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Baseball Opens Second Half of Pac-10 Slate at Washington
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/29/2006
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Potential Starting Lineup
1 Brad Boyer L/R 2B Has scored eight runs in UA’s last five games
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 3B Has been hit by a school record 20 pitches this year
3 David Plante L/R LF Has 16 RBI in last 13 games played
4 Jason Donald R/R SS Team leader with 34 RBI this year
5 Bill Rhinehart L/L RF Has 12-game hitting streak (18 for 46, .391, 15 RBI, 16 R) 
6 Brad Glenn R/R 1B Team-leader with six HR
7 Derek Decater L/L DH Batted .375 with three RBI vs. Southern Utah
8 Konrad Schmidt R/R C Four-game hitting streak (8 for 15 , .533, 4 RBI, 6 R)
9 T.J. Steele R/R CF Batting .428 with six RBI and eight runs in last eight games
Pitching
Fri.  Preston Guilmet RHP Leads all starting pitchers with a 3.98 ERA
Sat. Brad Mills LHP Has given up three or less earned runs in eight of 11 starts
Sun. David Coulon LHP Went six innings against Stanford last weekend.
CP Daniel Schlereth LHP Tied for team lead with four saves this season 

 

On the Air

All three games at Washington 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.

 

Last Week

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.

 

Midweek vs. Southern Utah

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 Washington will mark the beginning of the end to a very busy stretch in the Arizona schedule. Beginning last weekend with a three-game series against Stanford, the Wildcats are currently in the midst of a 12-day run in which they will play nine games. With five games under its belt, UA enters the final four games with a 4-1 record. The three-game Pac-10 series against the Huskies will be followed by a non-conference game against Arizona State in Tempe on Tuesday, May 2.

 

On The Road Again

Arizona’s trip to the Pacific Northwest to play Washington, followed by a single non-conference game at Arizona State will mark the final extended stay away from Kindall Field this season. After this weekend’s games against the Huskies and May 2nd’s game against the Sun Devils, Arizona will play nine straight home games before heading out on the road for a final time at USC on the last weekend of the regular season.

 

A Quick Look at Washington

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.

 

The History

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.

 

Last Season

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.

 

Rotational Notes

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 Washington ace Tim Lincecum. Saturday UA’s Brad Mills (4-3, 3.98) will take the mound and Sunday will see fellow southpaw David Coulon (2-3, 6.55) get the start.

 

Looking For Five

Should the Wildcats win at Washington on Friday they would tie their season-high for consecutive wins at five straight. During the current four-game winning streak the Arizona offense has exploded with a 12.8 runs per game average while hitting an impressive .401 as a team. UA has hit 10 doubles, four triples and six home runs during the four-game streak, and is slugging at a .638 clip as a group. Arizona has finished all four wins with double digit hits and has scored 10 ore more runs in three of them ... On the mound, the Wildcat arms have shouldered their share of the load during the streak, posting a 2.25 team ERA while striking out 39 and walking only 13 over the last 36 innings pitched. The Wildcat staff has limited the opposition to just a .201 average in the last four games.

 

Lucky Seven

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, Arizona is 12-1 with the lone loss being a 13-8 setback against UCLA on April 14. When scoring six or fewer runs the Wildcats stand at 7-19.

UA’s Record When Scoring...

One run 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 12-1

 

Wearing It

When T.J. Steele was plunked with the bases loaded on Tuesday against Southern Utah, it pushed the Wildcats into uncharted territory in the annals of school history. Steele’s third HBP of the year was the 70th overall for Arizona as a team, eclipsing the former school record of 69 set in 55 games in 2002. The Thunderbirds hit two more Arizona batters on Wednesday to extend the record to 72 for the year. At the current pace, 1.8 HBP/game, Arizona will end its 55-game regular season with 99 HBP.

 

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 Southern Utah. Donald, the all-time HBP leader at UA with 35, was hit by 19 pitches in 55 games last year. To put things further in perspective, Sedbrook’s 20 HBP this season alone places him in a tie with former Wildcat Chris Gump for sixth on the all-time career list at UA. The sophomore third baseman, who entered the week fourth among all Division I players in HBP/Game, is getting dosed an average of every other game. With 16 games remaining on the regular season schedule, Sedbrook is looking to get tagged eight more times before the end of May and finish the regular season with 28.

 

Bulls Eye

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 Arizona. Donald, who was hit by 10 pitches his freshman season and by 19 last year, has been hit by four pitches in 17 games this season for an all-time high of 33. To put Donald’s record-breaking wayward pitch magnetism in perspective, Corley’s former record of 32 was set in 201 games played over four seasons (1995-98). Donald has been hit by 35 pitches in three-plus seasons and 161 games played

 

Offensive Numbers

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.

 

Power Surge

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, Arizona has seen 13 pitches go over the fence in its last 16 games. During the current six-game streak the Wildcats have hit eight homers to help lead them to a team slugging percentage of  .579 during the span.

 

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 Arizona’s last six games. During this recent power display Glenn is slugging an even 1.000, while posting a team-high .478 batting average with nine RBI and seven runs scored.

 

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

 

Homecoming

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 Arizona with 194 runs, has touched the plate at least once in 11 of his last 15 games played and 18 times totals. During this stretch, Boyer has scored three runs in a game twice and two runs three other times. In UA’s last five games he has scored eight runs.

 

So Close

Arizona has been just a couple of runs away from  being a struggling sub-.500 team to a force in college baseball this season.  In seven losses to No. 2 Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 Nebraska and No. 17 Mississippi State earlier this year, six were by two runs or less, including a pair of one-run losses. For the year, nine of Arizona’s 20 losses have come by two or fewer runs. The Wildcats have dropped five games by one run and four by two.

 

The Nine Hole

The last spot in the batting order has been one of the most productive for Arizona this season. The No. 9 hole in the order has seen the nine players that have hit there hit a batting order-best .346 (47 for 136) with 23 runs scored, 21 RBI and two home runs this season. Freshman T.J. Steele, who has hit in the No. 9 slot in five of UA’s last six contests, is hitting .409 with four RBI, two doubles and seven runs scored in his last six games.

 

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, Arizona has given up three or more runs in a frame. In most cases the big inning has been a factor in the final score, in a few others, not so much

Opponent Inning Runs Final Score
2/5 Loyola Marymount 8th 3 12-5
2/10 at UC Riverside* 2nd 3 8-5
2/10 at UC Riverside* 6th 4 8-5
2/17 New Mexico 3rd 4 6-5
2/18 New Mexico 8th 4 7-3
3/11 at Mississippi State 8th 5 9-2
3/17 Cal State Fullerton 5th 4 6-4
3/16 UC Irvine  8th 6 7-1
3/30 Cal 4th 3 3-2
4/7 at Oregon State 7th 6 10-5
4/8 at Oregon State* 2nd 3 10-2
4/8 at Oregon State* 8th 3 10-2
4/14 UCLA * 2nd 4 13-8
4/14 UCLA * 6th 3 13-8
4/14 UCLA * 8th 3 13-8
4/15 UCLA * 1st 3 8-5
4/15 UCLA * 2nd 4 8-5
4/18 at New Mexico * 1st 3 13-3
4/18 at New Mexico * 6th  5 13-3
4/18 at New Mexico * 7th 3 13-3
4/21 Stanford * 2nd 4 10-6
4/21 Stanford * 6th 3 10-6
* Same Game
 

M*A*S*H

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.

 

Pitching Numbers

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 Arizona starter this season.

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