Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
No Fooling - Baseball Sweeps Defending Champs
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 02, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- It took nearly four hours and the final score resembled something closer to a mid-October football game at Arizona Stadium, but the outcome was the same ?- No. 25 Arizona pulled off a rare three-game sweep of defending national champion Oregon State with a 17-14 win on Sunday.


The victory handed the Cats (25-6, 3-0 Pac-10) their first three-game series sweep of a Pac-10 opponent at home since the final weekend of the 2001 season and extended their winning streak to 11 straight games, the longest since opening the 1999 season 13-0. Meanwhile, the Beavers felt the sting of a series sweep for the first time since 2005 and dropped to 23-6 overall and to 0-3 in the conference with the loss.


The top two pitching staffs in the Pac-10 didn’t act that way in the series finale on Sunday, as the UA and OSU offenses combined for 31 runs on 34 hits, drew 15 walks and saw six batters get hit in the contest.


Oregon State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, but Arizona responded with three runs in the home half of the frame to take a lead it would never relinquish.


After failing to score in the second, Arizona plated four runs apiece in the third and fourth innings, two each in the fifth and sixth and then tacked on single runs in the seventh and eighth before weathering a six-run OSU rally in the ninth to pull off the sweep.


The 17 runs scored by the Cats easily surpassed the previous season-high of eight allowed by the Beaver pitching staff, as seven of the nine starters in the UA batting order finished with at least one hit.


Junior C.J. Ziegler, who entered the contest just 3 for his last 19, broke out with a 5-for-5 afternoon at the plate to lead the way. He hit a pair of doubles, his team-leading 12th and 13th of the year, drove in a pair of runs and scored a career-high four times.


Sophomore teammate Brad Glenn tied his career-high with five RBI on Sunday, going 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored. Classmate T.J. Steele added three RBI for the Cats and senior Bill Rhinehart scored three times on the day despite being one of two hitless Wildcats. Diallo Fon chipped in with three runs scored for Arizona and Colt Sedbrook finished 3 for 6 with three runs scored.


On the Oregon State side, Darwin Barney led the Beavers by going 3 for 5 with a team-high four RBI and two runs scored in the loss.


On the mound, freshman Paul Bargas (3-1) picked up the win as the most effective pitcher on the day. The left-hander allowed two earned runs on three hits over three innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.


OSU starter Daniel Turpen (6-1) was charged his first loss of the year after giving up seven runs on seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings.


Arizona will take Monday off before returning to the practice field on Tuesday to prepare for a three-game Pac-10 series against Cal at Kindall Field next Thursday-Saturday. First pitch for the series opener against the Golden Bears is slated for 7 p.m.

Arizona Baseball Week in Review

(25-6, 3-0 Pac-10, 18-2 Home, 6-4 Away, 1-0 Neutral)


Last Week (4-0, 3-0 Pac-10

March 28 vs. Arizona State * ?- W, 6-5

March 30 vs. Oregon State ?- W, 5-4

March 31 vs. Oregon State ?- W, 8-2

April 1 vs. Oregon State ?- W, 17-14

* - Challenge at Chase ?- Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.


Next Week

April 4 vs. California ?- 7 p.m.

April 5 vs. California ?- 6 p.m.

April 6 vs. California ?- 12 p.m.


Player of the Week Nomination

Jon Gaston, Soph., OF, Boise, Idaho


            Sophomore Jon Gaston led a red-hot Arizona baseball club to a perfect 4-0 record against a pair of nationally ranked teams last week. In the four games, one a non-conference contest against Arizona State and the three others in UA’s Pac-10 opening weekend against 2006 College World Series champions Oregon State, Gaston went a combined 7 for 10 (.700) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI, four runs scored, five walks and was a perfect 5 for 5 in stolen base tries.

He was named the second-annual Challenge at Chase MVP after leading Arizona to a 6-5 win over ASU at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday. He finished the contest against the Sun Devils 2 for 3 with a triple, two stolen bases, a run scored and a game-high three RBI. He also came up with a key outfield assist against ASU to help end a four-run Devil rally in the seventh inning.

Two days later he was a driving force behind UA’s three-game sweep of defending national champion Beavers at home to open Pac-10 play. Against Oregon State, Gaston finished 5 for 7 (.714) with two doubles, three stolen bases, three runs scored and a RBI. He also drew four walks and was hit by two pitches to lead to a very impressive .846 on-base percentage to go along with his 1.000 slugging percentage for the weekend.


Pitcher of the Week Nomination

Preston Guilmet, Soph., RHP, Citrus Heights, Calif.


            Right-hander Preston Guilmet helped set the stage for Arizona’s three-game sweep of defending national champion Oregon State in Tucson on Friday. The sophomore ace tossed his second consecutive complete game in Arizona’s series-opening 5-4 win over the Beavers. He allowed just three earned runs on seven hits over the nine innings, and finished with 10 strikeouts and just two walks. After surrendering a two-run homer in the first inning, Guilmet settled down to hold OSU to just one more earned run on four hits over the next eight frames. The CG effort improved him to a perfect 6-0 on the season and marked the third straight game he has finished with double-digit strikeouts.


Overview of the Week

Arizona toppled two nationally ranked teams in four games last week., taking down Arizona State, 6-5, in the second-annual Challenge at Chase in Phoenix and then opening Pac-10 play with a three-game series sweep of defending national champion Oregon State in Tucson (Game scores ?- 5-4, 8-2, 17-14) ... The four victories extended UA’s season-high win streak to 11 straight games ... The 11 consecutive victories are the most for Arizona since opening the 1999 season a perfect 13-0 ... The Wildcats won a pair of one-run games last week to improve their record to 8-0 in single-run contests for the year.


Offensive Numbers

In the four games, Arizona batted .328 as a team and collected seven doubles and three triples ... On the base paths the Cats went 15 for 18 in stolen base attempts to improve them to 65 for 81 on the year ... The Oregon State pitching staff plunked UA batters 10 times in the three-game Pac-10 series, including a school record-tying six times in Sunday’s 17-14 slugfest ... Oregon State, which entered the weekend against Arizona with a Pac-10-best 2.43 team ERA, posted a 10.50 ERA in the 24 innings against Wildcats ... As noted above, Jon Gaston led the way individually, going a combined 7 for 10 in the four games with a pair of doubles, a triple, four RBI five stolen bases and four runs scored ... Other individual standouts from the week included C.J. Ziegler (7 for 15, .467, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 5 R) who went 5 for 5 with two doubles and a career-high four runs scored in Sunday’s series-sweeping win over OSU ... Brad Glenn chipped in during the week by going 7 for 15 (.467) with two doubles and triple, while posting team-highs in both RBI (8) and runs scored (6). In Sunday’s series sweeping win over OSU, he tied his career high with five RBI ... Colt Sedbrook went 7 for 19 (.368) at the plate last week and scored five runs ... Robert Abel went a perfect 4 for 4 in stolen base tries and added five RBI for the Cats ... Dwight Childs had just two hits (2 for 13) during the week, but made both of them count as he delivered game-winning RBI against ASU on Wednesday and again vs. OSU on Friday.


Pitching Numbers

Save for the Sunday slugfest against Oregon State, the Wildcat pitching staff was impressive during the week ... As a whole, the staff went 4-0 with a 4.75 ERA in 36 innings of work ... The Cats finished the week with 38 strikeouts against an unusually high 24 walks ... As noted above, Preston Guilmet (6-0, 1.89 ERA) continued his season-long outstanding work on the mound by tossing his second consecutive complete game. The one down spot for the right-hander was seeing his 21 1/3 scoreless inning streak end one out further along in Friday’s contest against Oregon State ... Senior left-hander Brad Mills (6-2, 2.62 ERA) tied Guilmet for the team wins lead at six after giving up just two runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings to Oregon State on Saturday. He finished with eight Ks ... Freshman Jason Stoffel had bountiful week, collecting his first career save and his second win in two appearances. Stoffel tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings against ASU at Chase Field on Wednesday to improve to 2-0 on the year and then worked 2 1/3 more scoreless innings in relief of Mills in Saturday’s 8-2 win for the save ... Stoffel’s work against OSU became even more impressive after the Wildcats learned that closer and team saves leader Daniel Schlereth was unavailable after tweaking on oblique muscle on his right side against Arizona State ... In the appearance against the Sun Devils, Schlereth took over sole possession of second place on UA’s all-time saves list with his 15th career save. It was his team-leading eighth save of the season.


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