Wed., March 28 - vs. No. 10
On the Air: Brian Jeffries, the Voice of the Wildcats, will call all of the action from Wednesday's game against Arizona State at Chase Field live on the radio on 1290 AM in Tucson.
Name B/T Pos Notes 1 L/L LF Batting .500 (15 for 30) with 15 runs in last seven games 2 R/R 2B Hitting .316 with 13 runs scored and nine RBI in 16 games 3 R/R DH Team leader with seven HRs and 31 RBI 4 L/L RF Hitting .373 with 25 runs and 29 RBI in ?'07 5 R/R 1B Has been hit by a Pac-10-high nine pitches this year 6 R/R CF Hit walk-off HR against Northern Colorado on Sunday 7 L/R 3B Has 10 RBI in 23 games played this season 8 R/R C Hitting .281 with five 2Bs and nine runs scored 9 R/R SS Pac-10 leader with 15 SB. Is 15 for 16 in SB this year
Potential Starting Lineup
Wed RHP Ryan Perry
Making his third start of the year. Will be limited with his pitch count. CP LHP Daniel Schlereth
1-0 with seven saves in 12 relief appearances this year.
Batting .500 (15 for 30) with 15 runs in last seven games
Hitting .316 with 13 runs scored and nine RBI in 16 games
Team leader with seven HRs and 31 RBI
Hitting .373 with 25 runs and 29 RBI in ?'07
Has been hit by a Pac-10-high nine pitches this year
Hit walk-off HR against Northern Colorado on Sunday
Has 10 RBI in 23 games played this season
Hitting .281 with five 2Bs and nine runs scored
Pac-10 leader with 15 SB. Is 15 for 16 in SB this year
Arizona went 5-0 last week, defeating Morehead State in Tucson on Tuesday and Wednesday before sweeping a home three-game series against Northern Colorado over the weekend ... Friday’s series opener against Northern Colorado was rained out and forced the two schools to play a double-header on Saturday ... Arizona’s two wins in the twin-bill on Saturday were the 999th and 1,000th all-time for the program at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium ... The Wildcats won a pair of the games over the week on walk-off hits. Kevin Rodland drove home Brad Glenn from second with a one-out single in the bottom of ninth inning in Wednesday’s 7-6 win over Morehead State and T.J. Steele ended Sunday’s 7-5 come-from-behind win with a one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th against Northern Colorado ... Arizona improved to 2-0 all-time against Morehead State and to 35-3 against Northern Colorado ... After some recent struggles with the bats, the Arizona offense rebounded to hit .347 in the five games last week ... The Cats averaged 7.4 runs, 12.0 hits, 2.2 doubles, 1.0 triple and 7.0 RBI per game in the five contests ... As a team Arizona went 19 for 24 on the week in stolen bases ... Leadoff hitter Diallo Fon paced the club with a .520 individual batting average, going 13 for 25 with a double, a triple, two RBI and a team-best nine runs scored in five starts. He also went 6 for 7 in stolen base tries over the week ... Brad Glenn (.429, 3 for 7, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 5 BB, 2 HBP), Robert Abel (.400, 6 for 15, 3B, 3 RBI, 6 R, 4 for 5 SB), Colt Sedbrook (.389, 7 for 18, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 4 BB), T.J. Steele (.381, 8 for 21, 3B, GW HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, 3 for 3 SB) and Bill Rhinehart (.350, 7 for 20, 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 R) all hit over .300 for the week ... The UA staff led the Cats to the five-game sweep by posting a 2.81 ERA in 48 innings pitched ... The UA hurlers struck out 59 hitters over the week and limited the opposition to a .219 batting average ... The five starters teamed up to go 2-0 with a 3.91 ERA and 34 Ks in 25 1/3 IP ... The bullpen chipped in with a 3-0 record, a 1.59 ERA, one save and 25 Ks in 22 2/3 IP ... Starter Preston Guilmet continued his season-long dominance by shutting out Northern Colorado over all nine innings in the opening game of the double-header on Saturday. As noted above, the right-hander picked up his fifth win of the year after allowing just three hits, while striking out 11 and walking only one in his first career complete game ... Left-hander Brad Mills settled down after a rough start in the second game of the twin-bill. The senior allowed just two runs on five hits over seven innings while striking out 10 and walking none. He improved to 5-2 on the year with the victory ... Setup man Cory Burns, who appeared in four the five games last week, picked up back-to-back wins against
A Quick Look at
The No. 10-ranked Sun Devils head into the Challenge at Chase with a 21-8 overall record and are in first place in the Pac-10 with a 2-1 mark after winning a road series at USC last weekend ... The Sun Devils have been beasts with the bats this season, hitting .361 as a team with 87 doubles, 10 triples and 41 home runs ... ASU is averaging 13 hits and 10.6 runs per game this season ... Sophomore Brett Wallace leads the way individually with a .466 batting average, 11 doubles, 2 triples and a team-best 10 home runs and 40 RBI ... The Devils have not announced a starter for the game at Chase, but as a staff they have a 3.89 ERA in 259 innings of work.
The Wildcats and Devils have met 414 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1907 ...
Earlier This Year
The Sun Devils flexed their offensive muscles in a non-conference game on Feb. 27 at Kindall Field in
2006 Challenge at Chase
In the inaugural Challenge at Chase on April 2 last year, the Wildcats rode an eighth-inning grand slam by David Plante to a 12-8 victory over the Sun Devils. Plante launched a 1-0 offering from Zechery Zinacola over the right field wall as part of a five-run eighth to lead the Cats back to victory. Plante’s slam capped off a wacky day that saw both teams start in different states only to end the day in
Heading into play this week, the Wildcats are batting .314 as a team and averaging 7.2 runs, 10.7 hits, 2.0 doubles and 6.4 RBI per game.
Coincidence? Maybe, but Maybe not
The Wildcats’ seven-game win streak has happened in conjunction with outfielder Diallo Fon’s move into the starting lineup as the leadoff hitter. Over his last seven games, Fon is batting a team-best .500 (15 for 30) with a double, two triples, three RBI and a very impressive 15 runs scored. Over a four-game period (at Hawaii-Hilo, two games vs. Morehead State and the series opener against Northern Colorado), Fon reached base safely 12 times and came around to score every single time. The redshirt freshman is 6 for 7 in stolen bases, has a .559 on-base percentage and is slugging at a .667 clip during the seven-game stretch.
Winning the Close Ones
at Cal State Fullerton
W, 2-1 2/23
W, 6-5 - 10 Innings 3/3
W, 8-7 3/9
W, 2-1 3/20
W, 5-4 3/21
The Wildcats won a pair of games last week with walk-off hits. Freshman Kevin Rodland drove in Brad Glenn from second with a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth against
T.J. Steele’s walk-off homer in the 12th inning against Northern Colorado on March 25 was the first for the Wildcats since Jeff Van Houten did so against
UA’s Last Two Walk-Off Homers
March 25, 2005 Jeff Van Houten vs. Washington - Solo HR to lead off the 12th
March 25, 2007 T.J. Steele vs.
The Cats in the Pac
Heading into the week of play,
Touch ?'Em All
The Wildcats have hit 21 home runs in 27 games thus far. The middle part of the batting order - Bill Rhinehart (5 HR), C.J. Ziegler (7) and Brad Glenn (5) - have accounted for 17 of the 21 bombs, while Jon Gaston (2) and T.J. Steele (2) have added the other four. Last year it took UA 39 games to hit 21 home runs.
Needing That Triple
DH C.J. Ziegler has four times this year fallen one hit shy of hitting for the cycle and three times it has been a triple that has gone missing. The junior went single, double and home run twice against
Brad Glenn has racked up a team-best 29 RBI in 26 games this season. More impressive however is that 20 of the 29 runs driven in have come with two outs in an inning. For the year, Glenn is batting .395 with two outs, 51 points higher than his overall average of .344.
Abel to Steal a Bag
Freshman shortstop Robert Abel saw his streak of successful stolen base attempts end at 15 straight when he was caught last Sunday against
C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in back-to-back games earlier this season. Ziegler led off the ninth inning against
A year removed from having just one player hit multiple home runs in a contest (David Plante, at USC), three different Wildcats have gone yard at least twice in a game this season. Bill Rhinehart (2) and Brad Glenn (3) each hit multiple homers against
One Yard from History
Brad Glenn was already having a good day - 3 for 3, three home runs - when he strode to plate in the eighth inning against
Three-Homer Games at
April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI
March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs.
April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI
Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs.
Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs.
Only Hassey and Duncan hit their HRs in consecutive ABs
In 27 games this season Arizona has posted at least one extra base hit in 26 of them ... UA has hit at least one double in 25 of 27 contests this season, including a season-high eight in the season-opener against Gonzaga ... The Wildcats hit eight doubles, three triples and a home run against Gonzaga on Feb. 2. The 12 extra base hits in that contest were the most put up by a UA squad in school history, eclipsing the previous high-water mark of 11 set by the 1985 and 2001 teams ... Junior DH C.J. Ziegler tied the UA single-game school record for doubles in his first career start on Feb. 2, swatting three two-baggers. He finished the contest 4 for 5 with three RBI and four runs scored.
Although they are behind last year’s record-setting pace, the Cats have been hit by a Pac-10-high 41 pitches in 27 games thus far. The opposition has hit
Glenn Named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore Brad Glenn was named the Feb. 13 Pac-10 Player of the Week by the conference office. In UA’s five games vs. Utah Valley State and New Mexico, the UA outfielder went 9-for-17 (.529) with a double, three home runs (all in one game), eight RBI and four runs scored. He finished the week with a 1.118 slugging percentage and also drew two walks and was hit by four pitches to help lead to a .652 on base percentage.
The Arizona pitching staff is 21-6 this season with eight saves in 243 innings pitched ... Opponents are batting just .252 against them with a lowly .343 slugging percentage ... The Arizona arms have recorded 262 Ks this year against just 96 walks.
The Cats in the Pac
On the mound, Arizona leads the Pac-10 in strikeouts (262) and the fewest home runs allowed (9), is second in team ERA (3.63), wins (21) and opposing batting average (.252) and places third in the fewest earned runs allowed (98) ... Individually, right-hander Preston Guilmet is second in ERA (1.70), fifth in opp. batting average (.203), third in innings pitched (53.0), tied for second in strikeouts (52) and tied for sixth in wins (5) ... Left-hander Brad Mills is 10th in the Pac in opp. average (.234), tied for fourth in strikeouts (48) and tied for sixth in wins (5) ... Closer Daniel Schlereth is second with seven saves
Back With the Pitchers
After one year away,
Wednesday’s Starter Ryan Perry
Right-hander Ryan Perry is slated to make his third start of the season on Wednesday against
Perry’s 2007 Appearances
3/13 at Hawaii-Hilo
2 IP, 3 H, 1 R,