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20070628 Baseball Season Wrap Up
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 06/28/2007
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Season Recap

The 2007 Wildcats completed a season in which they became the first team since 1989 to win 40 or more games, returned to the postseason after a one-year absence and were just one victory away from winning a second regional title under head coach Andy Lopez ... The Wildcats finished the year with a 42-17 overall record and a 15-9 mark in the Pac-10, good enough for second place ... UA was a No. 2 seed in the Wichita Regional in the postseason ... The Cats won their opening two games in the postseason, but couldnˇ?t get over the hump with the necessary third victory to get out of the regional round.

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16 In a Row

The Wildcats won 16 straight games in a row from March 11 through April 14

... The streak was the longest for Arizona since opening the 1998 season 16-0 and tied for the? fourth-longest streak in school history ... During the month-long streak Arizona hit .324 as a team and averaged 8.7 runs, 11.3 hits and 7.8 RBI per game ... Arizona collected 39 doubles, 13 triples and six home runs in the 16 wins ... Seven different players batted over .300 during the streak, including a pair over .400 (C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn) ... On the mound, UA posted a 3.32 team ERA in 149 innings pitched ... Six different pitchers had an ERA under 3.00 during the streak ... The pitching staff limited the opposition to a .246 batting average and punched out 155 hitters against just 68 walks ... Preston Guilmet (three), Brad Mills (four), Cory Burns (three), Paul Bargas (two) and Jason Stoffel (two) all won multiple games during the streak ... Arizona won eight non-conference games during the streak and eight Pac-10 games ... The Cats won 11 of the 16 games at home, four on the road and one at a neutral site ... Arizona took down a pair of ranked opponents (ASU and OSU) a total of four times during the streak ... There were five one-run wins during the streak, two in extra innings and two shut out wins ... Arizona out-scored its competition 139-63 during the streak ... The opposition scored first in nine of the 16 wins.

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Arizonaˇ?s Regional History

The 2007 regional invitation marked Arizonaˇ?s return to the postseason after a one-year absence ... In six seasons under head coach Andy Lopez the Wildcats have participated in four regionals (2003-05, 2007) ... The 2007 postseason marked the 33rd time UA advanced to play past the regular season ... The 33 postseason invitations are the second-most in the Pac-10 conference, trailing only 12-time national champion USCˇ?s 40 ... The Wildcats are 55-39 (.585) in regional play since 1950 and have taken home 15 regional championships in school history, with the most recent coming in 2004 at the South Bend (Ind.) Regional.

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Postseason Success

The Arizona baseball program has a long and storied history in the NCAA postseason. Including 2007, the Wildcats have made 33 postseason appearances, won 15 regional titles, one super regional title, made 15 appearances in the College World Series, won three national titles and finished runner-up at the CWS three other times.

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Games with Meaning

While Arizona fell one win short of taking home the Wichita Regional title, 2007 marked the third time in four postseason appearances under head coach Andy Lopez that the Wildcats have been in contention on the final day of a regional. Arizona won the 2004 South Bend Regional championship against Notre Dame and fell to Cal State Fullerton in the title game at Fullerton in 2005 and to Wichita State in 2007.

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Postseason Experience

The Wildcatsˇ? 2007 roster, dotted with 26 freshmen and sophomores, did not have a lot of NCAA postseason experience. Of the 19 players that appeared in UAˇ?s four NCAA postseason games, 16 of them were getting their first shot at play beyond the regular season. Only seniors Bill Rhinehart and Brad Mills along with junior David Coulon had ever appeared in the postseason at Arizona prior to 2007.

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Regional Recognition

A pair of Arizona players stood out in the postseason in Wichita and were recognized with all-regional honors for their individual efforts ... Senior Bill Rhinehart batted .538 (7 for 13) with a double, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored in four games in the postseason. Against New Orleans he became the first player in school history to hit for the cycle in the NCAAs ... True frosh Jason Stoffel made a splash in his first-ever postseason. Appearing in three games, the right-hander struck out 11 of the 16 batters he faced, allowed just one hit in five innings of work, did not issue a walk and picked up two saves.

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Lopez in the Postseason

Including the 2007 season, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez has guided 12 teams to the NCAA postseason tournament in 19 years on the Division I level, including four at Arizona. He also led Cal State Dominguez Hills to two Division II playoff berths, including a trip to the D-II World Series in 1987. Lopez is one of just nine active coaches on the Division I level with a national title to his credit and one only three coaches in the history of college baseball to lead three different schools to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. He has a 35-27 postseason record on the Division I level and a 40-32 career mark on both the D-I and D-II levels.

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Arizona vs. the NCAA Field

The Wildcats played four schools that made the NCAA tournament, including three that went to the College World Series, and went 7-7 against them in the regular season. The Wildcats swept a three-game series against? eventual national champion Oregon State, went 2-3 against 2007 Pac-10 champion and CWS participant Arizona State and tallied 1-2 records against UCLA and CWS member Cal State Fullerton.

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Draft Status

All seven Arizona players eligible for the 2007 MLB First Year Player Draft were selected in early June. Left-hander Brad Mills highlighted the draft when he made an 18-round improvement from a year ago when the Toronto Blue Jays reselected him in the fourth round. Of the seven Wildcats selected only seniors Mills and Bill Rhinehart cannot return to Arizona for the 2008 season.

A look at where the Cats were selected



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Draft Notes

In six seasons under head coach Andy Lopez a total of 27 players have been selected by MLB teams in the draft ... In 2005 a school record eight players were drafted in the first 14 rounds of the draft ... The 2007 draft class with seven members selected was the second-largest at Arizona under Lopez.

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<col width="323" style="width: 242pt;"/> <col width="216" style="width: 162pt;"/> </colgroup><tbody><tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td width="323" height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 242pt; height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">Total Players Drafted</font></strong></td> <td width="216" x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 162pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">27</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">First Round Picks</font></strong></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">2 (Trevor Crowe and Brian Anderson)</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">Top 10 Round Picks</font></strong></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">14</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">First Time Selections</font></strong></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">16</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">First Time Selections in Top 15 Rounds</font></strong></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">9</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">Redrafts after HS/JC</font></strong></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">11</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">Redrafts that improved stock</font></strong></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">9 (by an average of 18.7 rounds)</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">Players returning after draft</font></strong></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">3</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">Returning players w/improved draft the next year</font></strong></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">2 (by an average of 9.5 rounds)</font></td></tr></tbody></table>

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All-America Honors

Sophomore Preston Guilmet was feted with All-America honors by Baseball America (First Team), Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger (Second Team) the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (Second Team) and the American Baseball Coaches Association (Second Team). His AA honors from BA were the first for any UA pitcher since Scott Erickson in 1989 (RHP/DH Ben Diggins was a 1st team AA by the publication as a utility player in 2000), the CB honors were the first for any UA pitcher in the 11-year history of the publicationˇ?s award (Diggins was a 2nd team AA by the publication as a utility player in 2000) and the ABCA honors were the first for a Wildcat pitcher since Dave Breuker in 1974 (LHP/1B Ed Vosberg was named a 2nd team AA by the organization in 1983) ... First-year Wildcat Dwight Childs was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, the first Wildcat at UA since Eric Berger in 2005.



All-Americans at Arizona Under Andy Lopez



Brian Anderson - OF </2003 - 2nd Team Baseball America

2003 - 2nd Team USA TODAY/Sports Weekly

2003 - 3rd Team ABCA

2003 - 3rd Team Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

Eric Berger

2005 - Freshman Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

Brad Boyer - INF

2003 - 1st Team Freshman Baseball America

2003 - Freshman Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

Jordan Brown - 1B

2005 - 2nd Team USA TODAY/Sports Weekly

2005 - 3rd Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

2005 - 3rd Team Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

Dwight Childs - C

2007 - Freshman Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

Trevor Crowe - OF

2003 - Freshman Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

2005 - 1st Team Baseball America

2005 - 1st Team ABCA

2005 - 1st Team Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

2005 - 1st Team USA TODAY/Sports Weekly

2005 - 2nd Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

Derek Decater - OF

2003 - Freshman Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

Jason Donald - SS

2004 - 2nd Team Freshman Baseball America

2004 - Freshman Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

Preston Guilmet - RHP

2007 - 1st Team Baseball America

2007 - 2nd Team Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

2007 - 2nd Team ABCA

2007 - 2nd Team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association

Nick Hundley - C

2003 - Freshman Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

2005 - 2nd Team Baseball America

2005 - 2nd Team Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger

John Meloan - RHP

2005 - 3rd Team CoSIDA Academic

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Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year

Right-handed ace Preston Guilmet was a unanimous choice by the Pac-10 coaches to be the leagueˇ?s top pitcher. In being so named, Guilmet was the first Arizona hurler to receive the highest pitching honors bestowed by the conference since Scott Erickson in 1989.

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All-Pac-10 Honors

Despite finishing alone in second in final the conference standings Arizona placed just two of its members on the All-Pac-10 Team. Senior Bill Rhinehart and sophomore Preston Guilmet were both voted on to the first-team squad by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the regular season.

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Six for Us, Five for Them

The Wildcats were a very impressive 30-3 overall in 2007 when scoring six or more runs in a contest and an equally impressive 34-6 when holding their opponent to five or less runs.

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Lights Out

The Wildcats were 31-1in 2007 when leading after six innings, were 35-0 when holding a lead after seven innings and went a perfect 37-0 when leading after eight innings.

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Winning the Close Ones

Arizona went 12-3 in games decided by just one run in 2007.



One-Run Success

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background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">2/16</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">at Cal State Fullerton</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 2-1</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39136" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">2/23</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">at UNLV</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 6-5 - 10 Innings</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39144" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">3/3</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Eastern Michigan</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 8-7</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39150" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">3/9</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">at Hawaii</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 2-1</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39161" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">3/20</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Morehead State</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 5-4</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39162" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">3/21</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Morehead State</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 7-6</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39169" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">3/28</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">vs. Arizona State</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 6-5 - Challenge at Chase</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39171" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); 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height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">4/21</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">at Washington State</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">L, 4-3</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39208" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">5/6</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Liberty</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 7-6 - 10 Innings</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39226" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">5/24</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">at Arizona State</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">L, 8-7</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39234" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">6/1</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">vs. Oral Roberts</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 4-3 - NCAA Regional</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39235" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">6/2</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">vs. New Orleans</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">W, 9-8 - NCAA Regional</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39236" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">6/3</font></td> <td x:str="at Wichita State " style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">at Wichita State<span style=""> </span></font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">L, 4-3 - NCAA Regional</font></td></tr></tbody></table>




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Free Baseball

The Wildcats went extra innings four times this season and emerged victorious each time. The Wildcats won a 6-5, 10-inning affair at UNLV in February, defeated Northern Colorado 7-5 in 12 innings at the end of March, took down Cal 1-0 in 11 innings on April 6 at home and out-lasted Liberty 7-6 at home on May 6.

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Pitching Numbers

The Arizona pitching staff collectively put together one of the most impressive seasons seen in Tucson in 30 years. The Wildcats wrapped up the 2007 season with 42 wins, 15 saves, a 3.90 ERA and the second-most strikeouts in school history (541).



2007 vs. the Past



<table width="511" height="141" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" x:str=""> <colgroup> <col width="153" style="width: 115pt;"/> <col width="85" style="width: 64pt;"/> <col width="166" style="width: 125pt;"/> </colgroup><tbody><tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td width="153" height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 115pt; height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2"><strong>Stat</strong></font></td> <td width="85" x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 64pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2"><strong>2007</strong></font></td> <td width="166" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 125pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><strong><font size="2">Its Equal or Better at UA</font></strong></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Wins</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">42</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">1989 - 45</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Saves</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">15 *</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">2005 - 15</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">ERA</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">3.9</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">1978 - 3.70</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Hits Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">516</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">1978 - 452</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Runs Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">273</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">1978 - 226</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">ER Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">228</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">1978 - 191</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">BB Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">205</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">2001 - 204</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:str="Strikeouts " style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Strikeouts<span style=""> </span></font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">541 *</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">2005 - 554</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Opponent Batting Avg.</font></td> <td x:num="0.25700000000000001" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">.257</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">1976 - .253</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">HR Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">20</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">1974 - 19</font></td></tr></tbody></table>* Second all-time in strikeouts in a single season and tied for second in single season saves record.




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Where in the World?

The Wildcats pitching staff wrapped up the 2007 season second out of 282 NCAA Division I teams in strikeouts per nine innings (9.2), 16th in winning percentage (.712) and 35th in ERA (3.90). Individually, right-hander Preston Guilmet finished fourth nationally in total strikeouts (146), tied for seventh in wins (12) and 10th in ERA (1.87).

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Sitting Them Down

The 2007 Arizona pitching staff recorded the second-most strikeouts in a season in school history. The ˇ®07 Cats punched out 541 batters this season and averaged 9.24 Ks per nine innings pitched. The staff struck out a season-high 16 hitters in the opening game of the NCAA tournament against Oral Roberts, posted five contests with 15 strikeouts and went over the double-digit mark in Ks 24 times in 59 games played.

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Keeping ˇ®Em in Play

The Wildcats pitching staff allowed just 20 home runs to the opposition in 2007, the fewest for any Arizona staff since the introduction of the aluminum bat and the least since the 1974 team saw only 19 balls go over fence.

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A Year Later

After a year away from the pitching staff, head coach Andy Lopez renewed his role as the pitching coach for the Wildcats. His influence and a yearˇ?s worth of maturity paid off handsomely for Arizona. The Wildcats, who posted the worst ERA in the Pac-10 in 2006, shaved over a run and half off their ERA in2007, gave up 75 less hits, 80 less runs, 33 fewer walks and took 42 points away from the opponentˇ?s batting average even with four additional postseason games.

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Thatˇ?s A Lot of Zeros

Out of 527 innings pitched, Arizona hung a zero in 386 of them (73% of the innings this season). Out of the remaining 141 innings of work, the Wildcats limited the opposition to just one run in 73 of them (52% of the 141 innings that the opposition scored in). UA gave up three or more runs in an inning just 30 times in 2007 (6% of the total innings pitched)

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Three For All

As noted above, the 2007 Wildcats were hard to score on. Want more proof?UA surrendered three or less runs in 28 games and went an impressive 27-1 in those contests. UA tossed four shut outs (4-0), eight one-run games (8-0), seven two-run contests (7-0) and nine three-run games (8-1).

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Better Be Swinging

The Arizona pitching staff walked two or fewer batters in a game 27 times in 2007, including a pair of nine-inning outings without a free pass. Meanwhile, the Wildcat arms rang up almost a third of their strikeouts in 2007 looking (174 of 541, 32.2?%)

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Mound Presence

Right-hander Preston Guilmet put together one of the most impressive seasons on the mound in recent memory in 2007. The sophomore went 12-2 for the year with a 1.87 ERA in 135 innings pitched. He recorded 146 strikeouts, which not only tied for the fourth-most in a single season in school history but were the most for any UA pitcher since Dan Schneider punched out a school record 186 batters in 1962. He went six or more innings in all 17 starts in 2007, tossed five complete games and went nine innings in six starts. He was one of 10 national semifinalists for the Roger Clemens Award and was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.



Guilmetˇ?s Numbers in 2007



<table width="597" height="187" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" x:str=""> <colgroup> <col width="96" style="width: 72pt;"/> <col width="50" style="width: 38pt;"/> <col width="366" style="width: 275pt;"/> </colgroup><tbody><tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td width="96" height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 72pt; height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Wins</font></td> <td width="50" x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 38pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">12</font></td> <td width="366" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 275pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Most for a UA pitcher since Scott Erickson in 1989 (18)</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">ERA</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">1.87</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Lowest for any UA pitcher since Steve Powers in 1975 (1.51)</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Strikeouts</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">146</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Tied for fourth all-time in a single season at UA</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">IP</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">135</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">10th-most in a single season at Arizona</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">CGs</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">5</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Most individually since Ryan Frace in 1995 (5)</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">CG SO</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">2</font></td> <td x:str="First pitcher since Tim Schweitzer in 1992 to toss two CG shutouts " style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">First pitcher since Tim Schweitzer in 1992 to toss two CG shutouts<span style=""> </span></font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Shutouts</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">4</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">First since John Meloan in 2005 to work in four shut out games</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Hits Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">100</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Fifth-fewest for any UA pitcher with 130 or more IP</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Runs Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">34</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Tied for third fewest for any UA pitcher with 130 or more IP</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">ER Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">28</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Fifth-fewest for any UA pitcher with 130 or more IP</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">BB Allowed</font></td> <td x:num="" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">34</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Tied for third fewest for any UA pitcher with 130 or more IP</font></td></tr></tbody></table>




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A Weekly Winner

With seven weekly awards, sophomore Preston Guilmet became the most recognized pitcher in school history. The right-hander was honored three times as the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week four times during the 2007 season. Both the national and league POW awards were the most for a UA player not only in a single season, but in a career as well. The Pacific-10 Conference has had only eight players garner four weekly honors during a single season in league history.

Guilmetˇ?s Weekly Honors

<table width="565" height="119" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" x:str=""> <colgroup> <col width="87" style="width: 65pt;"/> <col width="410" style="width: 308pt;"/> </colgroup><tbody><tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td width="87" height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 65pt; height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Feb. 5</font></td> <td width="410" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); width: 308pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl26"><font size="2"><em>Collegiate Baseball/</em><font class="font0">Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week</font></font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Feb. 19</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39154" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">March 13</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39188" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">April 16</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl26"><font size="2"><em>Collegiate Baseball/</em><font class="font0">Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week</font></font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39189" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">April 17</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week</font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39209" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">May 7</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl26"><font size="2"><em>Collegiate Baseball/</em><font class="font0">Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week</font></font></td></tr> <tr height="17" style="height: 12.75pt;"> <td height="17" x:num="39210" style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); height: 12.75pt; background-color: transparent;" class="xl25"><font size="2">May 8</font></td> <td style="border: medium none rgb(224, 223, 227); background-color: transparent;" class="xl24"><font size="2">Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week</font></td></tr></tbody></table>




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The 10-Win Club



Preston Guilmet won his 10th game of the season against USC on May 12. In doing so he became the fourth pitcher since 2000 to reach double digits. Guilmet joins John Meloan (10-0 in 2004, 10-3 in ˇ®05), Kevin Guyette (10-4 in 2005) and Ben Diggins (10-4 in 2000) as the only four Arizona pitchers to reach 10 wins over the last 18 years. From 1990 to 1999 UA did not have a single 10-game winner on a pitching staff.



10-Game Winners at UA since 1990



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Most Wins In a Looooong Time

When Preston Guilmet tossed a CG shutout against Washington on May 18 he picked up his 11th victory of the year. Not since Scott Erickson won a school record 18 games in 1989 has a UA pitcher recorded more than 10 wins in a season.

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Stoffel Steps Up

True frosh Jason Stoffel was sensational coming out of the bullpen in his first season on the collegiate level. In 25 relief outings in 2007 the right-hander went a perfect 5-0 with five saves and a 1.16 ERA in 38 2/3 innings pitched. He has struck out 51 batters in relief while issuing only 12 walks. During Arizonaˇ?s 24-game Pac-10 Conference schedule, in which the freshman took over the closer duties for the Wildcats, Stoffel appeared in 12 games and allowed just one earned run in 19 1/3 IP for a 0.47 conference ERA. Pac-10 opponents did not get an extra base hit off of him, collected just eight singles and hit a meager .123, while striking out 26 times and walking only six times. He went 3-0 with three of his five saves during the Pac-10 slate.

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Offensive Numbers

The Wildcats wrapped up the 2007 season batting .306 as a team and averaged 7.3 runs, 10.5 hits, 6.6 RBI per game ... Led by a team-high .372 average by Bill Rhinehart, seven different Wildcats batted .300 or better for the year ... Rhinehart (13 HR), C.J. Ziegler (13) and Brad Glenn (10) all hit 10 or more home runs to become the first trio of Arizona players since 2003 to post double digit bombs ... The same trio of hitters also drove in 60 or more runs for the Wildcats. Rhinehart led the way with 66 RBI, while Ziegler posted 63 and Glenn 62 ... Ziegler also led the team with 59 runs scored and 23 doubles ... Jon Gastonˇ?s eight triples were three better than anyone else on the team ... T.J. Steele and Robert Abel both stole 21 bases during the year to lead a team which went 95 for 127 during the year (74.8%).

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Power Surge

After going through an 18-game stretch with only three home runs from March 3 through April 7, the Wildcatsˇ? bats powered up over the final 25 games. Starting with a two-homer game against Stanford in Palo Alto on April 13th, Arizona hit 31 bombs in its final 25 games to raise its season total to 52 for the year.

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Pac-10 Player of the Week Honors

Four different Arizona players were feted with Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in 2007.

Arizonaˇ?s Pac-10 Players the Week

Feb. 13 - Brad Glenn - 9 for 17 (.529) with a double, three home runs (all in one game), eight RBI and four runs scored vs. Utah Valley State

April 3 ?C Jon Gaston - 7 for 10 (.700) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI, four runs scored, five walks and a perfect 5 for 5 in stolen base tries against Arizona State and Oregon State

May 8 ?C T.J. Steele - 11 for 14 (.786) with three home runs, a pair of doubles, eight RBI and five run scored vs. Liberty

May 22 ?C Bill Rhinehart - .600 (9 for 15) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, five RBI and five runs scored. Hit for the cycle vs. Washington

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Bill-Cycle Built for Two

Bill Rhinehart wrapped up his final season in an Arizona uniform with not one but two cycles. The senior recorded the first cycle since 2001 in his final home regular season game on May 20 against Washington and then became the first UA player to pull off the feat in the postseason when he cycled against New Orleans on June 2 at the Wichita Regional. Rhinehart is the only player in school history to hit for the cycle twice in a career, let alone a single season.



Hitting for the Cycle at Arizona



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