May 1, 2003
Notes From the Stanford Series: Arizona took two of three from the Cardinal to move one game out of the conference lead ... UA's series win was the first for the Wildcats over the Cardinal since 1993 and was Stanford's first Pac-10 series loss at home since 1999 ... Arizona batted .312 as a team to Stanford's .279 ... The Wildcats hit six doubles, three triples and five home runs in the series ... As a team, Arizona was 5 for 8 in stolen bases ... The pitching staff recorded a 5.88 ERA to SU's 7.33 ... Junior Brian Anderson led the way individually at the plate with a 7 for 14 weekend. The third-year starter hit two home runs, scored three times and tallied a team-high seven RBIs ... On the mound Richie Gardner won his team-high-tying seventh win of the season with 8 1/3 innings ... Freshman John Meloan picked up his second career save, Arizona's seventh of the season ... Stanford now leads the series 91-52 all-time ... Friday: Brian Anderson's solo home run in the top of the eighth snapped a 3-3 tie as Arizona went on to win the series opener 4-3 ... Starter Richie Gardner struck out seven over 8 1/3 innings for his team-high-tying seventh win of the season ... Freshman John Meloan worked the final two outs in the ninth for his second save ... The two Arizona pitchers combine to snap Carlos Quentin's 26-game hitting streak ... Moises Duran hit a two-run homer, his 10th of the season, in Arizona's 3-run fifth to tie the game ... Saturday: A four-run eighth cost Arizona its chance of a series sweep, as Stanford rallied late to take the win, 10-9 ... The Cardinal scored four runs off relievers Wes Zlotoff and Brian Pemble ... Duran's 11th home run of the year, a two-run shot in the eighth, helped Arizona to its ill-fated 9-6 lead ... Anderson finished the game 4 for 5 with five RBIs ... He hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the third inning ... The GS was the third of Anderson's career and the inside-the-park home run was the second of the season for the Wildcats ... Pemble was charged with the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the eighth ... Starter Sean Rierson did not earn a decision after going seven innings on the mound ... Sunday: The Wildcats bounced back in the three-game finale to take the series ... Arizona scored two runs each in the sixth, seventh and eighth to win going away 11-6 ... Sophomore John Hardy tallied a season-high four hits, including his second home run of the season ... Freshmen Brad Boyer and Derek Decater went 3 for 5 and 3 for 4, respectively ... Decater finished the game with three RBIs and Boyer had a pair of steals and two runs scored ... The Arizona bullpen put aside its troubles to shut the Cardinal offense down to one run on four hits over the final 6 1/3 innings ... Kevin Guyette evened his record at 3-3 with 2 1/3 innings of work ... Sophomores Derek Rodriguez and Mark Worrell each tossed two scoreless innings for Arizona in the win.
Notes From the Sac State Game: Arizona closed out its non-conference schedule with a 21-13 thrashing of Sac State in a rematch of the April 14 Hornets' win ... Arizona tied a school record with seven home runs in the contest, including two each by Moises Duran and Derek Decater ... The win helped avenge Arizona's 12-11 loss to Sac State earlier this season ... Reliever Brian Pemble evened his record with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief ... Freshman Chris Frey made his first career start on the mound and struck out five with just one walk. He did not earn a decision ... The top four hitters in the batting order combined for 11 hits, including six home runs, 15 runs scored and 16 RBIs.
Back In the Polls: Arizona's series win at Sunken Diamond last weekend pushed the Wildcats back into the national polls. Collegiate Baseball has the Cats at No. 20 in this week's poll, three spots from their season-high of No. 17. Baseball America recognized Arizona's recent success with a No. 24 ranking in its weekly poll.
Open Up The Record Books: With 99 years of baseball in the history books, it hasn't been easy to match single game records set in Arizona's illustrious past. However, the 2003 team is doing just that. After last Monday's record-setting game against Sac State, this year's team has set or equaled a number of records:
2003 Single Game Mark School Record
At Bats (9 inn. game) 61 - vs. BYU 2/1 61 - vs. New Mexico 5/7/65
Hits 32 - vs. BYU 2/1 32 - vs. New Mexico 5/7/65
Triples 5 - vs. Wagner 3/14 5 - Seven times
Home Runs 7 - vs. Sac State 4/28 7 - at Wash St. 4/8/01
Fewest Left On Base 0 - vs. Sac State 4/28 1 - Three Times
Hits (Player) 6 - Richard Mercado v. BYU 2/1 6 - Five Times
Runs (Player) 6 - Brad Boyer at Sac St. 4/28 6 - Cliff Myrick vs. Colo. 3/19/51
Doubles (Player) 3 - Brad Boyer at Sac St. 4/28 3 - 24 Times
Most Grand: In addition to the numerous single game records this season, junior Moises Duran also etched his name in the record books for a career mark. The third-year starter hit his fourth career grand slam at Sac State on Monday to tie him with 1986 College World Series hero Dave Shermet for the most bases loaded home runs in school history. Duran hit two last season and has one at UC Irvine and Monday's blast this year. Duran's two slams this season ties him with himself and eight others for the second-most grand slams in a single season. Only former Wildcat Jason Thompson, who had three GS in 1993, has hit more in a single year in an Arizona uniform.
Snapping The Losing Streak: After the April 26 win at Stanford snapped UA's two-game losing streak, Arizona's season-high for consecutive losses remained at just that - two straight.
31 And Counting: With nine games remaining, the Wildcats have already equaled their win total of 31 from a year ago. In what took the 2002 team 55 games to accomplish, the 2003 Wildcats have won 31 games in just 47 games. Arizona's average margin of victory is 7.13 runs this season, almost two runs better from a season ago. The pitching staff has tossed five shutouts and the offense has posted double digit runs in 17 wins. Arizona hasn't won more than 33 games in season since the 1993 team went 35-26.
31 Wins 2003 vs. 2002
# of Games 47 55
Avg. .366 .328
Runs 354 329
Runs per game 11.4 10.6
Margin of victory 7.1 runs 5.7 runs
SB 102 48
RBI 314 295
ERA 3.20 4.08
Nine and Counting: In addition to matching the overall win total, Arizona has also already equaled the number of Pac-10 wins it had all of last season with three conference series still remaining in 2003. The Wildcats have won four of their first five Pac-10 series, blowing away the lone conference series win achieved all of last year. With nine conference games remaining on the schedule, Arizona is on pace to win the most games for any UA team since the Pac-10 South and North combined five years ago. The 1999 Arizona team won 13 Pac-10 games and made UA's last NCAA regional appearance.
No More Non-Conference: Arizona closed out its non-conference schedule last Monday at Sac State. The Wildcats finished their non-Pac-10 schedule with a 22-10 (.688) record. As a team, Arizona hit .348 in 32 games with 324 runs scored (10.1 runs per game), 289 RBIs, 93 stolen bases, 43 home runs, 83 doubles and 29 triples. Individually, sophomore Jeff Van Houten finished the non-conference slate with a .431 batting average and 47 RBIs, both team-highs. Junior Brian Anderson hit nine of his 13 home runs against non-conference opponents, while freshman Brad Boyer led all Arizona players with 45 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. The Arizona pitching staff tallied a 4.08 ERA away from the Pac-10 with an impressive 256 strikeouts against just 98 walks. Non-conference foes hit just .279 against UA pitchers. Juniors Richie Gardner and Sean Rierson combined to go a perfect 10-0 with a 3.23 ERA. The pair walked just 21 batters in 97 2/3 innings, while striking out 81.
Through Five Pac-10 Series: The Wildcats have won four of their first five Pac-10 series for the just the third time since Arizona joined the conference in 1978-79. The Wildcats also won at least four of their first five series in 1992 (4-1) and 1989 (4-1). Heading into play against Cal this weekend, Arizona will attempt to win five of its first six series in conference play for the second time in school history. Arizona's 1989 team won seven of its first eight series and eight of its 10 total season series in the defunct Pac-10 South. Since the Pac-10 South and North combine in 1999, Arizona has never won more than four series in a season.
Power Surge: Backed by a seven home run game against Sac State on Monday, Arizona has hit 12 home runs in its last four games. Juniors Moises Duran and Brian Anderson, who share the team-lead with 13 HRs this season, have supplied the majority of the fence crashing during this stretch with four and three home runs, respectively. Arizona currently leads the Pac-10 with 64 home runs this season.
Three Times The Fun: Arizona's 43 triples this season has tied the 2003 team with the 1986 College World Series champion Wildcat team for the most triples in Pac-10 single-season history. The 2003 Wildcats are averaging just under one triple per game this year. Although the 43 triples this season equals the Pac-10 record, the 2003 team has a ways to go before breaking the school record of 64 three-baggers set in the 1960 season.
National Leaders: Arizona continues to rank, both individually and as a team, among the top teams in the nation in a number of statistical categories. Heading into play this week, here's where UA and its players rank (Does not include Monday's game with Sac State):
Batting Average Scoring
1. Southern .360 1. Southern 10.5
11. Arizona .330 5. Arizona 9.2
Batting Average RBIs Per Game
1. Rickie Weeks, Southern .491 1. Billy Becher, NMSU 2.09
32. Jeff Van Houten, Arizona .416 13. Jeff Van Houten, Arizona 1.31
19. Moises Duran, Arizona 1.28
Triples Per Game
1. Lee Curtis, College of Charleston 0.26
t4. Brad Boyer, Arizona 0.18
t4. Jeff Van Houten, Arizona 0.17
t4. Brian Anderson, Arizona 0.17
30 Pat Reilly, Arizona 0.12
Getting Offensive: The Arizona offense currently has a team .331 batting average, down one point from last week's .332 and four points lower than the previous season low of .335 (3/9) ... Arizona has hit two inside-the-park home runs this season (Jeff Van Houten vs. Wagner (3/14 and Brian Anderson's grand slam 4/26 at Stanford) ... After Arizona's seven home run-game at Sac State on Monday, the Wildcats have 64 home runs, four more than all of last season and the most since the 2000 team had 78... The Wildcats have also surpassed 2002's final numbers in runs (443-433), hits (577-555), doubles (107-89), triples (43-25) and RBIs (398-380) ... As a team, Arizona ranks either first or second in nearly every offensive category in the Pac-10 this season ... Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are slugging at a Pac-10-best .552 clip and have a .396 on-base percentage, second in the conference ... The Wildcats' 43 triples and 122 stolen bases not only lead the Pac-10, but double up on the nearest school in the rankings ... Heading into the weekend, sophomore Jeff Van Houten continues to lead Arizona in average (.411), slugging percentage (.744) and RBIs (59) ... Van Houten's slugging percentage is the second-best in the Pac-10 so far this season and his average is the third among all Pac players ... Junior Brian Anderson has hit career-highs in both home runs (13) and triples (8)... Freshman Brad Boyer has 64 runs scored, second in the Pac-10, and 20 stolen bases, best in the conference ... See pages 4-5 of the notes for the Pac-10 leaders and where Arizona ranks heading into this week.
On the Bump: Arizona's staff ERA sits at 4.57 heading into the weekend series with the Huskies, up from 4.31 after the Pac-10 series at Stanford, but fourth among the Pac-10 schools ... The Wildcat hurlers have recorded a better than 2-to-1 strike out to walk ratio this season (345 to 160) ... Opponents are batting 15 points lower against Arizona pitchers this season than last year ... Junior Richie Gardner ranks among the league leaders in the conference in ERA (3.59), strike outs (73) and innings pitched (82.2) ... Classmate Sean Rierson is tied with Gardner for second in the conference in wins (7) and also ranks among the top 10 in innings pitched (79.0) and strike outs (50) ... Arizona's much-maligned bullpen picked up a save and two of Arizona's three wins last weekend.
Up Coming: After a two-week, eight-game road trip, the Wildcats return home to face Cal for three conference games at Sancet Field ... The Golden Bears come to town with a 25-22 overall record after a 11-2 loss to UC Davis on Tuesday and an even 9-9 mark in the Pac-10 ... Cal returns 17 letterwinners, six starters and 10 pitchers from last season's 29-27 team ... 2002 Pac-10 All-Pac-10 player Conner Jackson returns to lead the Bear offense. The junior is batting a team-high .377 heading into play this week with six home runs and 30 RBIs ... Junior catcher Chris Grossman has a team-high seven home runs and 40 RBIs this year ... On the mound, Cal will start sophomores Jesse Ingram and Mike Padgett on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Sunday's starter is listed as TBA ... Ingram, Cal's closer for most of the season, will make his third start of the year on Friday. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 5.10 ERA ... Padgett will also make his third start of the year on Saturday. Another right-hander, Padgett is 5-2 on the season with a 2.06 ERA in 39 1/3 innings ... Head coach David Esquer is in his fourth season as the skipper of the Bears and has a career 113-102 record heading into the weekend.
Arizona Probable Pitching Rotation vs. Cal
Friday - Richie Gardner RHP (7-1, 3.59 ERA)
Saturday - Sean Rierson (7-1, 4.78 ERA)
Sunday - TBA
Arizona vs. Cal All-Time: In a series that dates back to 1951, Arizona owns an 82-58 advantage in 140 all-time meetings. The Wildcats are 74-57 against the Bears since joining the Pac-10 in the 1978-79 season ... Arizona won the last meeting, two-games-to-one, last season in Berkeley .
Van Hitting: Perhaps Jeff Van Houten should request a name change. From the first game played this season, the sophomore outfielder has done nothing but hit. In 46 games (he missed one game at UCLA with sore ribs) he is batting a team-high .411 while leading the team in RBIs (59). This season he has posted 18 multi-hit games and 16 multiple RBI games. His season-low for batting average came on March 8 at Texas when it "dropped" to .373. He has collected at least one hit in 38 games this year, and when he has gone hitless he has still managed to put the ball in play. In his eight hitless games he has struck out just nine times, while recording three RBIs. No Arizona player in the last five seasons been hitting over .400 47 games into the season.
Ninth Inning Woes: The Wildcats have picked a particularly bad inning to be out-scored in this season. Arizona is out-scoring its opponents in the first eight innings by a combined 201 runs this year. The ninth inning however has proven to be a different matter. With big innings being the main culprit, the Wildcats are getting out-scored by over a 2-to-1 margin (42 to 18) in the final frame. The good news is that Arizona has won 11 of the 16 games that it has surrendered runs in the ninth, including an 11th-inning win over Washington State on April 18. The bad news is that the Wildcats have blown five ninth-inning leads that have eventually led to losses.
Anderson Adding Up: Junior Brian Anderson has bounced back nicely from a down year in 2002. The third-year starter has already surpassed his career home run total of nine in just this season alone with a team-high 13 and has also topped his single-season-bests in runs scored (47 in 2003, 40 in 2001) and RBIs (52 in 2003, 38 in 2001). His eight triples this season not only lead the team this year, but are also one more than his freshman and sophomore seasons combined.
Freshmen Phenoms: Offensively Arizona knew it was going to have to rely on its youth to produce this season, and so far it has. As a class, the seven freshmen that have played this season have 219 hits, 163 runs, 48 doubles, 14 triples, 15 home runs, 138 RBIs and 46 stolen bases. Brad Boyer is currently fourth on the team with a .374 average and leads all players with 20 stolen bases and 64 runs scored. Classmates Derek Decater and Nick Hundley are fifth and sixth in average (.344, .340) and Trevor Crowe is tied with Boyer for the team lead with 14 doubles each.
2003 Arizona Freshmen Numbers (Boyer, Brown, Crowe, Decater, Franklin, Frey, Hundley)
Category Combined Total Percent of Team Total
AB 659 38%
Runs 163 37%
Hits 219 38% (The freshmen have class .332 BA)
2B 48 45%
3B 14 33%
HR 15 23%
RBIs 138 35%
SB 46 38%
Freshman Record Book: As far as freshmen Wildcats are concerned, first-year starter Brad Boyer is posting numbers that rival some of the best in school history. Boyer already ranks among the Arizona freshmen leaders in a number of offensive categories:
Stat Freshman Record Boyer's Numbers/Rank
Runs Keoni DeRenne (1999) - 68 64/t2nd
Hits Keoni DeRenne (199) - 81 73/4th
Doubles Damon Mashore (1989) - 15 14/t2nd
Keoni DeRenne (1998)
Triples Brad Boyer (2003) - 8 8/1st
Stolen Bases Damon Mashore (1989) - 22 20/2nd
Extra Base Hits Shelley Duncan (1999) - 33 27/3rd
Total Bases Shelley Duncan (1999) - 135 118/4th
Batting Average Dave Page (1981) - .374 .374/t1st
On-Base % Dave Page (1981) - .457 .436/4th
More Freshman Records: Boyer and classmate Trevor Crowe each need one more double to tie Damon Mashore and Keoni DeRenne's freshman record of 15 ... Boyer, Crowe, Derek Decater and Nick Hundley are all on pace to finish in the top 10 for freshmen in batting average ... Decater's current .625 slugging percentage is second for any Arizona freshman all-time.
Stealing Them Silly: Head coach Andy Lopez and his staff put an emphasis on improving Arizona's team speed. It appears they did just that. The Wildcats have already stolen 122 bases this season, 48 more than Arizona stole the entire season last year, and are just the 10th team in school history to swipe over 100. The Wildcats currently average nearly three steal a game. Arizona stole a season-high 11 bases in their 15-12 win over Portland on March 12. The school record for stolen bases in a season is 150 set by the 1985 team.
Team Stolen Bases (Last 10 Seasons) Top Arizona Teams
Year Stolen Bases Rk. Year SB
2003 122 - Through 47 games. 1. 1985 150
2002 74 2. 1986 147
2001 52 3. 1980 135
2000 67 4. 1956 130
1999 62 5. 2003 122
1998 69 6. 1957 120
1997 112 7. 1960 112
1996 78 1997 112
Speed Kills: Along the same lines of improved team speed is the ability to take extra bases. Arizona has already surpassed 2002's totals in both doubles (107 this season, 89 in 2002) and triples (43 this season, 25 in 2002). Including Jeff Van Houten and Brian Anderson's inside-the park home runs, the Wildcats have 152 hits that have gone for extra bases and are not traditional over the fence homers (107 doubles, 43 triples, two inside-the-park home runs) which accounts for nearly 26-percent of all of Arizona's hits for the season. Toss in the 62 traditional home runs and 37-percent of UA's hits are for extra bases.
Double Digits: The Wildcats have found success this season when scoring double digit runs. Arizona is 16-3 (.842) when scoring 10 or more runs in a game this season.
T-Squared: Having gained his eligibility prior to the Texas road trip, junior Terrence Taylor has played in 22 games, including 17 starts. During that short span, the speedy JC transfer is batting .394 with 23 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples and 14 stolen bases.
Stringing Them Together: Junior Brian Anderson snapped former Wildcat Ernie Durazo's longest single-season hitting streak in school history on March 21 against USC. The third-year starter hit safely in the first 26 games he played this season to break Durazo's 2-year-old 2001 mark. His streak ended a day later with an 0 for 3 performance, but he then went on to hit safely in Arizona's next 13 games for at least one hit in 39 of the first 40 games he played this year.
Single-Season Hitting Streaks All-Time Hitting Streaks
26 Brian Anderson (2003) 28 Jack Daugherty (1981-82)
25 Ernie Durazo (2001) 28 Ernie Durazo (2000-01)
23 Todd Trafton (1985) 26 Brian Anderson (2003)
Putting Up Zeros: The Wildcat pitching staff already has five shutouts to its credit in 29 games played this season. The 2003 tally has already surpassed the season totals for the past five years and is tied for the most for an Arizona staff since the 1997 club also shutout five opponents during the season. The school record for shutouts in a season is 14 by the 1974 team. In Arizona's shutout wins this season, the Wildcat pitching staff has limited their opponents to under four hits per game, including a pair of two-hitters, and a combined .121 batting average.
Tread Lightly: Arizona's battery of pitchers and catchers have made running on the Wildcats dangerous proposition for their opponents this year. Wildcat pitchers and catchers have caught 33 of 74 would-be base stealers this season for a 45-percent throw out rate. Arizona has also picked off five base runners.
Touchin' 'Em All In A Hurry: Sophomore Jeff Van Houten hit his fifth home run of the season against Wagner on March 14, but didn't have much of an opportunity to savor it. The outfielder became the first Arizona player in over 10 years to circle the bases on an inside-the-park home run. Van Houten smacked a ball down the right field line, circled the bases in a dead sprint and crossed home plate standing up for a home run. Jason Thompson was the last Arizona player to circle the bases with the ball still in play on Feb. 1, 1992 against New Mexico.
Touchin' 'Em All In Hurry II: Brian Anderson one-upped his outfield teammate Van Houten in Arizona's April 26 game at Stanford. The junior hit a line drive off the wall in left field with the bases loaded at Sunken Diamond for an inside-the-park grand slam, the only one of its kind in school history
What A Difference A Year Makes: Through 47 games this season, Arizona's offense continues to blow away the 2002 team's numbers by a considerable margin. At this point a year ago Arizona was batting .292 with 479 hits, 385 runs scored, 80 doubles, 21 triples, 50 home runs and 337 RBIs. This year the Wildcats are batting .331 with 577 hits, 443 runs scored, 107 doubles, 43 triples, 64 home runs and 398 RBIs. Individually, Arizona had five players batting .300 or better through the first 47 games last season, while the Wildcats have a player hitting better than .400 this season and nine at .300 or better.
Average .292 .331
Hits 479 577 *
Runs 385 443 *
Doubles 80 107 *
Triples 21 43 *
Home Runs 50 64 *
RBIs 337 398 *
Slugging Pct. .458 .552
Players Batting .300+ 6 9
Players Batting .400+ 0 1
Stolen Bases 63 of 94 122 of 158 *
* Denotes 2003 numbers have already surpassed Arizona's final 2002 marks
Sean Rierson - National, Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Junior Sean Rierson's complete game 2-hitter against UC Irvine on Feb. 15 earned the right-hander Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National and Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. His national recognition was the seventh all-time at UA and the first for an Arizona pitcher since former Wildcat Ben Diggins was honored the week of Feb. 28, 2000. The conference honor was the 25th all-time for a Wildcat pitcher and the first in Rierson's career. Rierson became the first Arizona pitcher to toss a complete game 2-hitter in nearly 20 years. Former Major Leaguer Joe Magrane was the last Arizona pitcher to go the distance on the strength of a 2-hitter in a 10-1 win over UNLV on Feb. 4, 1984. Rierson's 2-hitter also had the added bonus of being a shutout which was last done by David Carley, James McDonald and Jeff Hird in a combined 1-0 shutout of Pepperdine on two hits on Feb. 6, 1986. Interestingly, the Wildcats got only one hit in that game, which was Todd Trafton's game-winning solo home run in the seventh inning.
Sean Rierson - Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Part II: Rierson was named the conference pitcher of the week for the second time in 2003 after a dominating performance at Texas in which he limited the defending national champion Longhorns to just one run on seven hits in a complete game performance. He struck out nine and walked two in his fourth win of the year.
Jeff Van Houten - Pac-10 Player of the Week: Sophomore Jeff Van Houten was named the March 18 Pac-10 Player of the Week for his dominating performance at the plate against Portland and Wagner. The outfielder finished Arizona's 5-0 week 10 for 14 (.714) with three home runs (including two in one game and an inside-the-park HR), two triples, a double, seven runs scored, a 1.714 slugging percentage and a .700 on-base percentage. The player of the week honor is the first in his career and the 38th all-time at Arizona. Former Wildcat All-American Shelley Duncan was Arizona's last conference player of the week in 2001.
Richie Gardner - Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Junior Richie Gardner was named the March 25 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. The right-hander went 2-0 in a pair of starts against New Mexico and USC with 17 strike outs and a 1.80 ERA. The week improved Gardner to a team-best 6-0 for the season.
Jeff Van Houten - Pac-10 Player of the Week Part II: Arizona sophomore Jeff Van Houten was named the April 8 Pac-10 Player of the week. The honor was the second of the season for Van Houten and the fifth weekly award for an Arizona player/pitcher this season. Van Houten garnered his second recognition of the year for his 9 for 13-weekend against Miami (Ohio). The second-year starter batted .692 with two triples, his seventh home run of the season, five runs scored and a team-high eight RBIs. He posted a .714 on-base percentage and tallied a 1.231 slugging percentage in helping Arizona win its final non-conference series of the season. In Sunday's 9-4 win he finished 3 for 4 with a career-high-tying six RBIs and needed just a double to hit for the cycle. He was recognized by the Pac-10 previously this season for the week of March 10-17. The Player of the Week honor is 39th all-time for an Arizona player and the second in Van Houten's career. UA's five weekly award winners this season (three pitchers, two players) are the most for a Wildcat team since the 1992 club also had five members (four pitchers, one player) recognized. The 1991 Arizona team tallied a school record eight Player/Pitcher of the Week honorees.
Head Coach Andy Lopez: Andy Lopez, now in his second season at Arizona, has posted a career 749-458-6 (.620) record (Current). In his three previous coaching stops, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine and Florida, he has averaged eight more wins in his second year than in the first. At Florida his second-year team won a school record 50 games, 18 more than the year before, and advanced to the College World Series.
Andy Lopez's First vs. Second Seasons
Cal State Dominguez Hills Pepperdine Florida
1983 15-27 (.357) 1989 41-19-1 (.680) 1995 32-24 (.571)
1984 25-35-1 (.418) 1990 37-23 (.617) 1996 50-18 (.735)
100 Years Of Arizona Baseball: This year will mark the 100th year of Arizona baseball. Since beginning with a 6-1 record in 1904 under head coach B.L. Cosgrove, the Wildcat program has found enormous success in its first 99 seasons. Arizona has recorded 2,248 victories (seventh all-time among Division I teams), won three national championships, finished second three other times, appeared in 14 College World Series, made 29 NCAA regional appearances, had 128 players get drafted and sign professional contracts (of which 52 reached the Major Leagues) and placed 73 players on 54 different All-America teams.