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Baseball Back To The Pac vs. USC at Home
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Release: 04/30/2005
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On the Air

All of the remaining Pac-10 conference games this season can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM or over the Internet by subscribing to All Access at www.arizonaathletics.com. Brian Jeffries will provide all the play-by-play conference action ... Additionally, All-Access subscribers will have an opportunity to watch selected games via live streaming on the internet. All three games against USC this weekend will be streamed live with audio from 1290 AM.

 

Television This Weekend

All three games against USC this weekend will be televised nationally ... Recently launched ESPNU will air Friday’s contest at 7 p.m. with Dave Pasch doing the play-by-play and former Arizona head coach and all-time wins leader at UA Jerry Kindall providing the color ... FOX Sports Net will air the game on Saturday on a tape delay basis, except in Arizona where it will be shown live on FOX Sports Net Arizona at 1 p.m. Barry Tompkins and Coach Kindall will handle the call of the game for FOX... ESPN will televise the series finale live at 12:30 p.m. Dave Pasch will rejoin Coach Kindall in the booth to call the series finale.

 

This Week

The conference-leading Wildcats (27-14, 10-2) return to Pac-10 action this weekend playing host to USC at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium Friday through Sunday ... The Trojans and Wildcats have met 194 times previous to this weekend’s match up with USC owning a 103-90-1 advantage all-time ... Arizona has enjoyed the most recent success, taking two of three games from USC in Pac-10 series each of the last two seasons ... Needing a series victory for a postseason berth last season, Arizona defeated USC twice in Los Angeles on the final weekend of the regular season to finish 12-12 in the conference and earn the fifth postseason slot for the conference ... USC will play a non-conference game against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday before heading to Tucson.

 

Last Week Recap

The Wildcats struggled to a 1-3 record in four non-conference road games ... Arizona defeated New Mexico 14-3 in Albuquerque on Tuesday before suffering a pair of losses to UC Irvine and one to Sac State in Sacramento over the weekend ... Tuesday - Arizona clobbered six home runs, seven doubles and a triple at Isotopes Field against the Lobos ... Junior Trevor Crowe led off the game with a home run and finished the contest 3 for 4 with two HRs and three RBI ... Nick Hundley, Chris Frey, Jordan Brown and Bill Rhinehart all went deep for Arizona in the game ... Freshman Eric Berger picked up the win on the mound ... Friday - The Wildcats fell in extra innings for the first time this season, dropping a 4-3 decision to UC Irvine in 11 in Sacramento, Calif. ... UCI’s Brett Dalton drove home the game-winning run with two outs in the top of the 11th ... Held hitless over the first six innings, Arizona rallied to tie the game in the seventh with three runs on a Brad Boyer solo HR, a Jordan Brown RBI-triple and a Chris Frey sac fly ... Saturday - The Wildcats tied their season-high with five errors and managed just five hits in a 12-1 loss to the Anteaters ... Arizona’s lone run came on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning ... UA starter David Coulon was the victim of UA’s five errors, giving up six runs, only two of which were earned ... Arizona closed out its first win less weekend of the season with a 7-4 loss to host Sacramento State ... Highlighted by Derek Decater’s two-run homer, Arizona jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, but a three-run CSUS homer in the five-run fourth proved to be too much for the Wildcats to overcome in the three-run loss.

 

The Arizona Offense

Despite suffering through the worst offensive output of the season last week, Arizona still remains atop the Pac-10 rankings in average (.328), slugging (.526), runs scored (343), RBI (308), doubles (107), triples (25), total bases (791) and walks (193).

 

Seven For Us, Six For Them

The Wildcats are a very impressive 24-4 this season when scoring seven or more runs in a game. The Wildcats are 5-0 when scoring seven, 3-2 when scoring eight, 2-0 with nine runs and are 14-2 when plating 10 or more runs in a contest. Conversely, UA is 26-4 when giving up six or fewer runs to its opposition. Arizona is averaging 8.4 runs per game while giving up an average of 5.5 runs this season.

 

Double Digit Hits = Wins

Arizona is 22-4 this season when getting 10 or more hits in a contest. In UA’s 14 losses, the Wildcats have collected four hits once, five hits twice, six hits once, seven hits twice, nine hits four times and 10 or more hits four times. In the five wins with less than 10 hits, Arizona has nine hits three times, eight once and six once.

 

Taking On Troy

A number of Arizona players have enjoyed playing against USC during their careers at Arizona. Junior Nick Hundley, who hit a pair of home runs in Arizona’s series win over the Trojans in Los Angeles last year, is a career .522 hitter (12 for 23) in six career games against USC. He has hit five doubles and two home runs and has driven in eight and scored eight against the Men of Troy. Classmates Brad Boyer and Trevor Crowe follow right behind with batting averages of .467 and .346 respectively. Crowe has hit two doubles, a triple and home run in six games against USC and is also a perfect 3 for 3 in stolen bases. Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown has hit three home runs against USC in five career games against USC and is batting .316. For all of Arizona’s career numbers against USC, please see page 9 of the notes.

 

Spreading It Around

The Wildcat batting order has produced top to bottom. In Arizona’s 41 games this season, all nine starters have collected a hit in four games, eight of nine in 11 games and seven of nine in seven others (22 contests with at least seven players getting one hit in a game). Seven of the nine starters have 40 or more hits, six have scored 30 or more runs and eight have driven in 20 or more. Batting a Pac-10-best .328 as a team, seven different starters are batting .300 or better individually for the year, including one over .400. The offense is averaging 8.4 runs and 12 hits per contest this season.

 

Free Ride

Heading into the week of play, Arizona leads the Pac-10 with 193 walks. That alone is noteworthy, but it becomes even more impressive when you toss in that UA, which also leads the conference with a .526 slugging percentage, has walked nearly as much as it has struck out (193 BB to 235 K) and that 63 of the 193 free passes (33 percent) have come around to score this season. Individually, Arizona has four different players in the lineup that have walked more times than they have struck out this season.

 

Two Outs? Rally’s On!

Led by a season-high 10 two-out runs against Fullerton on March 20, Arizona has scored 140 runs this season after the first two outs in an inning have been recorded (41 percent of UA’s 343 runs this year). As a team, Arizona is batting .337 as a team with two outs and has recorded 120 two-out RBI. Individually, junior Jordan Brown leads the two-out RBI parade with 27 runs driven in with a pair down. Brown is batting .39 (27 for 69) and has hit five of his team-leading 11 HRs with two outs so far this season. Classmate Chris Frey is hitting a team-best .409 with 20 two-out RBI this season.

 

The Trevor Crowe Show

Junior Trevor Crowe has positioned himself for one of the top offensive seasons in Arizona school history. He is currently the Pac-10 leader in slugging (.727), runs (55), hits (76), doubles (20), triples (8), total bases (133) and tied for the lead in stolen bases (18). He is second in the conference in average (.415), fourth in on-base percentage (.488), tied for sixth in RBI (43) and walks (27) and tied for seventh in home runs (7). Crowe has a team-best 26 multi-hit games, 20 games with two or more runs scored and has driven in two or more runs 11 contests this season.

        Arizona’s leadoff hitter, Crowe has gotten on base to start a game in 22 of Arizona’s 41 contests this season. He has hit nine singles, six doubles, two triples, two solo home runs and an inside-the-park home run as the Wildcats’ first hitter in a game and has reached base 36 times in 76 opportunities when leading off any inning (.474).

Trevor Crowe and The Single Season Arizona Record Book

Stat Crowe's Numbers (41 Games) Single Season Leader
Runs 55 Dave Stegman (1976) - 91 (73 Games)
Hits 76 Dave Stegman (1976) - 111 (73 Games)
Doubles 20 Dave Stegman (1976) - 30 (73 Games)
Triples 8

Bill Barraclough (1960) - 12 (52 Games)
Charles Shoemaker (1960)

Extra Base Hits 35 Todd Trafton (1986) - 44 (68 Games)
Total Bases 133 George Arias (1993) - 173 (61 Games)
Jason Thompson (1993) - 173 (61 Games)
Slugging % .727 Dennis Haines (1974) - .765 (64 Games)
 

Trevor Crowe Named To Golden Spikes Watch List

Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe was named to the Watch List for the 2005 Golden Spikes award earlier this week. The third-year starter leads the potent Arizona offense in average, runs, hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases. Current Red Sox manager and former Wildcat All-American Terry Francona is the only Arizona player to have won the award.

 

Jolting Jordan Brown

Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown has already surpassed his single season career high for runs driven in Arizona’s first 41 games this season. The junior first baseman finished the 2004 campaign with 57 RBI in 59 games played. He has 60 this season with 15 regular season games left on the schedule. Brown has at least one RBI in 26 games this year and has posted two or more RBI in a team-high 19 games. In 12 Pac-10 games alone this season, Brown has an amazing 23 RBI. He also leads Arizona with 11 home runs, two away from his career high of 13 set last season.

 

Taking A Dose

Sophomore Jason Donald set the school record for getting hit by pitches in a single season against Oregon State on April 16. Taking a dose a Pac-10-high 16 times this year, Donald passed Kenny Corley’s previous single season record of 15 in Arizona’s 36th game this year.

 

Hundley’s Dish

Junior Nick Hundley has started 40 of Arizona’s 41 games behind the plate, including the last 27 straight. The mark easily surpasses his career high for games caught in a single season of 32 set in his freshman season of 2002. The heavy work load hasn’t affected his productivity on offense, as he has already set career highs in hits (53), doubles (17), home runs (9), RBI (29) and walks (31).

 

Hundo vs. The Pac

Halfway through the conference schedule, junior Nick Hundley has taken a liking to Pac-10 pitching. In 12 games thus far, the Wildcat catcher is batting .375 (18 for 48) with nine doubles, a triple and three home runs. Added up, 13 of his 18 hits in conference play have gone for extra bases which has led to a .792 slugging percentage. He has 12 RBI and 13 runs scored in conference games this season.

 

Double D

Since taking over as the starting DH against Washington on March 24, junior Derek Decater has taken off. Second on the team in average over the 15 game span since the Washington series opener, Decater is batting .356 with two doubles, two triples, a home run, 10 runs scored and six RBI.

 

Van Houten’s Streak Ends

Senior Jeff Van Houten saw his school record-tying 28 game hitting streak come to an end with an 0 for 4 day at the plate in Arizona’s 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton on March 18. Van Houten strung together seven straight games to end the 2004 season and had at least one hit in his first 21 games this season to tie Ernie Durazo and Jack Daugherty for the longest two-season hitting streak in school history. In his 200-game career at Arizona, Van Houten has been held hitless for two or more consecutive games only eight times and he has never gone hitless for more than three straight contests.

28 Game Hitting Streak Numbers

Jack Daugherty (March 29, 1981-Feb. 9, 1982) - 106 AB, 32 R, 43 H, 27 RBI, .406 Avg

Ernie Durazo (May 19, 2000-March 10, 2001) - 117 AB, 24 R, 43 H, 32 RBI, .368 Avg

Jeff Van Houten (June 6, 2004-March 16, 2005) - 121 AB, 27 R, 50 H, 35 RBI, .413 Avg

 

Frey Enjoying Full Time Duty

Used primarily as a defensive replacement and situational left-handed pitcher his first two seasons at Arizona, junior Chris Frey has thrived as a full time starter in the outfield. Batting .367 this season, he has at least one hit in 33 of Arizona’s 41 games this year. Playing center field in the spacious Kindall Field, Frey is the lone player to start all 41 games this year and not commit an error for the Wildcats (86 total chances).

 

Pac-10 Player of the Week Trevor Crowe

Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference office on Feb. 22. Crowe led all Arizona players with a .529 batting average, nine hits (including a double, a triple and two home runs), as well as a team-best eight RBI, five runs scored and a 1.059 slugging percentage against ASU and UTPA. He collected at least one hit in all four games to extend his team-best hitting streak to 18-straight games dating back to last season (eight in 2004, 10 in 2005) and also walked a team-high six times to help him to a .652 on-base percentage in the four games ... In Friday’s series-opener at UTPA, Crowe tied his career-high with six RBI and hit both of his home runs for the week in the contest (3 for 5, three runs, six RBI, two HRs, BB in the game).

 

Pac-10 Player of the Week Jordan Brown

Junior Jordan Brown led UA to a two-games-to-one series victory over visiting Washington on the opening weekend of Pac-10 March 24-26. The Wildcats’ first baseman hit .429 (6 for 14) with a team-high seven RBI and five runs scored in the three games. Four of his six hits in the series went for extra bases, including two doubles, a triple and his team-leading eighth home run of the season. In Friday’s come-from-behind 6-5 victory, Brown forced the contest into extra innings after hitting a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to tie the game at 5-5 in the ninth inning. Teammate Jeff Van Houten ended the game with a walk-off home run in the 12th inning.

 

Arizona’s Pitching

Somewhat overlooked by the potent Arizona offense, the Wildcat pitching staff has posted impressive numbers of its own this season .. Tossing five shutouts this year, the UA hurlers have a 4.44 team ERA in 372 2/3 innings pitched this year ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts (413), is third in opponent’s batting average (.258), innings pitched (372 2/3) and wins (27), and is tied with Oregon State for surrendering the fewest number of home runs (20) ... The scheduled starters for this weekend are RHP John Meloan (7-0, 3.30 ERA, 90 K) on Friday, RHP Kevin Guyette (6-4, 3.96 ERA, 98 K) on Saturday and LHP David Coulon on Sunday (2-2, 5.09 ERA, 41 K).

 

Punching ?'Em Out

Not since 1998 has an Arizona pitching staff put up similar strikeout numbers through the first 41 games as this season’s staff. The 2005 Wildcats have punched out 413 batters this year, an average of 10.0 per nine innings. The last team to put up similar numbers was the 1998 team that started the season 25-16. The ?'98 Cats had 371 strikeouts in the first 41 games for an average of 9.4 per nine innings. Individually, seven different UA pitchers have 20 or more strikeouts this season. Junior right-hander Kevin Guyette paces the staff with a Pac-10-best 98 Ks against 22 walks this year.

The Last Eight Years of Strikeouts (Through 41 Games)

Year Strikeouts Innings Pitched Avg. K per 9 Innings
2005 413 372.2 10.0
2004 288 364.0 7.1
2003 304 372.2 7.3
2002 250 370.1 6.1
2001 292 374.0 7.0
2000 344 359.0 8.6
1999 320 371.0 7.8
1998 371 353.2 9.4
 

A Year Later

Despite throwing eight more innings through 41 games, the 2005 pitching staff is well ahead of last season’s numbers in nearly every category.

Pitching Numbers 2004 vs. 2005 (Through 41 games)

Stat 2004 2005 Difference
ERA 4.80 4.44 -0.36
Wins 22 27 +5
Innings Pitched 364.0 372.2 +8.2
CG 4 3 -1
Shutouts 0 5 +5
Saves 9 9 0
Hits Allowed 397 370 -27
Runs Allowed 236 225 -11
Earned Runs Allowed 194 184 -10
Walks Allowed 174 153 -21
Strikeouts 288 413 +125
 

Weekend Starter Notes

17 Straight For Big John

Friday starter John Meloan is 21-1 all-time at UA and has won 17 straight games in which he has factored in the decision. His only career loss at UA came on May 4, 2003, against Cal in his freshman year. Since then he has appeared in 33 games, made 23 starts and gone 17-0. Used primarily as a reliever early in his career at UA, he has flourished as a starter with a 17-0 record, a 3.58 ERA and 167 strikeouts when taking the ball from the get go. In 2004 he became just the third pitcher at Arizona to finish a season undefeated with 10 or more decisions.

Meloan’s Overall Career Numbers

50 GP, 21-1, 4.09 ERA, 207 IP, 204 H, 115 R, 94 ER, 112 BB, 207 K

Meloan’s Career Starting Numbers (2 in 2003, 11 in 2004, 12 in 2005)

25 GS, 17-0, 3.58 ERA, 163.1 IP, 156 H, 76 R, 65 ER, 81 BB, 167 K

 

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week John Meloan

Junior John Meloan was named the conference’s pitcher of the week after helping to shut out Cal State Fullerton on March 18. The right-hander scattered four hits over 7 2/3 innings for his fourth win of the season. The effort handed CSF ace Ricky Romero his first loss of the year and pushed Meloan’s winning streak to 14 straight games dating back to last season.

 

Meloan Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week

Junior right-hander John Meloan was named the co-national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball for his 7 2/3 innings, one-hit effort against New Mexico on Feb. 4. The honor was the first in Meloan’s career and the first for an Arizona player since teammate Sean Rierson garnered the award on Feb. 18, 2003. Meloan is the eighth UA player to be recognized by the publication as its player of the week since 1994.

 

“K”-G

A year ago Kevin Guyette struck out a career-high eight batters in his first start of the 2004 season against UC Riverside. He went on to finish the campaign with 83 punchouts, but never again approached the eight K plateau he established early on. A year later Guyette has struck out eight batters in a game three times, nine three times, 11 once and whiffed a career-best 15 in a complete-game loss to UCR on Feb. 26. The Pac-10 leader in strikeouts heading into the weekend, Guyette has punched out a career-high 98 hitters in 12 starts this season and is averaging 11.4 Ks per nine innings. 

 

Making His Own Luck

Heading into his start against UCLA on April 2, junior Kevin Guyette was a very unlucky 0-2 in his career when throwing a complete game. A lack of offensive production (.161 team batting average, 2 runs per game) was the main culprit in those losses. The right-hander made sure that one run was going to be more than enough in his third career CG, as he tossed a one-hit shutout in an 11-0 victory over the Bruins. He finished the April 2 game with 11 strikeouts on 100 pitches and did not allow a Bruin base runner past first after the second inning. A week later against Washington State he tossed his second straight complete-game victory in a 7-4 win over Washington State. In bringing his career complete game record to 2-2, Guyette struck out eight Cougar hitters and walked only one on 110 pitches.

Guyette’s Complete Game History

4 Games, 2-2, 36 IP, 23 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 40 K, 2.25 ERA

 

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Kevin GuyetteJunior Kevin Guyette became the fourth straight Wildcat to garner weekly conference honors after being named the April 5 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. The right-hander tossed a complete-game one-hitter in an 11-0 victory over UCLA on April 2. He needed just 100 pitches to shut out the Bruins while recording 11 strikeouts and just two walks. He retired the final 11 hitters he faced in the contest and did not allow a UCLA base runner past first after the second inning.

 

Coulon Takes On Sunday

After a three-week stretch that saw Arizona give up 46 runs in series finales to Mississippi State, Cal State Fullerton and Washington, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez tabbed freshman left-hander David Coulon to take over the role of Sunday starter. The choice was a wise one as Coulon  has a 3.96 ERA in 10 starts this season as opposed to a 17.18 ERA in three relief appearances.

 

The Pen

Bullpen Suits Berger

As opposed to classmate David Coulon, frosh southpaw Eric Berger has been fantastic out of the bullpen. Heading into the weekend Berger has a 4-0 record, a 1.84 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 14 relief appearances this year. As a starter Berger is 0-0 with a 13.00 ERA and 11 Ks in three starts. He has worked two or more innings in eight of his 14 relief appearances this year and has finished with two or more strikeouts in nine games out of the pen.

Berger’s Starting vs. Relief Numbers In 2005

Starter    0-0, 13.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 11 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 6 BB, 11 K

Relief      4-0, 1.84 ERA, 29.1 IP, 16 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 15 BB, 34 K

 

Coming To Work Early

Arizona closer Mark Melancon has been a work horse out of the bullpen this season. Appearing in a team-high 21 games this season, the right-hander has worked two or more innings in 12 contests in 2005. Three times he has gone four or more innings, including a season-high five-inning stint against Washington that earned him his first victory of the year. For the season, Melancon is 2-3 with six saves and a team-best 2.76 ERA. He has struck out three or more hitters in 12 games this season and has punched out a career-high 52 batters this season.

 

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Mark Melancon

Sophomore right-hander Mark Melancon was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week by the conference office on March 15. Melancon garnered his first career weekly honor after pitching in all three of UA’s games against Mississippi State (March 11-13) and striking out seven the 10 hitters he faced. He earned his third save of the year after working out a first and second, no-out jam in the ninth inning of a 7-3 Arizona win on Saturday.

 

Head Coach Andy Lopez

Entering his fourth season as the skipper at UA, Lopez has reenergized the Wildcat program. The fastest coach in school history to lead a team to College World Series, he has posted a 126-84-1 record (current) in his first three-plus seasons. Last year’s postseason run extinguished a streak of 18 years without a UA appearance at the CWS and made him one of just three coaches in NCAA Division I history to lead three different schools to Omaha. In addition to his role as head coach, Lopez also serves as the pitching coach for the Wildcats.

 

No Place Like Home

A season removed from playing the fewest number of home games since 1973 (27 home games in 2004), Arizona played 19 of its first 22 games of the season in Tucson, and will host a more-typical total of 34 regular season games at Kindall Field in 2005. Since moving to its current location on the corners of Enke and National Championship Drives in 1967, Arizona has posted 34 winning seasons at Kindall Field, including the last nine straight.

 

Senior Assault On The Record Book

Two of Arizona’s three seniors on the roster this season have a chance to leave a lasting impression in the all-time record book. Outfielder Jeff Van Houten is edging his way into the hitting records and right-hander Sean Rierson is already among the all-time leaders in the pitching records.

Jeff Van Houten

Record Van Houten's Numbers Rank All-Time Leader
Games Played 200 9th Chip Hale - 255
At Bats 752 6th Chip Hale - 978
Runs 180 t-8th Dave Stegman - 287
Hits 265 6th Chip Hale - 337
Mulit-Hit Games 74 5th Robbie Moen - 102
Doubles 44 t-12th Dave Stegman - 72
Triples 19 t-6th Charles Shoemaker - 30
Home Runs 25 t-13th Shelley Duncan - 55
RBI 189 4th Ron Hassey - 235
HBP 17 t-8th Kenny Corley - 32
Walks 117 t-9th Chip Hale - 162
Sac Flies 17 3rd Chip Hale - 21
Extra Base Hits 88 7th Dave Stegman - 110
Total Bases 422 6th Chip Hale - 507

Sean Rierson

Record Rierson's Numbers Rank All-Time Leader
Games 63 t-8th Ron Sismondo - 88
Starts 54 2nd Ed Vosberg - 60
Wins 25 t-12th Don Lee - 36
Innings Pitched 351.2 6th Ed Vosberg - 405.1
Strikeouts 244 17th Carl Thomas - 422
BB/9 IP 1.95 2nd Tad Heydenfeldt - 1.77
 

Preseason Honors

Junior teammates Trevor Crowe and John Meloan were feted with preseason All-America recognition by three different sources. Crowe, who finished with a team-high .350 batting and led the Pac-10 in stolen bases in 2004, was named second-team All-America by both the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America. Meloan, who finished the 2004 season a perfect 10-0 on the mound, garnered third-team preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball.

 

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