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|
|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|
|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
The Wildcats took off for a Spring Break trip in
Closing in on 1,000
A Quick Look at
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.
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,
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.
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,
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,
+.034 Players over .300
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.
The middle of
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
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
C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in back-to-back games. 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 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.
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
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 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,
Although he’ll be limited by pitch counts early on, right-hander Ryan Perry has returned to the
Stoffel Earns a Start
Frosh Jason Stoffel is slated to start his first career game for the Wildcats on Wednesday against
Sophomore Preston Guilmet has been the mainstay in the
2/2 vs. Gonzaga - W 8 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 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
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
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
2/4 vs. Gonzaga - W 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 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
Schlereth Shuts the Door
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
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
Guilmet Named National Player of the Week