12 ERA, 69 K) was charged with his third loss of the year despite surrendering only four runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked only one ... A pair of errors in the eighth inning on Sunday led to two unearned runs and handed reliever David Coulon (3-2, 4.47 ERA, 38 K) the loss despite three solid innings out of the bullpen.


Like a Rock

Right-hander Preston Guilmet (8-0, 1.53 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 11 starts and has gone eight or more innings seven times (including four straight starts of nine innings). He has not given up a single run in four starts, has struck out 10 or more batters five times, has allowed seven or less hits in 10 of 11 outings and has walked two or less in eight starts. In 88 innings pitched this season he has thrown 77 scoreless innings while surrendering multiple runs in just four of them. Arizona is 11-0 in games that Guilmet has started this year.


Six Pack

Preston Guilmet’s last six starts have been something out of a video game. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 52 innings pitched. During the current streak he has won three complete games, gone nine innings in a no-decision effort against Cal, thrown a complete game shutout, combined on another blanking and has twice lasted eight innings. He has struck out 66 batters over the six games, has walked only 15 and limited the opposition to a meager .185 batting average.

Guilmet’s Last Six Starts

5-0, 0.87 ERA, 52 IP, 34 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 15 BB, 66 K, .185 Opp BA


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 8-0 with a 1.53 ERA in 88 innings pitched. After him you get left-hander Brad Mills who is tied  with Guilmet for the team lead with eight victories and has a 3.12 ERA in 69 1/3 innings pitched. The duo has teamed up to punch out 164 batters while walking only 39. The pair has limited the opposition to .221 batting average.

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

16-3, 2.23 ERA, 22 starts, 157 1/3 IP, 127 H, 46 R, 39 ER, 39 BB, 164 K, .221 Opp. BA


Home Protection

Although it won’t do them a bit of good this weekend, 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. The Cats are 9-7 on the road this season.


199 and Counting

Head coach Andy Lopez is quickly closing in on his 200th all-time victory at Arizona. After UA’s 31-9 start to the year, Lopez currently stands at 199-132-1 (.601) 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      199, five-plus seasons


A Quick Look at UCLA

The Bruins, who three-hit UC Riverside on Tuesday but lost 3-1, enter the weekend of play with a 22-17 overall record and a conference-best mark of 8-1 ... UCLA is batting .293 as a team and averaging 6.1 runs, 9.9 hits and 5.7 RBI per game this season ... Individually Brandon Crawford is UCLA’s leading hitter, batting .364 with 13 doubles, five HRs and 39 RBI and run scored this season. He is also the Bruins’ leading base stealer with nine swipes in 10 attempts this season ... Cody Deck is UCLA’s power guy, swatting 10 home runs in 32 games played ... On the mound, UCLA has a team ERA of 4.88 in 341 1/3 innings pitched ... The Bruins have struck out 288 hitters and walked 121 ... The pitching rotation for the weekend is Fri. - RHP Tyson Brummett (7-4, 2.83 ERA), Sat. - TBA and Sun.- LHP Gavin Brooks (3-4, 4.95 ERA) ... Head coach John Savage is in his third season at UCLA and has posted a 70-83 record in Westwood.


Even Steven

The weekend series at UCLA will break a tie in the most closely contested head-to-head match up in Arizona’s record book. The Cats and the Bruins have met 215 times on the baseball diamond and for 79 years neither team has been able to pull away in the win column. Heading into play this weekend the all-time series record stands at 107-107-1 dating back to 1927 ... The Bruins took two of three from the Wildcats in Tucson last season ... Arizona swept UCLA the last time the two teams met in Los Angeles in 2005.


Winning the Close Ones

Arizona lost its first one-run game of the season last weekend at Washington State. Still, the Cats are 9-1 this season in games decided by a single run.

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


Offensive Numbers

Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .305 as a team and averaging 7.2 runs, 10.3 hits, 2.2 doubles and 6.4 RBI per game.


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 (76) and HBP (60) and is second in batting average (.305), slugging (.467), runs scored (286), RBI (257) and total bases (633)  ... Individually, Brad Glenn is eighth in slugging (.617) and sixth in on base percentage (.477), ninth in hits (51), second in RBI (46), fourth in doubles (14), and tied for 10th in home runs (6) ... C.J. Ziegler is fourth in slugging (.660), is second in doubles (16), fifth in runs scored (43), eighth in hits (52) tied for fourth in home runs (9) and sixth in RBI (43) ... Jon Gaston is 10th in on base percentage (.455) and second in triples (5) ... Robert Abel (1st, 21) and T.J. Steele (t-2nd, 13) 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 on April 6 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 40 games played.

Stat 2007 Numbers Career High
Brad Glenn
Runs 30 38
Hits 51 53
2B 14 11
HR 6 10
RBI 46 32
T.J. Steele
Runs 26 33
Hits 50 54
2B 10 13
3B 3 5
HR 4 0
RBI 34 33
SB 13 5
Bill Rhinehart
Runs 35 40
Hits 50 58
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