Potential Starting Lineup
Six-game hitting streak 2
Seven-game hitting streak 3
Leads UA with 24 RBI this season 4
Batted. 400 with team-high five RBI at Oregon State. 5
Has been hit by a Pac-10-high 18 pitches this year 6
Has hit two HRs in last four games 7
Hit his third HR of the year last week at Oregon State 8
DHing while rehabbing shoulder 9
Batting .381 in his last six games Pitching
His 2.79 ERA as a starter is the lowest for any UA starter Fri.
Has given up three or less earned runs in eight of nine starts Sat.
Tossed a career-high seven innings in win at Oregon St. CP
All-time leader at UA with 18 saves
On the Air
All three games against UCLA can be heard on the radio or Internet this weekend. Brian Jeffries, The Voice of the Wildcats, will bring all the action live on 1290 AM KCUB in Tucson, or fans that have subscribed to UA’s All Access package can hear the games on their computer. Fans can also watch all the action on their computers via UA’s All Access live webstream of the series with Jeffries’ radio call played over the video action.
The Wildcats took to the road for a second straight Pac-10 weekend and went 1-2 against Oregon State in Corvallis ... The Beavers won the opening two games of the three-game set, 10-5 and 10-2, but Arizona rallied to avoid its first conference series sweep since 2004 with an 8-1 win on Sunday ... Arizona batted .275 as a team and finished the weekend series with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs ... On the bump Arizona struggled to find the strike zone, finishing with 19 walks against 19 strikeouts to mark the first series this season it did not have more Ks than walks ... Individually, Konrad Schmidt and Bill Rhinehart each hit .400 in the series, with Rhinehart leading all players with five RBI. Freshmen David Plante, Jon Gaston and Brad Glenn each hit a home run in the series ... Left-hander David Coulon picked up his first win of the year on the mound after limiting OSU to one run on five hits over a career-high seven innings.
A Busy Stretch
The Wildcats are currently seven games into a 32-day stretch that will see them play a total of 20 contests. The pro-like schedule began with road trips to
Home Sweet Home
Including a neutral site game at Chase Field in
A Quick Look at UCLA
The resurgent Bruins enter the week of play with an 18-14 overall record and a 3-3 record in the Pac-10 ... UCLA won its first conference series of the year 2-1 against Washington State last weekend ... UCLA is batting .273 as a team and is averaging 5.8 runs, 9.2 hits and 5.2 RBI per game in 32 contests this year ... RHP/DH Hector Ambriz leads the team individually with .340 batting average and 22 RBI ... On the mound, the Bruins have posted a team ERA of 3.44 in 285 innings pitched thus far ... UCLA has 268 strikeouts this season against 102 walks ... The scheduled UCLA rotation will see RHP Ambriz (5-4, 3.86 ERA) on Thursday, LHP Dave Huff (3-2, 2.69 ERA) on Friday and RHP Tyson Brummett (4-4, 2.98 ERA) on Saturday ... Head coach John Savage is in his second season in Westwood.
In the most closely contested Pac-10 series for
The Wildcats swept a three-game conference series against UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles last year ... Former Wildcat Jordan Brown’s grand slam in the seventh inning lifted Arizona to an 8-4 win in the series opener. Departed junior Kevin Guyette tossed a complete-game, one-hit shut out in an 11-0 win in the second game of the series, and UA wrapped up the sweep with a 16-hit 12-2 victory on Sunday ... The sweep was the first for Arizona in a conference road series since 1999.
Playing Where The Pros Play
Next Tuesday’s game at
While the Wildcats haven’t been known for the long ball this year, they have seen a recent surge in their home run numbers over the last couple of weeks. After collecting just eight homers in the first 22 games of the season,
The Wildcats will keep the same rotation that they have used for the previous two weekends. Freshman RHP Preston Guilmet (2-4, 3.33) will toe the rubber on Thursday against UCLA’s RHP Hector Ambriz (5-4, 3.86). Friday a pair of left-hander will square off, as UA’s Brad Mills (3-2, 3.75) and UCLA’s Dave Huff (3-2, 2.69) match up, and Saturday will see UA southpaw David Coulon (1-2, 5.40) and UCLA right-hander Tyson Brummett (4-4, 3.98) start for their respective teams.
Entering the week of play, the Arizona offense is batting .271 as a team, and is averaging 5.7 runs, 9.2 hits and 5.3 RBI per game ... Arizona currently leads the Pac-10 with 18 triples.
Through 30 games, the Wildcats have posted a 4.38 team ERA in 267.1 innings pitched, and have 288 strikeouts against 115 walks ... The Wildcats are currently second in the Pac-10 in strikeouts, 12 behind conference-leader Arizona State despite playing five fewer games.
The Competition’s Been Tough
After playing a ranked team at least once in five of the last six weekends, the Wildcats will get break from the top 25 as the unranked Bruins come to town. Arizona has faced a pretty tough slate over the past month and a half, as the Wildcats have taken on Sports Weekly/USAToday Top 25 teams in No. 11 Nebraska (currently No. 5), No. 15 Mississippi State (currently No. 9), No. 7 Cal State Fullerton (currently No. 1), No. 10 Arizona State (currently No. 12) and No. 14 Oregon State (currently No. 15). The five schools have a combined overall record of 121-38 thus far. The only school remaining on
Despite playing such a tough schedule,
The Big Inning
A stumbling block for the Wildcats this season has been surrendering the big inning. In 10 of UA’s 16 losses this year,
Final Score 2/5 Loyola Marymount
12-5 2/10 at UC Riverside*
8-5 2/10 at UC Riverside*
8-5 2/17 New Mexico
6-5 2/18 New Mexico
7-3 3/11 at Mississippi State
9-2 3/17 Cal State Fullerton
6-4 3/16 UC Irvine
1-6 3/30 Cal
3-2 4/7 at Oregon State
10-5 4/8 at Oregon State*
10-2 4/8 at Oregon State*
10-2 * Same Game
Coulon On the Corner
Left-hander David Coulon has provided a spark to the
A short scoreless stint against
His numbers are even better when you take away a messy eighth inning against UC Irvine on March 26 (six runs on six infield hits). Without the one-inning blip against the Anteaters, Coulon has a 1.74 ERA in his last 20 1/3 innings pitched. Most recently he went a career-high seven innings at No. 14 Oregon State, and gave up just one run on five hits to earn his first victory of the year.
Engineering major Brad Mills has done some fine work on the mound as a starter in the
Mills First Two Seasons vs. 2006
Melancon Mows ?'Em Down
Despite having his roughest outing in an
Melancon Starting vs. Relief Numbers This Season
Starting (1 start)
0-1, 9.00 ERA, 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, .333 Opp BA Relief (13 app)
3-2, 4 saves, 2.10 ERA, 34.1 IP, 26 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 13 BB, 45 K, .211 Opp BA
Not Your Typical Closer
As noted above, Mark Melancon has posted some very nice numbers out of the bullpen for
Guilmet Gets the Nod
Freshman right-hander Preston Guilmet moved into the weekend rotation on Feb. 26, and has made an impression in seven career starts. Guilmet has gone seven innings three times and given up just 13 earned runs on 42 hits, while striking out 37 and walking only 12. His 2.79 ERA as a starting pitcher is the best for any
Guilmet Relief vs. Starting Numbers
Relief (4 app)
0-0, 5.79 ERA, 9 1/3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, .243 Opp BA Starting (7 starts)
2-4, 2.79 ERA, 42 IP, 42 H, 17 R, 13 ER, 12 BB, 37 K, .263 Opp BA
Freshman Preston Guilmet has been the recipient of some tough losses this season. The right-hander is 2-4 this season, but in his four losses he has given up just a total of nine earned runs on 26 its in 23 2/3 innings pitched for a 3.42 ERA. The Wildcat offense has posted a combined eight runs in those four losses, a 3-1 decision to No. 11 Nebraska, a 9-2 defeat to No. 15 Mississippi State, a 5-3 loss to No. 7 Cal State Fullerton and a 3-2 loss at
Plante and Gaston Go Off
A pair of freshmen have turned it up offensively of late. Outfielder Jon Gaston is currently riding a team-high seven-game hit streak in which he has gone 10 for 28 (.357) with two home runs, a double, four RBI and a very impressive 11 runs scored. Classmate David Plante saw his own seven-game hit streak end last Sunday, but before going 0 for 3 (with two runs scored) in the series finale against Oregon State, he was 10 for 26 (.385) with a double, two home runs, two runs scored and an equally impressive nine RBI during his streak.