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Rhinehart Cycles as Cats Finish Off Sweep of Washington
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/21/2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Senior Bill Rhinehart made his final regular season game played at Jerry Kindall Field a memorable one by hitting for the cycle in a series-sweeping 17-8 Arizona win over Washington (27-26, 9-12 Pac-10) on Sunday.

 

The victory kept Arizona’s chances of sharing the Pac-10 title alive by holding the Cats (39-13, 14-7 Pac-10) three games behind conference-leading Arizona State with a three-game series against the Sun Devils looming this week to close out the regular season. ASU (41-12, 17-4 Pac-10) finished off a series sweep of Oregon State in Corvallis on Sunday to claim at least a share of the Pac-10 championship.

 

Rhinehart recorded the 12th cycle in Arizona school history with a two-run homer in the first, a single in the fourth, a two-run triple in the seventh and lastly a two-out double in Arizona’s final at bat in the game in the eighth. He finished the historic day 4-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored.

 

The home run was his team-high-tying 10th of the season, while it was his third triple of the year and his 14th double.

 

Shelley Duncan, Arizona’s all-time home run leader, was the last Wildcat to hit for the cycle on April 13, 2001 in seven innings against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

 

Rhinehart’s cycle highlighted an offensive onslaught by the Wildcats, who finished the Sunday contest with 19 hits, including four doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs. Eight of the nine starters in the contest finished with at least one hit and all nine scored at least one run.

 

C.J. Ziegler finished with a game-high six RBI and two runs scored after going 4-for-6 with his team-leading 22nd double of the year. Dwight Childs added a perfect 3-for-3 day the plate with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Hunter Pace chipped in with  three hits, three runs scored and a RBI out of the lead off spot and Brad Glenn hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

 

Jon Gaston and his new glasses rounded out of the offense by going 2-for-3 with his team-leading eighth triple of the year, a RBI and two runs scored.

 

On the mound, right-hander Mike Colla (3-2) limited the Huskies to two earned runs on six hits over five innings of work to pick up his third win of the year. UW’s Jorden Merry was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in just two innings of work.

 

As noted above, the Wildcats will need a sweep of the Sun Devils to earn a share of the Pac-10 title when they close out the regular season this week in Tempe. The games will be played Wednesday-Friday to allow ASU head coach Pat Murphy the chance to participate as a member the of the NCAA Regional Selection Committee. First pitch for the series-opener on Wednesday is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Hitting for the Cycle at Arizona

Player

Opponent

Date

Chet Vasey

vs. Williams Field

4/26/1950

Russ Gragg

vs. UCLA

3/5/1954

Bob Allen

vs. Texas Tech

3/6/1972

Marv Thompson

vs. Azusa Pacific

2/18/1974

Dave Stegman

at Texas-El Paso

5/4/1974

Mike Gatlin

vs. Azusa Pacific

2/21/1975

Scott Stanley

at Washington State

5/17/1979 (Game 2)

Menno Wickey

at Hawaii-Hilo

2/19/1995

Kenny Huff

vs. Washington State

4/22/2000

Matt Abram

at Washington State

4/8/2001

Shelley Duncan

vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4/13/2001

Bill Rhinehart

vs. Washington 

5/20/2007

 

 

Arizona Baseball Weekend Recap

39-13 Overall, 14-7 Pac-10 ?- 2nd

 

Last Week ?- 3-0, 3-0 Pac-10

May 18 vs. Washington ?- W, 7-0

May 19 vs. Washington ?- W, 13-4

May 20 vs. Washington ?- W, 17-8

 

This Week

May 23 at Arizona State ?- 7 p.m.

May 24 at Arizona State ?- 7 p.m.

May 25 at Arizona State ?- 1 p.m.

 

Player of the Week Nomination

Bill Rhinehart, Sr., OF, Citrus Heights, Calif.

Senior Bill Rhinehart made his final three regular season home games memorable ones, as he led Arizona to a Pac-10 series sweep over Washington at Jerry Kindall Field in Tucson. The fourth-year Wildcat became just the 12th player at Arizona since 1950 to hit for the cycle in UA’s series sweeping win on Sunday. He finished the contest 4-for-6 with his 14th double of the year, his third triple, his team-high-tying 10th home run, four RBI and a pair of runs scored. He collected the last remaining hit needed for the cycle, a double, with two outs in Arizona’s final at bat of the game in the eighth. For the weekend Rhinehart batted .600 (9-for-15) with four doubles, the triple and the homer. He collected five RBI and scored five runs while posting a .625 on-base percentage. With six of his nine hits on the weekend going for two or more bases, Rhinehart slugged at an impressive 1.200 clip.

 

Pitcher of the Week Nomination

Preston Guilmet, Soph., RHP, Citrus Heights, Calif.

Sophomore right-hander Preston Guilmet (11-1, 1.58 ERA, 126 K) showed why he was included among the 10 national semifinalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award last week with a complete game shutout of Washington in Arizona’s Pac-10 series opener against the Huskies on Friday. Guilmet posted his fifth complete game win of the season by limiting UW to just three hits in his second shutout of the year. He finished the contest with seven strikeouts to improve his Pac-10-leading total to 126 for the year, while the scoreless nine innings of work dropped his conference-best ERA to 1.58. He surrendered only a two-out double in the first, a bloop single to right in sixth and an infield single to short in the seventh. His effort earned him his 11th win of the season, the most victories for an Arizona pitcher since future major-leaguer Scott Erickson won a school record 18 games in 1989.

 

Weekly Review

Arizona posted its third Pac-10 series sweep of the season in its final regular season home stand of the year ... The Wildcats defeated Washington 7-0 on Friday, 13-4 on Saturday and completed the three-game sweep with a 17-8 win on Sunday ... The three victories improved Arizona’s record at Kindall Field this season to an impressive 28-4 overall and 10-2 in league contests ... The three-game sweep improved Arizona’s win total to 39 for the year, the most victories in a regular season for the Wildcats since the 1989 team went 42-16-1 before the playoffs.

 

Offensive Numbers

Highlighted by senior Bill Rhinehart’s cycle on Sunday, the Arizona offense awoke from its slumber in a big way against the Huskies ... The Wildcats scored 37 runs in the three games while batting .373 (41 for 110) for the weekend ... UA rapped out nine doubles, four triples and three home runs in the series sweep and finished with a team slugging percentage of .609 ... Arizona walked 12 times and was hit by eight pitches to surpass the strikeout total of 19 for the weekend ... Sophomore Jon Gaston (..329, 3 HR, 25 RBI), who was fitted for corrective eyeglasses prior to Saturday’s contest, used his new vision to hit .667 (4 for 6) with two triples (Nos. 7 and 8 for the year), his third home run, five RBI and four runs scored. He also went 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts ... As noted above in the Player of the Week Nomination, Rhinehart (.359, 10 HR, 53 RBI) hit for the 12th cycle in school history ...Dwight Childs (.261, 0 HR, 22 RBI) improved his season batting average 23 points for the year after going 6-for-12 (.500) with a double, four RBI and three runs scored in the series ... C.J. Ziegler (.347, 10 HR, 56 RBI) drove in a team-high eight runs over the weekend and hit .429 (6-for-14) with two doubles and four runs scored ... Hunter Pace (.387, 0 HR, 4 RBI) started all three games for Arizona in left field and proved his mettle be hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a RBI and a team-high six runs scored ... Colt Sedbrook (.329, 1 HR, 21 RBI) batted .308 for the weekend (4-for-13) and scored five runs and he was hit by three pitches during the series to earn him a share of the career HBP record at Arizona at 38.

 

Pitching Numbers

The Wildcats pitching staff posted a 3.33 team ERA in 27 innings of work against the Huskies ... Arizona struck out 19 UW batters and issued only seven walks ... As noted above in the Pitcher of the Week Nomination, Preston Guilmet (11-1, 1.58 ERA, 126 K) tossed his fifth complete game of the season in Friday’s 7-0 whitewashing of UW. The CG marked the sixth time Guilmet has gone nine innings in a contest (He went nine innings in a no-decision, extra-inning game with Cal on April 5) and his second CG shutout of the year... Left-hander David Coulon (4-3, 4.76 ERA, 48 K) made his second straight start in the No. 2 position in place of an ailing Brad Mills. Coulon picked up his fourth win of the season with six solid innings. He allowed four runs on nine hits and finished with five strikeouts and one walk ... Sunday starter Mike Colla (3-2, 5.22 ERA, 39 K) earned his third win of the season after holding UW to two earned runs on six hits over five innings.

 


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