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Baseball Set to Host Cal for Three
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/04/2007
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Arizona will host California in a three-game Pac-10 series at Kindall Field this week.

Thurs., April 5 - California - 7 p.m.

Fri., April 6 - California - 6 p.m.

Sat., April 7 - California - 12 p.m.

 

Potential Starting Lineup
Name B/T Pos Notes
1 Diallo Fon L/L LF Arizona is 11-0 since Fon moved into the lineup
2 Colt Sedbrook R/R 2B Hitting .329 with 18 runs scored and 10 RBI in 20 games
3 C.J. Ziegler R/R 1B Had UA’s first 5-hit game of the year last Sun.
4 Bill Rhinehart L/L DH Hitting .352 with 30 runs and 30 RBI in ?'07
5 Brad Glenn R/R 3B Has been hit by a Pac-10-high 11 pitches this year
6 T.J. Steele R/R CF Hit a walk-off HR against Northern Colorado on 3/25
7 Jon Gaston L/L RF Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week
8 Dwight Childs R/R C Had GW RBI vs. ASU and OSU last week
9 Robert Abel R/R SS Pac-10 leader with 19 SB. Is 19 for 20 in SB this year
Pitching
Fri RHP Preston Guilmet 5-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 52 Ks in 53 IP
Sat LHP Brad Mills 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA and 48 Ks in 41 1/3 IP
Sun RHP Ryan Perry 0-0 with a 6.55 ERA and 17 Ks in 11 IP
CP  LHP Daniel Schlereth 1-0 with eight saves in 13 relief appearances this year

 

Pac-10 Start

Arizona opened its Pac-10 slate with a sweep of second-ranked Oregon State in Tucson last weekend. The 3-0 start in conference action is the first for Arizona since the Six-Pac days when the Cats swept Cal to open conference play in 1997.

 

Last Week

Arizona toppled two nationally ranked teams in four games last week., taking down Arizona State, 6-5, in the second-annual Challenge at Chase in Phoenix and then opening Pac-10 play with a three-game series sweep of defending national champion Oregon State in Tucson (Game scores ?- 5-4, 8-2, 17-14) ... The four victories extended UA’s season-high win streak to 11 straight games ... The 11 consecutive victories are the most for Arizona since opening the 1999 season a perfect 13-0 ... The Wildcats won a pair of one-run games last week to improve their record to 8-0 in single-run contests for the year ... Offense: In the four games, Arizona batted .328 as a team and collected seven doubles and three triples ... On the base paths the Cats went 15 for 18 in stolen base attempts to improve them to 65 for 81 on the year ... The Oregon State pitching staff plunked UA batters 10 times in the three-game Pac-10 series, including a school record-tying six times in Sunday’s 17-14 slugfest ... Oregon State, which entered the weekend against Arizona with a Pac-10-best 2.43 team ERA, posted a 10.50 ERA in the 24 innings against Wildcats ... Jon Gaston led the way individually, going a combined 7 for 10 in the four games with a pair of doubles, a triple, four RBI five stolen bases and four runs scored ... Other individual standouts from the week included C.J. Ziegler (7 for 15, .467, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 5 R) ... Brad Glenn chipped in during the week by going 7 for 15 (.467) with two doubles and triple, while posting team-highs in both RBI (8) and runs scored (6). In Sunday’s series sweeping win over OSU, he tied his career high with five RBI ... Colt Sedbrook went 7 for 19 (.368) at the plate last week and scored five runs ... Robert Abel went a perfect 4 for 4 in stolen base tries and added five RBI for the Cats ... Dwight Childs had just two hits (2 for 13) during the week, but made both of them count as he delivered game-winning RBI against ASU on Wednesday and again vs. OSU on Friday ... Pitching: Save for the Sunday slugfest against Oregon State, the Wildcat pitching staff was impressive during the week ... As a whole, the staff went 4-0 with a 4.75 ERA in 36 innings of work ... The Cats finished the week with 38 strikeouts against an unusually high 24 walks ... Preston Guilmet (6-0, 1.89 ERA) continued his season-long outstanding work on the mound by tossing his second consecutive complete game. The one down spot for the right-hander was seeing his 21 1/3 scoreless inning streak end one out further along in Friday’s contest against Oregon State ... Senior left-hander Brad Mills (6-2, 2.62 ERA) tied Guilmet for the team wins lead at six after giving up just two runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings to Oregon State on Saturday. He finished with eight Ks ... Freshman Jason Stoffel had bountiful week, collecting his first career save and his second win in two appearances. Stoffel tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings against ASU at Chase Field on Wednesday to improve to 2-0 on the year and then worked 2 1/3 more scoreless innings in relief of Mills in Saturday’s 8-2 win for the save ... Stoffel’s work against OSU became even more impressive after the Wildcats learned that closer and team saves leader Daniel Schlereth was unavailable after tweaking on oblique muscle on his right side against Arizona State.

 

Taking on the Champs

After sweeping 2006 College World Series champion Oregon State last weekend, Arizona improved its all-time record to 40-48-1 when taking on the previous season’s national title winner. The three victories over the Beavers bumped UA’s record to 26-15 all-time against the defending champs in Tucson and marked the first time the Cats have ever swept a CWS title holder the year following the championship.

 

11 Straight

Arizona has won 11 straight games dating back to the series finale at Hawaii on March 11. It is the longest winning streak for the Wildcats since opening the 1999 season 13-0. During the current winning streak, the Cats are batting .326 as a team with 22 doubles, 11 triples and three home runs. UA is 36 for 45 in stolen bases over the last 11 games, and has walked 47 times and been hit by 21 pitches (68 combined) while striking out 58 times. On the mound, the pitching staff has a 3.35 ERA in 102 innings of work. The UA hurlers have struck out 119 hitters and walked 48 while limiting the opposition to a lowly .253 batting average.

 

Home Protection

The Wildcats have done a pretty good job of taking care of business in Tucson this season. In 20 home games the Cats are 18-2 overall. In a March 24th double-header against Northern Colorado, Arizona won its 999th and 1,000th all-time games at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium since putting down roots at the site in 1967. Arizona, which has a streak of 11 straight winning seasons at home, is now 1,004-445-4 (.692) at the facility.

 

Nearing 200

Head coach Andy Lopez is quickly closing in on his 200th all-time victory at Arizona. After UA’s 25-6 start to the year, Lopez currently stands at 193-129-1 all-time with Cats. In just his sixth season at UA, Lopez is already the fourth-winningest coach in school history.

Arizona Coaching Wins

1. Jerry Kindall  860, 24 seasons
2. Frank Sancet 831, 23 seasons
3. Pop McKale 302, 33 seasons
4. Andy Lopez 193, five-plus seasons

 

A Quick Look at Cal

The Golden Bears head to the Old Pueblo with a 17-14 overall record and a 2-1 league mark ... Cal opened the conference season last weekend in Berkeley by taking two of three from visiting Washington State ... As a team Cal is batting .306 for the year and is averaging 6.0 runs, 10.4 hits and 5.7 RBI per game ... The Bears are currently tied with Arizona for second in the conference with 21 team home runs ... Cal’s David Cooper leads the way individually with a .370 batting average, eight home runs, 35 RBI and 24 runs scored - all team highs ... Jeff Kobernus is a threat on the base paths with 11 stolen bases in 17 tries this season ... On the mound, the Bears have a 4.07 team ERA in 274 innings pitched ... The announced rotation for the weekend is: Fri - RHP Tyson Ross (3-4, 2.51 ERA, 69 K), Sat - RHP Alex Rollin (6-1, 3.88 ERA, 27 K) and Sun - TBA ... Head coach David Esquer is in his eighth season as the Bears’ skipper and has posted a 218-203 record in Berkeley.

 

Arizona vs. Cal - The History

The Wildcats and Golden Bears have met 152 times on the baseball diamond dating back to 1951 ... Arizona owns a 88-64 edge in the all-time series, but Cal has taken two of three from the Cats each of the last two seasons.

 

Offensive Numbers

Heading into play this weekend, the Wildcats are batting .315 as a team and averaging 7.4 runs, 10.7 hits, 2.1 doubles and 6.6 RBI per game.

 

Gaston Named Pac-10 Player of the Week

Sophomore Jon Gaston led a red-hot Arizona baseball club to a perfect 4-0 record against a pair of nationally ranked teams land was named the April 3 Pac-10 Player of the Week for doing so. In the four games, one a non-conference contest against Arizona State and the three others in UA’s Pac-10 opening weekend against 2006 College World Series champions Oregon State, Gaston went a combined 7 for 10 (.700) with two doubles, a triple, four RBI, four runs scored, five walks and was a perfect 5 for 5 in stolen base tries. He was named the second-annual Challenge at Chase MVP after leading Arizona to a 6-5 win over ASU at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday. He finished the contest against the Sun Devils 2 for 3 with a triple, two stolen bases, a run scored and a game-high three RBI. He also came up with a key outfield assist against ASU to help end a four-run Devil rally in the seventh inning. Two days later he was a driving force behind UA’s three-game sweep of defending national champion Beavers at home to open Pac-10 play. Against Oregon State, Gaston finished 5 for 7 (.714) with two doubles, three stolen bases, three runs scored and a RBI. He also drew four walks and was hit by two pitches to lead to a very impressive .846 on-base percentage to go along with his 1.000 slugging percentage for the weekend.

 

Year Two

Head coach Andy Lopez has said that the biggest improvement for a player is between their freshman and sophomore seasons. Brad Glenn is certainly proving his skipper right. As a freshman last year, Glenn batted .288 with 11 doubles, zero triples, 10 home runs, 38 runs scored and 32 RBI in 51 games played. In 31 games as a sophomore this year, he is hitting .362 with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 22 run scored and has already surpassed his RBI total from last year with 37 this season.

 

Coincidence? Maybe, but Maybe not

The Wildcats’ 11-game win streak has happened in conjunction with outfielder Diallo Fon’s move into the starting lineup as the leadoff hitter. Over his last 11 games, Fon is batting .404 (19 for 47) with a double, three triples, five RBI and a very impressive 17 runs scored. Over a four-game period (at Hawaii-Hilo, two games vs. Morehead State and the series opener against Northern Colorado), Fon reached base safely 12 times and came around to score every single time. The redshirt freshman is 8 for 9 in stolen bases, has a .481 on-base percentage and is slugging at a .553 clip during the 11-game stretch.

 

Winning the Close Ones

Arizona is 8-0 in games decided by one run this season. During the current 11-game win streak, Arizona has won four of the contests by a single run. Last season the Cats went 4-7 in one-run games.

One-Run Success

Date  Opponent Result
2/16 at Cal State Fullerton W, 2-1
2/23 at UNLV W, 6-5 - 10 Innings
3/3 Eastern Michigan W, 8-7
3/9 at Hawaii W, 2-1
3/20 Morehead State W, 5-4
3/21 Morehead State W, 7-6
3/28 Arizona State W, 6-5
3/30 Oregon State W, 5-4

 

Seven Straight for Colt

Junior Colt Sedbrook has put together a seven game hitting streak. Dating back to Arizona’s double-header vs. Northern Colorado on March 24, Sedbrook is 13 for 32 (.406) with a double, three RBI and a team-high eight runs scored. A hit in Thursday’s contest against Cal would tie his longest career hitting streak at UA set last season.

 

Walk-Off Wackiness

T.J. Steele’s walk-off homer in the 12th inning against Northern Colorado on March 25 was the first for the Wildcats since Jeff Van Houten did so against Washington in the 12th inning two years to the date of Steele’s game-ender.

UA’s Last Two Walk-Off Homers

March 25, 2005     Jeff Van Houten vs. Washington - Solo HR to lead off the 12th

March 25, 2007     T.J. Steele vs. Northern Colorado - One-out, two-run HR in the 12th

 

The Cats in the Pac

Heading into the week of play Arizona remains among the conference leaders in a number of offensive categories. UA is first in triples (23) stolen bases (65) and HBP (51) and second in batting average (.315), slugging (.481), runs scored (230), hits (333), RBI (204), doubles (66), home runs (21) and total bases (508)  ... Individually, Jon Gaston  is ninth among conference players in batting average (.364) and is 10th in slugging (.616), fifth in on-base percentage (.471) and second in triples (5) ... C.J. Ziegler dots the Pac-10 top 10 in slugging (3rd, .675), runs scored (4th, 36), RBI (t6th, 33), doubles (2nd, 13), home runs (4th, 7) and total bases (3rd, 79).... Brad Glenn leads the conference with 11 HBP and is eighth in slugging (.629), tied for third in RBI (37), fourth in on-base percentage (.489) ... Bill Rhinehart is eighth in runs scored (30) and ninth in RBI (30) and total bases (65) ... Robert Abel is the Pac-10’s top thief this year with 19 stolen bases and is tied for ninth in runs scored with 29

 

Two-Out Guy

Brad Glenn has racked up a team-best 37 RBI in 30 games this season. More impressive however is that 23 of the 37 runs driven in have come with two outs in an inning. For the year, Glenn is batting .404 with two outs, 42 points higher than his overall average of .344.

 

Bouncing Back

Junior C.J. Ziegler went through a rough patch - 3 for his last 19 - but the first-year Wildcat bounced back in a big way in Arizona’s series sweeping win last Sunday against Oregon State. Ziegler finished the 17-14 victory 5 for 5 with two doubles, an RBI  and a career-high four runs scored. The five-hit game was the first for a UA player since Bill Rhinehart collected five hits against Washington State last May.

 

Ready, Willing and Abel

With the departure of three-year starter Jason Donald, the shortstop position was a vacant slot heading into the 2007 season. Freshman Robert Abel got the early chance in the pivotal position and has done nothing to relinquish the starting spot. Starting all 31 games and playing every defensive inning, Abel is hitting .319 with five doubles, three triples, 14 RBI and 29 run scored. Defensively, Abel over came a stretch earlier in the year in which he committed five errors over five games to post just three defensive miscues in Arizona’s last 18 contests.

 

Abel to Steal a Bag

Freshman shortstop Robert Abel saw his streak of successful stolen base attempts end at 15 straight when he was caught on March 25 against Northern Colorado. Still, the first-year Wildcat is 19 for 20 in stolen base tries this season to pace an Arizona club that is 65 for 81  on the year (80%) to lead the Pac-10. T.J. Steele (10 for 10) and Hunter Pace (2 for 2) are perfect for the year, while Abel, Diallo Fon (8 for 9), Brad Glenn (6 for 7) and Jon Gaston (8 for 9) have each been caught only once.

 

Back-To-Back Back-To-Back

C.J. Ziegler and Brad Glenn hit back-to-back home runs in back-to-back games earlier this season. Ziegler led off the ninth inning against Arizona State on Feb. 27 with a solo homer and was followed around the bases by Glenn in the next at bat. The duo repeated the feat three days later in the third inning against Eastern Michigan.

 

Multi-Ball

A year removed from having just one player hit multiple home runs in a contest (David Plante, at USC), three different Wildcats have gone yard at least twice in a game this season. Bill Rhinehart (2) and Brad Glenn (3) each hit multiple homers against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7, and C.J. Ziegler joined them on March 2 against Eastern Michigan with a pair of solo shots. It was the first multi-homer game for each player in their respective UA career ... The team record for multi-homer games in a single season is nine by the 1993 Wildcat squad ... The individual career record is 10 by Shelley Duncan (199-2001).

 

One Yard from History

Brad Glenn was already having a good day - 3 for 3, three home runs - when he strode to plate in the eighth inning against Utah Valley State on Feb. 7. Little did he know that he was about to come 36 inches shy of doing something nobody in over 100 years of Arizona baseball had done. The sophomore outfielder lined a 1-2 offering towards the gap in left-center and the ball smacked the outfield fence just three feet short of going over for what would have been his record-breaking fourth bomb of the game. Despite coming up a yard short of the record, Glenn tied four other former Wildcats for the most HRs in a single game in school history

Three-Homer Games at Arizona

April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI

March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs. Weber State - 4-for-4, 4 R, 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI

April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI

Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs. Utah - 4-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI

Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs. Utah Valley State - 4-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 3 HR, HBP, 5 RBI

Only Hassey and Duncan hit their HRs in consecutive ABs

 

Extra, Extra

In 31 games this season Arizona has posted at least one extra base hit in 30 of them ... UA has hit at least one double in 28 of 31 contests this season, including a season-high eight in the season-opener against Gonzaga ... The Wildcats hit eight doubles, three triples and a home run against Gonzaga on Feb. 2. The 12 extra base hits in that contest were the most put up by a UA squad in school history, eclipsing the previous high-water mark of 11 set by the 1985 and 2001 teams ... Junior DH C.J. Ziegler tied the UA single-game school record for doubles in his first career start on Feb. 2, swatting three two-baggers. He finished the contest 4 for 5 with three RBI and four runs scored. For the year over half of Ziegler’s 41 hits have gone for extra bases (13 doubles, two triples, seven home runs).

 

Wearing It

Although they are slightly behind last year’s record-setting pace, UA has been hit by a Pac-10-high 51 pitches in 31 games thus far. The opposition has hit Arizona batters six times twice in a contest this season to tie the single game school record and the Cats have been dosed at least once in 20 of 31 games. Led by a single-season record 26 HBP by Colt Sedbrook, Arizona shattered the school record for getting hit last season with 96. The 2006 club had been hit by 59 pitches 31 games into the season.

 

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