April 10, 2013
|2013 Arizona Baseball|
April 12-14, 2013 | Pullman, Wash. | Bailey-Brayton Field
Arizona (21-11, 6-6 Pac-12) at Washington State (17-13, 4-5 Pac-12)
Friday, April 12 6 p.m. (PDT) Bailey-Brayton Field Radio: 1290 AM
Konner Wade (56.0)
|184||K's||221||K's||Konner Wade has a 2.11 ERA and a .224 opposing batting average over his last three starts.|
- Wade is 5-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 16 career appearances on the road.
- UA plays six of its next seven and 12 of its next 20 games on the road.
- Konner Wade tossed 8.2 innings and allowed just one run, while Konner Wade seems to be at his best away from home. In his three seasons as a Wildcat, Wade has made 12 starts and 16 total appearances in road/neutral games. In those games, the right-hander owns a 5-2 record and a 2.51 ERA with 54 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 96.2 innings pitched. Four of his six career complete games have been pitched away from home. In 2012, Wade is 3-2 overall with a 3.54 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 56 innings.
Wade Warming Up: By his lofty standards, Konner Wade got off to a bit of a slow start in 2013. Over his first five starts, Wade was 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA, and opponents were hitting .277 against him. Since, the junior righty has started to turn things around. In his last three starts, Wade is 1-1 with a 2.11 ERA and has limited opponents to a .224 batting average. Last Friday against California, Wade turned in perhaps his best outing of the season with 8.2 innings and just one run allowed. Wade would have had a chance for his first complete game of the season, but his pitch count was raised in part due to four walks in the game, something he'll work to limit going forward. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native has pitched into the sixth inning in all eight starts this season and ranks second in the Pac-12 with 56.0 innings this season (game-by-game logs on page 7).
Johnny Baseball: The reigning Pac-12 batting champion, centerfielder Konner Wade gave it a run last Friday against California, but came one out shy after tossing a season-high 8.2 innings. Part of the reason why the Wildcats have yet to have a complete game this season is because the bullpen has been deeper and more reliable. In 2012, starters were expected to work deep into games and the Wildcats even needed complete games to get through weekends. Arizona finished with 16 complete games last year, led by Johnny Field has Arizona's most recent homer, which came against Oregon State on March 17 in Tucson, Ariz. Since, the Wildcats have gone 77 innings and 297 at-bats over nine games without a round-tripper.
Leading the Pac: Arizona joined the Pac-10/12 Conference in 1978. Since that time, Arizona has won three national championships, including in 1980, 1986 and 2012. That is more titles than any other school in the conference during that span. Oregon State (2006 and 2007), USC (1978 and 1998) and Stanford (1987 and 1988) each have won twice. Arizona State won its last title in 1981, giving the Wildcats a pair of championships since their rival's most recent one.
.300 Club: In 2012, Arizona led the Pac-12 and ranked No. 4 nationally with a .329 team batting average, their highest-single season mark in the Andy Lopez tenure, and the highest for the school since 2000 (.331). Under Lopez, the Wildcats have now hit .300 or better in a season for 10-consecutive years. Only his first club, in 2002 (.289), failed to reach the .300 mark. Otherwise his teams have posted averages of .320 (2011), .321 (2010), .314 (2009), .301 (2008), .306 (2007), .305 (2006), .328 (2005), .305 (2004) and .329 (2003) over the last 10 seasons. After 32 games, the 2013 club is hitting .316.
On Deck: Arizona will return home to host a non-conference midweek game against Arizona State on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. (MST) at Hi Corbett Field. The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks. Thereafter, the Wildcats will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on Stanford in a three-game game series at Sunken Diamond (April 19-21).