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Baseball Preps for Arizona State in 2nd Annual Challenge at Chase
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/27/2007
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Arizona heads to Phoenix to take on Arizona State in the second annual Challenge at Chase on Wednesday before opening Pac-10 play against Oregon State at home over the weekend.

Wed., March 28 - vs. No. 10 Arizona State - 6:30 p.m. ?- at Chase Field in Phoenix

Fri., March 30 ?- No. 2 Oregon State - 7 p.m.

Sat., March 31  - No. 2 Oregon State - 6 p.m.

Sun., April 1 ?- No. 2 Oregon State - 12 p.m.

 

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.

 

Potential Starting Lineup

 

Name

B/T

Pos

Notes

1

Diallo Fon

L/L

LF

Batting .500 (15 for 30) with 15 runs in last seven games

2

Colt Sedbrook

R/R

2B

Hitting .316 with 13 runs scored and nine RBI in 16 games

3

C.J. Ziegler

R/R

DH

Team leader with seven HRs and 31 RBI

4

Bill Rhinehart

L/L

RF

Hitting .373 with 25 runs and 29 RBI in ?'07

5

Brad Glenn

R/R

1B

Has been hit by a Pac-10-high nine pitches this year

6

T.J. Steele

R/R

CF

Hit walk-off HR against Northern Colorado on Sunday

7

Erik Castro

L/R

3B

Has 10 RBI in 23 games played this season

8

Dwight Childs

R/R

C

Hitting .281 with five 2Bs and nine runs scored

9

Robert Abel

R/R

SS

Pac-10 leader with 15 SB. Is 15 for 16 in SB this year

Pitching
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. 

 

Last Week

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 Morehead State on Tuesday and Wednesday, and went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 7 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out six and walked none ... Closer Daniel Schlereth picked up his team-leading seventh save of the year on Tuesday against Morehead State and gave up just one hit in three appearances last week. He finished with seven strikeouts and four walks for the week ... Schlereth’s save was the 14th in his career at Arizona, moving the left-hander into a tie with Ryan Moskau for second all-time at UA ... Mark Melancon recorded the most saves in school history with 18 from 2004-06.

 

Reaching 1,000

Arizona’s double-header sweep of Northern Colorado last weekend earned the Wildcats their 999th and 1,000th wins all-time at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium. Since first putting down roots at the site in 1967, UA is 1,001-445-4 all-time at the facility. This year the Cats are 15-2 at home.

 

A Quick Look at Arizona State

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.

 

Arizona vs. Arizona State - The History

The Wildcats and Devils have met 414 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1907 ... Arizona holds a 227-186-1 edge all-time against Arizona State and has won the season series each of the last two years.

 

Earlier This Year

The Sun Devils flexed their offensive muscles in a non-conference game on Feb. 27 at Kindall Field in Tucson with a 22-8 victory. ASU scored eight runs on seven hits in the first inning and never looked back as it handed UA its worst loss of the season.

 

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 Arizona. The Wildcats had to complete a darkness shortened game against Cal in Berkeley prior to heading to Chase Field and the Sun Devils opened the day in Spokane, Wash., after completing a Pac-10 series against Washington State the day before.

 

Offensive Numbers

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.

 

Seven Straight

Arizona has won seven straight games dating back to the series finale at Hawaii on March 11. During the winning streak the Cats are batting .325 as a team with 15 doubles, eight triples and three home runs. UA is 21 for 27 in stolen bases over the last seven games, and has walked 30 times and been hit by 11 pitches while striking out 35 times. On the mound, the pitching staff has a 2.59 ERA in 66 innings of work. The UA hurlers have struck out 81 hitters and walked only 24 while limiting the opposition to a lowly .214 batting average

 

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

Arizona is 6-0 in games decided by one run this season.

One-Run Success
Date  Opponent Result
2/16 at Cal State Fullerton W, 2-1
2/23 at UNLV W, 6-5 - 10 Innings
3/3 Eastern Michigan W, 8-7
3/9 at Hawaii W, 2-1
3/20 Morehead State W, 5-4
3/21 Morehead State W, 7-6

 

Walk-Off Winners

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 Morehead State on Wednesday to hand the Cats a 5-4 win over the Eagles. Sophomore T.J. Steele then one-upped Rodland by ending last Sunday’s game with a one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 12 inning against Northern Colorado to give the Wildcats a 7-5 edge over the Bears.

 

Walk-Off Wackiness

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 Washington in the 12th inning two years to the date of Steele’s game-ender.

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. Northern Colorado - One-out, two-run HR in the 12th

 

The Cats in the Pac

Heading into the week of play, Arizona remains among the conference leaders in a number of offensive categories. UA is first in triples (20) stolen bases (50) and HBP (41), second in batting average (.314), slugging (.489), home runs (21) and total bases (452) and third in runs scored (194), RBI (172) and doubles (59) ... Individually, Bill Rhinehart is seventh among conference players in batting average (.373) and is tied for second in hits with 41 ... C.J. Ziegler dots the Pac-10 top 10 in slugging (3rd, .686), runs scored (6th, 31), RBI (5th, 31), doubles (t-2nd, 11), home runs (t-2nd, 7) and total bases (3rd, 70).... Brad Glenn leads the conference with nine HBP and is tied for seventh in the Pac in RBI with 29 for the year and freshman Robert Abel is the top thief in the conference with 15 stolen bases.

 

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 New Mexico back in February and hit a single, two doubles and a home run in a game against Hawaii-Hilo on March 13. Most recently, Ziegler hit a single, double and triple against Northern Colorado on March 24. Despite missing out numerous times on the 12th cycle in school history, Ziegler’s power credentials are still impressive. With 11 doubles, two triples and seven home runs, over half of his 34 hits this year are for two or more bases (20 of 34, 59%).

 

Two-Out Guy

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 Northern Colorado. Still, the first-year Wildcat is 15 for 16 in stolen base tries this season to pace an Arizona club that is 50 for 63 on the year (79%) to lead the Pac-10. T.J. Steele (8 for 8), Hunter Pace (2 for 2) and Brad Glenn (5 for 5) are perfect for the year, while Abel, Diallo Fon (6 for 7), Colt Sedbrook (2 for 3) and Jon Gaston (3 for 4) have each been caught only once.

 

Back-To-Back Back-To-Back

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 Arizona State on Feb. 27 with a solo homer and was followed around the bases by Glenn in the next at bat. The duo repeated the feat three days later in the third inning against Eastern Michigan.

 

Multi-Ball

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 Utah Valley State on Feb. 7, and C.J. Ziegler joined them on March 2 against Eastern Michigan with a pair of solo shots. It was the first multi-homer game for each player in their respective UA career ... The team record for multi-homer games in a single season is nine by the 1993 Wildcat squad ... The individual career record is 10 by Shelley Duncan (199-2001).

 

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 Utah Valley State on Feb. 7. Little did he know that he was about to come 36 inches shy of doing something nobody in over 100 years of Arizona baseball had done. The sophomore outfielder lined a 1-2 offering towards the gap in left-center and the ball smacked the outfield fence just three feet short of going over for what would have been his record-breaking fourth bomb of the game. Despite coming up a yard short of the record, Glenn tied four other former Wildcats for the most HRs in a single game in school history

Three-Homer Games at Arizona

April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI

March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs. Weber State - 4-for-4, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI

April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI

Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs. Utah - 4-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI

Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs. Utah Valley State - 4-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 3 HR, HBP, 5 RBI

Only Hassey and Duncan hit their HRs in consecutive ABs

 

Extra, Extra

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.

 

Wearing It

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 Arizona batters six times in a contest this season and the Cats have been dosed at least once in 17 of 27 games. Led by a single-season record 26 HBP by Colt Sedbrook, Arizona shattered the school record for getting hit last season with 96. The 2006 club had been hit by 52 pitches 27 games into the season.

 

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.

 

Pitching Numbers

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, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez is once again serving as the pitching coach for the Wildcats. During his 25 years as a head coach on the collegiate level, Lopez has served as the pitching coach for all four of his College World Series teams, including UA’s 2004 squad.

 

Wednesday’s Starter Ryan Perry

Right-hander Ryan Perry is slated to make his third start of the season on Wednesday against Arizona State. The sophomore, who missed the first five weeks of the year after breaking his left (non-throwing) elbow in a motorcycle accident just days before the spring semester began, will be limited in the number of innings he is allowed to go as he works his arm back in to game shape. In three brief appearances this season he has tossed 5 2/3 innings and struck out 11 hitters against only three walks. Perry was the starter for Arizona in last season’s Challenge at Chase, giving up four earned runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 IP in a no-decision effort.

Perry’s 2007 Appearances

3/13 at Hawaii-Hilo 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R,
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