TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet has been named one of three Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Monday.
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 is 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.
Arizona will take on UtahValleyState Tuesday and Wednesday at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. Both games are scheduled to start at 4 p.m.