|Potential Starting Lineup|
|1||Brad Boyer||L/R||2B||Fourth all-time at UA in runs and stolen bases|
|2||Colt Sedbrook||R/R||3B||Six game hitting streak (.500, 8 runs, 13 RBI, 3 HR)|
|3||Jon Gaston||L/R||RF||Has scored three runs in two games vs. ASU this year|
|4||Jason Donald||R/R||SS||20-game hitting streak, team leader in RBI (45)|
|5||Bill Rhinehart||L/L||LF||Second on the team with a .327 batting average|
|6||David Plante||L/R||DH||5 for 10 with nine RBI vs. ASU this year|
|7||Matt Denker||R/R||C||Has started the last seven games behind the plate|
|8||Brad Glenn||R/R||1B||Team leader with eight home runs this season|
|9||T.J. Steele||R/R||CF||Batted .538 with six runs vs. WSU last weekend|
|Fri.||Preston Guilmet||RHP||Leads all active pitchers with a 4.21 ERA|
|Sat.||Brad Mills||LHP||Team-leader with five wins in 2006|
|CP||Daniel Schlereth||RHP||Tied for team lead with four saves this season|
On the Air
Brian Jeffries, The Voice of the Wildcats, will have all of the live play-by-play action of the weekend series with the Sun Devils. All three games can be heard live on 1290 AM KCUB in
This weekend will mark the final home games for a pair of UA seniors. Infielder Brad Boyer and outfielder Derek Decater will take to Kindall Field for the last time on Sunday against Arizona State. The baseball program will honor the pair for their contributions on Friday in a pregame ceremony.
The Wildcats opened their series with a bang, but couldn’t sustain it over the next two days to drop their third straight three-game set ... Arizona set a school record for the most run scored in a Pac-10 game with a 29-4 thrashing of Washington State in the series opener on Saturday ... However, the Cougars battled back to win the second game 9-3 and took the series with a 6-5 win on Monday.
No Room For Error
A 10-year string of winning seasons at home for
A Quick Look at
The Sun Devils come to Tucson for the three-game conference series with a 32-17 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the Pac-10, good enough for a tie for second in the conference standings ... ASU took two of three from Pac-10 leader Oregon State in Tempe last weekend ... The Devils enter the weekend of play hitting .319 as a team and are averaging 7.4 runs, 11.3 hits and 9.6 RBI per game through 49 contests ... Sophomore Eric Sogard paces the ASU offense with a .372 batting average and a team-high 39 runs scored in 46 games played ... Freshman Ike Davis is tied with Sogard for the team lead with seven home runs and has collected a team-best 58 RBI in his first year in Tempe ... On the mound, ASU has not announced a starting rotation for the weekend yet ... The Sun Devil hurlers have a 4.97 team ERA in 438 1/3 innings pitched this season and have struck out 405 batters against 219 walks.
Previous to this weekend,
Arizona and Arizona State have already met twice this season in two single non-conference games ... The Wildcats won the inaugural Challenge at Chase 12-8 on April 2, but the Sun Devils cruised to a 22-8 win over the Cats in the most recent meeting on May 2 in Tempe.
Arizona and Arizona State met up for five games in the regular season last year, with the Wildcats taking four of five from the Devils ... UA won both the non-conference games in Tucson, 7-6 and 11-5, and rallied to win the conference series two games to one after dropping the series opener on Saturday.
Offensive Turning It On
Since bottoming out at a season-low .266 team batting average at
Entering the weekend of play, the
All In a Day’s Work
After hitting just eight home runs in the first 23 games of the season, the Wildcats have seen a surge in pitches going over the fence. In
Individually, freshman Brad Glenn has led the home run charge, hitting six of his team-leading eight homers over the last 26 games, with classmate David Plante adding four. Jason Donald, Colt Sedbrook and Bill Rhinehart have chipped in with three fence-busters each and Jon Gaston with two. Brad Boyer and Konrad Schmidt have added one HR apiece.
20 and Counting
Junior Jason Donald’s current 20-game hitting streak is the longest for any
Maybe It’s Contagious
Perhaps it’s coincidence, maybe it’s not, but during Donald’s 20-game hitting streak eight other Wildcat hitters are batting over .300 during that same time span. Travis Peep (.519) and Colt Sedbrook (.405) are both over the .400 mark, while Bill Rhinehart (.392), Matt Denker (.346), T.J. Steele (.377), Jon Gaston (.317), Brad Glenn (.315) and Brad Boyer (.329) have all seen more success at the plate during Donald’s streak. As a team,
He’s More Than Just Target Practice
Sophomore Colt Sedbrook, UA’s single season HBP leader (see note below), has been on a tear at the plate when not getting plunked by a pitch. In
Chalk It Up
Senior Brad Boyer has been on a run-scoring tear of late. The four-year starter has come around to score at least one run in 13 of UA’s last 15 games, including a pair of straight steals of home, and has scored in 34 of the 47 games he has played in this season. The recent run, pun intended, has boosted Boyer into some very exclusive company in the annals of
Top Run Scorers in School History
In addition to his run-scoring prowess, Brad Boyer has also become one of the most successful base stealers at UA. With 71 career stolen bases, Boyer is currently fourth all-time at
Post Easter Peep
One day away from redshirting the 2006 season, Travis Peep has taken advantage of his opportunities over the last month. Making his first collegiate appearance at
The Nine Hole
The last spot in the batting order has been one of the most productive for
Sophomore Matt Denker has started the last seven straight games behind the plate for the Wildcats. The first-year Wildcat has responded to his new role by batting .346 (9 for 26) with two doubles and seven RBI. For the year, Denker is hitting .326 (14 for 43) with three doubles, a triple, 11 RBI and seven runs scored in 17 games and 12 starts.
When T.J. Steele was plunked with the bases loaded against
It Didn’t Last Long
Jason Donald’s stay atop the single season list for getting hit by pitches was a short one. Sophomore teammate Colt Sedbrook displaced his junior teammate in the record books in less than one season when he was hit for the 20th time on against
Getting plunked in back-to-back ABs against La Salle on Feb. 25 moved junior Jason Donald past Kenny Corley for the top spot on the all-time HBP list at
One Pitch, One Swing, Two Accomplishments
Freshman Jon Gaston hit the first collegiate pitch thrown to him over the right field fence at Kindall Field in UA’s season-opener against LMU on Feb. 3. The home run marked the first time since Nick Hundley in 2003 that a UA player homered in his first career at-bat. Hitting the home run as pinch hitter, Gaston’s HR was also the first for a replacement batter at
Through 49 games, the Wildcats have posted a 5.24 team ERA in 436 1/3 innings pitched, and have 440 strikeouts against 197 walks ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts this season, including a conference-best 153 punch outs looking.
Sitting Them Down
As noted above,
Any team that plays without not only its Friday starter but its closer as well would certainly struggle, and
Run of the Mills
Junior Brad Mills has emerged as one of the top pitchers on the UA staff. After only accumulating only 23 1/3 innings in his first two years at UA, Mills has tossed 76 1/3 innings this season. His 4.36 ERA this year is the best for all active pitchers and his five wins on the mound leads the team. Mills has also played a part in two of UA’s three shut out wins this season. The left-hander blanked Notre Dame over five innings at the Metrodome in a 2-0 win over the Irish earlier this season and he most recently went a season-high eight innings in