Thurs., April 5 -
Fri., April 6 -
Sat., April 7 -
Potential Starting Lineup
Arizona is 11-0 since Fon moved into the lineup 2
Hitting .329 with 18 runs scored and 10 RBI in 20 games 3
Had UA’s first 5-hit game of the year last Sun. 4
Hitting .352 with 30 runs and 30 RBI in ?'07 5
Has been hit by a Pac-10-high 11 pitches this year 6
Hit a walk-off HR against Northern Colorado on 3/25 7
Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week 8
Had GW RBI vs. ASU and OSU last week 9
Pac-10 leader with 19 SB. Is 19 for 20 in SB this year Pitching
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
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
The Wildcats have done a pretty good job of taking care of business in
Head coach Andy Lopez is quickly closing in on his 200th all-time victory at
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
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.
The Wildcats and Golden Bears have met 152 times on the baseball diamond dating back to 1951 ...
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
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
at Cal State Fullerton
W, 2-1 2/23
W, 6-5 - 10 Innings 3/3
W, 8-7 3/9
W, 2-1 3/20
W, 5-4 3/21
W, 7-6 3/28
W, 6-5 3/30
Seven Straight for Colt
Junior Colt Sedbrook has put together a seven game hitting streak. Dating back to
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
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.
The Cats in the Pac
Heading into the week of play
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Three-Homer Games at
April 7, 1972 - Dennis Haines at UTEP - 5-for-5, 4 R, 2B, 3 HRs, 3 RBI
March 20, 1974 - Ron Hassey vs.
April 8, 2000 - Erik Torres at Washington - 3-for-4, 4 R, 3 HR, 3 RBI
Feb. 23, 2001 - Shelley Duncan vs.
Feb. 7, 2007 - Brad Glenn vs.
Only Hassey and Duncan hit their HRs in consecutive ABs
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).
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