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Release: 02/21/2007
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This Week

Arizona heads back out on the road for a three-game series against UNLV in Las Vegas.

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
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Jon Gaston L/R RF Eight-game hit streak (13 for 28, .464, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 10 R)
2 Robert Abel R/R SS Batting .326 in 11 games, 5-for-5 in SB
3 Bill Rhinehart L/L 1B Team-leader with four HR
4 C.J. Ziegler R/R DH Batting a team-high .438 with 13 RBI and 17 runs scored
5 Brad Glenn R/R LF Tied school record with 3 HRs vs. Utah Valley State on Feb. 7
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF 19-game hitting streak dating back to last season
7 Erik Castro L/R 3B Has scored five runs and driven in six more in 11 games
8 Kevin Rodland R/R 2B Has seven RBI in his first 11 games
9 Dwight Childs R/R C Hitting .273 with five RBI in eight games
Pitching
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in 22 IP. Has 17 Ks vs. 4 BB
Sat TBA
Sun TBA
CP LHP Daniel Schlereth Has earned a save in all three relief appearances this season

 

Last Weekend

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.

 

Off Fast

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.

 

Arizona vs. UNLV - The History

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.

 

Youthful Transgressions

Although it’s not excusable and will certainly need to be corrected as the season progresses, 14 of the 19 errors charged to the Arizona defense in 2007 have been commited by a freshman (74%). This season, the youthful Wildcats have started either a true frosh or a redshirt at catcher, second base, third base and shortstop in all 11 contests.

 

Guilmet Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday. Guilmet out-dueled Cal State Fullerton preseason All-American Wes Roemer last Friday in Arizona’s 2-1 win over the Titans. 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, who went eight hitless innings in his 2007 debut against Gonzaga and was named the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week in do so, is 2-0 for the year with a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings of work. He has 17 strikeouts against just four walks and limited the opposition to a .151 batting average against him.

 

Still Streaking

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.

 

Offensive Numbers

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.

 

Extra, Extra

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.

 

Pitching Improvements

Although the last two outings resulted in hiccups for the Arizona pitching staff, the group as whole has shown marked improvement from last season’s. Through 11 games, the ?'07 arms have an ERA that is nearly two and half points lower than the ?'06 team, and this season’s group has cut the opponent’s batting average 77 points through the same number of games.

Arizona Pitching 2006 vs. 2007 - Through 11 Games

Stat 2006 2007 Difference
Wins 7 9 2
Losses 4 2 -2
ERA 5.14 2.69 -2.45
IP 98 97 -1
H 112 74 -38
R 69 37 -32
ER 56 29 -27
K  105 94 -11
BB 35 37 2
Opp Avg. .286 .209 -.077

 

Doing it with Two

Through the first eight games the Arizona offense has taken advantage of the final out in an inning. The Wildcats have scored 42 of their 82 runs (51%) this year with two down in a frame. The Cats are hitting .344 for the year with two outs and have 38 two-out RBI.

 

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 Arizona. After just 11 games the first baseman leads the team with 17 hits and four home runs, and is second on the club with 13 RBI and 14 runs scored.

 

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

 

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.

 

Going Yard

Helped by a six-home run game against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7, Arizona has hit 12 homers in 11 games this season. In 2006 it took the Wildcats 29 games into the year to reach 12 bombs. Senior Bill Rhinehart paces the club with four HRs this season and sophomore Brad Glenn, who tied the single-game school record for HRs vs. UVS on Feb. 7 with three, is second. Jon Gaston and junior C.J. Ziegler have two each and T.J. Steele, who hit his first career HR in the season-opener against Gonzaga, has UA’s other  fence-buster this year.

 

Mound Meanies

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 Arizona arms are a 9-2 with three saves and a 2.69 ERA in 97 innings of work thus far. The Wildcat hurlers have punched out 94 hitters and issued only 37 walks. Opponents are hitting just .209 against Arizona thus far and have been able to collect just 23 extra base hits.

 

Looking for Redemption

Last season was one to forget for the Arizona pitching staff. Youth and injuries took their toll on the Cats throughout the year and frustration was certainly high. Of the seven arms that returned from the 2006 staff, six have already started to make sure that ?'06 was just an abnormality. Senior Brad Mills, junior David Coulon and sophomores Mike Colla, Preston Guilmet, Cory Burns and Daniel Schlereth have begun the reclamation process (Returning So. Ryan Perry is out early with an injury). The Sextet has started 10 of the 11 games, is 7-2 with three saves and has worked 74 1/3 of the 97 IP by the staff thus far. They have combined to rack up 76 of UA’s 94 Ks, walk only 33 hitters and allow only 24 earned runs (2.91ERA).

 

But Don’t Forget About Us

Three newcomers to the Arizona pitching staff have also done their part in the early success on the mound. Redshirt frosh Brett Lorin along with true freshmen Paul Bargas and Jason Stoffel have been a nice addition to the staff. Both Lorin (8 IP, 0-0, 1.12) and Stoffel (6 2/3 IP, 1-0, 4.05 ERA) have made multiple appearances out of the bullpen, and Bargas (1-0, 1.12 ERA) tossed six impressive innings in his first career start against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7.

 

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).

 

Caught Looking

The devious Arizona arms have punched out nearly half of their strikeout total on a called third strike - 42 of 94 Ks in 2007.

 

Back With the Pitchers

After one year away, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez will once again serve 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 Out

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

Arizona closer Daniel Schlereth is a perfect 6-for-6 in save conversions in his last six relief appearances 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 three chances this year. Schlereth’s 10 career saves places him in a tie for fifth 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

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 Los Angeles and he has picked up this season right where he left off. Dating back to last season, Coulon is 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA and 26 Ks in 22 2/3 innings pitched over his last four appearances. In three games (one start) this season he is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 13 2/3 innings of work and has a team-high 19 strikeouts. He struck out a career-best 11 hitters and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Utah Valley State on Feb. 6 for his first W of the year, then worked four scoreless innings of relief against New Mexico on Feb. 11 for his team-high-tying second win and most recently struck out six hitters in 3 2/3 IP in a no-decision relief appearance against CS Fullerton.

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

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 last Friday. 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.

 

New Faces

The coaching staff has a pair of new faces, although those familiar with the UA program and Tucson baseball are probably already aware of them. Assistant coach Jeff Casper, a four-year letter winner for the Cats from 1998-2001, returns to Tucson after two years as an assistant at Yavapai JC in Prescott, Ariz. Casper not only played for the Cats, but he also served as the volunteer assistant under head coach Andy Lopez for three seasons (2002-04). Volunteer assistant Keith Francis begins his first year on the UA staff. He most recently spent the last two years at Pima CC here in Tucson, and was also the head coach at Canyon Del Oro High School in town. Francis guided the Dorados to a pair of 5A state championships in baseball. Casper

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