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Baseball Plays Host to New Mexico this Weekend
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/08/2007
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Arizona Baseball This Weekend

Fri. Feb. 9 ?- New Mexico ?- 4 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 10 ?- New Mexico ?- 1 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 11 ?- New Mexico ?- 12 p.m.

Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium

Tucson, Ariz.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Jon Gaston L/R RF Is five for his last eight after starting 1-for-7
2 Robert Abel R/R SS Batting .364 with eight Rs in his first five games
3 Bill Rhinehart L/L 1B Had 2-HR night vs. Utah Valley State on Wednesday
4 C.J. Ziegler R/R DH Batting .583 and has six BBs and two HBP
5 Brad Glenn R/R LF Tied school record with 3 HRs vs. Utah Valley State on Wed.
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF 13-game hitting streak dating back to last season
7 Erik Castro L/R 3B Batting .389 in his first five career games
8 Kevin Rodland R/R 2B Has six RBI in his first five games
9 Dwight Childs R/R C Batting .455 in three starts thus far
Pitching
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet Tossed eight hitless innings in season debut last Friday
Sat LHP Brad Mills Went 6 2/3 innings with five Ks for win vs. Gonazaga
Sun RHP Mike Colla Tied a career-high with 4 2/3 IP vs. Gonzaga, won first game
CP LHP Daniel Schlereth/RHP Jason Stoffel ?- Duo will share end-of-the-game duties

 

All Access Video and Free Live Stats

Wildcat fans can catch all the live action at Kindall Field by subscribing to All Access at arizonaathletics.com. Every home game in 2007 will be streamed live over the internet. Additionally, free live stats, presented by Tucson Electric Power, will be available at the home site of the Wildcats for all of the home games and for many of the road contests as well.

 

Radio Waves

Brian Jeffries, the Voice of the Wildcats, will call the action of Sunday’s series finale with New Mexico live on 1290 AM in Tucson. All-Access subscribers can hear Jeffries’ play-by-play call live over the video webstream or with audio only on their computers.

 

Getting Off On a Good Foot

Arizona’s 5-0 start to the season is the fourth time in six years under Andy Lopez the Cats have won five or more games to start a year ... Arizona’s longest win streak to begin a season under Lopez was a 9-0 start in 2005 ... After opening the 2007 season with a series sweep over visiting Gonzaga, the Cats have won 13 straight opening weekend series dating back to 1995 and have gone 33-7 on the first weekend of the year during that span ... Dating back to 1994, Arizona is 13-1 on opening day, with the lone loss coming from BYU in 2003 ... Under sixth-year head coach Andy Lopez, UA is 16-2 all-time on opening weekend and has won five of six season-opening games.

 

Off Fast and in a Hurry

The Wildcats’ flurry to start the year wraps up this weekend when they host New Mexico for a three-game series at Kindall Field. The series with the Lobos will end the eight games in 10 days stretch that UA has opened the season with. The Cats started the year last weekend with a three-game sweep of Gonzaga and most recently took a two-game midweek series from visiting Utah Valley State.

 

A Quick Look at New Mexico

The Lobos head to Tucson with just one game under their belt - a 15-13 win over Texas Tech ... UNM, which took three of four games against Arizona last season, returns 20 letterwinners from the 2006 squad that went 30-29 ... Junior second baseman Jordan Pacheco returns for  his third season with the Lobos. In 2006 he terrorized UA pitching, batting .526 (10-for-19) with nine run scored, a double, a home run and four RBI in four contests... Other top-returners to the starting lineup include 3B Ian Hollick (.376, 11 HR, 65 RBI in 2006) and 1B Daniel Stovall (.323 10 HR, 75 RBI) ... The Lobos tentative pitching rotation for the weekend is: Fri. - LHP Bobby LaFrombois, Sat. - LHP Jacob Norton and Sun. - RHP Stephen Smith. Norton and Smith may swap starting days ... Head coach Rich Alday, who started the baseball program at Pima Community College in Tucson, is in his 18th season with the Lobos and has a career 488-483-3 record at UNM.

 

Arizona vs. New Mexico - The History

As noted above, the Lobos won the season series against the Wildcats three games to one last year. UNM’s 6-5 victory in the series opener on Feb. 17 snapped a 23-game losing streak to the Wildcats dating back to the 1997 season ... Western Athletic Conference rivals from 1963-78, Arizona and New Mexico have played 188 times in baseball since 1939 ... Arizona holds a 157-31 advantage in the all-time series ... During the WAC days, UA lost only one six-game season series to UNM (2-4 in 1970) ... UA’s Andy Lopez is 10-3 all-time against UNM and won his first game ever as the UA skipper against the Lobos in 2002.

 

Doing it with Two

Through the first five games the Arizona offense has taken advantage of the final out in an inning. The Wildcats have scored 28 of their 53 runs (53%) this year with two down in a frame.

 

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 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 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.

 

Still Streaking

Arizona’s weekend sweep of Gonzaga to open 2007 and a pair of midweek wins over Utah Valley State extended its carry over win streak from 2006 to 10 straight games. After taking two in a row from Arizona State and sweeping USC to close 2006, the Wildcats downed the Bulldogs three straight last Friday-Sunday and held off the Wolverines twice to move the streak to 10. The offense has been a major catalyst for the streak, as the ?'06 and ?'07 bats have combined to hit .378 (137-for-362) and average 10.9 runs, 3.1 doubles, 0.8 triples and 1.9 home runs and 9.9 RBI per game over the 10 games.

 

Offensive Overload

The Wildcats have started off on a torrid pace at the plate. As a team UA is batting .398 and averaging 10.6 runs, 14 hits, four doubles, 1.6 home runs and 10.2 RBI per game. Arizona has finished with double-digit hits and runs in four of its five games thus far.

 

Extra, Extra

In five games this season, Arizona has hit 20 doubles, four triples and eight home runs for 32 extra base hits, meaning that of UA’s 70 hits this year, 46 percent of them have gone for two or more bases ... The Wildcats hit eight doubles, three triples and a home run in their season opener against last Friday. 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 last Friday, swatting three two-baggers. He finished the contest 4-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored.

Pretty Potent 3-4-5

Arizona's 3-4-5 hitters in the batting order - Bill Rhinehart, C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn - have gone a combined 28-for-54 (.519) with 26 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, six home runs and 25 RBI through five games.

 

13 and Counting

With at least one hit in all five games thus far, outfielder T.J. Steele has extended his carry over hitting streak from last season to 13 straight games. The sophomore, who hit safely in his final eight games last season, is batting .464 (26-for-56) with 17 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, a home run and 16 RBI during his two-season tear at the plate ... Sr Bill Rhinehart has hit safely in all five games this season and in his last seven straight dating back to last year ... So Brad Glenn has at least one hit in nine of his last 10 games played dating back to 2006 ... Fr Robert Abel has hit safely in all five games of UA career ... Rhinehart, Steele and C.J. Ziegler have at least one RBI in all five games thus far.

 

Going Yard

Helped by a six-home run game against Utah Valley State on Wednesday, Arizona has hit eight homers in five games this season. In 2006 it took the Wildcats 22 games into the year to reach eight bombs. Brad Glenn, who tied the single-game school record for HRs vs. UVS on Wed. with three, is tied for the team lead with senior Bill Rhinehart, who hit one HR against Gonzaga and two on Wednesday against the Wolverines. Sophomores Jon Gaston and T.J. Steele have UA’s other two fence-busters this year.

 

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

 

Mound Meanies

The Arizona pitching staff, which finished dead last in the Pac-10 with a 5.41 ERA last season, has gotten off to a hot start in 2007. The Wildcat arms have limited the opposition to a .182 batting average and just 1.6 runs per game thus far. A total of nine different pitchers have teamed up for a 1.60 ERA in 45 innings of work and have struck out 44 batters against just 10 walks. UA’s opponents have just five extra base hits - no home runs - and 29 hits total (5.8/game) in 2007. The Wildcat staff has tossed 28 hitless innings (45 total IP for the year) and has retired the side in order in 24 of them. Both RHP Preston Guilmet (8 IP) and LHP David Coulon (6 IP) have taken no-hitters deep into games already this season.

 

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 four of the five games, is 4-0 with a save and has worked 32 2/3 of the 45 IP by the staff thus far. They have combined to rack up 31 of UA’s 44 Ks, walk only 10 hitters and allow only six earned runs (1.65 ERA). Opponents are batting just .183 against them.

 

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 (2 1/3 IP, 0-0, 0.00) and Stoffel (4 IP, 0-0, 2.25 ERA) have made two appearances out of the bullpen, and Bargas (1-0, 1.50 ERA) tossed six impressive innings in his first career start against Utah Valley State on Wednesday.

 

Back with the Pitchers

After a one-year absence, 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, is out for at least a couple more weeks, will return to the pitching rotation and will factor in as either a part of the starting rotation or as the team’s closer.

 

Closing in on 1,000

Arizona’s five home wins this season has pushed the Cats’ record to 991-443-4 all-time at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. UA needs just nine more victories at the facility to make it an even 1,000 since putting down roots at the site in 1967. The earliest that Arizona could reach the milestone home win would be March 21 vs. Morehead State ... Another milestone on the horizon for Arizona is the program’s 2,400th all-time win (now at 2,390).

 

The Non-Conference Slate

Arizona will take a number of familiar faces in 2007, some that it hasn’t seen in a long time and one that it has never matched up against. On the more recent tip, Arizona will be looking for a measure of revenge against 2006 opponents New Mexico, UNLV and Cal State Fullerton. The three schools combined for a 7-2 record against Arizona last season, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Titans. Of the more-recent opponents, independents Utah Valley State and Northern Colorado, both of whom faced UA in 2005, will head back to Tucson in the early part of the year. In the “Those Arizona has faced, but not recently” category Gonzaga (1980) has gone the longest since facing the Cats, while the series against Liberty (1990), Hawaii (1992) and Eastern Michigan (1997) will renew long dormant match ups. Hawaii-Hilo, which will host Arizona for a two-game set in March, opened its 2001 season against Arizona on the Big Island. The lone school meeting the Cats for the first time ever is Morehead State from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles will pay a visit to Tucson in mid-match to help close out the non-conference part of UA’s slate.

 

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’s primary responsibilities with the Cats will be with the outfielders and hitters, while Francis will look after the catchers and assist with the hitters as well.

 

Cats Picked Fifth

In a vote by the league coaches, the Wildcats were picked to finish fifth in the conference standings in a preseason poll. Arizona State was chosen to win the conference title, followed by defending national champion Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA. Southern California was tabbed sixth with Cal, Washington State and Washington rounding out the nine-team rankings.

 

Looking Back

The Wildcats completed the 2006 season 27-28 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10. Arizona came up probably just one win shy of appearing in its fourth straight NCAA postseason after finishing fourth in the Pac-10 standings ... Offensively, last year’s squad batted .305 for the year and averaged 7.4 runs, 10.8 hits and 6.6 RBI per game ... After losing their top two pitchers to injury, the Cats struggled on the mound, finishing with a 5.41 ERA in 490 1/3 innings pitched. Still the pitching staff managed to post a better than 2-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio and average 8.8 Ks per game.

 

Renovations Continue

The renovation of Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium continued over the offseason. Introduced to the complex this year in a brand new press box and plaza in left field. The new press facility dwarfs the old one in size, features two independent radio booths, two extensive areas for print and electronic media members and a separate room for the game operations personnel. Additionally, the Legends Plaza honoring the team and individual player accomplishments has been added to the area down the left field line ... The air conditioned press box and left field plaza are just two of many features that have been added to the facility since 2002, including a three-tunnel batting cage (2003), a laser leveled new playing surface (2006), new bullpen mounds (2006), grass berm seating along the right and left field lines (2006), new score and video boards (2006), turf halo around home plate (2006), billboard in right field honoring UA’s 15 CWS teams (2006) and a new wooden outfield fence (2004).

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