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No. 8 Baseball Heads To No. 22 Stanford
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Release: 05/18/2005
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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-opening contest between Arizona and Stanford on Friday, May 20, will be televised live on College Sports TV at 6 p.m.

 

This Week

The No. 8-ranked Arizona baseball team (34-16, 14-4 Pac-10) will head out to Palo Alto, Calif., this weekend for a three-game series against Stanford (30-19, 10-8 Pac-10) at Sunken Diamond ... The No. 22-ranked Cardinal defeated St. Mary’s 10-0 on Tuesday, before this weekend’s match up with Arizona ... The Cardinal own a commanding 92-54 advantage in the all-time series that dates back to 1923, but Arizona has won the last two season series - two games to one.

 

What to Watch For

- Arizona continues its quest for its first conference championship since 1992 at Stanford this weekend.

- The NCAA leader in triples per game, Arizona has hit 13 three-baggers in its last seven games.

- Arizona will attempt to move past Washington for the Pac-10 home run lead and a possible run at the conference regular season team triple crown. The Wildcats trail the Pac-10-leading Huskies by one HR (58-57) and already lead the conference in team batting average (.334) and RBI (397).

- Junior Trevor Crowe is just six hits shy of becoming just the sixth player in Arizona history to record triple digits in a single season. Crowe currently sits at 94 for the year, the school record is 111 set by Dave Stegman in 1976.

- Crowe will look to break his three-way tie for the Arizona single season triples record. Currently knotted with Bill Barraclough and Charles Shoemaker at 12, Crowe is attempting to take the lead for his own and has hit four triples in Arizona’s last six games.

- Pac-10 RBI-leader Jordan Brown is just eight RBI away from becoming the fifth player in school history to record 80 runs driven in a single season. Brown has 72 for the year, the school record is 86 set by Ron Hassey in 1974

- Brown and classmate Nick Hundley’s race for the individual HR lead continues. Hundley overtook Brown’s season-long advantage against Utah Valley State on May 3 and he now leads the race 13 to 11.

- Junior right-hander Kevin Guyette will try to keep his three-game winning streak alive on the mound.

- Senior Sean Rierson will attempt to follow up his win at Arizona State last Monday with a second straight solid start this weekend against the Cardinal.

 

Last Week Recap

The Wildcats claimed their sixth Pac-10 series win of the season after taking two of three games from No. 24/21 Arizona State in Tempe last weekend ... Arizona dropped the series opener on Saturday, 6-2, but bounced back to win 16-7 on Sunday and cruised to the series victory with an 18-1 win on Monday ... As a team, Arizona batted .366 with 12 doubles, four triples and three home runs against the Sun Devils ... On the mound, UA recorded a 3.46 ERA in 27 innings pitched and struck out 21 against 10 walks. The Arizona pitchers limited ASU, the conference’s second-best offense, to a .262 average and gave up just two extra base hits (both doubles) in the three-game series ... Saturday - Arizona committed a pair of costly errors on defense and left five of its seven runners left on base in scoring position as ASU ended a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats ... Arizona opened the game with a single by Trevor Crowe and a RBI-triple by Brad Boyer in the first, but the offense went south from there, as UA finished with only six hits in the contest ... John Meloan was hit with just his third career loss after giving up six runs on eight hits in six innings of work ... Sunday - The Wildcat bats exploded for 16 runs on 18 hits - including two doubles, three triples and three home runs - as all nine starters finished with at least one hit and UA tied the series at a game each ... Senior Jeff Van Houten hit a pair of home runs in the contest and finished with a game-high five RBI ... Junior Kevin Guyette picked up his team-leading ninth win of the season and freshman Eric Berger earned his first career save for Arizona in the win ... Monday - Leading 3-0, Arizona hit five doubles in the fourth inning alone and jumped out to a 9-0 advantage ... After tacking on four runs in the sixth and five in the seventh, UA closed out the series victory with a 17-run win ... Eight of the nine UA starters had at least one hit and the Wildcats finished with seven doubles and a triple in the game ... Junior Jordan Brown tied the school record for doubles in a game with three and finished with a game-high five RBI ... Senior Sean Rierson picked up the win with 5 2/3 solid innings of work on the mound. He limited ASU to just one run on eight hits and finished with three strikeouts and no walks ... Mark Melancon picked up his team-leading eighth save of the year with three effective innings of relief.

 

The Arizona Offense

Heading into the week of play, Arizona remains the Pac-10 leader in average (.334), slugging (.542), runs scored (439), hits (613), RBI (397), doubles (135), triples (38) and total bases (995). Arizona is averaging 8.8 runs, 12.3 hits, 2.7 doubles, 0.8 triples and 1.1 home runs per game this season.

 

Seven For Us, Six For Them

The Wildcats are a very impressive 31-4 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 19-2 when plating 10 or more runs in a contest. Additionally, UA is 33-5 when giving up six or fewer runs to its opposition. Arizona is averaging 8.8 runs per game while giving up an average of 5.2 runs this season.

 

Double Digit Hits = Wins

Arizona is 29-4 this season when getting 10 or more hits in a contest. In UA’s 16 losses, the Wildcats have collected four hits twice, five hits twice, six hits twice, 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.

 

EXTRA! EXTRA!

The Wildcats have been on an extra-base hitting tear. In UA’s last eight games, it has hit 27 doubles (3.4/game), 13 triples (1.6/game) and 10 home runs (1.3/game) for a total of 50 EBH. The sum accounts for 43 percent of Arizona’s 116 hits over the eight-game span.

        For the year, the Wildcats have hit 135 doubles, 38 triples and 57 home runs for a total of 230 EBH (38 percent of the 613 hits this season). By comparison, UA’s opponents have managed just 56 doubles, 10 triples and 22 home runs, a total of 88 EBH accounting for just 20 percent of their hits.

 

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

Roger Clemens Award Watch List                        

John Meloan

Xanthus-Dick Howser Trophy Watch List

Trevor Crowe

Jordan Brown

Brooks Wallace Award Watch List

Trevor Crowe

 

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 and not including Monday’s contest vs. ASU, Arizona is eighth in the nation in team batting average (.332), 8th in scoring (8.6), 25th in home runs per game (1.16), first in triples per game (0.76), third in the nation in doubles per game (2.61) and fifth in slugging percentage (.540). Individually, junior Trevor Crowe is 10th in the country in average (.425), 11th in doubles per game (0.45), first in triples per game (0.24), sixth in runs per game (1.43) and fifth in slugging percentage (.766). Classmate Jordan Brown is currently 10th in the NCAA Division I rankings in RBI per game (1.37), Nick Hundley ranks 20th in doubles per game (0.42) and 39th in slugging percentage (.689), senior Jeff Van Houten is 29th in RBI per game (1.19) and junior Brad Boyer is seventh in triples per game (0.14).

 

Spreading It Around

The Wildcat batting order has produced top to bottom. In Arizona’s 50 games this season, all nine starters have collected a hit in seven games, eight of nine in 13 games and seven of nine in eight others (28 contests with at least seven players getting one hit in a game). Seven of the nine starters have 40 or more hits - including five with 60 or more - six have scored 40 or more runs and seven have driven in 30 or more. Batting a Pac-10-best .334 as a team, seven different starters are batting .300 or better individually for the year, including one over .400. The offense is averaging 8.8 runs and 12.3 hits per contest this season.

 

Free Ride

Heading into the week of play, Arizona is second in the Pac-10 with 223 walks. That alone is noteworthy, but it becomes even more impressive when you toss in that UA, which also leads the conference with a .542 slugging percentage, has walked nearly as much as it has struck out (223 BB to 285 K) and that 79 of the 223 free passes (32 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 165 runs this season after the first two outs in an inning have been recorded (38 percent of UA’s 439 runs this year). As a team, Arizona is batting .333 as a team with two outs and has recorded 144 two-out RBI. Individually, junior Jordan Brown leads the two-out RBI parade with 33 runs driven in with a pair down. Brown is batting .379 (33 for 87) and has hit five of his 11 HRs with two outs so far this season. Senior Jeff Van Houten is hitting a team-best .406 with two outs 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 a major part of the Pac-10-leading offense this season and combined to post 238 hits (39 percent of the team total), score 177 runs (40 percent), drive in 151 runs (38 percent) and hit 50 doubles (37 percent), 18 triples (47 percent) and 19 home runs (33 percent). Frey and Crowe have started all 50 games this season at center and left, respectively, while Van Houten has posted 48 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 batting average (.427), slugging (.759), runs (72), hits (94), doubles (22), triples (12) stolen bases (22) and total bases (167). He is fourth in on-base percentage (.500), tied for sixth  in RBI (50), fourth in walks (33) and seventh in home runs (9). Crowe has a team-best 31 multi-hit games, 26 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 27 of Arizona’s 50 contests this season. He has hit 11 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 46 times in 94 opportunities when leading off any inning (.489).

Trevor Crowe and The Arizona Single Season Record Book

Stat Crowe's Numbers (50 Games) Single Season Leader
Runs 72 Dave Stegman (1976) - 91 (73 Games)
Hits 94 Dave Stegman (1976) - 111 (73 Games)
Doubles 31 Dave Stegman (1976) - 30 (73 Games)
Triples 12

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

Extra Base Hits 43 Todd Trafton (1986) - 44 (68 Games)
Total Bases 167 George Arias (1993) - 173 (61 Games)
Jason Thompson (1993) - 173 (61 Games)
Slugging % .759 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 23 career triples, sixth with 70 multi-hit games, seventh with 88 extra base hits, tied for eighth all-time with 61 stolen bases and 10th with 49 doubles.

Trevor Crowe and The Arizona Career Record Book

Stat Crowe's Numbers Rank All-Time Leader
Multi Hit Games 70 6th Robbie Moen - 102
Doubles 49 10th Dave Stegman - 72
Triples 23 3rd Charles Shoemaker - 30
Extra Base Hits 88 7th Dave Stegman - 110
Stolen Bases 61 t-8th Dwight Taylor - 90
Stolen Base % .871 2nd John Glenn - .872
 

13-Game Hitting Streak For Crowe

Junior Trevor Crowe has put together a season-high 13-game hitting streak heading into this weekend’s games at Stanford. Over the course of the streak, Crowe is batting .455 (25 for 55), with three doubles, four triples, four home runs, 11 RBI, 19 runs scored, five stolen bases, a .873 slugging percentage and a .516 on base percentage.

 

Van Houten In Rare Company

Senior Jeff Van Houten joined an exclusive group with a five-RBI day against Arizona State on May 15. The four-year starter became just the third player in school history to record 200 or more RBI for an Arizona career. The 200-RBI club at Arizona includes former All-American and 1980 Golden Spikes Award winner Terry Francona (200 career RBI) and former All-American and all-time leader Ron Hassey (235 career RBI). Heading into this weekend’s series at Stanford, Van Houten is currently second on the all-time list with 206 RBI. To see where Van Houten’s other career numbers rank in the all-time record book at UA, please see page 7 of the notes.

 

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 209-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 .342 this season, he has at least one hit in 38 of Arizona’s 50 games this year. Playing center field in the spacious Kindall Field, Frey is the lone player to start all 50 games this year and not commit an error for the Wildcats (112 total chances).

 

Jolting Jordan Brown

Pac-10 RBI leader Jordan Brown has already equaled his career total for runs driven in Arizona’s first 50 games this season. The junior first baseman finished the 2003 and 2004 campaigns with 72 combined RBI in 84 games played. He has 72 this season with six regular season games left on the schedule. His 1.37 RBI per game average places him 10th among all Division I players this season.

        Brown has at least one RBI in 32 games this year and has posted two or more RBI in a team-high 22 games. In 18 Pac-10 games alone this season, Brown has an amazing 31 RBI. He also has 11 home runs for the year, two away from his career high of 13 set in 2004.

 

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 49 of Arizona’s 50 games behind the plate, including the last 36 straight. The current 36-game streak easily 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 (65), doubles (21), home runs (13), RBI (40) and walks (38).

 

Hundo vs. The Pac

More then halfway through the conference schedule, junior Nick Hundley has taken a liking to Pac-10 pitching. In 18 games thus far, the Wildcat catcher is batting .357 (25 for 70) with 11 doubles, a triple and five home runs. Added up, 17 of his 25 hits in conference play have gone for extra bases which has led to a .757 slugging percentage against Pac-10 opposition. He has 18 RBI and 19 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 24 game span since the Washington series opener, Decater is batting .355 with three doubles, three triples, a home run, 16 runs scored and 11 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 eight games, Boyer is batting .474 (18 for 38) with four doubles, three triples, seven RBI and 12 runs scored.

 

Freshman Chipping In

Breaking into Arizona’s lineup is no easy feat, but a pair of freshmen have made an impact for UA’s high powered offense. “Newcomers” Bryan Kervin (.342, 20 H, 19 RBI, 24 R, 10 2B) and Jason Seefeld (.340, 16 H, 9 RBI, 7 R, 4 2B) have combined to go 56 for 164 (.341), with 28 RBI, 31 runs scored and 14 doubles this season. Kervin has started 36 games this season at second and third (he missed 14 contests with a broken hand) and Seefeld has made 12 starts and played in 20 games this year as the DH.

 

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.

 

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 Trevor Crowe II

Junior Trevor Crowe was named the May10 Pac-10 Player of the Week after leading UA to a series sweep over Utah Valley State (May 6-8). 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.

 

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 4.29 team ERA in 452 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 (474), is fourth in opponent’s batting average (.255) and third in innings pitched (452 2/3) and second in wins (34) ... The scheduled starters for this weekend are RHP John Meloan (8-2, 3.66 ERA, 108 K) on Friday, RHP Kevin Guyette (9-4, 3.75 ERA, 114 K) on Saturday and RHP Sean Rierson (3-2, 5.70 ERA, 34 K) on Sunday.

 

Punching ?'Em Out

Not since 1998 has an Arizona pitching staff put up similar strikeout numbers through 50 games as this season’s staff. The 2005 Wildcats have punched out 474 batters this year, an average of 9.4 per nine innings. The last team to put up similar numbers was the 1998 team was 20-20 through 50 games. The ?'98 Cats had 443 strikeouts in the first 50 games for an average of 9.2 per nine innings. Individually, seven different UA pitchers have 30 or more strikeouts this season. Junior right-hander Kevin Guyette paces the staff with a 114 Ks against 26 walks this year.

The Last Eight Years of Strikeouts (Through 50 Games)

Year Strikeouts Innings Pitched Avg. K per 9 Innings
2005 474 452.2 9.4
2004 350 443.0 7.1
2003 365 451.2 7.3
2002 317 450.1 6.3
2001 340 452.1 6.8
2000 435 438.0 8.9
1999 395 451.0 7.9
1998 443 433.2 9.2
 

A year Later

Despite throwing nine more innings through 50 games, the 2005 pitching staff is well ahead of last season’s numbers in nearly every category.

Pitching Numbers 2004 vs. 2005 (Through 50 games)

Stat 2004 2005 Difference
ERA 5.22 4.29 -0.93
Wins 27 34 +7
Innings Pitched 443.0 452.2 +9.2
CG 5 3 -2
Shutouts 0 6 +6
Saves 10 12 +2
Hits Allowed 494 444 -50
Runs Allowed 306 261 -45
Earned Runs Allowed 257 216 -41
Walks Allowed 209 179 -30
Strikeouts 350 474 +124
 

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 22-3 all-time during his three seasons at UA. His only three losses at UA have come at the hands of ASU (5/14/05), USC (4/29/05) and Cal (5/4/2003). Between the losses to Cal and USC, 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 over the last two seasons with an 18-2 record, a 3.71 ERA and 185 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

53 GP, 22-3, 4.16 ERA, 227 IP, 226 H, 129 R, 105 ER, 122 BB, 225 K

Meloan’s Career Starting Numbers (2 in 2003, 11 in 2004, 15 in 2005)

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