What to Watch For on Saturday
- Bill Rhinehart (13 games), Colt Sedbrook (8) and C.J. Ziegler (6) are all looking to extend their hitting streaks.
What Better Time Than Now?
The Wildcats and Privateers have not faced any of the same opponents this season.
Better Late Than Never
Including Friday’s contest,
It’s a Very Pretty Shade of Beige
Saturday’s contest against UNO will be just the third of the year for the
Keeping Them Down
After defeating Oral Roberts 4-3 on Friday,
Highlighted by a two-inning, five-strikeout performance by closer Jason Stoffel on Friday, the Wildcats are 35-0 when leading after seven innings and 36-0 when taking a lead into the ninth.
Including Friday’s 4-3 win over Oral Roberts, the Cats are 3-1 in postseason opening games in four years under head coach Andy Lopez and have won their last three straight ... Dating back to 1950 UA is 18-15 all-time in its first postseason contest of the year.
Winning the Close Ones
Close in the Postseason
Saturday’s Starter Brad Mills
As noted above, senior left-hander Brad Mills (9-4) will be making his first start in nearly a month after a muscle pull/soft tissue issue in his back sidelined him for three weeks in May ... He has worked two relief appearances since his last start (vs. Washington and at Arizona State) ... Mills is currently second on the team in both wins (9) and strikeouts (84) ... In 13 starts this season, Mills has gone five or more innings in 12 of them and seven or more frames four times ... He has struck out a career-high 10 hitters in a game twice (vs. Eastern Michigan and Northern Colorado) and has issued two or fewer walks in nine of 13 starts ... He tossed his first career complete game at Stanford on April 14, finishing the 15-1 UA victory with a seven-hitter ... A civil engineering major with a 3.23 ERA, Mills is a member of the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 team and is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Right-hander Preston Guilmet (12-2, 1.89ERA) struck out 11 ORU batters on Friday to improve his season total to 144 for the year. The K total not only leads the Pac-10 Conference this season, but is also the sixth-most strikeouts in a single season in school history and the most for any UA pitcher in the last 44 years (Jim Nichols, 145 in 1963).