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Baseball Wins 14th-Straight Game, Sweeps Cal
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/08/2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona is 6-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time in school history after C.J. Ziegler snapped a 3-3 tie against Cal with a two-run double in the seventh inning at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Saturday. The 5-3 victory in the three-game series finale was the Wildcats’ 14th-straight this year and their 11th-consecutive conference win dating back last season.

 

The Cats, who scored five unanswered runs on Saturday to extend their winning streak, improved to 28-6 overall, while the Golden Bears dropped to 17-17 overall and to 2-4 in the conference after their fourth consecutive loss.

 

            Ziegler, who finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI, drove in Diallo Fon and Colt Sedbrook with the go-ahead runs in the seventh on his team leading 14th double of the year.

 

            Fon started the rally with a one-out double down the left field line and Sedbrook followed with a walk to place runners on first and second for Ziegler. The junior first baseman drilled Cal reliever Matt Gorgen’s 1-0 offering into the gap in right center to plate his two teammates and hand UA its first lead in the game.

 

            UA relievers David Coulon and Jason Stoffel closed out the victory over the final two innings to pick up the victory and the save, respectively.

 

Coulon, who replaced starter Ryan Perry in the sixth, was impressive out of the bullpen, tossing three hitless innings and finishing with two strikeouts and a pair of walks to improve to 3-1 on the year. Stoffel, who allowed a hit and walk in the ninth, worked around the trouble with a strikeout and a fly out to extend his scoreless streak to five straight appearances over his last 8 2/3 innings for his second save of the year.

 

Gorgen (1-3), who was the losing pitcher in Thursday’s 1-0 Arizona victory, was charged with his second loss of the series after allowing two runs on three hits over two innings.

 

Cal jumped out to a 2-0 lead off of Perry in the second on a run-scoring infield single and a bases-loaded walk, and extended the edge to 3-0 with a run on Stephen Carlson’s single in the fourth.

 

Arizona answered with a pair of runs on a RBI double by Bill Rhinehart and a run-scoring single by T.J. Steele in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Cal lead to 3-2. Ziegler then tied the game with a two-out single in the fifth to score catcher Dwight Childs.

 

Childs, who went 3 for 4 in the game, led off the inning with a base hit that drilled Cal reliever Craig Bennigson on his left shoulder. Bennigson turned out to be okay after getting hit, but second baseman Josh Satin tossed the ricocheted ball into the Arizona dugout on the continuation of the play for a one-base error to place Childs in scoring position at second. A ground out, a walk and a strikeout later Ziegler knotted the game at 3-3 with a 2-1 single up the middle off of Gorgen.

 

Arizona will begin a three-week, nine-game road swing next weekend when it heads to Palo Alto, Calif., for a three-game conference series against Stanford. The Wildcats, who are the only Pac-10 team with three-straight conference road series this year, will travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on Washington State following the Stanford series before wrapping up the road swing at the end of the month at UCLA.

 

Arizona Baseball Week in Review

(28-6 Overall, 6-0 Pac-10, 21-2 Home, 6-4 Road, 1-0 Neutral)

 

Last Week (3-0, 3-0 Pac-10)

April 5 vs. Cal ?- W, 1-0 (11 Innings)

April 6 vs. Cal ?- W, 15-12

April 7 vs. Cal ?- W, 5-3

 

Next Week

April 13 at Stanford ?- 6 p.m.

April 14 at Stanford ?- 1 p.m.

April 16 at Stanford ?- 1 p.m.

 

Player of the Week Nominee

Brad Glenn, So., 3B, Tulsa, Okla.

 

            Sophomore Brad Glenn helped lead Arizona to a three-game series sweep over visiting Cal in Tucson last week and in the process extending the Wildcats’ winning streak to 14-straight games. The infielder batted .333 (4 for 12) in the three games with three doubles, a team-high five RBI and three runs scored.

In Thursday’s 1-0, 11-inning victory, Glenn went 2 for 4 with a double and drove home the game-winning run with a two-out hit to the gap in right center in the 11th. The walk-off hit, ruled just a single but easily could have gone for more, delivered the 24th two-out RBI of the season for Glenn and improved UA’s record to 9-0 in one-run games for the year.

A night later he went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a game-high four RBI in a 15-12 slugfest win. He hit a bases-loaded double in the first to stake Arizona to an early 3-0 lead and added a fourth RBI when he was hit by his team-leading 12th pitch of the season with the bases loaded later in the game.

 

Pitcher of the Week

Jason Stoffel, Fr., Agoura, Calif.

 

            Freshman right-hander Jason Stoffel picked up his third win of the season and his second career save in two appearances against Cal last weekend. Stoffel tossed two scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th innings to preserve a scoreless tie in Arizona’s 1-0 shutout win in the three-game conference series opener against Cal. The effort handed Stoffel the W and moved him to 3-0 for the year. He then tossed another scoreless inning to close out the ninth in UA’s series-sweeping 5-3 win on Sunday for his second save.

He did not give up a run in three innings of work against Cal and allowed just one hit while striking out three. The two appearances extended his streak to 8 2/3 scoreless innings pitched in his last five games. During the recent string of success, Stoffel is 2-0 with a pair of saves, a zero ERA and 12 strikeouts.

 

Weekly Overview

The Wildcats swept a three-game series against Cal last weekend in Tucson ... The series sweep was the third-straight for the Wildcats dating back to a three-game set against Northern Colorado on March 24-25 and its fifth weekend sweep overall for the year ... The three victories extended Arizona’s winning streak to 14-straight games, the longest such streak since the Cats opened the 1998 season 16-0 ... Arizona is 6-0 to open a Pac-10 season for the first time since joining the conference in 1978-79 ... Dating back to the 2006 season, Arizona has won 11-straight Pac-10 Conference games (five to end ’06 and all six in ’07) ... Dating back to last year, the Wildcats have swept their last three Pac-10 series (at USC in ’06, vs. Oregon State and Cal this season) ... The last time Arizona had a 28-6 overall record 34 games into a season was 1978. The ’78 Cats went 30-6 before losing their seventh game of the year ... The Wildcats won the series opener against Cal 1-0 in 11 innings. The victory improved Arizona to 9-0 in one-run games for the year and to 3-0 in extra-inning contests ... The series sweep over Cal was Arizona’s first over the Golden Bears since 1998 and halted a two-year slide of series losses to them.

 

Offensive Numbers

The Wildcats batted .291 as a team in the series sweep vs. Cal ... UA outscored Cal 21-15 in the three games and collected nine doubles and a triple ... Arizona finished 5 for 7 in stolen base attempts to improve to 70 for 88 on the year ... Individually, Diallo Fon led all Wildcats at the plate, batting .400 (4 for 10) with a pair of doubles, an RBI and four runs scored. Fon went 2 for 2 in stolen bases ... T.J. Steele and C.J. Ziegler each went 4 for 11 (.354) with Steele collecting a triple, three RBI and two runs scored and Ziegler chipping in with a game-winning two-run double on Saturday, four RBI and two runs scored in the series ... As noted above, Brad Glenn drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning on Thursday and added four more RBI in Friday’s 15-12 win.

 

Pitching Numbers

The Wildcats went 3-0 with two saves and posted a 4.66 ERA in 29 innings of work in the series sweep of Cal ... Arizona, the Pac-10 leader in strikeouts heading into the weekend, punched out just 17 batters in the series, but limited Cal to a .262 batting average ... Not a pitching fact, but certainly something that didn’t hurt ?- Arizona went error-free in 29 innings last week ... No. 1 starter Preston Guilmet (6-0, 1.65 ERA, 68 Ks) went nine innings for a third-straight start in a no-decision effort on Thursday. The right-hander tossed nine scoreless innings and finished with six Ks and four walks before giving way to Jason Stoffel in extra innings. Guilmet lowered his ERA from 1.89 to 1.65 with the nine shutout innings ... After winning 1-0 in 11, the Wildcats improved to 9-0 this season when Guilmet takes the mound as the starter ... No. 2 starter Brad Mills (7-2, 3.21 ERA, 58 Ks) picked up his team-leading seventh win of the year on Friday. The senior southpaw allowed five runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings against Cal ... Reliever David Coulon (3-1, 4.82 ERA, 35 Ks) took over for starter Ryan Perry in Saturday’s series finale and helped cap off the sweep with three hitless innings of relief. The sophomore left-hander struck out two and walked two ... As noted above Stoffel (3-0, 2 saves, 3.09 ERA, 22 Ks) picked up a win and a save in two appearances last weekend ... Cory Burns picked up his second save of the year with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in the 15-12 win on Friday ... The Wildcats were again without the services of sophomore closer Daniel Schlereth (1-0, 8 saves, 1.33 ERA, 35 Ks) who has missed six-straight games with a strained oblique muscle in his right side. Schlereth had an MRI on Friday that came back negative for torn cartilage

 

14-Game Winning Streak Facts

During the 14 game winning streak Arizona is:

6-0 in Pac-10 games

8-0 in non-conference games

4-0 vs. top 25 teams

11-0 at home

2-0 on the road

1-0 on a neutral field (Chase Field)

5-0 in one-run games

3-0 in two-run games

3-0 in five+-run games

2-0 in extra innings games

2-0 in shutouts

- Three of the 14 wins have been walk-off victories.

- Arizona has out-scored its opposition 116 to 61 during the streak.

- Arizona is batting .319 (153 for 480) and is averaging 8.3 runs and 7.3 RBI per game during the streak.

- The Wildcats have not used the long ball to get things done, having hit just three home runs during the streak.

- Arizona has hit 31 doubles and 12 triples over its last 14 games.

- The Wildcats are 41 for 52 in stolen base attempts over the last 14 games.

- On the mound the Wildcats have posted a 14-0 record, six saves and a 3.64 ERA in 131 innings pitched.

- The Cats have 136 Ks against 66 walks during the streak.

- The opposition is hitting just .255 against the Wildcat arms over the last 14 games.

- The defense has a .981 fielding percentage during the streak.

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