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Release: 03/20/2007
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Arizona returns home for five games over the next week ... The Cats will take on Morehead State in a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday before welcoming in Northern Colorado for three games over the weekend.
Tues., March 20 - Morehead State - 7 p.m.
Wed., March 21 - Morehead State - 4 p.m.
Fri., March 23 - Northern Colorado - 7 p.m.
Sat., March 24 - Northern Colorado - 6 p.m.
Sun., March 25 - Northern Colorado - 12 p.m.

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L CF Scored a season-high four runs at Hawaii-Hilo 
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 3B Batting .282 with six RBI and 10 runs scored in 11 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R DH Team leader with seven HRs
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L LF Team leader with .378 avg. Has 21 runs and 22 RBI
5 Brad Glenn R/R 1B Team leader with 27 RBI
6 Jon Gaston L/R RF Pac-10 leader with four triples 
7 Robert Abel R/R SS Pac-10 leader with 11 SB. Is 11 for 11 in SB this year
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Hitting .289 with four 2Bs and eight runs scored
9 Mike Weldon R/R 2B Made first career start last week at Hawaii-Hilo
Pitching
Tue RHP Ryan Perry Second start after missing first six weeks of the year
Wed RHP Jason Stoffel First career start
CP LHP Daniel Schlereth 1-0 with six saves in nine relief appearances this year
Is 9 for 9 in save chances dating back to last year.

On the Air

Tuesday’s game against Morehead State will be broadcast live on the radio in Tucson on 1290 AM. Internet fans that have subscribed to UA’s All Access pass at ArizonaAthletics.com can follow the action online. Brian Jeffries, the Voice of the Wildcats, will call all of Tuesday’s action ... Free Live stats, powered by Tucson Electric Power, will also be provided at ArizonaAthletics.com

 

Last Week

The Wildcats took off for a Spring Break trip in Hawaii. The Cats took two of three from Hawaii on Oahu and then defeated Hawaii-Hilo 19-3 before getting rained out against the Vulcans in their final scheduled game for the week ... As a team, UA batted .233 (31 for 133) in the four games in Hawaii and finished with six doubles, three triples and one home run ... Junior C.J. Ziegler led all players individually, batting .353 (6 for 17) with two doubles, his team-leading seventh home run of the year, three RBI and three runs scored ... On the mound, the Arizona pitching staff dominated with a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings of work ..The Wildcat hurlers finished the week with 42 punchouts and 16 walks.

 

Closing in on 1,000

Arizona’s 10 home wins this season has pushed the Cats’ record to 996-445-4 all-time at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. UA needs just four more victories at the facility to make it an even 1,000 since putting down roots at the site in 1967. The earliest that Arizona could reach the milestone home win would be March 24 vs. Northern Colorado.

 

A Quick Look at Morehead State

The Eagles head to Tucson with a 4-13 overall record ... MSU most recently dropped two of three from Youngstown State last weekend ... Offensively, MSU is batting .288 as a team and averaging 6.6 runs, 9.1 hits and 6.0 RBI per game ... Junior infielder Nick Nail leads the way individually with a .385 batting average and 11 runs scored ...On the mound, the Eagles have a 8.87 ERA in 142 innings pitched ... MSU has 96 strikeouts in 17 games and 97 walks ... Right-hander Tyler Bess has been the most consistent arm for the Eagles, posting a 3.51 ERA in eight appearances ... Head coach John Jarnagin is in his 12th season at Morehead and has posted a 251-364-2 record.

 

Arizona vs. Morehead State - The History

The Wildcats and Eagles will be meeting for the first time on the diamond. Arizona is the first school from the Pac-10 that Morehead State will have met in baseball ... Arizona has faced two Ohio Valley Conference schools in the past (Eastern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky) and is 1-1 against them. Both meetings against the OVC schools came in the postseason.

 

A Flash of the Leather

After a rough stretch defensively the Wildcats have come around with their gloves. Over the course of the last five games, Arizona has been error-free on defense, handling 195 total chances and turning a pair of double plays.

 

Hard Working Guys

Four different Wildcats have started all 22 games this season - Sr. Bill Rhinehart, So. Brad Glenn, Jr. C.J. Ziegler and Fr. Robert Abel. Last year Colt Sedbrook was the only UA player to have made 22 straight starts to open the year, and was the only UA player to start all 55 games.

 

Offensive Numbers

Heading into play this week, the Wildcats are batting .306 as a team and averaging 7.1 runs, 10.5 hits, 2.2 doubles and 6.2 RBI per game.

 

The Cats in the Pac

Despite playing only one game last week, Arizona remains among the conference leaders in a number of offensive categories. UA is first in triples (15) and HBP (36), second in batting average (.306), slugging (.485), home runs (19) and total bases (365) and third in runs scored (157), RBI (137), doubles (48) and stolen bases (31) ... Individually, Bill Rhinehart is seventh among conference players in batting average (.378) ... C.J. Ziegler dots the Pac-10 top 10 in slugging (3rd, .711), runs scored (7th, 25), RBI (6th, 25), doubles (3rd, 9), home runs (t1st, 7) and total bases (t5th, 59).... Brad Glenn is fifth in the Pac in RBI with 27 for the year and freshman Robert Abel is the top thief in the conference with 11 stolen bases.

 

Offense Gets Back on Track

The Cats’ experienced a four-game stretch where their offense disappeared. In the final game against Eastern Michigan and the entire three-game set at Hawaii, Arizona managed to hit just .203 as a team, while averaging only 2.5 runs, 6.5 hits and 1.5 RBI per game. UA’s trip to Hawaii-Hilo righted things for the Cats’ bats as they went 16 for 41 (.390) with four doubles, three triples and home run in the 19-3 win over the Vulcans on March 13.

 

A Year Later

Despite the recent offensive slump, the Wildcats are still way ahead of where they were offensively a year ago. Through 22 games in 2006, Arizona was 11-11 and had a team average of .272. A look at the numbers this season vs last year:

Stat 2006 (11-11) 2007 (16-6) Difference
Average .272 .306 +.034
Players over .300 3 6 +3
Runs 133 157 +24
Hits 198 230 +32
2Bs 39 48 +9
3Bs 17 15 -2
HRs 8 19 +11
RBI 124 137 +13

 

Touch ?'Em All

The Wildcats have hit 19 home runs in 22 games thus far. The middle part of the batting order - Bill Rhinehart (4 HR), C.J. Ziegler (7) and Brad Glenn (5) - have accounted for 16 of the 19 bombs, while Jon Gaston (2) and T.J. Steele (1) have added the other three. Last year it took UA 38 games to hit 19 home runs.

 

Three-Four-Five

The middle of Arizona’s batting order has proven to be a difficult challenge for the opposition. Bill Rhinehart, C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn have teamed up to for a .355 batting average (91 for 256), 19 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 74 RBI this year. The power-hitting middle of the order has also shown a pretty good eye at the plate amassing 28 walks and 14 HBP against 41 strikeouts.

 

Needing That Triple

DH C.J. Ziegler has three times this year fallen a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. The junior went single, double and home run twice against New Mexico back in February and most recently hit a single, two doubles and a home run in a game against Hawaii-Hilo last week. Despite missing out on the 12th cycle in school history, Ziegler’s power credentials are still impressive. With nine doubles and seven home runs, both team-highs, over half of his hits this year are for two or more bases (16 of 29, 55%).

 

Two-Out Guy

Brad Glenn has racked up a team-best 27 RBI in 22 games this season. More impressive however is that 18 of the 27 runs driven in have come with two outs in an inning. For the year, Glenn is batting .385 with two outs, 48 points better than his overall average.

 

Abel To Steal a Bag

Freshman shortstop Robert Abel is 11 for 11 in stolen base tries this season to pace an Arizona club that is 31 for 39 on the year. T.J. Steele (5 for 5) and Brad Glenn (3 for 3) are perfect for the year, while Bill Rhinehart (5 for 6) and Jon Gaston (2 for 3) 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. 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 22 games this season Arizona has posted at least one extra base hit in 21 of them ... UA has hit at least one double in 20 of 22 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 36 pitches in 22 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 15 of 22 games thus far. 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 42 pitches 22 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 16-6 this season with seven saves in 195 innings pitched ... Opponents are batting just .260 against them with a lowly .353 slugging percentage ... The Arizona arms have recorded 203 Ks this year against just 80 walks.

 

The Cats in the Pac

On the mound, Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts (203) and the fewest home runs allowed (8), is second in team ERA (3.83) and opposing batting average (.260) and places third in wins (16) and fewest earned runs allowed (83) ... Individually, right-hander Preston Guilmet is fourth in ERA (2.05), eighth in opp. batting average (.223), fourth in innings pitched (44.0), tied for third in strikeouts (41) and tied for sixth in wins (4) ... Closer Daniel Schlereth is tied for second with six saves and left-hander Brad Mills is sixth in strikeouts (38) and sixth in wins (4).

 

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.

 

Perry Returns

Although he’ll be limited by pitch counts early on, right-hander Ryan Perry has returned to the Arizona pitching staff. The sophomore made his first start of the year last week against Hawaii-Hilo and he is the scheduled starter for Tuesday’s game against Morehead State. Perry missed the first six weeks of the season with a broken left elbow.

 

Stoffel Earns a Start

Frosh Jason Stoffel is slated to start his first career game for the Wildcats on Wednesday against Morehead State. The right-hander has appeared in seven contests this season and is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 innings of work.

 

Friday Starter Preston Guilmet

Sophomore Preston Guilmet has been the mainstay in the Arizona rotation, starting all six Friday contests. The right-hander is 4-0 for the year with a 2.05 ERA in 44 innings of work. He has punched out 41 hitters on strikes this season and has issued only nine walks. Guilmet has gone six or more innings in all six starts this year, while limiting the opposition to a .223 batting average. Most recently, Guilmet struck out a career-high 12 batters and held Hawaii scoreless over eight solid innings to pick up his team-high fourth win of the year on March 9.

Guilmet’s Starts

2/2 vs. Gonzaga - W                            8 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

2/9 vs. New Mexico - ND                    6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

2/16 at Cal State Fullerton - W           7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

2/23 at UNLV - ND                               6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

3/2 vs. Eastern Michigan - W            7 1/3 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

3/9 at Hawaii - W                                  8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 12 K

 

Weekly Honors

Preston Guilmet has already garnered a lot of much deserved attention. The right-hander tossed eight hitless innings in his season debut against Gonzaga and was named the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week for his efforts. Two weeks later he out-dueled preseason All-American Wes Roemer in a 2-1 UA victory over Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 16 and was tabbed the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. The conference office feted him with POW honors for a second time on March 13 after he held Hawaii scoreless for eight innings while strikng out a career-high 12 batters in a 2-1 Arizona victory in the Islands.

 

Saturday Starter Brad Mills:

Senior Brad Mills has made six starts this season, five on Saturday. The left-hander has a team-leading four wins and 2.88 ERA in 34 1/3 IP. Much like Guilmet, Mills’ control has been impeccable with 38 Ks against just nine walks. Mills has gone six or more innings in five of six starts and has bounced back nicely from his one rocky outing. After giving up eight runs - five earned - in just 2 1/3 innings against Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 17, Mills is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA, 24 Ks and only five walks in 18 1/3 IP over his last three starts. He posted a career-high 10 strikeouts against Eastern Michigan on March 3 and was charged with a hard-luck loss against Hawaii after giving up just one run on five hits over six innings.

Mills’ Starts

2/4 vs. Gonzaga - W                            6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

2/10 vs. New Mexico - W                    7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

2/17 at Cal State Fullerton - L             2 1/3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

2/24 at UNLV - W                 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

3/3 vs. Eastern Michigan - W            6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K

3/10 at Hawaii - L                  6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

 

Schlereth Shuts the Door

Arizona closer Daniel Schlereth (1-0, 6 Sv., 1.88 ERA, 28 K, 14 1/3 IP) is a perfect 9-for-9 in save conversions in his last nine chances dating back to last year. The sophomore southpaw wrapped up the 2006 season with three straight saves (one vs. Arizona State, two at USC) and he has converted on his first six chances this year. Schlereth’s 13 career saves places him in a tie for third all-time at Arizona.

Arizona Saves Leaders

1. Mark Melancon (2004-06) - 18 saves

2. Ryan Moskau (1997-98) - 14 Saves

3. Joe Estes (1983-86) - 13 Saves

    Carlos Rico (1991-92) - 13 Saves

    Daniel Schlereth (2006-present) - 13 saves

 

The Pen is the Place to Be

After making a less-than impressive start against Gonzaga on Feb. 3, Daniel Schlereth has been pretty good out of the bullpen. In 12 innings in relief, the left-hander has allowed just one run and eight hits to the opposition. He has not given up a single extra base hit, held opponents to a .195 batting average and stranded all three inherited runners on base. Over the 12 innings of relief work he has needed to record 36 outs and amazingly has retired 26 of them via the K. In his last five appearances alone, Schlereth has retired 13 of the 16 outs needed in 5 1/3 IP on strikes.

 

Guilmet Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

Sophomore Preston Guilmet was named the March 13 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 batters to help lead Arizona to a 2-1 victory over Hawaii in Honolulu. He held the Rainbows scoreless over eight solid innings, limiting Hawaii to just five hits in the rain-delayed game. He worked out of a pair of early jams, leaving the bases loaded in the second and stranding runners on second and third with no outs in the third. Guilmet struck out five of the final seven batters he faced on the night.

 

Guilmet Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

Sophomore Preston Guilmet was named the Feb. 19 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Guilmet out-dueled Cal State Fullerton preseason All-American Wes Roemer in Arizona’s 2-1 win over the Titans on Feb. 16. The right-hander tied his career high with nine strikeouts against just one walk, while surrendering an unearned run on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. Guilmet struck out the first four Titan batters he faced in the contest on the minimum of 12 pitches and retired seven of the first 10 outs in the game on strikes.

 

Guilmet Named National Player of the Week

Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet was named one of three Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Feb. 5. The right-hander from Citrus Heights, Calif., flirted with the seventh no-hitter in Arizona history for eight strong innings in UA’s season-opener vs. Gonzaga on Feb. 2. He allowed just three base runners (two BB, one HBP) over the first eight innings and at one point retired 17-straight Bulldog hitters before allowing a base hit to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Despite missing out on the no-no, Guilmet still picked up the victory after allowing just the one hit over 8 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two in the 14-0 Arizona victory. Guilmet became the first Arizona player to be recognized by the publication with national POW honors since John Meloan who also narrowly missed out on a no-hitter in UA’s 2005 season opener against New Mexico.

 

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