Arizona will take on Eastern Michigan in a three-game series this Friday-Sunday.
Fri., March 2 - Eastern Michigan - 4 p.m.
Sat., March 3 - Eastern Michigan - 1 p.m.
Sun., March 4 - Eastern Michigan - 12 p.m.
|Potential Starting Lineup
||Batting .367 with 10 R and 11 RBI|
||Batting .267 with a RBI and three runs in four games|
||Team-leader with .383 Avg., 4 HR and 18 RBI|
||Team leader with seven 2Bs and 18 RBI|
||Tied for team lead with 4 HR and 18 RBI|
||Batting .340 with 11 runs and three 2Bs|
||Has started the last four games at 3B|
||Hitting .333 with seven RBI in 12 games|
||Is 6 for 6 in SB tries this season|
||RHP Preston Guilmet
||2-0 with a 2.51 ERA in 28 2/3 IP, 24 K vs. 5 BB|
||LHP Brad Mills
||Team leader with three wins this season|
||LHP David Coulon
||2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 IP|
||LHP Daniel Schlereth
||1-0 with three saves in five relief appearances this year|
The Wildcats took two of three from UNLV in Las Vegas ... UA won the opening two games, 6-5 and 9-3, but couldn’t pull of the sweep, falling 8-6 on Sunday in the series finale ... As a team, Arizona batted .272 in the series and hit three doubles, two triples and home run ... On the mound, UA posted a 4.00 ERA in 27 innings and finished with 29 strikeouts against 11 walks.
The Wildcats took on in-state rival Arizona State in a non-conference competition and the contest was all ASU from the get-go. The Devils scored six runs before Arizona could even make an out in the game and then rolled to a 22-8 victory. ASU recorded a triple play in the fourth inning and finished the contest with 20 hits. The lone bright sport for Arizona came in the ninth inning, when the Cats rallied for six runs on seven hits. C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn led off the frame with back-to-back HRs and Bill Rhinehart added a two-run double later in the inning.
A Quick Look at Eastern Michigan
The Eagles head into play against the Wildcats this weekend with a 1-6 overall record ... EMU has already taken on a pair of top 25 teams in Tennessee and South Carolina ... Its lone victory thus far came against the Volunteers in Knoxville ... EMU returns 24 letterwinners from the 2006 team that went 27-27 overall and 14-12 in the MAC ... Through seven games, the Eagles are batting .269 as a team and have hit 11 doubles, one triple and six home runs ... Individually catcher Derek Lehrman has been the catalyst at the plate, batting a team-high .444 with four doubles a home run and four RBI ... On the mound, EMU has a 4. 63 ERA in 58 1/3 innings of work ... The Eagles’ staff has 31 strikeouts against 28 walks ... Although no rotation has been set, George Biddle (0-1, 2.03 ERA) and Jeff Fisher (0-1, 3.52 ERA) have combined to start four of EMU’s seven contests this season ... Head coach Roger Croyell is in his 20th season as the Eagles’ skipper and has posted a 513-583-2 record.
Arizona vs. Eastern Michigan - The History
The Wildcats and Eagles have met five times on the baseball diamond prior to this weekend’s three-game series ... Arizona is 5-0 all-time against EMU with the most recent meeting coming in 1997 ... On a historic note, Arizona defeated Eastern Michigan twice in the 1976 College World Series, including a 7-1 victory in the championship game to hand UA its first national championship in any sport.
Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .317 as a team and averaging 7.4 runs, 10.9 hits, 2.5 doubles, 1.0 home runs and 6.7 RBI per game.
In 15 games this season Arizona has posted at least one extra base hit in each one ... UA has hit at least one double in 14 of 15 contests this season, including a season-high eight in the season-opener against Gonzaga ... The Wildcats hit eight doubles, three triples and a home run against Gonzaga on Feb. 2. The 12 extra base hits in that contest were the most put up by a UA squad in school history, eclipsing the previous high-water mark of 11 set by the 1985 and 2001 teams ... Junior DH C.J. Ziegler tied the UA single-game school record for doubles in his first career start on Feb. 2, swatting three two-baggers. He finished the contest 4 for 5 with three RBI and four runs scored.
Doing it with Two
Through the first 15 games the Arizona offense has taken advantage of the final out in an inning. The Wildcats have scored 55 of their 111 runs (49.5 %) this year with two down in a frame. The Cats are hitting .318 for the year with two outs and have 47 two-out RBI.
The Arizona hitters have shown a good eye at the plate over the last four games. Against UNLV and Arizona State, the Cats have drawn 22 walks, including a season-high eight against the Rebels in a 9-3 win on Feb. 24. For the year, UA has been issued 52 free passes on walks and is averaging 3.5 base on balls per game.
Although they are well behind last year’s pace, the Cats have been hit by 24 pitches in 15 games thus far. The opposition has twice hit Arizona batters five times in a game and the Cats have been dosed at least once in 10 of 15 contests thus far. Led by a single season record 26 HBP by Colt Sedbrook, Arizona shattered the team school record for getting hit last season with 96. The 2006 club had been hit by 38 pitches 15 games into the season.
Moving on Up
Sophomore T.J. Steele was bumped up in the batting order to the lead off spot against Arizona State on Tuesday. The move was prompted by his .500 batting average as a leadoff hitter (7 for 14) and his .440 average with the bases empty (11 for 25).
Arizona’s opposition has not found trying to steal a worthwhile venture thus far. In 14 steal attempts this season, seven have been shot down. Freshman catcher Dwight Childs has nailed four of seven would-be base stealers to lead the team.
Although Tuesday’s game against Arizona State was a mostly forgettable affair for Arizona, there were a couple of bright spots. Along with the six-run ninth inning, the Cats did not commit an error defensively in a contest for the first time in 11 games.
Closing in on 1,000
Arizona’s eight home wins this season has pushed the Cats’ record to 994-443-4 all-time at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. UA needs just six more victories at the facility to make it an even 1,000 since putting down roots at the site in 1967. The earliest that Arizona could reach the milestone home win would be March 23 vs. Northern Colorado.
Helped by a six-home run game against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7, Arizona has hit 15 homers in 15 games this season. In 2006 it took the Wildcats 35 games into the year to reach 15 bombs. Senior Bill Rhinehart, junior C.J. Ziegler and sophomore Brad Glenn each pace the club with four HRs this season. Jon Gaston has hit two of his own and T.J. Steele, who hit his first career HR in the season-opener against Gonzaga, has UA’s other fence-buster this year.
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 Utah Valley State on Feb. 7. Little did he know that he was about to come 36 inches shy of doing something nobody in over 100 years of Arizona baseball had done. The sophomore outfielder lined a 1-2 offering towards the gap in left-center and the ball smacked the outfield fence just three feet short of going over for what would have been his record-breaking fourth bomb of the game. Despite coming up a yard short of the record, Glenn tied four other former Wildcats for the most HRs in a single game in school history
Three-Homer Games at Arizona
April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI
March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs. Weber State - 4-for-4, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI
April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI
Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs. Utah - 4-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI
Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs. Utah Valley State - 4-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 3 HR, HBP, 5 RBI
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. Utah Valley state and New Mexico, the UA outfielder went 9-for-17 (.529) with a double, three home runs (all in one game), eight RBI and four runs scored. He finished the week with a 1.118 slugging percentage and also drew two walks and was hit by four pitches to help lead to a .652 on base percentage.
The devious Arizona arms have punched out nearly half of their strikeout total on a called third strike - 53 of 131 Ks in 2007.
Back With the Pitchers
After one year away, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez will once again serve as the pitching coach for the Wildcats. During his 25 years as a head coach on the collegiate level, Lopez has served as the pitching coach for all four of his College World Series teams, including UA’s 2004 squad.
Arizona’s weekend rotation - Preston Guilmet, Brad Mills and David Coulon - have been very effective so far. The trio is a combined 7-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 69 2/3 IP. Opponents are batting just .215 against them and the three have teamed up for 70 of Arizona 131 strikeouts this year (53%). Individually, Guilmet is limiting opponents to a meager .182 batting average and has a 2.51 ERA to lead all the starters. Coulon paces the entire pitching staff with 25 strikeouts in 19 innings of work, but is closely followed by Guilmet’s 24 Ks and Mills’ 21.
Schlereth Shuts the Door
Arizona closer Daniel Schlereth (1-0, 3 Sv., 1.80 ERA, 18 K, 10 IP) is a perfect 6-for-6 in save conversions in his last six chances dating back to last year. The sophomore southpaw wrapped up the 2006 season with three straight saves (one vs. Arizona State, two at USC) and he has converted on his first three chances this year. Schlereth’s 10 career saves places him in a tie for fifth all-time at Arizona.
Arizona Saves Leaders
1. Mark Melancon (2004-06) - 18 saves
2. Ryan Moskau (1997-98) - 14 Saves
3. Joe Estes (1983-86) - 13 Saves
Carlos Rico (1991-92) - 13 Saves
5.Tyler Lawton ((1979-82) - 10 Saves
Daniel Schlereth (2006-present) - 10 saves
The Old Fashioned Way
You’re going to have to earn it off of Friday starter Preston Guilmet. The right-hander (2-0, 2.51 ERA) has issued just five walks in a team-high 28 2/3 innings of work and the opposition is batting a lowly .182 against this season. The sophomore has been so good thus far that even when he has found trouble - four runs on four hits in the first inning last weekend at UNLV - he has settled down nicely - one run on three hits over the next 4 2/3 innings against the Rebels.
Coulon Carries On
Junior southpaw David Coulon wrapped up his 2006 with a complete-game shut out of USC in Los Angeles and he has picked up this season right where he left off. Dating back to last year, Coulon is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 32 Ks in 28 innings pitched over his last five appearances. In four games (two starts) this season he is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings of work and has a team-high 25 strikeouts. He struck out a career-best 11 hitters and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Utah Valley State on Feb. 6 for his first W of the year, then worked four scoreless innings of relief against New Mexico on Feb. 11 for his second win of the season.
David Coulon’s Last Five Appearances (2006 and 2007)
May 27, 2006 at USC - 9 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 7 K, 1 BB - Win
Feb. 6, 2007 vs. Utah Valley State - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 11 K, 2 BB - Win
Feb. 11, 2007 vs. New Mexico - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 3 BB - Win
Feb. 18, 2007 at CS Fullerton - 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 5 BB - ND
Feb. 25, 2007 at UNLV - 5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 K, 5 BB - ND
Mills Bounces Back
After a rough outing at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 17 (2 1/3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K), senior left-hander Brad Mills bounced back with a nice performance against UNLV last weekend. Working six strong innings, he allowed just two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out seven a walking just one. For the year, Mills is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 22 innings of work.
Guilmet Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet was named the Feb. 19 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Guilmet out-dueled Cal State Fullerton preseason All-American Wes Roemer in Arizona’s 2-1 win over the Titans on Feb. 16. The right-hander tied his career high with nine strikeouts against just one walk, while surrendering an unearned run on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. Guilmet struck out the first four Titan batters he faced in the contest on the minimum of 12 pitches and retired seven of the first 10 outs in the game on strikes. Guilmet, who went eight hitless innings in his 2007 debut against Gonzaga and was named the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Pitcher of the Week in do so, is 2-0 for the year with a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings of work. He has 17 strikeouts against just four walks and limited the opposition to a .151 batting average against him.
Guilmet Named National Player of the Week
Arizona sophomore Preston Guilmet was named one of three Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced on Feb. 5. The right-hander from Citrus Heights, Calif., flirted with the seventh no-hitter in Arizona history for eight strong innings in UA’s season-opener vs. Gonzaga on Feb. 2. He allowed just three base runners (two BB, one HBP) over the first eight innings and at one point retired 17-straight Bulldog hitters before allowing a base hit to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Despite missing out on the no-no, Guilmet still picked up the victory after allowing just the one hit over 8 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two in the 14-0 Arizona victory. Guilmet became the first Arizona player to be recognized by the publication with national POW honors since John Meloan who also narrowly missed out on a no-hitter in UA’s 2005 season opener against New Mexico.
The renovation of Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium continued over the offseason. Introduced to the complex this year in a brand new press box and plaza in left field. The new press facility dwarfs the old one in size, features two independent radio booths, two extensive areas for print and electronic media members and a separate room for the game operations personnel. Additionally, the Legends Plaza honoring the team and individual player accomplishments has been added to the area down the left field line ... The air conditioned press box and left field plaza are just two of many features that have been added to the facility since 2002, including a three-tunnel batting cage (2003), a laser leveled new playing surface (2006), new bullpen mounds (2006), grass berm seating along the right and left field lines (2006), new score and video boards (2006), turf halo around home plate (2006), billboard in right field honoring UA’s 15 CWS teams (2006) and a new wooden outfield fence (2004).
The coaching staff has a pair of new faces, although those familiar with the UA program and Tucson baseball are probably already aware of them. Assistant coach Jeff Casper, a four-year letter winner for the Cats from 1998-2001, returns to Tucson after two years as an assistant at Yavapai JC in Prescott, Ariz. Casper not only played for the Cats, but he also served as the volunteer assistant under head coach Andy Lopez for three seasons (2002-04). Volunteer assistant Keith Francis begins his first year on the UA staff. He most recently spent the last two years at Pima CC here in Tucson, and was also the head coach at Canyon Del Oro High School in town. Francis guided the Dorados to a pair of 5A state championships in baseball. Casper’s primary responsibilities with the Cats will be with the outfielders and hitters, while Francis will look after the catchers and assist with the hitters as well.
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. Arizona State was chosen to win the conference title, followed by defending national champion Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA. Southern California was tabbed sixth with Cal, Washington State and Washington rounding out the nine-team rankings.
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.