Arizona will play its second straight conference road series when it heads out of town to Washington State ... The Cougars (16-17, 0-6 Pac-10) snapped a seven-game losing streak after besting Gonzaga in a mid-week non-conference game in Spokane ... UA and WSU have met 26 times previous to this weekend’s match up with the Wildcats owning a 17-9 advantage ... Arizona took the Pac-10 series between the two schools last season two games to one ... All three games this weekend can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM The Source.
Subscribers to All-Access, Arizona's premium multimedia service, can listen to audio webcasts of all three games vs. Washington State, with Brian Jeffries calling the action.
Last Week Recap
The Wildcats swept their first conference road series since 1999 with a three-game victory over UCLA ... The Wildcats batted .357 as a team in the sweep with 10 doubles and three home runs ... Senior Jeff Van Houten paced Arizona at the plate, batting .615 (8 for 14) with three doubles, five RBI and four runs scored ... On the mound UA went 3-0 with a save, a 2.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts against just nine walks ... Friday - Jordan Brown hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, his sixth career HR vs. UCLA, to hand Arizona a 6-4 lead and UA tacked on two more in the ninth for an 8-4 win ... Relievers Sean Jarrett and Mark Melancon worked the final 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win and the save, respectively ... Van Houten finished the contest 4 for 5, with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored ... Saturday - Kevin Guyette tossed a complete game, one-hitter in an 11-0 win to hand the Wildcats the series victory ... Guyette struck out 11 and walked only two on 100 pitches for his first career complete game victory ... Led by a career-best 4 for 5 game by Chris Frey, Arizona rapped out 15 hits in the contest ... Jason Donald hit his second home run of the season, a three run shot ... Sunday - Eric Berger solved the Arizona pitching blues in series-ending games with 5 2/3 innings of hitless work ... The freshman southpaw relieved classmate David Coulon in the fourth inning and was only a walk and a wild pitch on a third strike away from being perfect on the day. He finished with six strikeouts in the contest ... Offensively, the Wildcats scored 12 runs on 16 hits, including four doubles and a home run ... Trevor Crowe (3 for 3, 3 R), Jeff Van Houten (3 for 4, R, 2 RBI) and Jordan Brown (3 for 5, R, 3 RBI) all finished with three hits in the game ... Brad Boyer hit his second homer of the year in the win.
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Kevin Guyette
Junior Kevin Guyette became the fourth straight Wildcat to garner weekly conference honors after being named the April 5 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. The right-hander tossed a complete-game one-hitter in an 11-0 victory over UCLA on April 2. He need just 100 pitches to shut out the Bruins while recording 11 strikeouts and just two walks. He retired the final 11 hitters he faced in the contest and did not allow a UCLA base runner past first after the second inning.
The Arizona Offense
The Wildcats enter the week of play with a Pac-10-best .337 batting average ... Arizona is averaging 8.8 run and 12 hits per game this season ... Entering play this weekend, the Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in average, slugging (.527), on base percentage (.422), runs (273), RBI (243), doubles (82), triples (19), total bases (599) and walks (151). Arizona’s ranking and the Pac-10 leaders can be found on Page 5 of the notes.
Leaders Of The Pac
Heading into the week of play, the Wildcats have numerous individuals atop the Pac-10 statistical leaders. Of the five players in the conference hitting .400 ore better, three hail from Arizona (Van Houten, Frey, Cowe). Four of the top 10 players in slugging percentage (Crowe, Brown, Hundley, Van Houten) and on-base percentage (Van Houten, Frey, Hundley, Crowe) are Wildcats. Six different Arizona players are among the top 10 in runs scored (Crowe, Brown, Van Houten, Frey, Boyer, Hundley) and four are among the leaders in hits (Crowe, Van Houten, Brown, Frey), including three of the six conference players with 50 or more hits this year. Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown leads a list of four Arizona players among the top 10 in runs driven in and Brown is currently third in the league with nine home runs. To see where Arizona’s players rank in the conference individually, please see page five of the notes.
Spreading It Around:
he Wildcat batting order has produced top to bottom. In Arizona’s 31 games this season, all nine starters have collected a hit in two games, eight of nine in nine games and seven of nine in five others (21 contests with at least seven players getting one hit in a game). All nine regular starters have collected double digit hits this season, six have scored 30 or more runs and six have driven in 20 or more. Batting a Pac-10-best .335 as a team, six different starters are batting .300 or better individually for the year, including three over .400. The offense is averaging just under nine runs and 12 hits per contest this season.
Heading into the week of play, Arizona leads the Pac-10 with 130 walks. That alone is noteworthy, but it becomes even more impressive when you toss in that UA, which also leads the conference with a .527 slugging percentage, has walked nearly as much as it has struck out (151 BB to 168 K) and that 53 of the 151 free passes (35 percent) have come around to score this season. Individually, Arizona has five different players in the lineup that have walked more times than they have struck out this season.
Two Outs? Rally’s On!
Led by a season-high 10 two-out runs against Fullerton on March 20, Arizona has scored 110 runs this season after the first two outs in an inning have been recorded (40 percent of UA’s 242 runs this year). As a team, Arizona is batting .351 as a team with two outs and has recorded 92 two-out RBI. Individually, junior Jordan Brown leads the two-out RBI parade with 21 runs driven in with a pair down. Brown is batting .434 (23 for 53) and has hit four of his team-leading nine HRs with two outs so far this season.
Becoming a full-time outfielder for the first time in his three-year career at Arizona has paid off handsomely for junior Chris Frey. He has already surpassed his previous two-year offensive numbers in just this season alone. A left-handed reliever and defensive replacement his first two years at UA, Frey is among the Pac-10 leaders this season in average (.403, 4th), on-base percentage (.482, 4th), runs (35, t-4th), hits (48, 7th), RBI (28, 9th) and triples (3, t3rd).
Taking a Dose
Sophomore Jason Donald leads the Pac-10 in getting hit by pitches. The second-year Wildcat has been plunked 14 times this season and is just one misguided pitch away from equalling Kenny Corley’s single season record at Arizona of 15 HBP set in 1997.
Leading It Off
Junior Trevor Crowe, the Pac-10 leader in runs, hits, doubles and triples, has truly made a pest of himself right from the start. UA’s leadoff hitter, Crowe has successfully reached base in his first AB of the game 17 times (15 hits, two walks) in Arizona’s 31 contests this season and has come around to score 11 times for an early run. He has hit seven singles, five doubles, two triples and an inside-the-park home run as the Wildcats’ first hitter and has reached base 27 times in 56 opportunities when leading off any inning (.482). For the year, Crowe has two or more hits in 20 of 31 games and scored two or more runs in 16 contests.
The Return of Jeff Van Hitting
A sophomore in 2003, current senior Jeff Van Houten became the first Arizona player since 1996 to bat over .400 during a season. His efforts (.413 avg. 72 RBI, 11 HR, nine 3B, 11 2B, 53 R) earned him the Pac-10 batting title that season and third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball. Two years later, Van Houten has posted similar numbers in his first 30 games as he did in 2003 (He missed one game vs. UC Riverside this season due to illness).
Van Houten’s First 30 games in 2003 vs 2005
2003 .413 Avg., 109 AB, 31 R, 45 H, 6 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 38 RBI, 12 BB
2005 .415 Avg., 130 AB, 35 R, 54 H, 12 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 39 RBI, 19 BB
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. Former Wildcat Brian Anderson owns the longest single season hitting streak. He finished with 27 straight games with a hit in 2003.
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
Van Houten Hitting Streak Part II
After having his hitting streak snapped against Cal State Fullerton on March 18, Jeff Van Houten also went hitless the next day to mark the first time in 70 games that he posted back-to-back hitless contests (Feb. 22, 2004 vs. UC Irvine, Feb. 24, 2004 vs. Arizona State). He has since had at least one hit in Arizona’s last seven straight games, making it 28 of 30 games played this year with a base knock. In his 190-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.
Junior Jordan Brown has been a machine when it comes to driving in runs. The third-year starter leads the Pac-10 with 48 RBI this year and has driven in two or more runs in 16 of UA’s 31 games. The team leader with nine HRs, it certainly doesn’t hurt that he has collected multiple hits in 13 games either.
Hundley’s The One
For the previous two seasons, Nick Hundley split the catching duties with departed draftee Richard Mercado. Not once during that two-year run did Hundley start more than four consecutive games behind the plate. Now the primary backstop, Hundley has started 30 of 31 games this season (he missed one start due to family matters), including the last 18 straight. Hundley is just two starts away from his career season-high of 32 starts at catcher in his freshman year of 2003.
All of the catching duties have not put a damper on his offense, as he enters this week batting .368 with a career-high six home runs and 21 RBI. He is ninth in the Pac-10 in slugging (.649), fifth in on-base percentage (.479), tied for eighth in runs scored (30), tied for third in doubles (12) and second in the conference in walks (26).
Pac-10 Player of the Week Trevor Crowe
Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference office on Feb. 22. Crowe led all Arizona players with a .529 batting average, nine hits (including a double, a triple and two home runs), as well as a team-best eight RBI, five runs scored and a 1.059 slugging percentage against ASU and UTPA. He collected at least one hit in all four games to extend his team-best hitting streak to 18-straight games dating back to last season (eight in 2004, 10 in 2005) and also walked a team-high six times to help him to a .652 on-base percentage in the four games ... In Friday’s series-opener at UTPA, Crowe tied his career-high with six RBI and hit both of his home runs for the week in the contest (3 for 5, three runs, six RBI, two HRs, BB in the game).
Pac-10 Player of the Week Jordan Brown
Junior Jordan Brown led UA to a two-games-to-one series victory over visiting Washington on the opening weekend of Pac-10 March 24-26. The Wildcats’ first baseman hit .429 (6 for 14) with a team-high seven RBI and five runs scored in the three games. Four of his six hits in the series went for extra bases, including two doubles, a triple and his team-leading eighth home run of the season. In Friday’s come-from-behind 6-5 victory, Brown forced the contest into extra innings after hitting a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to tie the game at 5-5 in the ninth inning. Teammate Jeff Van Houten ended the game with a walk-off home run in the 12th inning.
The Pitching Numbers
Arizona enters play this weekend with a 4.36 team ERA and a Pac-10-best 324 strikeouts in 282 2/3 innings pitched. Arizona will start junior RHP John Meloan (5-0, 3.78 ERA, 68 K, 50 IP) on Friday, junior RHP Kevin Guyette (5-2, 3.41 ERA, 78 K, 60 2/3 IP) on Saturday and David Coulon (2-1, 5.83 ERA, 32 K, 29 1/3 IP) on Sunday.
Friday starter John Meloan is 19-1 all-time at UA and has won 15 straight games in which he has factored in the decision. His only career loss at UA came on May 4, 2003, against Cal in his freshman year. Since then he has appeared in 30 games, made 20 starts and gone 15-0. Used primarily as a reliever early in his career at UA, he has flourished as a starter with a 15-0 record, a 3.79 ERA and 413 strikeouts when taking the ball from the get go.
Meloan’s Overall Career Numbers
47 GP, 19-1, 4.31 ERA, 186 IP, 184 H, 109 R, 89 ER, 105 BB, 185 K
Meloan’s Career Starting Numbers (2 in 2003, 11 in 2004, 9 in 2005)
22 GS, 15-0, 3.79 ERA, 142.1 IP, 136 H, 70 R, 60 ER, 74 BB, 145 K
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week John Meloan
Junior John Meloan was named the conference’s pitcher of the week after helping to shut out Cal State Fullerton on March 18. The right-hander scattered four hits over 7 2/3 innings for his fourth win of the season. The effort handed CSF ace Ricky Romero his first loss of the year and pushed Meloan’s winning streak won 14 straight games dating back to last season.
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.
Punching ?'Em Out
Not since 1998 has an Arizona pitching staff put up similar strikeout numbers through the first 28 games as this season’s staff. The 2005 Wildcats have punched out 324 batters this year, an average of 10.3 per nine innings. The last team to put up similar numbers was the 1998 team that started the season 25-6. The ?'98 Cats had 290 strikeouts in the first 31 games for an average of 9.7 per nine innings. Individually, seven different UA pitchers have 20 or more strikeouts this season. Junior right-hander Kevin Guyette paces the staff with a Pac-10-best 78 Ks against 16 walks this year.
The Last Eight Years of Strikeouts (Through 31 Games)
Avg. Per 9 Innings 2005
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 three times, nine three times, 11 once and whiffed a career-best 15 in a complete-game loss to UCR on Feb. 26. The Pac-10 leader in strikeouts heading into the weekend, Guyette has punched out 78 hitters in eight starts this season and is averaging 11.6 Ks per nine innings.
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.
Guyette’s Complete Game History
3 Games, 27 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 32 K, 1-2, 1.67 ERA
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Mark Melancon
Sophomore right-hander Mark Melancon was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week by the conference office on March 15. Melancon garnered his first weekly honor after pitching in all three of UA’s games against Mississippi State (March 11-13) and striking out seven the 10 hitters he faced. He earned his third save of the year after working out a first and second, no-out jam in the ninth inning of a 7-3 Arizona win on Saturday.
Melancon Mows ?'Em Down
Dating back to Arizona’s postseason run in 2004, sophomore closer Mark Melancon has been impressive out of the bullpen. In his last 22 appearances he has given up just nine earned runs in 42 2/3 innings pitched. Over this span he has surrendered just 27 hits and issued only 11 walks, while picking up three wins, seven saves and 43 strikeouts. Impressive numbers for a closer who has worked two or more innings in 11 of the 22 appearances.
Melancon’s Last 22 Appearances (2004 and 2005)
3-2, 7 Saves, 1.90 ERA, 42 2/3 IP, 27 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 11 BB, 43 K
As a transfer from Otero Junior College in 2004, junior Sean Jarrett worked a grand total of 14 2/3 innings in his first season at Arizona. He did not factor in a decision, saw opponents bat .304 against him and finish with a 4.91 ERA, nine strikeouts and five walks. A year later, Jarrett finds himself as the primary long reliever out of the bullpen, a role he has excelled in. Having already surpassed his season total of innings pitched from 2004 in UA’s first 31 games this year, he is 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA, 28 strikeouts and just four walks, while limiting opponents to a .261 average. He struck out a career-high 10 batters in a six-inning relief appearance at UT-Pan Am earlier this season to pick up his first career win and has posted two saves.
Bullpen Suits Berger
Freshman left-hander has been used both as a starter and out of the bullpen this season. If his first 13 appearances are any indication, he’ll be relieving quite in Arizona’s final 25 final regular season contests. In 10 games out of the pen this season, Berger is 3-0 with a 1.31 ERA. He has struck out a very impressive 29 batters in just 20 2/3 innings as a reliever. As a starter, the first-year southpaw is 0-0 with a 13.00 ERA.
Berger’s Starting vs. Relief Numbers In 2005
Starter 0-0, 13.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 11 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 6 BB, 11 K
Relief 3-0, 1.31 ERA, 20.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 8 BB, 29 K
Senior Assault On The Record Book
Two of Arizona’s three seniors on the roster this season have a chance to leave a lasting impression in the all-time record book. Outfielder Jeff Van Houten is edging his way into the hitting records and right-hander Sean Rierson is already among the all-time leaders in the pitching records.
Jeff Van Houten
|Record||Van Houten's Numbers||Rank||All-Time Leader|
|Games Played||190||t-14th||Chip Hale - 255|
|At Bats||708||10th||Chip Hale - 978|
|Runs||173||11th||Dave Stegman - 287|
|Hits||255||t-7th||Chip Hale - 337|
|Mulit-Hit Games||72||6th||Robbie Moen - 102|
|Doubles||42||t-14th||Dave Stegman - 72|
|Triples||19||t-6th||Charles Shoemaker - 30|
|Home Runs||25||t-13th||Shelley Duncan - 55|
|RBI||185||t-6th||Ron Hassey - 235|
|HBP||17||t-8th||Kenny Corley - 32|
|Walks||111||13th||Chip Hale - 162|
|Sac Flies||17||3rd||Chip Hale - 21|
|Extra Base Hits||86||t-7th||Dave Stegman - 110|
|Total Bases||410||6th||Chip Hale - 507|
All-Time Leader Games
Ron Sismondo - 88 Starts
Ed Vosberg - 60 Wins
Don Lee - 36 Innings Pitched
Ed Vosberg - 405.1 Strikeouts
Carl Thomas - 422 BB/9 IP
Tad Heydenfeldt - 1.77
Head Coach Andy Lopez
Entering his fourth season as the skipper at UA, Lopez has reenergized the Wildcat program. The fastest coach in school history to lead a team to College World Series, he has posted a 123-84-1 record (current) in his first three-plus seasons. Last year’s postseason run extinguished a streak of 18 years without a UA appearance at the CWS and made him one of just three coaches in NCAA Division I history to lead three different schools to Omaha. In addition to his role as head coach, Lopez also serves as the pitching coach for the Wildcats.
Junior teammates Trevor Crowe and John Meloan were feted with preseason All-America recognition by three different sources. Crowe, who finished with a team-high .350 batting and led the Pac-10 in stolen bases in 2004, was named second-team All-America by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America. Meloan, who finished the 2004 season a perfect 10-0 on the mound, garnered third-team preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.
No Place Like Home
A season removed from playing the fewest number of home games since 1973 (27 home games in 2004), Arizona played 19 of its first 22 games of the season in Tucson, and will host a more-typical total of 34 regular season games at Kindall Field in 2005. Since moving to its current location on the corners of Enke and National Championship Drives in 1967, Arizona has posted 34 winning seasons at Kindall Field, including the last nine straight.