Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Takes on UNLV at Home
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 05, 2006
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Potential Starting Lineup
1 Brad Boyer L/R 2B Fourth all-time at UA in runs and stolen bases
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 3B Has been hit by a school record 21 pitches this year
3 David Plante L/R LF Has 20 RBI in last 17 games played
4. Jason Donald R/R SS Team leader with 38 RBI this year
5 Bill Rhinehart L/L RF Is batting .365 in last 16 games
6. Brad Glenn R/R 1B Team-leader with seven HR
7 Derek Decater L/L CF Likely replacement for injured T.J. Steele
8 Travis Peep R/R DH Batting .533 in 15 ABs this season
9 Matt Denker R/R C Went 2 for 4 with two RBI at ASU on Tuesday
Fri.  Preston Guilmet RHP Making 11 start of the year.
Sat. Brad Mills LHP Has given up three or less earned runs in nine of 12 starts
Sun. David Coulon LHP Went six innings against Washington last weekend.
CP Daniel Schlereth RHP Tied for team lead with four saves this season 


There will be no radio coverage of the series with UNLV - All Access subscribers can still see all three games live via Webcast.


Davis-Monthan Day

Saturday the Arizona baseball program will honor the men and women serving in our armed forces when it hosts Davis-Monthan Day at Sancet Stadium. The Wildcats have invited members from the Tucson-based Air Force facility to join them for a day at the ballpark. UA will wear olive green hats with the DM shield stitched on the side during the game against UNLV.  Base commander Colonel Spencer will throw out the first pitch, the DM honor guard will present the colors and Airman Karen Adado will sing the National Anthem. The game will be provided to service men and women around the world  via a special free All Access webcast, and service men and women in attendance will be able to send greetings to friends, loved ones and colleagues serving abroad between innings.  During the seventh inning stretch Chief Talley will lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”  On a historical note, Samuel H. Davis, one of the two pilots after which the base is named, was a student at the University of Arizona before enlisting in the Army as a private in 1917.


Last Week

The Wildcats wrapped up a busy 12-day stretch on Tuesday in which it played nine games. Arizona went 5-4 over the period; taking two of three from Stanford, sweeping a pair of games against Southern Utah, dropping two of three to Washington in Seattle and falling to rival Arizona State on Tuesday.


Home Sweet Home

The Wildcats will play their longest stretch of games at home this season, nine straight, beginning this weekend against UNLV. Following the series with the Rebels, Arizona will host Washington State for three Pac-10 games and take on Arizona State in the conference series the following weekend. UA will close out the regular season at the end of May with a road trip to USC.


No More Non-conference

This weekend’s series against UNLV will wrap up the non-conference portion of Arizona’s regular season. The Wildcats are currently 14-14 outside of the Pac-10 this year after taking on an out of conference slate that featured games against No. 11 Nebraska, No. 15 Mississippi State, No. 7 Cal State Fullerton and a pair of contests against top 25 Arizona State. Of the 14 non-conference losses this season, seven came by two runs or less, including two at Mississippi State and all three to Cal State Fullerton. For the year, Arizona is batting .286 as a team and is averaging 6.5 runs, 9.7 hits and 6.1 RBI per game in non-conference games. The pitching staff has a 5.17 ERA and recorded 275 strikeouts against 102 walks.


A Quick Look at UNLV

The Rebels head to the Old Pueblo with a 19-27 overall record and a 6-10 mark in the Mountain West Conference ... UNLV most recently took two of three games from MWC rival Utah last weekend and lost to UC Irvine 4-3 in 15 innings on Tuesday ... Like the Wildcats, UNLV will close out its non-conference schedule this weekend ... The Rebels enter the weekend hitting .285 as a team and averaging 7.2 runs, 10.2 hits and 6.3 RBI per game ... Infielder Keith Smith is the Rebels’ leading hitter with a .331 average. The junior has 43 RBI and 42 runs scored in 43 games played ... Classmate Chad Miller leads UNLV with 10 home runs this season ... On the mound, the Rebels have a 5.91 team ERA in 409 1/3 innings.


The History

Previous to this weekend, Arizona and UNLV have met 13 times in a series that dates back to 1984 ... The Wildcats hold a slim 7-6 edge in the series and have won three of the last four games.


Last Season

Arizona and UNLV met up for a pair of midweek game in Tucson last season and emerged with a split ... Despite a first-inning inside-the-park home run by Trevor Crowe, the Rebels prevailed in the series opener, winning 8-4. UNLV scored five runs in the seventh inning to come from behind ... UA countered with 15-4 win the following day as the Wildcats rapped out 17 hits, including three doubles and a triple.


Rotational Notes

The Wildcats will face three left-handers this weekend and will counter with their normal right-left-left trio. Freshman RHP Preston Guilmet (2-6, 4.22) will toe the rubber for the Wildcats on Friday against southpaw Kevin Skogley (2-6, 5.52). Saturday UA’s Brad Mills (5-3, 3.52) will take the mound against fellow left-hander Efren Navarro (0-1, 7.00). Sunday will see UA left-hander David Coulon (2-3, 5.77) get the start against the Rebels’ Chris Saddoris (5-7, 5.62).


Lucky Seven

Through the first 43 games of the season one thing is pretty clear - If the Wildcats can score seven or more runs, they have a good chance at winning. When scoring seven or more in a game this season, Arizona is 13-2. When scoring six or fewer runs the Wildcats stand at 7-19.

UA’s Record When Scoring...

One run 0-2
Two runs 1-4
Three runs 1-5
Four runs 2-3
Five runs 3-6
Six runs 0-1
Seven or more runs 13-2

Offensive Numbers

Entering the weekend of play, the Arizona offense is batting .291 as a team, and averaging 6.5 runs, 10 hits and 5.9 RBI per game.


Spring Thaw

After a March that saw the Wildcats struggle to a .207 team batting average in 12 games, Arizona’s bats thawed out in the month of April to the tune of a .319 average in 18 games. The Wildcats, who averaged just three runs per game in March, plated 7.6 runs per game in April. The offensive trend has taken off over the last nine games, as Arizona is batting .337 as a group, has recorded double-digit hits in six of those contests and has hit 19 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs over the last two weeks. The Wildcats season average has risen from .277 on April 18 to its current .291 over the course of the last nine games.


Powering Up

After hitting just eight home runs in the first 23 games of the season, the Wildcats have seen a surge in pitches going over the fence over the past couple of weeks. In Arizona’s last 20 games it has tripled its home run numbers with 16 bombs to raise its total to 24 for season. The Wildcats had string of eight straight games with a homer snapped last Sunday at Washington. During the streak the Wildcats hit 10 home runs.

        Individually, freshman Brad Glenn has led the home run charge, hitting five of his team-leading seven homers over the last 20 games. Junior Jason Donald has chipped in with three fence-busters, while Jon Gaston, David Plante and Bill Rhinehart have each hit two. Brad Boyer and Konrad Schmidt have added one apiece.


14 and Counting

Junior Jason Donald’s current 14-game hitting streak has equaled classmate Bill Rhinehart’s recently retired 14-game stretch for the longest for the year. Beginning on April 9 at Oregon State and still going, Donald is hitting .344 (22 for 64) with six doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored during his streak. It is the most consecutive games with a hit in Donald’s three-year career at UA (nine, twice).


Dollar Bill

Despite having his career-high 14 game hitting streak snapped last Sunday at Washington, junior Bill Rhinehart has been a terror at the plate. In UA’s last 16 games, Rhinehart is hitting a team-best .365 with 19 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 19 RBI.


Chalk It Up

Senior Brad Boyer has been on a run-scoring tear of late. The four-year starter has come around to score at least one run in eight of UA’s last nine games, including a pair of straight steals of home, and has scored in 29 of the 41 games he has played in this season. The recent run, pun intended, has boosted Boyer into some very exclusive company in the annals of Arizona baseball history. With 201 career runs scored, Boyer is only the fourth player in Arizona history to tally 200 or more runs. Against Washington on April 30 he moved past former teammate Jeff Van Houten for fourth on career list.

Top Run Scorers in School History

1 Dave Stegman 1973-76 287
2 Chip Hale 1984-87 246
3 Les Pearsey 1975-78 220
4 Brad Boyer 2003-Present 201


Grand Theft

In addition to his run-scoring prowess, Brad Boyer has also become one of the most successful base stealers at UA. With 69 career stolen bases, Boyer is currently fourth all-time at Arizona. However, he’ll be hard pressed to move up the list over UA’s 12 remaining regular season games, as Dave Stegman currently holds the No. 3 slot with 86 thefts.


Peep(s) After Easter

One day away from redshirting the 2006, Travis Peep has taken advantage of his opportunities over the last month. Making his first collegiate appearance at Oregon State on April 7, Peep has collected eight hits in 15 at-bats for a .533 average. The first-year Wildcats has two doubles, three RBI, scored two runs and three hits in five pinch hit appearances. Against Stanford on April 22 he went 3 for 4 with two RBI and run scored.


The Injury Bug

Freshman Jon Gaston has hard tough time shaking off the injury bug this season. With a nagging wrist injury that he’s played with all year and after missing six games with a high ankle sprain, the outfielder is expected to be absent some more after bruising his knee on Tuesday at Arizona State ... Classmate T.J. Steele is listed as day-to-day with another bruised knee suffered in the same ASU game as Gaston.


Wearing It

When T.J. Steele was plunked with the bases loaded against Southern Utah on April 25, it pushed the Wildcats into uncharted territory in the annals of school history. Steele’s third HBP of the year was the 70th overall for Arizona as a team, eclipsing the former school record of 69 set in 55 games in 2002. The Wildcats have been hit eight more time since then  to extend the record to 78 for the year. At the current pace, 1.8 HBP/game, Arizona will end its 55-game regular season with 99 HBP.


It Didn’t Last Long

Jason Donald’s stay atop the single season list for getting hit by pitches was a short one. Sophomore teammate Colt Sedbrook displaced his junior teammate in the record books in less than one season when he was hit for the 20th time on Wednesday against Southern Utah. Donald, the all-time HBP leader at UA with 35, was hit by 19 pitches in 55 games last year. To put things further in perspective, Sedbrook’s 21 HBP this season alone places him in a four-way tie for third on the all-time career list at UA. The sophomore third baseman, who entered the week tied for first among all Division I players in HBP/Game, is getting dosed an average of every other game. With 12 games remaining on the regular season schedule, Sedbrook is looking to get tagged seven more times before the end of May and finish the regular season with 28.


Bulls Eye

Getting plunked in back-to-back ABs against La Salle on Feb. 25 moved junior Jason Donald past Kenny Corley for the top spot on the all-time HBP list at Arizona. Donald, who was hit by 10 pitches his freshman season and by 19 last year, has been hit by seven pitches in 42 games this season for an all-time high of 36. To put Donald’s record-breaking wayward pitch magnetism in perspective, Corley’s former record of 32 was set in 201 games played over four seasons (1995-98). Donald has been hit by 36 pitches in two-plus seasons and 165 games played


So Close

Arizona has been just a couple of runs away from  being a struggling sub-.500 team to a force in college baseball this season.  In seven losses to No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 Nebraska and No. 17 Mississippi State earlier this year, six were by two runs or less, including a pair of one-run losses. For the year, 11 of Arizona’s 23 losses have come by two or fewer runs. The Wildcats have dropped six games by one run and five by two.


The Nine Hole

The last spot in the batting order has been one of the most productive for Arizona this season. The No. 9 hole in the order has seen the nine players that have hit there hit a batting order-best .344 (52 for 151) with 25 runs scored, 26 RBI and two home runs this season.


One Pitch, One Swing, Two Accomplishments

Freshman Jon Gaston hit the first collegiate pitch thrown to him over the right field fence at Kindall Field in UA’s season-opener against LMU on Feb. 3. The home run marked the first time since Nick Hundley in 2003 that a UA player homered in his first career at-bat. Hitting the home run as pinch hitter, Gaston’s HR was also the first for a replacement batter at Arizona since Dallas Haught went yard for the Wildcats as a PH against Washington State on 4/19/2003.


Pitching Numbers

Through 43 games, the Wildcats have posted a 4.85 team ERA in 380 1/3 innings pitched, and have 395 strikeouts against 166 walks ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts this season, including a conference-best 135 punch outs looking.


Run of the Mills

Junior Brad Mills has emerged as one of the top pitchers on the UA staff. After only accumulating only 23 1/3 innings in his first two years at UA, Mills has tossed 69 innings this season. His 3.52 ERA this year leads all active pitchers and his five wins on the mound leads the team. Mills has also played a part in two of UA’s three shut out wins this season. The Left-hander blanked Notre Dame over five innings at the Metrodome in a 2-0 win over the Irish earlier this season and he most recently went a season-high eight innings in Arizona’s 15-0 whitewashing of Washington last Sunday.


A Reformed Rebel

Redshirt freshman Daniel Schlereth will more than likely recognize a few of the faces in the third base dugout this weekend. The left-handed reliever transferred to Arizona from UNLV. Schlereth spent one season in Las Vegas rehabbing from Tommy John surgery after his senior year in high school. He did not pitch for the Rebels last year. He is currently 2-1 with a team-high four saves for the Wildcats, and has taken over the closer role from ailing Mark Melancon.


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