No. 14 Arizona (30-15, 13-8 Pac-12) heads to Berkeley, Calif., to take on California (25-19, 9-12 Pac-12) in a three-game Pac-12 Conference series this weekend.
May 10, 2012
|2012 Arizona Baseball
May 11-13, 2012 | Berkeley, Calif. | Evans Diamond
No. 14 Arizona (30-15, 13-8 Pac-12) @ California (25-19, 9-12 Pac-12)
Friday, May 11 • 3:30 p.m. (PDT) • Evans Diamond • UA Radio: 1290 AM
RHP Kurt Heyer (8-2, 2.50 ERA) vs. LHP Michael Theofanopoul (3-4, 5.16 ERA)
Saturday, May 12 • 1 p.m. (PDT) • Evans Diamond • UA Radio: 1290 AM
RHP Konner Wade (6-1, 4.29 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Flemer (7-3, 2.25 ERA)
Sunday, May 13 • 1 p.m. (PDT) • Evans Diamond • UA Radio: 1290 AM
RHP James Farris (5-3, 4.26 ERA) vs. LHP Justin Jones (4-6, 3.79)
|Some Series Themes
|A key series for both clubs, as the host Golden Bears look to improve their résumé for postseason aspirations, while the Wildcats look to keep themselves in the hunt for the Pac-12 Championship and a potential NCAA Regional host bid … Two of the three best hitting clubs in the Pac-12 … A battle between a handful of players contending for the Pac-12 batting crown … An interesting matchup of the two toughest teams to strikeout in the conference, especially as UA’s pitching staff leads all schools in strikeouts … The Wildcats (7-6) seek to remain above .500 in road games, while Cal tries to improve upon its 13-5 mark at Evans Diamond … A pair of clubs that would like to cut down on errors … Both schools are coming off a week of practices with no mid-week games … Each side likes to advance runners, with 20 combined players recording a sacrifice bunt this season … Arizona’s all right-handed starting rotation against two lefties and a righty from Cal … The start of a seven-straight road games for the Wildcats, their longest span away from home in 2012.
||Baseball America Rankings
|Game Notes (PDF)
|Season Statistics (PDF)
|2012 Media Guide
|California vs. Arizona Statistical Comparison
||Arizona Statistical Leaders
|25-19 (9-12 Pac-12)
||30-15 (13-8 Pac-12)
||Alex Mejia (.379)
||Alex Mejia (72)
||Johnny Field (47)
||Robert Refsnyder (46)
||Seth Mejias-Brean (16)
||Robert Refsnyder (4)
||Johnny Field (.474)
||Robert Refsnyder (.561)
||Robert Refsnyder (11)
||Kurt Heyer (2.50)
||Kurt Heyer (93.2)
||Konner Wade (77)
|Arizona Baseball Game Notes:
- UA’s .333 batting average ranks No. 3 in the nation.
- UA is scoring 7.3 runs per game, 10th-best in the nation.
- UA ranks No. 7 in triples and No. 23 in doubles nationally.
- UA pitchers’ 2.71 strikeout to walk ratio ranks No. 21.
- Kurt Heyer (No. 36, 5.43) and James Farris (no. 49, 5.0) each rank in the top 50 nationally for highest strikeout to walk ratios.
- Johnny Field is hitting .465 over the last 17 games.
- Bobby Brown is hitting .402 over the last 22 games.
- Robert Refsnyder has reached base in 19 straight games.
- Konner Wade’s 77 strikeouts rank No. 2 in the Pac-12.
- Seth Mejias-Brean is eight hits away from 200 for his career, while Bobby Brown is eight away from 100.
- The Cats have trailed at some point in 27 of the last 32 games.
- The Wildcats have hit seven of their 13 home runs this season on the road, despite playing just 13 road games to date.
- UA has an extra base hit in all but one game this year, and has collected 43 in the last nine games.
- Arizona has won 30 games for the sixth straight season and the 10th time in Andy Lopez’s 11 years in Tucson.
Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez: The Wildcats are coached by Andy Lopez, who is now in his 11th season with a 385-244-1 record at the school. He has guided the Wildcats to postseason competition in seven of the last nine years, including two straight NCAA regionals and highlighted by a 2004 College World Series appearance. The Wildcats have won at least 30 games in six straight years and in 10 of Lopez’s 11 seasons at the school. Overall, Lopez has more than 1,000 career victories, one national championship and four College World Series appearances. Lopez owns a career record of 1,072-662-7 in 30 years as a head coach, including stints at Cal State Dominguez Hills (1983-88), Pepperdine (1989-94), Florida (1995-2001) and Arizona (2002-present). Lopez led Pepperdine, Florida (twice) and Arizona to College World Series appearances. His total victories are 13th-most among active coaches and he is just one of just 45 individuals to reach 1,000 career victories.
UA-Oregon Recap: Oregon took two-of-three games from the Wildcats to claim a one-and-a-half game lead in the Pac-12 standings last week at Hi Corbett Field … The Ducks won the opener, 6-1, before the Wildcats evened the series with a 12-6 victory on Saturday. Oregon then overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring a run in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings for a 3-1 series-clinching win … Oregon hit just .257 with runners in scoring position on the weekend, but picked up nine timely two-out RBI. In fact, 10 of Oregon’s runs in the series were scored with two outs in an inning … The Wildcats, meanwhile, put leadoff runners on base at a .346 clip and hit .348 with runners in scoring position, but were able to muster just three two-out RBI … Alex Keudell pitched a gem in the opener, limiting the Wildcats to just one run on seven hits in a complete game … Tyler Crawford was the winner for Arizona out of the bullpen on Sunday, pitching a marvelous 4.1 innings with just two hits and no runs allowed … James Farris was outstanding on Sunday for the Wildcats, but a seventh-inning balk call and a two-out passed ball allowed an unearned run to score. The Ducks tacked on the go-ahead run in the eighth and Jimmie Sherfy picked up the win out of the pen for Oregon, as Farris suffered the tough-luck loss … Johnny Field (6-for-12, HR, 3 RBI) paced UA’s offense, while Alex Mejia had four hits and Bobby Brown had two, including a solo home run on Sunday that gave UA the 1-0 lead in the fifth inning.
30 Wins: Arizona has reached the 30-win plateau for the sixth straight season and for the 10th time in Andy Lopez’s 11 seasons at the school. The last Wildcat club to miss the 30-win mark was 2006 team, which finished 27-28 and is one of just two Lopez-coached squads to miss postseason play in the last nine years. A year ago, the Wildcats finished 39-21, their best record since going 42-19 in 2008.
Hit the Road: Arizona hits the road for a seven-game road trip beginning with this weekend’s three game series at California. It’s the longest stretch of games away from Hi Corbett Field for the Wildcats this season. Previously, Arizona has played two four-game road stretches. Overall, the club is 7-6 in road games, having won series at Oregon State. Utah and Washington, while splitting two non-conference games with Rice and losing one non-conference tilt with Arizona State.
Road Rules: Arizona is 7-6 playing away from Hi Corbett Field, and is set to play seven straight road games. Here are some stats of notes from the 13 road games: UA hits below its season average, but still a respectable .303 on the road. Opponents are hitting .251 against Wildcat pitching also below the season average … UA has hit seven of its 13 home runs on the road … Seth Mejias-Brean (.377) and Alex Mejia (.375) have seen little drop-off in their averages … Mejias-Brean leads club with seven extra base hits, including his only homer of the season … Bobby Brown and Riley Moore each have a at least one double, one triple and one home run on the road … Joey Rickard leads the club with 14 runs scored away from home … UA has committed just 13 errors (.974 fld%.) away from home, an significant improvement from the overall stats … UA’s weekend starters – Kurt Heyer, Konner Wade and James Farris – have 50 strikeouts against 13 walks in 69.2 innings pitched (impressive 1.68 BB/9 IP) … Farris leads all pitchers with 19 strikeouts on the road … Arizona has turned 12 double plays, while hitting into nine … The Cats are 12-20 in stolen bases, while opponents are 9-11 … UA places its leadoff runner on base 45 percent of the time (54-120) compared to a 37 percent clip (43-116) by opponents … UA hits .307 with runners in scoring position, while opponents are hitting .302.
Field Days: Johnny Field continues his torrid hitting since a road trip to the state of Utah in early April. Since playing on Utah Valley on April 4, Field is hitting a blistering .465 (33-for-71) with 19 runs scored and 14 RBI in a span of 17 games. He leads the club with 12 extra base hits, including his first homer of the year last weekend against UCLA, and has a team-best .704 slugging percentage during that time. Perhaps more impressively, he’s reaching base at .548 clip. He’s drawn nine walks and been hit by a pitch four times, while striking out only six times. The hot streak has come on the heels of a hitting slump in March. The Las Vegas native was mired in a 7-for-49 (.143) slump over a 13-game stretch that sunk his batting average to a season-low .294. Since, he’s brought his season batting average back up to .364, good enough for 8th-best in the Pac-12. He is second in the Pac-12 in runs scored (47) and third in on-base percentage (.474). He leads all players with 30 walks.
What Can Brown Do For You? Fifth-year senior and soon-to-be graduate Bobby Brown had just 40 starts and 164 at bats entering the year, but he has seemingly saved his best for last. The team’s starting designated hitter, Brown has become one of the conference’s hottest left-handed bats over the last two months. Over the course of the last 22 games, Brown is batting a team-best .402 (35-for-87) with 21 runs scored and 25 RBI. He has hit seven doubles, four triples and the first three home runs of his career for a .678 slugging percentage during the span. He has draw five walks, been hit by a pitch once and struck out just seven times. For good measure he’s 4-for-4 in stolen base tries, too. On the season, Brown is hitting .344 with career-highs in runs scored (30) and RBI (36). His .584 slugging percentage not only leads the team, but ranks second in the league. His six triples are tied for most in the conference. Brown graduates from the school this month with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and minors in Sociology and Anthropology.
Extra, Extra! Arizona ranks third in the Pac-12 for extra base hits, totaling 137, narrowly behind Arizona State (141) and Stanford (137). The Wildcats’ rank in the category is interesting, because the club has just 13 homers on the year, which places them second-to-last. But UA leads all teams in doubles (99) and triples (25), boosting the slugging percentage to a league-best .452. The Wildcats have collected a base hit in all but one game this season (6-0 loss to WSU on March 16). They’ve picked up the pace recently, accumulating 43 extra base hits over the course of the last nine games. From the long-bal standpoint, the Wildcats have hit 11 of their 13 home runs over the course of the last 22 games.
Hitting 101: Arizona leads the Pac-12 and ranks No. 3 nationally with a .333 team batting average … The Wildcats have seven regulars (min. 90 at bats) batting above .300 … Four players rank in the top-six of the conference for individual batting … UA has collected 10+ hits in a game 33 times this season, including in 15 of the last 20 contests … The Wildcats are 28-3 when out-hitting opponents in games this season and 0-11 when opponents outhit the Wildcats (2-1 when hits are tied) … Nine players have at least 10 multi-hit games in 2012 … Four players have had a hitting streak of at least 11 games to date, while Johnny Field is vying to become the fifth with a current nine-game streak.
Leading the Pac: Entering the weekend, Arizona’s hitting leads the Pac-12 in batting average (.333), slugging (.452), on base percentage (.396), runs scored (329), hits (526), RBI (299), doubles (99), triples (25) and sacrifice flies (33). The club ranks second with 63 stolen bases, and has struck out the second-fewest times (209). Pitching-wise, the Wildcats lead the conference with 325 strikeouts and have issued the third-fewest walks (120).
May Days: The Pac-12 title race and postseason picture will sort itself out in the coming weeks, but it is interesting to note the different tracks recent UA clubs have taken in the month of May. The 2010 club, comprised of a young group of talented players like Kurt Heyer, Alex Mejia, Seth Mejias-Brean, Joey Rickard and Robert Refsnyder, limped into the postseason after going just 5-10 in May, including 4-7 in the Pac-10. The club hit .272 down the stretch with a 6.50 team earned run average. In 2011, Arizona turned things around at the right time for a hot finish. The Cats won 10 of their final 13 regular season games and went 7-3 in Pac-10 play in May. The team hit .316 and saw much-improved pitching with a 2.59 ERA. What does this May have in store? So far, it’s a 1-2 start with 10 games left to play.
It’s a Team Game: Arizona may have some impressive individual hitting numbers, but the club buys into the team concept and moves runners. The Cats have 44 sacrifice bunts on the season, which is good enough to place fifth in the Pac-12 to date. More impressively, the Wildcats have a Pac-12-leading 33 sacrifice flies on the season, a mark that is No. 3 in the nation. Alex Mejia and Riley Moore each have seven sacrifice flies on the season to lead the Pac-12. The super-seven number is one shy of cracking the single season top-10 for individual players at Arizona. Moore has already surpassed three previous Wildcats (last was Jason Donald in 2004) who shared the school’s freshman record for most sacrifice flies in a season with five apiece.
Heyer on Watch Lists: Junior right-hander Kurt Heyer has put together his best season to date at Arizona with an 8-2 record, a 2.50 ERA, 76 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 93.2 innings pitched. He has thrown four complete games in 12 starts. It has placed him on the National Pitcher of the Year Watch List as announced by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Additionally, he remained on the 60-man Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, after initially appearing on the 30-player Preseason Watch List.
Walkie Talkie: Andy Lopez and pitching coach Shaun Cole preach to their pitchers on a daily basis that walks are unacceptable. For the most part, the staff has done a great job limiting walks, evidenced by the third-lowest total in the Pac-12 (120). It is interesting, though, the role walks can play in the breakdown of wins in losses. Consider that 22 of UA’s 30 wins this season have been games when pitchers have issued two or fewer walks. Meanwhile, the Cats have lost a game just five times when they have two or fewer walks. Arizona’s staff has a 2.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio, 21st-best in Division I.
Falling Behind: Arizona has developed a habit of falling behind early in games, something that has proven costly at times while other times simply serving as a wakeup call. Arizona has trailed at some point in 24 of its last 29 games (13-11 record when trailing) and in 29 of 42 on the season (16-13). A season ago, the Cats trailed during 38 of their 60 games played. They posted a 17-21 mark in those games.
Fearsome Foursome: Juniors Alex Mejia, Seth Mejias-Brean, Robert Refsnyder and Joey Rickard have combined to make 636 starts in 645 total games played. They have missed a combined seven games in their careers. It’s been a very consistent a productive group that has helped guide the Wildcats to consecutive NCAA Regional appearances. Together they have accumulated 843 base hits and 483 runs scored, hitting .334 (843-2526) as a group.
Mejia Mania: An All-Pac-10 selection as a sophomore, shortstop Alex Mejia is turning in a sensational junior season. Mejia leads the club and ranks third in the Pac-12 with a .379 batting average. He is slugging .516 on the season, which is fourth on the team, and has been boosted by nine doubles, four triples and three home runs. The round-trippers are second-most on the team and are his first since his freshman season after he snapped a streak of 371at-bats without a home run earlier this season. Mejia has developed from a steady bottom of the order hitter to a guy that now hits No. 2 or 3 in the lineup. In his career, Mejia boasts a .343 batting average, 113 runs scored, 215 hits and 117 RBI. Interestingly, Mejia has been even more efficient in conference games in his career, hitting .367 (102-278) with 43 runs and 40 RBI in 75 career league contests. Defensively, Mejia makes some spectacular plays on seemingly a daily basis, and his 146 assists are second-most in the Pac-12. Mejia was named a second team preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and is on the midseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, presented to the nation’s top shortstop.
Rev’d Up Ref: Junior right fielder Robert Refsnyder is turning in a strong junior campaign after being named an All-Pac-10 player a year ago. Refsnyder, who leads Arizona with four home runs, is also third on the club in batting average (.367, No. 7 in Pac-12), while his .561 slugging percentage is second on the team (No. 6 in Pac-12) thanks to a team-leading 23 extra base hits. Refsnyder has walked 18 times and been hit by a pitch 10 other times, boosting his on-base percentage to .448 (No. 6 in Pac-12). In addition, he’s scored 42 runs (No. 5 in pac-12) and added 46 RBI (No. 3 in Pac-12), while stealing a team-high 11 bases (No.4 Pac-12). He’s been the guy to have at the plate in key situations, hitting .459 with runners in scoring position. In his three-year career, Refsnyder has an impressive .341 batting average, 131 runs scored, 141 RBI and 62 extra base hits (37 2B, 13 3B, 12 HR).
Hot At The Hot Corner: Third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean continues to be one of the Pac-12’s hottest hitters not only this season, but going back to the final month of 2011. Currently, Mejias-Brean ranks fourth in the Pac-12 with a .376 batting average and is tied for the conference lead with 16 doubles. The junior has scored 44 runs (No. 4 in Pac-12) and added 44 runs batted in (No. 4 in the Pac-12). The RBI count is a new career high and blown past the 28 he tallied all of last season. Speaking of his sophomore campaign a year ago, Mejias-Brean has continued to be one of the Wildcats most productive hitters since the end of last April. Beginning on April 30 of last year and continuing through this week, Mejias-Brean is hitting a robust .388 (93-240) with 44 runs scored and 56 RBI over the course of 61 games. He recently had a 21-game hitting streak snapped, but has still hit safely in 54 of the last 64 games dating back to 2011. In his career, Mejias-Brean is a .332 hitter with 107 runs and 103 RBI.
Heyer Rings ‘Em Up: Kurt Heyer matched his career high set during his freshman season with 14 strikeouts against Harvard on March 2 and now has 76 on the season. In his career, Heyer has 319 strikeouts, which is believed to be the most in the nation for active pitchers (research courtesy Troy Prendergast at Troy University). Heyer’s 319 strikeouts are 5th-most in program history and trails Jim Nichols’ 333 (1983-85) for fourth. Heyer, from Huntington Beach, Calif., has made 48 starts in his career, which is also fifth-most in school history. Heyer boasts a 23-11record and a 2.69 ERA with just 69 walks in 334.0 innings pitched in his career.
‘K’onner Wade: Sophomore RHP Konner Wade has settled nicely into his role as the team’s No. 2 starter. Wade has been effectively wild at times in 2012, evidenced by 28 walks and 16 hit batsmen in 84.0 innings of work. At the same time, he’s struck out 77 batters (2nd in the Pac-12) and limited foes to a .248 batting average. The 77 strikeouts lead the club, which is a bit surprising since he racked up just 28 strikeouts in 61.2 innings as a freshman. Wade, whose career high was seven punch-outs entering the season, shattered the previous mark with 13 in his season debut against North Dakota State on Feb. 18. He followed that up with another 10 strikeouts a week later against Auburn on Feb. 25 and 10 more versus Harvard on March 3. He spent last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he became a Cape Cod League All-Star mostly as a closer. He’s remained a starter at Arizona, a role he has thrived in for the most part. In his career as a starter (8-1, 20 career starts), Wade has thrown 124.0 innings with a 3.48 ERA (48 ER). He was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on April 2 following a complete-game three-hitter he pitched to clinch UA’s series victory over Stanford on March 31. Wade suffered his first collegiate pitching loss against UCLA on April 14.
Steady Sunday Guy: Sophomore RHP James Farris has been UA’s No. 3 starter all 12 weekends in 2012. The righty has consistently thrown strikes and boasts one of the nation’s best strikeout to walk ratios (5.0, 49th-best). In Pac-12 games, Farris is tied with Kurt Heyer for the most strikeouts on the club (34). In those seven starts, Farris has issued just eight walks and has the lowest opposing batting average (.233) of any of the weekend starters. On the season, Farris is 5-3 with a 4.26 ERA. He has 55 strikeouts against 11 walks in 76.0 innings pitched. He has thrown two complete games, including in the third and final game against Stanford on April 1.
Cool Crawford: Freshman left-hander Tyler Crawford has developed nicely over the course of the season, and his last outing was certainly his best. Last Saturday against UCLA, Crawford did not allow a base hit to the first 15 batters he faced, and threw 4.1 innings of scoreless relief as he earned his first collegiate pitching victory. He has started UA’s last two mid-week games (in April) and is now factoring in as one of the top options out of the pen. In fact, his 2.93 ERA over 15.1 innings over four appearances is the best on the club since April 4 (min. 5 IP). In that span, opponents are hitting a lowly .228 and he has issued just five walks to go with five strikeouts.
Falling Behind: Arizona has developed a habit of falling behind early in games, something that has proven costly at times while other times simply serving as a wakeup call. Arizona has trailed at some point in 27 of its last 32 games (14-13 record when trailing) and in 32 of 45 on the season (17-15). A season ago, the Cats trailed during 38 of their 60 games played. They posted a 17-21 mark in those games.
Out of the Gates: In recent seasons, Arizona has been known as a fast-starting team. Just look at the 2011 season when the Wildcats outscored opponents a cumulative 42-18 in the first inning of games. Or look at 2010 when the margin was 48-30. This year, surprisingly, the Cats have been outscored 32-31 in the opening inning of ballgames. It’s part of the reason UA has fallen behind in 27 of their last 32 games, and is something the Wildcats would like to turn around. Opponents are batting .312 in the first inning off UA pitching, which is the only inning in which there is a cumulative .300 or better average.
From Start To Finish: Baseball is a nine-inning game (usually), but the early returns on this year’s Arizona baseball team show that scoring first can make all the difference. Consider that the Wildcats are 15-6 when scoring first in a game, while nine of their 15 losses have come in games when the opponent scores first. One of the indicators has been first-inning runs. The Cardinal and Navy is 12-4 when scoring in the first inning this year, and just 4-8 when the opponent scores in the first inning. In 2011, the Cats were a quick-starting club that outscored foes 42-18 in the initial frame over the course of the season and posted a mark of 23-7 when scoring first.
Alive With Five: Five runs seems to be a pretty good breaking point for success for the Wildcats. In 2012, Arizona is 25-5 when it scores five or more runs in a game, while it has struggled to a 5-10 mark when it fails to score at least five runs. Conversely, the same holds true for opponents. When the Wildcats have held opponents under five runs, they are 19-1. When opponents score five runs or more, UA has struggled at to an 12-14 clip.
Closing the Deal: Under Andy Lopez, the Wildcats have been dominant in games when they have had a lead late in games. In fact, the Wildcats are 287-29-1 (.917) in the last 314 games when they have a lead after the sixth inning. That covers the last nine full seasons of Lopez’s teams that have won at a 91-percent clip in such games. Certainly it has helped having Major League arms in the bullpen. Consider that three players - Mark Melancon, Daniel Schlereth and Ryan Perry - have reached the big leagues in recent years, and another – Cory Burns – may get a chance this season with the San Diego Padres. In 2011, Arizona was 31-4 when leading after six innings. So far in 2012, the Wildcats are 25-5 in such games.
Complete Games Part I: Kurt Heyer’s three consecutive complete games last month were more than UA had as a team in four of the six seasons prior to the season (2010, 2009, 2008 and 2006) … Heyer’s four complete games in 2012 are as many as UA combined for as a team in a three-year stretch from 2008-10 … Kurt Heyer (4), Konner Wade (2) and James Farris (2) have combined for eight complete games. The last time three UA pitchers had 2+ complete games in a season was in 1989 (Scott Erickson – 14, Lance Dickson – 4 and Jim Richardson – 3) … The Wildcats’ eight complete games in 2012 are the most for the program since throwing 12 in 1990 … Combined with seven complete games a year ago, Arizona’s 15 CG’s the last two seasons are nearly half of the 32 the school combined to throw in the first 11 years of the 21st century (2000-10).
Complete Games Part II: Heyer’s three consecutive complete game efforts marked the best three-game stretch for a UA pitcher since RHP Preston Guilmet threw 9.0 innings in four straight games in 2007 (March 24-April 12). However, after winning the first two starts in that stretch, Guilmet got a no decision in an extra innings game to break up a chance at three complete game wins in a row. He won the fourth start in that stretch … The last UA pitcher to earn a victory in three consecutive complete game outings was RHP Troy Bradford at the end of the 1990 season. Bradford defeated Cal (12-8, April 27) in Tucson, Arizona State (2-1, May 11) in Tucson and North Carolina State (7-4, May 18) at the Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional. In the three nine-inning victories, Bradford struck out 27, walked eight and allowed 10 earned runs in 27 total innings … The last UA pitcher to technically throw a complete game in four straight starts was RHP Ryan Frace in 1995. Frace earned complete-game wins against Cal State Dominguez Hills (4-3, Feb. 14) and Hawaii-Hilo (8-0, Feb. 19), before a no-decision in a rain-shortened 6.2 inning tie game at Texas A&M (3-3, Feb 26). His next start was an 8.0 inning complete game loss to Arizona State (5-2, March 4) … Arizona’s complete game king of the last four decades was Bradford’s teammate in 1989, RHP Scott Erickson. The 1989, Erickson tossed 14 complete games, one shy of the top mark in program history and tied with three others from the 1950s and 60s for second-best. Erickson pitched and won four straight complete game outings in Pac-10 play that season, defeating UCLA (11-1, March 3), Stanford (17-3, March 10), Cal (2-1, March 17), and Arizona State (5-3, March 23) in succession.
On Deck:Arizona continues its longest stretch of road games with four roadies next week. The Wildcats play their final non-conference game at Arizona State on Wednesday, before heading to USC for a three-game Pac-12 series next weekend (May 18-20). Thereafter, UA concludes the regular season with a three-game set against Arizona State in Tucson (May 25-27).