Potential Starting Lineup
Has scored eight runs in UA’s last five games 2
Has been hit by a school record 20 pitches this year 3
Has 16 RBI in last 13 games played 4
Team leader with 34 RBI this year 5
Has 12-game hitting streak (18 for 46, .391, 15 RBI, 16 R) 6
Team-leader with six HR 7
Batted .375 with three RBI vs. Southern Utah 8
Four-game hitting streak (8 for 15 , .533, 4 RBI, 6 R) 9
Batting .428 with six RBI and eight runs in last eight games Pitching
Leads all starting pitchers with a 3.98 ERA Sat.
Has given up three or less earned runs in eight of 11 starts Sun.
Went six innings against Stanford last weekend. CP
Tied for team lead with four saves this season
On the Air
All three games at
The Wildcats won their first Pac-10 series of the season, taking two of three games from Stanford in Tucson ... The series victory marked the fourth straight season UA has won a three-game series against the Cardinal ... Stanford took the opening game 10-6 on Friday, but the Wildcats offense exploded for a 14-4 win on Saturday and clinched the series with a 12-3 rout on Sunday ... Arizona batted .366 as a team and hit six doubles, two triples and four home runs in the series ... On the mound, the UA staff posted a 4.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched and limited Stanford to a .270 batting average over the weekend.
Arizona hosted Southern Utah for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday and swept the two-game set by scores of 18-0 and 7-5 ... Arizona hit .389 in the midweek set and collected four doubles, two triples and three home runs ... The UA pitchers had 2.00 team ERA and tallied 24 strikeouts against just four walks.
A Busy Stretch
The three-game series at
On The Road Again
A Quick Look at
Like the Wildcats, Washington enters the second half of the Pac-10 season this weekend ... The Huskies are currently one game ahead of Arizona in the conference race with a 6-6 record in the Pac-10 ... UW has won two straight games and five of its last six ... The Dawgs most recently beat St. Martin’s 11-9 on Tuesday and won a Pac-10 series 2-1 over USC in Los Angeles last weekend ... Offensively, Washington features a power-packed lineup that leads the Pac-10 with 69 home runs this season ... The Huskies are batting .292 as a team and are averaging 7.2 runs, 10.6 hits, 6.6 RBI and 1.6 home runs per game this season ... Matt Hauge is the leading hitter, entering the weekend series with a .398 batting average, 38 RBI and 44 runs scored ... Zach Clem, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, has hit 19 home runs this season, just two shy of Arizona’s team total for the year ... On the mound right-hander Tim Lincecum has been dazzling fans, opponents and scouts alike. The junior ace has struck out a Pac-10 leading 140 batters this season in only 85 innings pitched. He is currently 9-2 overall and has a miserly 1.59 ERA ... As a team UW is posting a 4.83 team ERA and is limiting opponents to just a .251 average.
Out of all of Arizona’s conference opponents, the Wildcats and Huskies have met up for the fewest contests ... In a series that dates back to just 1992, the two schools have split 22 all-time meetings with each posting 11 wins ... The Wildcats are 3-6 all-time in Seattle and were swept there in their last visit in 2004.
Arizona took two of three from Washington in Tucson last season ... The Wildcats won the first two meetings, 13-6 and 6-5, but the Huskies staved off the sweep by winning the series finale 16-8.
The Wildcats will keep the same rotation that they have used for the previous four weekends. Freshman RHP Preston Guilmet (2-5, 3.98) will toe the rubber on Friday against
Looking For Five
Should the Wildcats win at
Through the first 39 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,
UA’s Record When Scoring...
0-2 Two runs
1-4 Three runs
1-4 Four runs
2-3 Five runs
3-5 Six runs
0-1 Seven or more runs
When T.J. Steele was plunked with the bases loaded on Tuesday against
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
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
Entering the weekend of play, the Arizona offense is batting .291 as a team, and is averaging 6.4 runs, 10 hits and 5.7 RBI per game ... Arizona currently leads the Pac-10 with 24 triples.
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, including a current streak of six straight games with at least one fence-buster. After collecting just eight homers in the first 23 games of the season,
Big Bad Brad Glenn
One cause for the recent uptick in home runs is that freshman Brad Glenn has found his power stroke. The native Oklahoman has hit three of his team-leading six home runs in
It’s at 12 and Counting
Junior Bill Rhinehart has hit safely in a team-high 12 straight games. Beginning with a 1 for 4, two-RBI outing against Arizona State at Chase Field on April 2, and currently running through Wednesday’s 2 for 4, two-run game vs. Southern Utah, Rhinehart is batting .391 during the streak (18 for 46). The junior outfielder has collected five multi-hit games, five doubles, two triples, a home run, 15 RBI and 16 runs scored over his last 12 games. He is slugging at a .652 clip during the streak and has an on-base percentage of .412.
Driving It Home
After a spell that saw team RBI-leader Jason Donald record just six runs driven in over a span of 14 games, the junior shortstop has gotten hot as of late. In his last 10 games played, Donald has at least one hit in each one and has recorded 10 RBI. He is batting .362 (17 for 47) with two home runs, four doubles and six runs scored during the last 10 games.
Current UA Hitting Streaks -
Bill Rhinehart - 12 games- 18 for 46 (.391), 15 RBI, 16 R, 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR
Jason Donald - 10 games - 17 for 47 (.361), 10 RBI, 6 R, 4 2B, 2 HR
Brad Glenn - 6 Games - 11 for 23 (.478), 9 RBI, 7 R, 3 2B, 3 HR
Konrad Schmidt - 4 Games - 8 for 15 (.533), 4 RBI, 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR
Including a straight steal of home against Stanford last Friday, senior Brad Boyer has been a run-scoring machine. The four-year starter, who is fifth all-time at
The Nine Hole
The last spot in the batting order has been one of the most productive for
The Big Inning
A stumbling block for the Wildcats this season has been surrendering the big inning. In 14 of UA’s 20 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
7-1 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 4/14 UCLA *
13-8 4/14 UCLA *
13-8 4/14 UCLA *
13-8 4/15 UCLA *
8-5 4/15 UCLA *
8-5 4/18 at New Mexico *
13-3 4/18 at New Mexico *
13-3 4/18 at New Mexico *
13-3 4/21 Stanford *
10-6 4/21 Stanford *
10-6 * Same Game
The Wildcats will again be without the aid of their top two arms. Sophomore Friday starter/DH Eric Berger, who last appeared in a game on March 19 against Cal State Fullerton, has been lost for the year with an ailing elbow, while closer Mark Melancon experienced tightness in his throwing arm and underwent an MRI last week. Melancon could possibly be ready in three to four weeks and will continually be re-evaluated during that time span. Finally, right fielder Jon Gaston is nursing both a sore wrist, which he has played with nearly all year, and a high ankle sprain, which he suffered against UCLA. Gaston, who has missed six straight games, is listed as day-to-day.
Through 39 games, the Wildcats have posted a 4.64 team ERA in 347 1/3 innings pitched, and have 360 strikeouts against 151 walks ... Although it doesn’t reflect in this week’s Pac-10 leader board, the Wildcats now lead the conference in Ks this season.
Guilmet Gets the Nod
Freshman right-hander Preston Guilmet moved into the weekend rotation on Feb. 26, and has made an impression in nine career starts. Guilmet has gone seven innings three times and given up just 22 earned runs on 63 hits, while striking out 43 and walking only 15. His 3.74 ERA as a starting pitcher is the best for any