Game Times Set
Second-seeded Arizona will take on No. 3 Missouri in the opening game of the Fullerton Regional in Fullerton Calif., on Friday, June 3 at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the radio 1290 AM The Source and all the games in the regional will be televised live on ESPNU. All-Access subscribers can listen to the radio broadcast through ArizonaAthletics.com.
A Quick Look at Arizona
Arizona finished the 2005 regular season with a 37-19 overall record ... The Wildcats have already posted the most wins for a UA team in a single season since the 1989 team went 45-18-1 ... Arizona finished second in the Pac-10 conference with a 17-7 league record. The Wildcats trailed only conference champion Oregon State (19-5) ... Arizona won seven of its eight conference three-game series in 2005, matching the effort of conference champion Oregon State ... The Wildcats went 20-12 out of the Pac-10 this season and won five of the their eight non-conference three-game series ... Arizona faced six teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/USA Today Coaches Poll during the regular season and went 11-8 against them ...
Arizona’s Regional History
The 2005 regional invitation marks the third consecutive season that Arizona has advanced to play in the postseason ... The last time UA made three straight trips to the NCAA’s was 1985-87 ... The 2005 postseason marks the 32nd time Arizona has advanced to play past the regular season, the second-most in Pac-10 history behind 12-time national champion USC’s 40 ... The Wildcats are 51-35 (.593) in regional play since 1950 and have taken home 15 regional championships in school history, including the South Bend title last season.
Regional Road Warriors
2005 will mark the 19th time Arizona has left Tucson for the regional round of the NCAA’s. Of the 18 previous regional road trips, Arizona has returned with the regional title seven times ... Two of Arizona’s three national championship runs were started with a regional road trip (1976 ?- Edinburg, Texas; 1986 ?- Austin, Texas), only the 1980 national championship team started its title run in Tucson.
The Arizona baseball program has a long and storied history in the NCAA postseason. The Wildcats have made 31 postseason appearances previous to this season, have won 15 regional titles, one super regional title, made 15 appearances at the College World Series, won three national titles (1976, 1980, 1986) and finished runner-up three other times (1956, 1959, 1963). Heading into the postseason this year, Arizona is tied for seventh in CWS appearances (15), seventh in CWS wins (33), eighth in CWS games played (60) and tied for seventh in titles won (3). Arizona is 86-63 (.577) all-time in the postseason.
A Good Omen?
The last two times Arizona reached the College World Series and failed to return home with the title (1979, 1985), the Wildcats returned the next season and won the national championship (1980, 1986). Arizona reached the 2004 College World Series and went 1-2 in Omaha after winning the South Bend Regional and the Long Beach State Super Regional.
The Arizona roster is dotted with players that have played meaningful postseason games. Seven of the nine starters in the field (including DH) have played nine or more postseason games in their careers at UA. Catcher Nick Hundley (11 postseason games), first baseman Jordan Brown (10), second baseman Brad Boyer (11), shortstop Jason Donald (9), left fielder Trevor Crowe (10), right fielder Jeff Van Houten (11) and DH Derek Decater (10) have all contributed to Arizona’s three straight postseason appearances.
On the mound, John Meloan, Kevin Guyette and Sean Rierson have all started at least one postseason game and closer Mark Melancon is a very impressive 2-0 with two saves and a 0.00 in five postseason appearances. Please see page 24-25 for Arizona’s career postseason stats.
Against the Field
Arizona played seven teams that made the field of 64 this season and went a combined 13-8 against them. The Wildcats faced national seeds Cal State Fullerton (1-2) and Oregon State (2-1), No. 1 seed Texas (1-2), No. 2 seeds USC (2-1) and Arizona State (4-1), No. 3 seed Stanford (2-1) and No. 4 seed UNLV (1-1).
Arizona-Missouri Postseason History
Arizona and Missouri have met only twice on the baseball field, both times in the postseason. The Wildcats defeated the Tigers, 6-4, in Omaha in the 1963 College World Series and again 10-1 in the Midwest Regional in Edinburg, Texas, en route to the 1976 National Championship.
Arizona-Missouri Common Opponent
Arizona and Missouri have met up with only one common opponent this season, No. 1-seeded Texas. Arizona hosted UT in Tucson in a non-conference series in March, while Mizzou visited Austin, Texas, for a three game Big 12 series in late April. Both schools went 1-2 against the Longhorns.
L - 5-4
L - 4-1 Texas
W - 8-3
W - 7-2 Texas
L - 5-4
L - 6-1
A Quick Look at Missouri
The Tigers enter the regional with a 39-21 overall record ... Earning an at-large berth out of the Big 12 Conference, the Tigers finished fourth in the league with a 16-11 record ... MU is batting .280 as a team with 106 doubles, 23 triples, 31 home runs and 51 stolen bases ... Individually, junior outfielder James Boone leads the Mizzou attack, posting a .356 average, 15 doubles and a team-best 70 RBI in 52 games played in 2005 ... On the bump, MU boasts a 3.05 team ERA ... The Tiger pitchers have struck out 466 batters this season and have walked only 186 ... Opponents are batting just .242 against them this year ... The staff ace is 6-foot-2 sophomore Max Scherzer ... The right-hander is 9-3 this year with a 1.52 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings pitched ... MU is coached by Tim Jamieson, who is in his 11th season as the Tigers’ skipper.
Missouri catcher J.C. Field hails from Tucson and played at both Sabino High School and Pima Community College. For the year, Field has played in 42 games for the Tigers and made 33 starts. He enters the postseason batting .168 (20 for 119) with 17 runs scored and 10 RBI.
The Arizona Offense
The Arizona offense finished the 2005 regular season as the top team in the Pacific-10 Conference in average (.332), slugging percentage (.537), runs scored (480), hits (680), RBI (431), doubles (147), triples (44) and total bases (1,098)
Seven For Us, Six For Them
The Wildcats are a very impressive 34-4 in this season when scoring seven or more runs in a game. The Wildcats are 7-0 when scoring seven, 3-2 when scoring eight, 3-0 with nine runs and 21-2 when plating 10 or more runs in a contest. Additionally, UA is 35-6 when giving up six or fewer runs to its opposition. Arizona is averaging 8.6 runs per game while giving up an average of 5.3 runs this season
Double Digit Hits = Wins
Arizona is 32-4 this season when getting 10 or more hits in a contest. In UA’s 19 losses, the Wildcats have collected four hits twice, five hits twice, six hits twice, seven hits twice, eight hits twice, nine hits five times and 10 or more hits four times. In the five wins with less than 10 hits, Arizona has nine hits three times, eight once and six once.
The Big Inning
Highlighted by a 13-run inning against USC on May 1, Arizona has recorded 39 innings in this season in which it has scored four or more runs in a frame and an equally impressive 19 innings with five or more runs scored. Arizona is 26-3 this season when scoring four or more runs in a single inning.
Big Inning Breakdown
20 5-run Innings
6 6-run Innings
8 7-run Innings
4 10+-run Innings
Arizona’s 147 doubles this season are the third-most for any team in school history. Only the 1986 team (177) and the 1993 (158) squads posted more two-base hits in a single season then this year’s Arizona team. Led by Trevor Crowe’s 25, eight different players have 12 or more doubles this season, including five with 15 or more.
The Wildcats have been an extra base hitting machine in 2005. For the year, the Wildcats have hit 147 doubles, 44 triples and 61 home runs for a total of 252 EBH (37 percent of the 680 hits this season). By comparison, UA’s opponents have managed just 66 doubles, 13 triples and 26 home runs, a total of 105 EBH accounting for just 20 percent of their hits.
Spreading It Around
The Wildcat batting order has produced top to bottom through out the 2005 season. In Arizona’s 56 games this season, all nine starters have collected a hit in nine games, eight of nine in 13 games and seven of nine in 10 others (31 contests with at least seven players getting one hit in a game). Seven of the nine starters have 58 or more hits - including six with 68 or more - six have scored 50 or more runs and six have driven in 42 or more. Batting a Pac-10-best .332 as a team, seven different starters are batting .300 or better individually for the year, including one over .400. The offense is averaging 8.6 runs and 12.1 hits per contest this season.
Two Outs? Rally’s On!
Led by a season-high 10 two-out runs against Fullerton on March 20, Arizona has scored 173 runs this season after the first two outs in an inning have been recorded (36 percent of UA’s 480 runs this year). As a team, Arizona is batting .327 as a team with two outs and has recorded 149 two-out RBI. Individually, junior Jordan Brown leads the two-out RBI parade with 33 runs driven in with a pair down. Brown is batting .357 (35 for 98) and has hit five of his 13 HRs with two outs so far this season. Senior Jeff Van Houten is hitting a team-best .397 with two outs this season.
Trevor Crowe Named A Golden Spikes Finalist
Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe has been named one of the five finalists for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player. Crowe finished the regular season as the Pac-10’s leader in eight different categories, including average (.421), slugging (.745), runs (81), hits (104), doubles (25), triples (14), total bases (184) and stolen bases (26).
Juniors Trevor Crowe and Nick Hundley have made the cut for a pair of different national awards. Crowe was named one of 13 semi-finalists for the 2005 Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation’s top collegiate baseball player by the Collegiate Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Texas. Hundley is one of 10 catchers on the semi-finalist list for the 2005 Johnny Bench Award given to the top collegiate backstop in the nation.
Wildcats Dominate Pac-10 Weekly Awards
Six different Arizona players posted a Pac-10-best seven Player/Pitcher of the Week awards from the conference this season. Juniors Trevor Crowe (twice), Brad Boyer and Jordan Brown garnered player of the week honors and sophomore Mark Melancon and juniors Kevin Guyette and John Meloan were named the pitchers of the week in the conference this season.
2005 Arizona Pac-10 Player/Pitcher of the Week Award Winners
Arizona’s three main outfielders - Trevor Crowe, Chris Frey and Jeff Van Houten - have combined to put up very solid numbers this season. The two juniors and a senior are a major part of the Pac-10-leading offense this season and combined to post 261 hits (38 percent of the team total), score 194 runs (40 percent), drive in 159 runs (37 percent) and hit 55 doubles (37 percent), 20 triples (45 percent) and 20 home runs (33 percent). Frey and Crowe have started all 56 games this season at center and left, respectively, while Van Houten has posted 54 starts in right field and one at DH.
The Trevor Crowe Show
Junior Trevor Crowe has positioned himself for one of the top offensive seasons in Arizona school history. He is currently the Pac-10 leader in batting average (.421), slugging (.745), runs (81), hits (104), doubles (25), triples (14) stolen bases (26) and total bases (184). He is third in on-base percentage (.495), seventh in RBI (54), tied for fifth in walks (36) and seventh in home runs (9). Crowe has a team-best 34 multi-hit games, 29 games with two or more runs scored and has driven in two or more runs 15 contests this season.
Trevor Crowe and The Arizona Single Season Record Book
Terry Francona (1980) - 35 (68 Games)
Crowe's 2005 Numbers
Single Season Leader Runs
Dave Stegman (1976) - 91 (73 Games) Hits
Dave Stegman (1976) - 111 (73 Games) Mulit-Hit Games
Robbie Moen (1991) - 35 (59 Games)
Dave Stegman (1976) - 30 (73 Games) Triple
Trevor Crowe (2005) - 14 Extra Base Hits
Trevor Crowe (2005) - 48 Total Bases
Trevor Crowe (2005) - 184 Slugging %
Dennis Haines (1974) - .765 (64 Games)
Crowe and The Career Record Book
Terry Francona (1980) - 35 (68 Games)
In just his third season, Trevor Crowe is already among the greats all-time in school history. Crowe is currently third all-time at UA with an .867 stolen base percentage and 25 career triples, tied for fifth with 73 multi-hit games, fifth with 93 extra base hits, sixth all-time with 65 stolen bases and eighth with 52 doubles.
Trevor Crowe and The Arizona Career Record Book
All-Time Leader Runs
Dave Stegman - 287 Hits
Chip Hale - 337 Multi Hit Games
Robbie Moen - 102 Doubles
Dave Stegman - 72 Triples
Charles Shoemaker - 30 Extra Base Hits
Dave Stegman - 110 Stolen Bases
Dwight Taylor - 90 Stolen Base %
John Glenn - .872
Leading It Off
Arizona’s leadoff hitter, Junior Trevor Crowe has gotten on base to start a game in 31 of Arizona’s 56 contests this season. He has hit 14 singles, eight doubles, three triples, three traditional solo home runs and an inside-the-park home run as the Wildcats’ first hitter in a game and has reached base 52 times in 105 opportunities when leading off any inning (.495). Crowe has been held hitless in a game only five times this season.
Boyer Heating It Up
A key component to Arizona’s CWS run last season was the final month of play from then sophomore Brad Boyer. After struggling for the majority of 2005, the junior infielder has been one of the hottest hitters in the Arizona lineup since the beginning of May. Over the last 15 games, Boyer is batting .412 (28 for 68) with five doubles, five triples, 20 RBI and 16 runs scored. The recent offensive outburst has raised his season average 51 points, from .230 to its current .281.
Van Houten In Rare Company
Senior Jeff Van Houten joined an exclusive group with a five-RBI day against Arizona State on May 15. The four-year starter became just the third player in school history to record 200 or more RBI for an Arizona career. The 200-RBI club at Arizona includes only Van Houten, former All-American and 1980 Golden Spikes Award winner Terry Francona (200 career RBI) and former All-American and all-time leader Ron Hassey (235 career RBI). Heading into the postseason, Van Houten is currently second on the all-time list with 209 RBI. To see where Van Houten’s other career numbers rank in the all-time record book at UA, please see page 7 of the notes.
Van Houten’s Streak Ends
Senior Jeff Van Houten saw his school record-tying 28 game hitting streak come to an end with an 0 for 4 day at the plate in Arizona’s 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton on March 18. Van Houten strung together seven straight games to end the 2004 season and had at least one hit in his first 21 games this season to tie Ernie Durazo and Jack Daugherty for the longest two-season hitting streak in school history. In his 215-game career at Arizona, Van Houten has been held hitless for two or more consecutive games only eight times and he has never gone hitless for more than three straight contests.
28 Game Hitting Streak Numbers
Jack Daugherty (March 29, 1981-Feb. 9, 1982) - 106 AB, 32 R, 43 H, 27 RBI, .406 Avg
Ernie Durazo (May 19, 2000-March 10, 2001) - 117 AB, 24 R, 43 H, 32 RBI, .368 Avg
Jeff Van Houten (June 6, 2004-March 16, 2005) - 121 AB, 27 R, 50 H, 35 RBI, .413 Avg
Frey Enjoying Full Time Duty
Used primarily as a defensive replacement and situational left-handed pitcher his first two seasons at Arizona, junior Chris Frey has thrived as a full time starter in the outfield. Batting .341 this season, he has at least one hit in 44 of Arizona’s 56 games this year. Frey went the first 54 games of the season with out committing an error in the outfield and has posted just a pair of throwing errors in 135 total chances this year.
Jolting Jordan Brown
Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown has already surpassed his career total for runs driven in just this season alone. The junior first baseman finished the 2003 and 2004 campaigns with 72 combined RBI in 84 games played. He has 77 this season with the postseason slate left to add to it.
Brown has at least one RBI in 36 games this year and has posted two or more RBI in a team-high 23 games. In 24 Pac-10 games alone this season, Brown recorded an amazing 36 RBI (1.5 RBI per game). He also has 13 home runs for the year, tying his career high set in 2004.
Taking A Dose
Sophomore Jason Donald set the school record for getting hit by pitches in a single season against Oregon State on April 16. Taking a dose a Pac-10-high 19 times this year, Donald passed Kenny Corley’s previous single season record of 15 in Arizona’s 36th game this year. His HBP total this season would place him fifth all-time for a career at Arizona, but he was also hit by 10 pitches as a freshman in 2004 and is now just three away from Corley’s four-year career record of 32 in just his second season. Donald is 15th nationally in HBP this season.
Junior Nick Hundley has started 55 of Arizona’s 56 games behind the plate, including the last 42 straight. The current 42-game streak easily surpasses his previous career high for games caught in a single season of 32 set in his freshman season of 2002. The heavy work load hasn’t affected his productivity on offense, as he has already set career highs in hits (74), doubles (22), RBI (43) and walks (41) and leads Arizona with a team-best 14 home runs this season.
Hundo vs. The Pac
In 24 games in the Pac-10 in 2005, junior Nick Hundley enjoyed Pac-10 pitching. In the conference season, the Johnny Bench semi-finalist batted .358 (34 for 95) with 12 doubles, a triple and six home runs. Added up, 19 of his 34 hits in conference play went for extra bases which led to a .695 slugging percentage against Pac-10 opposition. He posted 21 RBI and 23 runs scored in 24 conference games this season.
Since taking over as the starting DH against Washington on March 24, junior Derek Decater has taken off. Fifth on the team in average over the 30-game span since the Washington series opener, Decater is batting .329 with four doubles, three triples, a home run, 20 runs scored and 15 RBI.
Freshman Chipping In
Breaking into Arizona’s lineup is no easy feat, but a pair of freshmen have made an impact for UA’s high powered offense. “Newcomers” Bryan Kervin (.350, 48 H, 22 RBI, 29 R, 12 2B) and Jason Seefeld (.333, 17 H, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 2B) have combined to go 65 for 188 (.346), with 31 RBI, 36 runs scored and 16 doubles this season. Kervin has started 42 games this season at second and third (he missed 14 contests with a broken hand) and Seefeld has made 13 starts and played in 23 games this year as the DH.
11 Hits, 13 Runs, One Inning
The Wildcats sent 17 hitters to the plate, rapped out 11 hits and scored 13 runs in the third inning alone in an 18-4 win over USC on May 1. Arizona finished the inning with six singles, two doubles, two triples, a home run, a hit batter and two walks. Eight of the nine hitters in the UA batting order collected at least one hit and scored at least one run and all nine had at least one RBI in the inning. Trevor Crowe, Brad Boyer, Jordan Brown, Nick Hundley and Chris Frey all scored twice, while Boyer, Frey and Jason Donald each finished with a pair of hits in the frame.
It was the most runs in an inning for Arizona since it set the school record of 16 runs in the seventh inning of a 40-10 win over St Francis on Feb. 22, 1995. The 1995 team sent 19 hitters to the plate, collected four singles, two doubles, a triple and drew six walks. The Wildcats scored 15 runs in the sixth inning against St. Francis a day earlier.
Somewhat overlooked by the potent Arizona offense, the Wildcat pitching staff has posted impressive numbers of its own this season .. Tossing six shutouts this year, the UA hurlers have a 4.41 team ERA in 506 1/3 innings pitched this year ... The Wildcat arms have a better than 2.5-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts (513), is third in opponent’s batting average (.262) and second in innings pitched (506 1/3) and wins (37).
Sitting ?'Em Down
The 2005 Arizona pitching staff has posted the third-most strikeouts in a single season in school history. Punching out 513 hitters as a team this in 2005, UA is averaging 9.2 Ks per game this season. The Wildcats have twice struck out a season-high 18 hitters in a game this year (Feb. 5 vs. New Mexico, March 24 vs. Washington) and have finished with double-digit punch outs in 22 contests in 2005. Individually, starters Kevin Guyette (125) and John Meloan (119) have combined to whiff 244 batters alone this year. A total of six different pitchers have 40 or more strikeouts and nine of the 11 Wildcats that have taken the mound in 2005 have more Ks than walks.
A Year Later
Despite throwing 11 more innings through 56 games, the 2005 pitching staff is well ahead of last season’s numbers in nearly every category.
Pitching Numbers 2004 vs. 2005 (Through 56 games)
+6 Innings Pitched
+1 Hits Allowed
-51 Runs Allowed
-48 Earned Runs Allowed
-45 Walks Allowed
17 Straight Ends For Big John
Friday starter John Meloan saw his 17-game winning streak come to an end in a 13-0 loss to USC on April 29. Still, the big right-hander is 23-3 all-time during his three seasons at UA. His only three losses at UA have come at the hands of ASU (5/14/05), USC (4/29/05) and Cal (5/4/2003). Between the losses to Cal and USC, he appeared in 33 games, made 23 starts and went 17-0. Used primarily as a reliever early in his career at UA, he has flourished as a starter over the last two seasons with an 19-2 record, a 3.78 ERA and 196 strikeouts when taking the ball from the get go. In 2004 he became just the third pitcher at Arizona to finish a season undefeated with 10 or more decisions (10-0).
Meloan’s 17-Game Winning Streak Numbers (April 10, 2004-April 22, 2005)
23 Starts, 17-0, 3.69 ERA, 153.2 IP, 152 Hits, 73 R, 63 ER, 76 BB, 160 K
Meloan’s Overall Career Numbers
55 GP, 30 GS, 23-2, 4.19 ERA, 238.2 IP, 241 Hits, 135 R, 111 ER, 125 BB, 236 K
Meloan’s Career Starting Numbers (2 in 2003, 11 in 2004, 17 in 2005)
30 GS, 19-2, 3.78 ERA, 196.0 IP, 193 H, 96 R, 82 ER, 94 BB, 196 K
Junior John Meloan has been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Third-Team Academic All-America squad. The junior right-hander has posted a 3.43 cumulative GPA in engineering management.
Meloan Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week
Junior right-hander John Meloan was named the co-national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball for his 7 2/3 innings, one-hit effort against New Mexico on Feb. 4. The honor was the first in Meloan’s career and the first for an Arizona player since teammate Sean Rierson garnered the award on Feb. 18, 2003. Meloan is the eighth UA player to be recognized by the publication as its player of the week since 1994.
A year ago Kevin Guyette struck out a career-high eight batters in his first start of the 2004 season against UC Riverside. He went on to finish the campaign with 83 punchouts, but never again approached the eight K plateau he established early on. A year later Guyette has struck out eight batters in a game five times, nine three times, 11 once and whiffed a career-best 15 in a complete-game loss to UCR on Feb. 26. Third in the Pac-10 in strikeouts heading into the regionals, Guyette has punched out a career-high 125 hitters in 17 starts this season, is averaging 10.2 Ks per nine innings and has walked only 29 batters in 110 2/3 innings thus far.
Making His Own Luck
Heading into his start against UCLA on April 2, junior Kevin Guyette was a very unlucky 0-2 in his career when throwing a complete game. A lack of offensive production (.161 team batting average, 2 runs per game) was the main culprit in those losses. The right-hander made sure that one run was going to be more than enough in his third career CG, as he tossed a one-hit shutout in an 11-0 victory over the Bruins. He finished the April 2 game with 11 strikeouts on 100 pitches and did not allow a Bruin base runner past first after the second inning. A week later against Washington State he tossed his second straight complete-game victory in a 7-4 win over Washington State. In bringing his career complete game record to 2-2, Guyette struck out eight Cougar hitters and walked only one on 110 pitches.
Guyette’s Complete Game History
4 Games, 2-2, 36 IP, 23 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 40 K, 2.25 ERA
Bullpen Suits Berger
Heading into the weekend freshman Eric Berger has a 6-2 record, a save, 2.28 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 19 relief appearances this year.