Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Resume Pac-12 Play, Head to the Farm
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 18, 2013
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April 18, 2013

2013 Arizona Baseball
April 19-21, 2013  |  Palo Alto, Calif. |  Sunken Diamond
#25 Arizona (24-12, 8-7 Pac-12) at Stanford (20-11, 7-5 Pac-12)

Fri, April 19 • 7 p.m. (PDT) • Sunken Diamond• TV: Pac-12 Networks • Radio: 1290 AM
RHP Konner Wade (3-3, 3.86) vs. RHP Mark Appel (6-2, 1.41)

Konner Wade, can rekindle his masterful efforts against the Cardinal in past seasons ... Strike-throwing will be paramount for each pitching staff. Stanford leads the conference with the fewest walks allowed, while the Wildcats have drawn more walks than any team - a key for a team that lacks traditional power throughout the lineup. Meanwhile, both sides rank in the top-two as toughest to strikeout ... Strategy and execution is sure to be a storyline as the Wildcats favor a small-ball approach, with singles, sacrifices and stolen bases at the forefront of an aggressive style of play. They lead the league in combined sac flies and sac bunts, while the Cardinal are last when combined the two stats ... However, the Cardinal can slug some runs across and have 18 homers compared to UA's eight dingers ... Defense is sure to play a vital role, and both squads have been solid in that respect ... Arizona steps away from conference play and begins a seven-game home stand next weekend.

Konner Wade is 5-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 103.2 innings pitched away from home in his career.
- Wade is 1-0 with an 0.59 ERA in 15.1 career innings against Stanford.
- Konner Wade carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before surrendering two runs - one earned - on three hits in the sixth inning, en route to a complete-game effort. The Wildcats again rallied from behind, scoring two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth to win 4-2. Wade finished the game with seven strikeouts, including three in a 1-2-3 eighth inning as he retired the final seven batters of the game in order to preserve his fourth win ... In Game 3, Stanford took a 2-0 lead in the fourth before the Cats quickly tied the game in the home half of the inning. Konner Wade seems to be at his best away from home. In his three seasons as a Wildcat, Wade has made 13 starts and 17 total appearances in road/neutral games. In those games, the right-hander owns a 5-3 record and a 2.78 ERA with 60 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 103.2 innings pitched. Four of his six career complete games have been pitched away from home. In 2013, Wade is 3-3 overall with a 3.86 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 63 innings.

Wade Warming Up: By his lofty standards, Konner Wade got off to a bit of a slow start in 2013. Over his first five starts, Wade was 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA, and opponents were hitting .277 against him. Since, the junior righty has started to turn things around. In his last four starts, Wade has just a 1-2 record, but a much lower 3.18 ERA and has limited opponents to a .225 batting average. On April 5 against California, Wade turned in perhaps his best outing of the season with 8.2 innings and just one run allowed. Wade would have had a chance for his first complete game of the season, but his pitch count was raised in part due to four walks in the game, something he'll work to limit going forward. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native has pitched into the sixth inning in all nine starts this season and ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with 63.0 innings this season (game-by-game logs on page 7).

Wade vs. Stanford: Konner Wade has enjoyed significant success against the Cardinal in his career, something he hopes continues on Friday. The junior righty has made two previous starts and has allowed just one earned run in 15.1 innings for a 0.59 ERA. He's surrendered only 10 hits and issued two walks, while striking out nine and limiting Cardinal hitters to a .185 average. Last year in Tucson, he tossed a complete game three-hitter in a winning effort. Two years ago at Stanford, Wade did not factor into the decision despite pitching 6.1 scoreless innings.

Farris in Form: After pitching under the weather against Utah (March 29) and California (April 6), junior Konner Wade (Scottsdale, Ariz.), James Farris Gilbert, Ariz.), Augey Bill, a lefty, give Arizona options to match up from either the right or left side out of the bullpen. Talley is 4-0 with a 2.16 ERA and a save in 25.0 innings while held opponents to a .163 average - second-lowest on the club. Bill is 4-0 with a 0.83 ERA in 21.2 innings, while holding foes to a .200 batting average. Together, the Talley-Bill setup duo is 8-0 with a 1.54 ERA. That's an impressive bridge to sophomore closer Augey Bill has emerged as one of the club's most reliable setup guys to bridge to closer Andy Lopez tenure, and the highest for the school since 2000 (.331). Under Lopez, the Wildcats have now hit .300 or better in a season for 10-consecutive years. Only his first club, in 2002 (.289), failed to reach the .300 mark. Otherwise his teams have posted averages of .320 (2011), .321 (2010), .314 (2009), .301 (2008), .306 (2007), .305 (2006), .328 (2005), .305 (2004) and .329 (2003) over the last 10 seasons. After 32 games, the 2013 club is hitting .310.

On Deck: Arizona returns home and steps away from Pac-12 play as a seven-game home stand opens with a three-game series against Alabama State. The series gets underway on Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field. The Wildcats then host Arizona State in a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m., before resuming conference action with a three-game set against Washington (May 3-5) at Hi Corbett Field.

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