Feb. 4, 2002
Next Up - Southern Utah: The Thunderbirds head south down I-10 with an 0-4 record after taking part in ASU's Kajikawa Classic over the weekend. SUU fell twice to ASU and once each to Oregon State and Oral Roberts. The Thunderbirds lost seven starters and 15 letterwinners from last season's 23-37 team. Hailing from the Mid-Continent Conference SUU went 19-9 in conference play and finished second in 2001. Arizona swept the three game series between the two schools last season in Tucson and own a 10-2 all-time mark in the series.
Pitching Probables Monday - Chris Goodman (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs.TBA Tuesday - Will Miller (0-0, 18.00 ERA) vs. TBA
Taking The Extra Base: In Arizona's six games this season the Wildcats have tallied 57 total hits. Of those 57 hits, 22 of them (or 39 percent) have gone for extra bases. Arizona has already recorded 15 doubles, two triples and five home runs this season.
Wearin' It: It's painful to be a Wildcat batter early in 2002. Opposing pitchers have plunked Wildcat hitters 10 times already in just six games (1.67 HBP per game). In comparison, last year Arizona batters were hit 35 times in 56 games (0.63 HBP per game).
Having A Grand Time: John Hardy's first career home run on Saturday came with the bases loaded and was the second grand slam of the season for the Wildcats. Hardy and Moises Duran's slams mark the first time since 1999 that an Arizona team has had two or more bases loaded home runs in a season. The '99 team shares the school record for slams in a season with six other squads. Arizona's 1955, '56, '61, '88, '93 and '98 teams all hit four grand slams in a season. Former Wildcat Dave Shermet holds the all-time career grand slam record with four.
Good Pitching And A Solid Defense: Combine the two and you will certainly win a bunch of games. The Wildcat pitching staff has posted a 2.13 ERA in 55 innings pitched this season. They have an almost 4-to-1 strike out to walk ratio (41-to-12) and are limiting opposing batters to just a .221 batting average. Breaking it down on a per inning basis, Wildcat hurlers are giving up 0.80 hits, 0.24 runs, 0.13 earned runs and just 0.22 walks in inning. Backing them up has been some very fine glove work. In 235 total chances this season, the Arizona defense has committed only four errors (one of which was a failed pick-off attempt) for an impressive .983 fielding percentage. The Wildcat defense has already turned four double plays and have routinely made un-routine plays. Arizona is 3-0 when finishing a game with no miscues on defense.
Going Down With a Fight: Over half of Arizona's 62 runs this season have come with two outs in an inning. Bolstered by an eight-run, two-out third inning against Utah on Saturday, the Wildcats have scored 33 times (53 percent) after making the initial two outs of an inning.
Looking For Win No. 700: When Andy Lopez signed on with the Wildcats last summer he had accumulated 687 wins in 19 seasons as head coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine and Florida. Arizona's five victories thus far in 2002 have moved him eight wins shy of his 700th as a head coach.
Coming Home: Senior leadoff hitter Brad Hassey has scored in five straight games this season for the Wildcats (current). He is second on the team overall with nine runs scored in six games played.
Notes From the Utah Series: The Wildcats were 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts against Utah ... Brad Hassey led all Wildcats at the plate with a .385 average ... Hassey also scored a team-high five runs in the three game series ... Arizona out-scored Utah 25-12 in the series ... Wildcat hitters recorded 19 walks and were hit by three pitches ... The Arizona pitching staff compiled a 2.25 ERA in 28 innings pitched ... They struck out 22 hitters, walked nine and limited Utah to a .200 team average ... Of the 12 runs scored by Utah, only seven were earned ... Three pitchers (Rierson, Goodman and Anderson) combine on a five hit shutout in the series opener.
Arizona-Arizona State Game To Be Televised: The Pac-10 Conference Office announced this week that the March 23 game between Arizona and ASU will be shown live on Fox Sports Net. The time of the game has been changed from its originally scheduled 1 p.m. first pitch to 2 p.m. to accommodate TV. The game is one of just four Pac-10 games to be televised on Fox Sports Net this season.
Jim Click All-Pro Alumni Game: The Jim Click All-Pro Alumni Game is fast approaching. Scheduled for Feb. 10, the annual event gives Tucson fans an opportunity to revisit some of the great players that have made their way through the Old Pueblo and Frank Sancet Field. Among the former UA legends scheduled to appear are Alan Zinter, Ed Vosberg, J.T. Snow, Kevin Long, Gil Heredia, Chip Hale, Clark Crist, Scott Erickson and Trevor Hoffman. This season will feature an All-Pro Game first as three-time World Series Champion Vida Blue teams up with current World Series Champ Erubiel Durazo to lead the Alumni as the guest managers.
Schedule of Events For the Jim Click Arizona All-Pro Alumni Game 11 a.m. Gates open 11:30 a.m. Autograph Session 12:30 p.m. Home Run Hitting Contest 1 p.m. Jim Click All-Pro Alumni Game
Denny Joins Up: Colorado Rockies pitcher Denny Neagle has agreed to take part in this season's Jim Click All-Pro Alumni game. The Rockies' left-handed ace will take part in the autograph session at 11:30 a.m. and will stick around for the game at 1 p.m. Arizona will face Neagle and the Rockies in an exhibition game on Feb. 28 at Hi Corbet Field in Tucson.
Frank Sancet Field: Located on the corners of Enke and National Championship Drives, Frank Sancet Field has been the home of Arizona baseball for over 35 seasons. Know originally as Wildcat Field, it was renamed and dedicated Frank Sancet Field on April 19, 1986 to honor Arizona's longtime head coach. Coach Sancet put Arizona on the collegiate baseball map, posting a 831-283-8 (.744) record in 23 seasons as head coach. His Wildcat teams made 16 postseason appearances during his tenure and nine trips to Omaha. He finished runner-up at the College World Series three times. Since moving to its current location, the Arizona baseball team has gone 887-386-3 in 1,276 games for a .697 winning percentage (Current through 2/3/02). The Wildcats have suffered only three losing seasons on their home turf and nearly reach perfection in former head coach Jerry Kindall's second season with a 37-1 home record. Frank Sancet Field has been the site of four NCAA Regionals (1979, '80, '89, '92).
Arizona Player Career Stats vs. Southern Utah (Through 2/3/02) Hitter G BA AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SB Justyn St. Clair 3 .286 7 5 2 2 2 0 0 3 1 Ken Riley 2 .222 9 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 Brad Hassey 4 .200 15 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 Clayton Bried 3 .200 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 Moises Duran 1 .000 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Chris Cunningham 1 .000 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Pitcher G GS W-L Sv. IP H R ER BB K ERA Tony Sulser 1 0 0-0 1 3.0 2 0 0 0 3 0.00 Joe Little 1 0 0-0 0 0.2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 Wes Zlotoff 1 0 0-0 0 1.2 0 0 0 2 1 0.00 Sean Rierson 1 1 1-0 0 5.0 5 2 1 2 4 1.80 Marc Kaiser 1 1 1-0 0 6.0 8 5 4 3 6 6.00 Chris Goodman 1 1 0-0 0 4.0 7 4 3 1 4 6.75