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Release: 05/11/2005
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On the Air

All of the remaining Arizona games this season can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM or over the Internet by subscribing to All Access at www.arizonaathletics.com. Brian Jeffries will provide all the play-by-play conference action ... Additionally, All-Access subscribers will have an opportunity to watch selected home games via live streaming on the internet.

 

Television This Week

The series finale contest between Arizona and Arizona State on Monday, May 16 will be televised live on Fox Sports Net Arizona at 6:30 p.m. Dave Sitton and Ken Phelps will provide the play-by-play and color, respectively.

 

This Week

The race for the Pac-10 title heats up as No. 9-ranked Arizona (32-15, 12-3 Pac-10) heads north to pay a visit to rival and No. 24-ranked Arizona State (29-18, 10-5 Pac-10) in Tempe ... Arizona is currently 6-0 in Pac-10 road games this season, but all six wins have come against the bottom two schools in the conference standings, Washington State and UCLA ... The Wildcats and Sun Devils have already met twice this season in non-conference games in Tucson. Arizona won the opening game of the year 7-6 on Feb. 15 in 14 innings on Jordan Brown’s two-out, two-run walk-off home run, and UA rapped out 17 hits - including nine for extra bases - as it won the second contest 11-5 on Feb. 23 ... Dating back to last season, Arizona has won the last three straight games between the two schools and the Wildcats enjoy a 222-188-1 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1907.

 

Last Week Recap

The Wildcats closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a three-game series sweep over visiting Utah Valley State ... Arizona out scored UVSC 32-3 in the series and posted 42 hits to the Wolverines’ 19 ... As a team, UA batted .382 in the series with nine doubles, seven triples, three home runs and eight stolen bases ... The pitching staff posted a 1.00 ERA in 27 innings and finished the weekend with 27 strikeouts against just three walks ... Trevor Crowe, Brad Boyer and Jeff Van Houten all batted .538 (7 for 13) in the series ... Crowe and Boyer finished the weekend with a double and three triples each ... Junior Nick Hundley took the team home run lead from classmate Jordan brown with a pair of bombs in the series ... Friday - John Meloan and Brad Mills team up to toss Arizona’s sixth shutout of the season and all nine starters on offense finished with at least one hit in a 16-0 blanking of the Wolverines ... Meloan scattered five hits, struck out 11 and walked only one over eight innings for his eighth win of the year. Mills tossed a hitless ninth to close out the win ... The top three hitters in the UA batting order (Crowe, Boyer, Van Houten) combined to go 8 for 15 with six RBI, eight runs scored, two doubles, three triples and home run in the contest. Crowe (3 for 5, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 3B, 2B) and Boyer (2 for 5, RBI, 2 R, 3B) led off the game with back-to-back triples. Nick Hundley hit his 11th home run of the year and Van Houten his fifth ... Saturday - Arizona starter Kevin Guyette limited UVSC to just one run on five hits over eight innings while striking out eight and walking none as Arizona earned the series victory with a 12-1 win ... The top three hitters in the order produced fro the second straight game, teaming up to go 9 for 14 with five RBI and five runs scored ... Crowe hit third triple of the series and finished 3 for 4 with two RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases ... Boyer and Van Houten chipped in by going 3 for 5 each in the win ... Sunday - Nick Hundley hit his 12th HR of the year to take the team lead individually and finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored as UA swept the series ... Reliever Eric Berger worked out of an inherited second and third jam in the third inning and tossed 3 2/3 innings scoreless baseball for his sixth win of the season ... Closer Mark Melancon tossed the final three innings for his team-leading seventh save of the year.

 

A Five Game Streak

After suffering through a season-high four-game losing streak from April 22-29, Arizona has bounced back with its bats and arms to post a current five-game winning streak. A breakdown of the polar opposite streaks.

Stat Four-Game Losing Streak Current Five-Game Winning Streak
Avg. .192 .397
AB 130 189
R (R/G) 8 (2) 60 (12)
H (H/G) 25 (6.3) 75 (15)
2B 4 15
3B 1 9
HR 2 7
RBI (RBI/G) 8 (2) 57 (11.4)
ERA 6.75 1.80
H Allowed 45 33
R Allowed 36 9
ER Allowed 27 9
BB 18 6
K 30 38

 

Crowe Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Junior Trevor Crowe was named the current Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading UA to a series sweep over Utah Valley State. Crowe finished the weekend series with a team-best .538 batting average (7 for 13), a double, three triples, four RBI, three stolen bases and a series-high seven runs scored. He ended the series with a 1.077 slugging percentage and a .571 on base percentage.

 

Trevor Crowe Named To Golden Spikes Watch List

Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe has been named to the Watch List for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award. The third-year starter leads the potent Arizona offense in average, runs, hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases. Current Red Sox manager and former Wildcat All-American Terry Francona is the only Arizona player to have won the award.

 

In-Season Recognition

In addition to junior Trevor Crowe being named to the Watch List for the Golden Spikes Award, he has also been named as a player to be watched for both the Dick Howser Trophy and the Brooks Wallace Award as the top collegiate player in the nation. Classmate Nick Hundley is on the Watch List for the 2005 Johnny Bench Award for the top collegiate catcher and junior right-hander John Meloan is on the Watch List for the 2005 Roger Clemens Award for the top collegiate pitcher. Jordan Brown joins Crowe on the Watch List for the Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy.

Golden Spikes Award Watch List                        

Trevor Crowe

Johnny Bench Award Watch List

Nick Hundley

Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy Watch List

Trevor Crowe

Jordan Brown

Roger Clemens Award Watch List                        

John Meloan                                                        

Brooks Wallace Award Watch List

Trevor Crowe

 

The Arizona Offense

Heading into the week of play, Arizona remains the Pac-10 leader in average (.332), slugging (.537), runs scored (403), hits (572), RBI (365), doubles (123), triples (34) and total bases (925). Arizona is averaging 8.6 runs, 12.2 hits, 2.6 doubles, 0.7 triples and 1.1 home runs per game this season.

 

Seven For Us, Six For Them

The Wildcats are a very impressive 29-4 this season when scoring seven or more runs in a game. The Wildcats are 7-0 when scoring seven, 3-2 when scoring eight, 2-0 with nine runs and are 17-2 when plating 10 or more runs in a contest. Additionally, UA is 31-4 when giving up six or fewer runs to its opposition. Arizona is averaging 8.6 runs per game while giving up an average of 5.3 runs this season.

 

Double Digit Hits = Wins

Arizona is 27-4 this season when getting 10 or more hits in a contest. In UA’s 15 losses, the Wildcats have collected four hits twice, five hits twice, six hits once, seven hits twice, nine hits four times and 10 or more hits four times. In the five wins with less than 10 hits, Arizona has nine hits three times, eight once and six once.

 

National Statistical Rankings

The Wildcat offense not only ranks among the top schools in the Pac-10, but in the nation as well. Through last weekend’s games, Arizona is ninth in the nation in team batting average (.332), 8th in scoring (8.6), 29th in home runs per game (1.16), first in triples per game (0.72), fourth in the nation in doubles per game (2.59) and fifth in slugging percentage (.537). Individually, junior Trevor Crowe is 12th in the country in average (.423), sixth in doubles per game (0.47), first in triples per game (0.23), seventh in runs per game (1.40) and eighth in slugging percentage (.764). Classmate Jordan Brown is currently ninth in the NCAA Division I rankings in RBI per game (1.40), Nick Hundley ranks 15th in doubles per game (0.43) and 37th in slugging percentage (.691) and Brad Boyer is seventh in triples per game (0.15).

 

11 Hits, 13 Runs, One Inning

The Wildcats sent 17 hitters to the plate, rapped out 11 hits and scored 13 runs in the third inning alone in an 18-4 win over USC on May 1. Arizona finished the inning with six singles, two doubles, two triples, a home run, a hit batter and two walks. Eight of the nine hitters in the UA batting order collected at least one hit and scored at least one run and all nine had at least one RBI in the inning. Trevor Crowe, Brad Boyer, Jordan Brown, Nick Hundley and Chris Frey all scored twice, while Boyer, Frey and Jason Donald each finished with a pair of hits in the frame.

        It was the most runs in an inning for Arizona since it set the school record of 16 runs in the seventh inning of a 40-10 win over St Francis on Feb. 22, 1995. The 1995 team sent 19 hitters to the plate, collected four singles, two doubles, a triple and drew six walks. The Wildcats scored 15 runs in the sixth inning against St. Francis a day earlier.

 

Spreading It Around

The Wildcat batting order has produced top to bottom. In Arizona’s 47 games this season, all nine starters have collected a hit in six games, eight of nine in 12 games and seven of nine in eight others (26 contests with at least seven players getting one hit in a game). Seven of the nine starters have 40 or more hits - including four with 60 or more - six have scored 40 or more runs and eight have driven in 20 or more. Batting a Pac-10-best .332 as a team, seven different starters are batting .300 or better individually for the year, including one over .400. The offense is averaging 8.6 runs and 12.2 hits per contest this season.

 

Free Ride

Heading into the week of play, Arizona is second in the Pac-10 with 209 walks. That alone is noteworthy, but it becomes even more impressive when you toss in that UA, which also leads the conference with a .537 slugging percentage, has walked nearly as much as it has struck out (209 BB to 266 K) and that 71 of the 209 free passes (34 percent) have come around to score this season. Individually, Arizona has four different players in the lineup that have walked more times than they have struck out this season.

 

Two Outs? Rally’s On!

Led by a season-high 10 two-out runs against Fullerton on March 20, Arizona has scored 154 runs this season after the first two outs in an inning have been recorded (38 percent of UA’s 403 runs this year). As a team, Arizona is batting .337 as a team with two outs and has recorded 133 two-out RBI. Individually, junior Jordan Brown leads the two-out RBI parade with 29 runs driven in with a pair down. Brown is batting .380 (30 for 79) and has hit five of his 11 HRs with two outs so far this season. Classmate Chris Frey is hitting a team-best .392 with 23 two-out RBI this season.

 

Outstanding Outfielders

Arizona’s three main outfielders - Trevor Crowe, Chris Frey and Jeff Van Houten - have combined to put up very solid numbers this season. The two juniors and a senior are the top three hitters for Arizona this season and combined to post 226 hits (40 percent of the team total), score 164 runs (41 percent), drive in 141 runs (39 percent) and hit 49 doubles (40 percent), 15 triples (44 percent) and 17 home runs (31 percent). Frey and Crowe have started all 47 games this season at center and left, respectively, while Van Houten has posted 45 starts in right field and one at DH.

 

The Trevor Crowe Show

Junior Trevor Crowe has positioned himself for one of the top offensive seasons in Arizona school history. He is currently the Pac-10 leader in slugging (.764), runs (66), hits (88), doubles (22), triples (11) stolen bases (21) and total bases (159). He is second in the conference in average (.423), third in on-base percentage (.496), tied for fourth in RBI (49) and walks (30) and seventh in home runs (9). Crowe has a team-best 29 multi-hit games, 23 games with two or more runs scored and has driven in two or more runs 14 contests this season.

        Arizona’s leadoff hitter, Crowe has gotten on base to start a game in 26 of Arizona’s 47 contests this season. He has hit 10 singles, seven doubles, three triples, three traditional solo home runs and an inside-the-park home run as the Wildcats’ first hitter in a game and has reached base 42 times in 88 opportunities when leading off any inning (.477).

Trevor Crowe and The Arizona Single Season Record Book

Stat Crowe's Numbers (47 Games) Single Season Leader
Runs 66 Dave Stegman (1976) - 91 (73 Games)
Hits 88 Dave Stegman (1976) - 111 (73 Games)
Doubles 22 Dave Stegman (1976) - 30 (73 Games)
Triples 11

Bill Barraclough (1960) - 12 (52 Games)
Charles Shoemaker (1960)

Extra Base Hits 42 Todd Trafton (1986) - 44 (68 Games)
Total Bases 159 George Arias (1993) - 173 (61 Games)
Jason Thompson (1993) - 173 (61 Games)
Slugging % .764 Dennis Haines (1974) - .765 (64 Games)
 

Crowe and The Career Record Book

In just his third season, Trevor Crowe is already among the greats all-time in school history. Crowe is currently second all-time at UA with an .870 stolen base percentage, third with 22 career triples, seventh with 87 extra base hits, ninth all-time with 60 stolen bases and 68 multi-hit games and 10th with 49 doubles.

Trevor Crowe and The Arizona Career Record Book

Stat Crowe's Numbers Rank All-Time Leader
Multi Hit Games 68 9th Robbie Moen - 102
Doubles 49 10th Dave Stegman - 72
Triples 22 3rd Charles Shoemaker - 30
Extra Base Hits 87 7th Dave Stegman - 110
Stolen Bases 60 9th Dwight Taylor - 90
Stolen Base % .870 2nd John Glenn - .872
 

Van Houten’s Streak Ends

Senior Jeff Van Houten saw his school record-tying 28 game hitting streak come to an end with an 0 for 4 day at the plate in Arizona’s 1-0 win over Cal State Fullerton on March 18. Van Houten strung together seven straight games to end the 2004 season and had at least one hit in his first 21 games this season to tie Ernie Durazo and Jack Daugherty for the longest two-season hitting streak in school history. In his 206-game career at Arizona, Van Houten has been held hitless for two or more consecutive games only eight times and he has never gone hitless for more than three straight contests.

28 Game Hitting Streak Numbers

Jack Daugherty (March 29, 1981-Feb. 9, 1982) - 106 AB, 32 R, 43 H, 27 RBI, .406 Avg

Ernie Durazo (May 19, 2000-March 10, 2001) - 117 AB, 24 R, 43 H, 32 RBI, .368 Avg

Jeff Van Houten (June 6, 2004-March 16, 2005) - 121 AB, 27 R, 50 H, 35 RBI, .413 Avg

 

Frey Enjoying Full Time Duty

Used primarily as a defensive replacement and situational left-handed pitcher his first two seasons at Arizona, junior Chris Frey has thrived as a full time starter in the outfield. Batting .352 this season, he has at least one hit in 36 of Arizona’s 47 games this year. Playing center field in the spacious Kindall Field, Frey is the lone player to start all 47 games this year and not commit an error for the Wildcats (102 total chances).

 

Jolting Jordan Brown

Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown has already surpassed his single season career high for runs driven in Arizona’s first 47 games this season. The junior first baseman finished the 2004 campaign with 57 RBI in 59 games played. He has 66 this season with nine regular season games left on the schedule. His 1.40 RBI per game average places him ninth among all Division I players this season.

        Brown has at least one RBI in 30 games this year and has posted two or more RBI in a team-high 21 games. In 15 Pac-10 games alone this season, Brown has an amazing 25 RBI. He also has 11 home runs for the year, two away from his career high of 13 set last season.

 

Taking A Dose

Sophomore Jason Donald set the school record for getting hit by pitches in a single season against Oregon State on April 16. Taking a dose a Pac-10-high 18 times this year, Donald passed Kenny Corley’s previous single season record of 15 in Arizona’s 36th game this year. His HBP total this season would place him sixth all-time for a career at Arizona, but he was also hit by 10 pitches as a freshman in 2004 and is now just four away from Corley’s four-year career record of 32 in just his second year.

 

Hundley’s Dish

Junior Nick Hundley has started 46 of Arizona’s 47 games behind the plate, including the last 33 straight. The current 33-game streak surpasses his career high for games caught in a single season of 32 set in his freshman season of 2002. The heavy work load hasn’t affected his productivity on offense, as he has already set career highs in hits (61), doubles (20), home runs (12), RBI (38) and walks (35).

 

Hundo vs. The Pac

More then halfway through the conference schedule, junior Nick Hundley has taken a liking to Pac-10 pitching. In 15 games thus far, the Wildcat catcher is batting .362 (21 for 58) with 10 doubles, a triple and four home runs. Added up, 15 of his 21 hits in conference play have gone for extra bases which has led to a .776 slugging percentage. He has 16 RBI and 14 runs scored in conference games this season.

 

Double D

Since taking over as the starting DH against Washington on March 24, junior Derek Decater has taken off. Second on the team in average over the 21 game span since the Washington series opener, Decater is batting .333 with two doubles, three triples, a home run, 12 runs scored and eight RBI.

 

Boyer Heating It Up

A key component to Arizona’s CWS run last season was the final month of play from then sophomore Brad Boyer. After struggling for the majority of  2005, the junior infielder appears to be heating up again at the tail end of the year. In his last five games, Boyer is batting a team-best .522 (12 for 23) with three doubles, three triples, six RBI, nine runs scored and zero strikeouts.

 

Pac-10 Player of the Week Trevor Crowe

Junior outfielder Trevor Crowe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference office on Feb. 22. Crowe led all Arizona players with a .529 batting average, nine hits (including a double, a triple and two home runs), as well as a team-best eight RBI, five runs scored and a 1.059 slugging percentage against ASU and UTPA. He collected at least one hit in all four games to extend his team-best hitting streak to 18-straight games dating back to last season (eight in 2004, 10 in 2005) and also walked a team-high six times to help him to a .652 on-base percentage in the four games ... In Friday’s series-opener at UTPA, Crowe tied his career-high with six RBI and hit both of his home runs for the week in the contest (3 for 5, three runs, six RBI, two HRs, BB in the game).

 

Pac-10 Player of the Week Jordan Brown

Junior Jordan Brown led UA to a two-games-to-one series victory over visiting Washington on the opening weekend of Pac-10 March 24-26. The Wildcats’ first baseman hit .429 (6 for 14) with a team-high seven RBI and five runs scored in the three games. Four of his six hits in the series went for extra bases, including two doubles, a triple and his team-leading eighth home run of the season. In Friday’s come-from-behind 6-5 victory, Brown forced the contest into extra innings after hitting a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to tie the game at 5-5 in the ninth inning. Teammate Jeff Van Houten ended the game with a walk-off home run in the 12th inning.

 

Arizona’s Pitching

Somewhat overlooked by the potent Arizona offense, the Wildcat pitching staff has posted impressive numbers of its own this season .. Tossing six shutouts this year, the UA hurlers have a 4.35 team ERA in 426 2/3 innings pitched this year ... The Wildcat arms have a better than 2.5-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio ... Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts (453), is third in opponent’s batting average (.255) and second in innings pitched (426 2/3) and wins (32) ... The scheduled starters for this weekend are RHP John Meloan (8-1, 3.60 ERA, 102 K) on Saturday, RHP Kevin Guyette (8-4, 3.58 ERA, 109 K) on Sunday and TBA on Monday.

 

Punching ?'Em Out

Not since 1998 has an Arizona pitching staff put up similar strikeout numbers through the first 47 games as this season’s staff. The 2005 Wildcats have punched out 453 batters this year, an average of 9.6 per nine innings. The last team to put up similar numbers was the 1998 team that started the season 29-18. The ?'98 Cats had 416 strikeouts in the first 47 games for an average of 9.2 per nine innings. Individually, seven different UA pitchers have 20 or more strikeouts this season. Junior right-hander Kevin Guyette paces the staff with a 109 Ks against 22 walks this year.

Year Strikeouts Innings Pitched Avg. K per 9 Innings
2005 453 426.2 9.6
2004 325 416.0 7.0
2003 345 423.2 7.3
2002 288 423.1 6.1
2001 329 425.0 7.0
2000 405 411.0 8.9
1999 369 425.0 7.8
1998 416 405.2 9.2
 

A year Later

Despite throwing 10 more innings through 47 games, the 2005 pitching staff is well ahead of last season’s numbers in nearly every category.

Pitching Numbers 2004 vs. 2005 (Through 47 games)

Stat 2004 2005 Difference
ERA 5.00 4.35 -0.65
Wins 25 32 +7
Innings Pitched 416.0 426.2 +10.2
CG 5 3 -2
Shutouts 0 6 +6
Saves 10 10 0
Hits Allowed 452 417 -35
Runs Allowed 278 247 -31
Earned Runs Allowed 231 206 -25
Walks Allowed 194 168 -26
Strikeouts 325 453 +128
 

17 Straight Ends For Big John

Friday starter John Meloan saw his 17-game winning streak come to an end in a 13-0 loss to USC on April 29. Still, the big right-hander is 22-2 all-time during his three seasons at UA. Outside of the defeat to USC, his only other career loss at UA came on May 4, 2003, against Cal in his freshman year. Between losses he appeared in 33 games, made 23 starts and went 17-0. Used primarily as a reliever early in his career at UA, he has flourished as a starter with a 18-1 record, a 3.68 ERA and 179 strikeouts when taking the ball from the get go. In 2004 he became just the third pitcher at Arizona to finish a season undefeated with 10 or more decisions.

Meloan’s 17-Game Winning Streak Numbers (April 10, 2004-April 22, 2005)

23 Starts, 17-0, 3.69 ERA, 153.2 IP, 152 Hits, 73 R, 63 ER, 76 BB, 160 K

Meloan’s Overall Career Numbers

52 GP, 22-2, 4.15 ERA, 221 IP, 218 H, 123 R, 102 ER, 118 BB, 219 K

Meloan’s Career Starting Numbers (2 in 2003, 11 in 2004, 14 in 2005)

27 GS, 18-1, 3.68 ERA, 178.1 IP, 170 H, 84 R, 73 ER, 87 BB, 179 K

 

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week John Meloan

Junior John Meloan was named the conference’s pitcher of the week after helping to shut out Cal State Fullerton on March 18. The right-hander scattered four hits over 7 2/3 innings for his fourth win of the season. The effort handed CSF ace Ricky Romero his first loss of the year and pushed Meloan’s winning streak to 14 straight games dating back to last season.

 

Meloan Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week

Junior right-hander John Meloan was named the co-national player of the week by Collegiate Baseball for his 7 2/3 innings, one-hit effort against New Mexico on Feb. 4. The honor was the first in Meloan’s career and the first for an Arizona player since teammate Sean Rierson garnered the award on Feb. 18, 2003. Meloan is the eighth UA player to be recognized by the publication as its player of the week since 1994.

 

“K”-G

A year ago Kevin Guyette struck out a career-high eight batters in his first start of the 2004 season against UC Riverside. He went on to finish the campaign with 83 punchouts, but never again approached the eight K plateau he established early on. A year later Guyette has struck out eight batters in a game four times, nine three times, 11 once and whiffed a career-best 15 in a complete-game loss to UCR on Feb. 26. Second in the Pac-10 in strikeouts heading into the weekend, Guyette has punched out a career-high 109 hitters in 14 starts this season, is averaging 10.5 Ks per nine innings and has walked only 22 batters thus far. 

 

Making His Own Luck

Heading into his start against UCLA on April 2, junior Kevin Guyette was a very unlucky 0-2 in his career when throwing a complete game. A lack of offensive production (.161 team batting average, 2 runs per game) was the main culprit in those losses. The right-hander made sure that one run was going to be more than enough in his third career CG, as he tossed a one-hit shutout in an 11-0 victory over the Bruins. He finished the April 2 game with 11 strikeouts on 100 pitches and did not allow a Bruin base runner past first after the second inning. A week later against Washington State he tossed his second straight complete-game victory in a 7-4 win over Washington State. In bringing his career complete game record to 2-2, Guyette struck out eight Cougar hitters and walked only one on 110 pitches.

Guyette’s Complete Game History

4 Games, 2-2, 36 IP, 23 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 40 K, 2.25 ERA

 

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