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|
|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|
|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.
After opening the season with eight games in 10 days, the Wildcats will return to their more-normal weekly schedule. With Monday off,
A Quick Look at
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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
In five games this season,
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
Three-Homer Games at
April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI
March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs.
April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI
Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs.
Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs.
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.
Helped by a six-home run game against
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
Looking for Redemption
Last season was one to forget for the
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.
+4 Wins ERA
- 2.69 Saves
- 1 IP
-21 Opp BA
But Don’t Forget About Us
Three newcomers to the
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.
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).
Back With the Pitchers
After one year away,
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
Coulon Carries On
Junior southpaw David Coulon wrapped up his 2006 with a complete-game shut out of USC in
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
The Non-Conference Slate
The coaching staff has a pair of new faces, although those familiar with the UA program and
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.
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.