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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">What to Watch For on Saturday<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">- <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> will look to win its opening two games in a regional for a third straight postseason (UA defeated <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Kent</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> in Game 2 in 2004 and Cal State Fullerton in 2005).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-line-height-alt: 6.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">- <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> left-hander Brad Mills (9-4, 4.09 ERA) will be making his first start since May 5 against UNO on Saturday.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-line-height-alt: 6.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">- The <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> pitching staff, which leads the Pacific-10 Conference with 508 strikeouts this season, has punched out 10 or more batters in a contest 22 times, including the last three consecutive games <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-line-height-alt: 6.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">- <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s bullpen has converted all 14 save chances this season and is 17-for-17 dating back to last season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-line-height-alt: 6.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">- <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is just one save shy of moving into a five-way tie for third on the school&rsquo;s all-time team list.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-line-height-alt: 6.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">- <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s error-free game on Friday snapped a four-game streak in which the Wildcats had committed at least one error. Friday&rsquo;s contest was the 17<SPAN style="POSITION: relative; TOP: -2.5pt; mso-text-raise: 2.5pt">th</SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>of the year in which UA did not commit a defensive miscue.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-line-height-alt: 6.0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">- Bill Rhinehart (13 games), Colt Sedbrook (8) and C.J. Ziegler (6) are all looking to extend their hitting streaks.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">What Better Time Than Now?<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><st1:State w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Arizona</SPAN></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"> and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Orleans</st1:place></st1:City> have never met, let alone in the postseason. The Wildcats have never faced a school that calls the Sun Belt Conference home either. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Arizona-New <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Orleans</st1:place></st1:City> Common Opponents<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Wildcats and Privateers have not faced any of the same opponents this season.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Better Late Than Never<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Including Friday&rsquo;s contest, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>has scored 28 of its 42 combined runs in its last six consecutive games in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning (67%).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">It&rsquo;s a Very Pretty Shade of Beige<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Saturday&rsquo;s contest against UNO will be just the third of the year for the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> on a neutral field. The Cats are 2-0 in a neutral setting this season, having defeated rival <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">State</st1:PlaceType>, 6-5, at Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Phoenix</st1:place></st1:City> on March 28 and Oral Roberts, 4-3, on Friday. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Cha-Ching<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">&rsquo;s 508 Ks this season marks just the fourth time a UA club has gone over 500 in a season. Only the school record-holding 2005 club (554) and the 1956 and 1963 teams (tied at 540) have rung up more batters.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Keeping Them Down<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">After defeating Oral Roberts 4-3 on Friday, <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> is 27-0 this year when holding an opponent to three or less runs in a contest. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Lights Out<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Highlighted by a two-inning, five-strikeout performance by closer Jason Stoffel on Friday, the Wildcats are 35-0 when leading after seven innings and 36-0 when taking a lead into the ninth.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Arizona</SPAN></B></st1:place></st1:State><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"> to Open<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Including<B> </B>Friday&rsquo;s 4-3 win over Oral Roberts, the Cats are 3-1 in postseason opening games in four years under head coach Andy Lopez and have won their last three straight ... Dating back to 1950 UA is 18-15 all-time in its first postseason contest of the year.<B><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Winning the Close Ones<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">&rsquo;s 4-3 victory over ORU on Friday improved it to 11-2 for the year in games decided by just one run.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Close in the Postseason<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"> recent postseason successes have been close affairs. Dating back to UA&rsquo;s last NCAA appearance in 2005, and including Friday&rsquo;s win over ORU, the Cats&rsquo; last three NCAA <U>wins</U> have been decided by two or fewer runs (5-3 vs. Missouri in &rsquo;05, 6-5 vs. Cal State Fullerton and 4-3 over ORU on Friday) ... During UA&rsquo;s run to the College World Series in 2004, the Wildcats won their last three games leading up to Omaha by just one run (7-6 at Notre Dame in the South Bend Regional and 6-5 and 4-3 wins over Long Beach State in the Long Beach Super Regional).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Saturday&rsquo;s Starter Brad Mills<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">As noted above, senior left-hander Brad Mills (9-4) will be making his first start in nearly a month after a muscle pull/soft tissue issue in his back sidelined him for three weeks in May ... He has worked two relief appearances since his last start (vs. Washington and at Arizona State) ... Mills is currently second on the team in both wins (9) and strikeouts (84) ... In 13 starts this season, Mills has gone five or more innings in 12 of them and seven or more frames four times ... He has struck out a career-high 10 hitters in a game twice (vs. Eastern Michigan and Northern Colorado) and has issued two or fewer walks in nine of 13 starts ... He tossed his first career complete game at Stanford on April 14, finishing the 15-1 UA victory with a seven-hitter ... A civil engineering major with a 3.23 ERA, Mills is a member of the 2007 <I>ESPN The Magazine </I>Academic All-District 8 team and is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe&rsquo;s Senior CLASS Award.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><st1:place w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Preston</SPAN></B></st1:place><B><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"> Presses on<o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt">Right-hander Preston Guilmet (12-2, 1.89ERA) struck out 11 ORU batters on Friday to improve his season total to 144 for the year. The K total not only leads the Pac-10 Conference this season, but is also the sixth-most strikeouts in a single season in school history and the most for any UA pitcher in the last 44 years (Jim Nichols, 145 in 1963).<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
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