Potential Arizona Starting Lineup
Has started five of the last seven games in LF 2
Hitting .339 with 48 runs scored and 23 RBI in 44 games 3
Team leader in doubles, home runs and RBI 4
12-game hitting streak 5
Second on the team in doubles and RBI 6
Has hit a career-high seven HRS in ?'07 7
Hitting .322 with a team-high eight triples 8
Batting .252 with 23 RBI and 20 runs scored this year 9
Has started last six games at 2B Pitching
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, Clemens Award Semifinalist 11-2, 1.79 ERA, 133 K, 30 BB, 126 IP CP
5-0, 2.11 ERA, 3 Saves, 44 K, 13 BB, 38 1/3 IP
A Quick Look at
The Wildcats wrapped up the 2007 regular season with a 40-15 overall record and a 15-9 Pac-10 mark, good enough for second place in the conference standings ... The 2007 Wildcats became the first UA team since the 1989 club to win 40 games in a season (45-18-1 in ’89) ... From March 11 to April 14, Arizona won 16-straight games to put them on the national radar ... The Wildcats have a relatively young roster, boasting 26 freshmen and sophomores ... UA regularly starts one senior, two juniors, four sophomores and two true freshmen in the field ... The Wildcats pitching staff has rebounded from having the worst ERA in the Pacific-10 Conference last season (5.41) to the second-best ERA this season (3.87) ... Staff ace Preston Guilmet is 11-2 with a 1.78 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched ... True frosh closer Jason Stoffel (5-0, 3 saves, 2.11 ERA) has allowed just one earned run in his last 15 appearances
Arizona’s Regional History
The 2007 regional invitation marks Arizona’s return to the postseason after a one-year absence ... In six seasons under head coach Andy Lopez the Wildcats have participated in four regionals (2003-05, 2007) ... The 2007 postseason marks the 33rd time UA has advanced to play past the regular season ... The 33 postseason invitations are the second-most in the Pac-10 conference, trailing only 12-time national champion USC’s 40 ... The Wildcats are 53-37 (.589) in regional play since 1950 and have taken home 15 regional championships in school history, with the most recent coming in 2004 at the South Bend (Ind.) Regional.
The Wildcats’ roster, dotted with 26 freshmen and sophomores, does not have a lot of NCAA postseason experience. Seniors Brad Mills and Bill Rhinehart have appeared in two postseasons, including UA’s 2004 CWS run as true freshmen. After those two, junior left-hander David Coulon is the only other UA player on the roster to have had a taste of postseason action (2005).
Lopez in the Postseason
Including this season,
Lopez is one of just nine active coaches on the Division I level with a national title to his credit and one only three coaches in the history of college baseball to lead three different schools to the College World Series in
Regional Road Warriors
2007 will mark the 20th time
The Wildcats played four schools that made the NCAA tournament and went 7-7 against them. The Wildcats swept a three-game series against defending national champion Oregon State, went 2-3 against 2007 Pac-10 champion Arizona State and tallied 1-2 records against UCLA and Cal State Fullerton
History with Oral Roberts
The Wildcats and the Golden Eagles have met three times on the baseball diamond dating back to 1985, but never in the postseason. Oral Roberts holds a 2-1 edge in the all-time series.
|March 30, 1985||Oral Roberts 3, Arizona 2 ?- Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Feb. 22, 1997||Arizona 12, Oral Roberts 3 ?- Tucson, Ariz.|
|Feb. 23, 1997||Oral Roberts 5, Arizona 3 ?- Tucson, Ariz.|
Oral Roberts Cal
W, 1-0 ?- 11 Innings
W, 2-1 Cal
L, 8-3 Cal
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year
Right-handed ace Preston Guilmet was a unanimous choice by the Pac-10 coaches to be the league’s top pitcher. In being so named, Guilmet is the first
Despite finishing alone in second in final the conference standings
Six for Us, Five for Them
The Wildcats are a very impressive 29-3 overall this season when scoring six or more runs in a contest and an equally impressive 33-4 when holding their opponent to five or less runs.
The Wildcats are 31-1 this season when leading after six innings, are 34-0 when holding a lead after seven innings and are a perfect 35-0 when leading after eight innings.
Winning the Close Ones
Result Feb 16
at Cal State Fullerton
W, 2-1 Feb 23
W, 6-5 - 10 Innings Mar 2
W, 8-7 Mar 9
W, 2-1 Mar 20
W, 5-4 Mar 21
W, 7-6 Mar 28
W, 6-5 Mar 30
W, 5-4 Apr 5
W, 1-0 - 11 Innings Apr 21
at Washington State
L, 4-3 May 6
W, 7-6 - 10 Innings May 24
at Arizona State
The Wildcats are batting .311 as a team and averaging 7.5 runs, 10.7 hits and 6.8 RBI per game this season ... Led by senior Bill Rhinehart’s team-high .362 average, UA has seven regular starters hitting .300 or better for the year ... C.J. Ziegler (13), Bill Rhinehart (11) and Brad Glenn (10) have all hit double digit homers this season to mark the first trio of Arizona players with 10 or more bombs in a year since 2003.
Pac-10 Player of the Week Honors
Arizona’s Pac-10 Players the Week
Feb. 13 - Brad Glenn - 9 for 17 (.529) with a double, three home runs (all in one game), eight RBI and four runs scored vs. Utah Valley State
April 3 ?- Jon Gaston - 7 for 10 (.700) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI, four runs scored, five walks and a perfect 5 for 5 in stolen base tries against Arizona State and Oregon State
May 8 ?- T.J. Steele - 11 for 14 (.786) with three home runs, a pair of doubles, eight RBI and five run scored vs. Liberty
May 22 ?- Bill Rhinehart - .600 (9 for 15) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, five RBI and five runs scored. Hit for the cycle vs.
After going through an 18-game stretch with only three home runs from March 3 through April 7, the Wildcats’ bats have powered up. Starting with a two-homer game against Stanford in
The Wildcats have gone extra innings four times this season and have emerged victorious each time. The Wildcats won a 6-5, 10-inning affair at UNLV in February, defeated Northern Colorado 7-5 in 12 innings at the end of March, took down Cal 1-0 in 11 innings on April 6 at home and most recently out-lasted Liberty 7-6 at home on May 6.
A Photo Finish
The race for the team lead in a number of statistical categories is going down the wire. It appears that Jon Gaston’s team-best eight triples is the only statistical runaway, as the lead for the most runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI are all still up for grabs.