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Baseball Set For Postseason Play
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/29/2007
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Potential Arizona Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Hunter Pace R/R LF Has started five of the last seven games in LF
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R SS Hitting .339 with 48 runs scored and 23 RBI in 44 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Team leader in doubles, home runs and RBI
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L RF 12-game hitting streak
5 Brad Glenn R/R 3B Second on the team in doubles and RBI
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Has hit a career-high seven HRS in ?'07
7 Jon Gaston L/L DH Hitting .322 with a team-high eight triples
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Batting .252 with 23 RBI and 20 runs scored this year
9 Mike Weldon R/R 2B Has started last six games at 2B
Pitching
Fri Preston Guilmet RHP Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, Clemens Award Semifinalist
11-2, 1.79 ERA, 133 K, 30 BB, 126 IP
CP Jason Stoffel RHP 5-0, 2.11 ERA, 3 Saves, 44 K, 13 BB, 38 1/3 IP

 

A Quick Look at Arizona

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.

 

Postseason Success

The Arizona baseball program has a long and storied history in the NCAA postseason. Excluding this year, the Wildcats have made 32 postseason appearances, won 15 regional titles, one super regional title, made 15 appearances in the College World Series, won three national titles and finished runner-up at the CWS three other times.

 

Postseason Experience

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, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez has guided 12 teams to the NCAA postseason tournament in 19 years on the Division I level, including four at Arizona. He also led Cal State Dominguez Hills to two Division II playoff berths, including a trip to the D-II World Series in 1987.

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 Omaha, Neb. He has a 33-25 postseason record on the Division I level and a 38-30 career mark on both the D-I and D-II levels.

 

Regional Road Warriors

2007 will mark the 20th time Arizona has left Tucson for the regional round of the NCAA postseason. Of the 19 previous regional road trips, the Wildcats have returned with the regional title seven times ... Two of Arizona’s three national championship runs have started on the road with the 1976 team (at Edinburg, Texas) and the 1986 club (at Austin, Texas) both leaving the Old Pueblo en route to the CWS title. Only UA’s 1980 national championship team started its postseason trip to Omaha in Tucson.

 

Arizona vs. the NCAA Field

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.

Arizona and Oral Roberts All-Time

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.

 

Arizona and Oral Roberts Common Opponents

Arizona and Oral Roberts have shared only one common opponent this season ?- the California Golden Bears. The Wildcats swept their three-game Pac-10 series against Cal in Tucson in early April, while the Golden Eagles dropped two of three to Cal in Berkeley, Calif., in late March.

Opponent Arizona Oral Roberts
Cal W, 1-0 ?- 11 Innings W, 2-1
Cal W, 15-12 L, 8-3
Cal W, 5-3 L, 6-1

 

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 Arizona hurler to receive the highest pitching honors bestowed by the conference since Scott Erickson in 1989.

 

All-Pac-10 Honors

Despite finishing alone in second in final the conference standings Arizona placed just two of its members on the All-Pac-10 Team. Senior Bill Rhinehart and Preston Guilmet were both voted on to the first-team squad by the conference coaches at the conclusion of the regular season.

 

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.

 

Lights Out

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

Arizona is 10-2 in games decided by just one run this season

One-Run Success

Date  Opponent Result
Feb 16 at Cal State Fullerton W, 2-1
Feb 23 at UNLV W, 6-5 - 10 Innings
Mar 2 Eastern Michigan W, 8-7
Mar 9 at Hawaii W, 2-1
Mar 20 Morehead State W, 5-4
Mar 21 Morehead State W, 7-6
Mar 28 Arizona State W, 6-5
Mar 30 Oregon State W, 5-4
Apr 5 Cal  W, 1-0 - 11 Innings
Apr 21 at Washington State L, 4-3
May 6 Liberty W, 7-6 - 10 Innings
May 24 at Arizona State L, 8-7

 

Offensive Numbers

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

Four different Arizona players were feted with Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season to tie them with rival Arizona State for the most by a Pac-10 school.

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. Washington

 

Power Surge

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 Palo Alto on April 13, Arizona has hit 27 bombs in its last 21 games to raise its season total to 48 for the year.

 

May Day!

In Arizona’s 12 games played during the month of May the Wildcat offense probably had opposing pitchers screaming just that. The final month of the regular season saw Arizona hit .352 as a team (157 for 446) with 114 runs scored (9.5 runs/game), 34 doubles (2.8 2Bs/game), seven triples (0.58 3B/game), 18 home runs (1.5 HR/game) and 106 RBI (8.8 RBI/game).

 

Free Baseball

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.

Stat In the Running
Runs C.J. Ziegler ?- 57
Bill Rhinehart ?- 50
Colt Sedbrook - 48
Hits Bill Rhinehart ?- 76
C.J. Ziegler ?- 74
Brad Glenn ?- 71
T.J. Steele ?- 70
Doubles C.J. Ziegler ?- 22
Brad Glenn - 17
Bill Rhinehart ?- 15
Home runs 
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