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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/14/2007
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Arizona Baseball this Weekend
Feb. 16 - at Cal State Fullerton - 8 p.m. MST
Feb. 17 - at Cal State Fullerton - 7 p.m. MST
Feb. 18 - at Cal State Fullerton - 2 p.m. MST
Goodwin Field - Fullerton, Calif.

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Jon Gaston L/R RF Is nine for his last 19 (.474) after starting the year 1-for-7
2 Robert Abel R/R SS Batting .375 with 11 runs scored and is 5-for-5 in SB
3 Bill Rhinehart L/L 1B Has at least one RBI in 10 straight games dating back to ?'06
4 C.J. Ziegler R/R DH Batting a team-high .565 with 13 RBI and 17 runs scored
5 Brad Glenn R/R LF Tied school record with 3 HRs vs. Utah Valley State on Feb. 7
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF 16-game hitting streak dating back to last season
7 Erik Castro L/R 3B Has scored fiveruns and driven in five more in eight games
8 Kevin Rodland R/R 2B Has seven RBI in his first eight games
9 Dwight Childs R/R C Hitting .375 with four RBI in five games
Pitching
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 14 1/3 IP 
Sat LHP Brad Mills 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 IP
Sun RHP Mike Colla 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 8 2/3 IP
CP LHP Daniel Schlereth/RHP Jason Stoffel ?- Duo will share end-of-the-game duties

Getting Off On a Good Foot

Arizona’s 8-0 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 ... The eight-straight wins is the second-best start for the Cats under Lopez. UA went 9-0 to start the 2005 season.

 

Back to Normal

After opening the season with eight games in 10 days, the Wildcats will return to their more-normal weekly schedule. With Monday off, Arizona will practice Tuesday and Wednesday, travel to Fullerton, Calif., on Thursday and then take on the Titans in a three-game series Friday-Sunday.

 

A Quick Look at Cal State Fullerton

The Titans enter the week of play with a 5-1 record through six games ... Most recently, CSF took two of three games from UNLV in Las Vegas, but missed out on the sweep on a run-scoring balk in the bottom of the ninth last Sunday ... The Titans return 13 letterwinners from last season’s College World Series team that went 50-15 overall and finished tied for third in Omaha ... As a team CSF enters the series with Arizona batting .346 and averaging 9.7 runs, 12 hits and 3.3 doubles per game ... Individually, senior catcher John Curtis has paced the Titan offense early on, batting .474 with five doubles and eight RBI in six games played ... Preseason All-American Wes Roemer sets the table for the Fullerton pitching staff ... The right-hander is 2-0 this season with a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings pitched. He has 15 Ks in two starts against just one walk ... Head coach George Horton is in his 12th year as the skipper and has posted a 457-188-1 record at Fullerton.

 

Arizona vs. Cal State Fullerton - The History

The Wildcats and Titans have met 88 times in baseball in a series that dates back to 1973 ... CSF holds a 58-30 advantage and swept a three-game series against the Wildcats in 2006 ...  UA and CSF have met in the regular season each of the last five seasons and once in the postseason (2005).

 

Still Streaking

Arizona’s weekend sweep of Gonzaga to open 2007 and a perfect 5-0 record against Utah Valley State and New Mexico last week extended its carry over win streak from 2006 to 13 straight games. After taking two in-a-row from Arizona State and sweeping USC to close 2006, the Wildcats downed the Bulldogs three straight to begin the ?'07 season and held off the Wolverines and Lobos five times to move the streak to 13. The offense has been a major catalyst for the streak, as the ?'06 and ?'07 bats have combined to hit .364 (166-for-456) and average 10.3 runs, 2.7 doubles, 0.8 triples and 1.7 home runs and 9.4 RBI per game over the 13 wins.

 

Playing Catch Up

Save for a half inning against New Mexico on Feb. 9 in which the Lobos took a short-lived 3-2 advantage, the Wildcats have either been tied or led their eight contests ... Arizona has scored first in all eight games this season.

 

Offensive Overload

The Wildcats have started off on a torrid pace at the plate. As a team UA is batting .367 and averaging 9.8 runs, 12.4 hits, three doubles, 1.4 home runs and 9.3 RBI per game. Arizona has finished with double-digit hits in six of its eight games thus far and have scored 10 or more runs four times.

 

Homecoming

The Wildcats have had a runner on third and less than one out 24 times this season and have cashed in on the opportunity 17 times (71%).

 

The Boards are Lighting Up

In the 64 half innings in which Arizona has come to bat this season the Wildcats have come away with at least one run 38 times (59%) ... UA has scored three or more runs in an inning 13 times thus far.

 

Doing it with Two

Through the first eight games the Arizona offense has taken advantage of the final out in an inning. The Wildcats have scored 40 of their 78 runs (51%) this year with two down in a frame. The Cats are hitting .408 for the year with two outs and have 36 two-out RBI.

 

Three-Four-Five

UA’s middle of the batting order has been wrecking havoc on the opposition thus far. Bill Rhinehart, C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn have teamed up to hit .488 (41-for-84) with 11 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 39 RBI and 38 runs scored in eight games. The trio is hitting .568 (21-for-37) with runners in scoring position and has accounted for 53 percent of UA’s RBI and 49 percent of the runs scored this season.

 

C-ing the Ball

DH C.J. Ziegler has been a fine addition to the Arizona batting order since transferring to UA from Pima Community College. Not only in the junior lead the team with a .565 batting average, 13 RBI and 17 run scored, but the eagle-eyed Ziegler has also drawn a team-high eight walks and been hit by three pitches, while striking out but two times. So productive has Ziegler been that in 36 plate appearances in 2007, he has failed to reach base just 10 times (and two of those PA resulted in RBI on sacrifice flies), and he has at least one RBI in all eight career games. And if all that weren’t enough - in a case of “you know you’re going good when...” he even got on base on one of his two Ks this season when he reached on a passed ball by New Mexico last Sunday.

 

Gaston Gets After It

Outfield Jon Gaston has come on after getting off to a slow start. The sophomore began UA’s first three games of the year just 1-for-7 (.143) at the plate. However, in the last five games UA’s leadoff hitter has heated up to the tune of a .474 average (9-for-19), and he has hit a double, a triple, a home run, driven in two runs and scored eight times.

 

Holler for Dollar

Senior Bill Rhinehart has dashed out of the gate in his final season at Arizona. After just eight games the first baseman leads the team with 15 hits and four home runs, is tied for the lead with 13 RBI and is second on the club with a .484 batting average (15-for-31) and 14 runs scored. He saw his nine-game carry over hit streak from last year end after going 0-for-4 against New Mexico last Sunday, but the fourth-year Wildcat has driven in at least one run in 10 straight games dating back to last season.

 

Extra, Extra

In five games this season, Arizona has hit 24 doubles, six triples and 11 home runs for 32 extra base hit. Doing the math -  41 percent of Arizona’s 99 hits this season have gone for two or more bases ... The Wildcats hit eight doubles, three triples and a home run in their season opener against Gonzaga on Feb. 2. 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.

 

16 and Counting

With at least one hit in all eight games thus far, outfielder T.J. Steele has extended his carry over hitting streak from last season to 16 straight games. The sophomore, who hit safely in his final eight games last season, is batting .429 (30-for-70) with 18 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, a home run and 18 RBI during his two-season tear at the plate.

 

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

 

Glenn Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Sophomore Brad Glenn was named the Feb. 13 Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference office. In UA’s five games vs. Utah Valley state and New Mexico, the UA outfielder went 9-for-17 (.529) with a double, three home runs (all in one game), eight RBI and four runs scored. He finished the week with a 1.118 slugging percentage and also drew two walks and was hit by four pitches to help lead to a .652 on base percentage.

 

Going Yard

Helped by a six-home run game against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7, Arizona has hit 11 homers in eight games this season. In 2006 it took the Wildcats 29 games into the year to reach 11 bombs. Senior Bill Rhinehart paces the club with four HRs this season and junior C.J. Ziegler has gone yard in UA’s last two games. Sophomore Brad Glenn, who tied the single-game school record for HRs vs. UVS on Feb. 7 with three, and classmates Jon Gaston and T.J. Steele have UA’s other five fence-busters this year.

 

Mound Meanies

A season after finishing dead last in the Pac-10 with a 5.41 ERA, the UA pitching staff has gotten off to a hot start in 2007. The Arizona arms are a perfect 8-0 with two saves and a 2.00 ERA in 72 innings of work thus far. The Wildcat hurlers have punched out 66 hitters and issued only 26 walks. Opponents are hitting just .183 against Arizona thus far and have been able to collect just 11 extra base hits, including only one home run.

 

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 seven of the eight games, is 6-0 with two saves and has worked 56 of the 72 IP by the staff thus far. They have combined to rack up 51 of UA’s 66 Ks, walk only 23 hitters and allow only 13 earned runs (2.09 ERA).

 

One Year Later

As noted above the returners to this year’s pitching staff have stepped up their game. As further evidence one just needs to look at the first eight games this season vs. the first eight last year.

Stat 2006 2007 Difference
Record 4-4 8-0 +4 Wins
ERA 4.69 2.00 - 2.69
Saves 3 2 - 1
IP 71.0 72.0 +1
H 79 46 -33
R 48 18 -30
ER 37 16 -21
Opp BA .282 .183 -.099

 

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 (3 IP, 0-0, 0.00) and Stoffel (5 2/3 IP, 1-0, 3.18 ERA) have made multiple 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 Feb. 7.

 

Avoiding the Big Ones

Through the first eight games last season, the opposition scored three or more runs in an inning eight times. The Cats have surrendered three or more runs in a frame just once this year (Feb. 7 vs. New Mexico).

 

Start ?'Er Up

UA’s starters have done an outstanding job in the young season. The six pitchers that have combined to start the eight games thus far have earned five of the eight victories, own a 2.33 ERA in 46 2/3 IP, have limited opponents to a .154 batting average and struck out 41 hitters against just 13 walks.

 

Shut ?'Er Down

Not to be outdone, the bullpen has chalked up UA’s other three victories and tallied a pair of saves, own a 1.40 ERA in 25 2/3 IP and are striking out just under one batter per inning pitched with 25 total Ks (0.97).

 

Caught Looking

The devious Arizona arms have punched out nearly half of their strikeout total on a called third strike - 30 of 66 Ks in 2007.

 

Back With the Pitchers

After one year away, 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.

 

Come On Back

Civil engineering major Brad Mills, who was selected by Toronto in the 22nd round last year, is off to a nice start after eschewing the Jays’ contract offer and returning for his senior year. The left-hander enters his Saturday start against Fullerton tied for the team lead with two wins and is second on the club with 11 strikeouts against just two walks in 13 2/3 innings pitched. His 1.32 ERA leads all the starting pitchers on the UA staff and opponents have collected just seven hits and managed just a .163 batting average in his two starts this season.

 

Coulon Carries On

Junior southpaw David Coulon wrapped up his 2006 with a complete-game shut out of USC in Los Angeles and he has picked up this season right where he left off. Dating back to last season, Coulon is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 20 Ks in 19 innings pitched over his last three appearances. In two games (one start) this season he is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings of work and has a team-high 13 strikeouts.. He struck out a career-best 11 hitters and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Utah Valley State on Feb. 6 for his first W of the year, and then worked four scoreless innings of relief against New Mexico on Feb. 11 for his team-high-tying second win.

David Coulon’s Last Three Appearances (2006 and 2007)

May 27, 2006 at USC - 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB

Feb. 6, 2007 vs. Utah Valley State - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 11 K, 2 BB

Feb. 11, 2007 vs. New Mexico - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 3 BB

 

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 Feb. 5. 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.

 

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.

 

 

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