Fri., Feb. 23 - at UNLV 6:30 p.m. PT
Sat., Feb. 24 - at UNLV 2 p.m. PT
Sun., Feb. 25 - at UNLV 1 p.m. PT
Potential Starting Lineup
Eight-game hit streak (13 for 28, .464, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 10 R) 2
Batting .326 in 11 games, 5-for-5 in SB 3
Team-leader with four HR 4
Batting a team-high .438 with 13 RBI and 17 runs scored 5
Tied school record with 3 HRs vs. Utah Valley State on Feb. 7 6
19-game hitting streak dating back to last season 7
Has scored five runs and driven in six more in 11 games 8
Has seven RBI in his first 11 games 9
Hitting .273 with five RBI in eight games Pitching
RHP Preston Guilmet
2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in 22 IP. Has 17 Ks vs. 4 BB Sat
LHP Daniel Schlereth
Has earned a save in all three relief appearances this season
The Wildcats took an 8-0 record to No. 8 Cal State Fullerton, extended the winning streak to nine-straight and then ran into trouble - losing their first two games of the season ... UA’s Preston Guilmet out-dueled CSF ace Wes Roemer, 2-1, in the series opener on Friday, but everything seemed to collapse the next two days as UA struggled to pitch, hit and field while dropping its first two games of the year ... History seemed to repeat itself as UA went to Fullerton in the regular season in 2005 and won the opening game of the series against the Titans with a 1-0 pitcher’s duel victory, but then dropped the following two contests.
Arizona’s nine-game win streak to open the 2007 season matched the best start to a year for the Wildcats under head coach Andy Lopez (2005) ... Counting last season, Arizona won 14 straight games before falling to Cal State Fullerton last Saturday.
A Quick Look at UNLV
The Rebels, who beat Loyola Marymount on Tuesday, are 7-6 on the young season and have taken series wins over both Pepperdine and Cal ... UNLV returns 22 letterwinners from last season’s team that went 29-30 overall and finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference with a 12-10 mark ... Offensively, Las Vegas, which is hitting .303 as a team, is averaging 6.4 runs, 10.8 hits and 6.2 RBI per game thus far ... Effren Navarro Jr. has been the individual offensive catalyst, hitting .408 (20for 49) with five doubles, a home run and 12 RBI in 12 games ... Michael Brenley, son of former Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenley, leads the Rebels with 13 RBI in 11 games played ... On the mound, UNLV is 7-6 with a 5.84 ERA in 114 innings pitched ... The Rebel pitching staff has struck out 79 batters against 55 walks ... Opponents are hitting .318 against them this season ... UNLV’s rotation for the weekend will RHP Craig Heyer on Friday and LHPs Chris Saddoris and TBA on Sunday ... Head coach Buddy Gouldsmith is in fourth season in Las Veags and has put together a 107-89 record there.
The Wildcats and Rebels have met 16 times in baseball in a series that dates back to 1984 ... The two schools have split the all-time series record with eight wins apiece ... UNLV won the last meeting between the two schools, taking a 2-to-1 series victory over the Cats in Tucson last season ... The Rebels have won three of the past five games played in the all-time series ... Arizona last traveled to the Las Vegas in 2004 and won a midweek two-game series by scores of 11-2 and 10-9.
Although it’s not excusable and will certainly need to be corrected as the season progresses, 14 of the 19 errors charged to the
Guilmet Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
Sophomore T.J. Steele has a 19-game hitting streak dating back to the final few weeks of the 2006 season. He collected at least one hit in final eight games of 2006 and has hit safely in all 11 games thus far in 2007. During his streak the outfielder is batting .419 (34 for 81) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, a home run and 18 RBI.
Gaston Gets His Streak On
Steele’s classmate Jon Gaston has put together a pretty nice hitting streak of his own. After starting the season 1 for 7 at the plate, Gaston has hit safely in his last eight-straight games. The current streak, in which he is batting a team-best .464 (13 for 28) with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, three RBI and 10 runs scored, is one shy of his career high set as a freshman last year.
Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .324 as a team and averaging 7.5 runs, 10.7 hits, 2.9 doubles, 1.1 home runs and 7.1 RBI per game.
In 11 games this season Arizona has posted two or more extra base hits in every one of them ... UA has hit at least one double in all 11 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 the last two outings resulted in hiccups for the
2 Opp Avg.
Doing it with Two
Through the first eight games the
C-ing the Ball
DH C.J. Ziegler has one of the better eyes you’ll see on a power-hitting clean up batter. With a .438 batting average, 13 RBI, a Pac-10-best 17 runs scored and an .844 slugging percentage, the Pima CC transfer has drawn the respect of pitchers already as he has walked 10 times in 11 games thus far and has been hit be three pitches to help lead to an Arizona-best .583 on base pecentage. In addition to his willingness to earn the free pass, Ziegler has also struck out only three times in 32 at-bats.
Holler for Dollar
Senior Bill Rhinehart has dashed out of the gate in his final season at
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
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.
Helped by a six-home run game against
A season after finishing dead last in the Pac-10 with a 5.41 ERA, the UA pitching staff has gotten off to a hot start in 2007. The
Looking for Redemption
Last season was one to forget for the
But Don’t Forget About Us
Three newcomers to the
Avoiding the Big Ones
Through the first 11 games last season, the opposition scored three or more runs in an inning 10 times. The Cats have surrendered three or more runs in a frame just three times this year.
Start ?'Er Up
UA’s starters have done an outstanding job in the young season. The six pitchers that have combined to start the 11 games thus far have earned six of the nine victories, own a 3.32 ERA in 59 2/3 IP, have limited opponents to a .206 batting average and struck out 57 hitters against just 17 walks.
Shut ?'Er Down
Not to be outdone, the bullpen has chalked up UA’s other three victories and tallied three saves, own a 1.69 ERA in 37 1/3 IP and are striking out just under one batter per inning pitched with 37 total Ks (0.97).
Back With the Pitchers
After one year away,
The only Wildcat down with injury to start the year is sophomore right-hander Ryan Perry, who was injured in an off-field incident prior to the opening of spring camp. Perry, who broke his left arm and is out for at least a couple more weeks, will return to the pitching rotation and factor in as either a part of the starting rotation or as the team’s closer.
A Weekly Winner
Sophomore Preston Guilmet has delivered out of the Friday spot in the rotation this season and people have taken notice. The right-hander has already been recognized on both a national level (Feb. 5 Collegiate Baseball Pitcher of the Week) and a conference level (Feb. 20 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week) despite only making three starts thus far. He has already twice surpassed his season-high of 7 IP from last year and last week tied his career high with nine strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton.
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
5. Tyler Lawton ((1979-82) - 10 Saves
Daniel Schlereth (2006-present) - 10 saves
Coulon Carries On
Junior southpaw David Coulon wrapped up his 2006 with a complete-game shut out of USC in
David Coulon’s Last Four Appearances (2006 and 2007)
May 27, 2006 at USC - 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB
Feb. 6, 2007 vs. Utah Valley State - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 11 K, 2 BB
Feb. 11, 2007 vs. New Mexico - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 3 BB
Feb. 18, 2007 at CS Fullerton - 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 5 BB
Guilmet Named National Player of the Week
The coaching staff has a pair of new faces, although those familiar with the UA program and