2001 Baseball Season Recap
June 21, 2001
Season Recap: The Arizona baseball team kicked off the 2001 campaign with just its third opening series road trip since 1960 with a 2,860 mile jaunt to Hilo, Hawaii. The Cats jumped out to a quick 3-1 record against the Vulcans before returning home for an 18 game, non-conference homestand.
The stretch proved to be more difficult than anticipated as UA spilt a rain shortened series with BYU, dropped two of three to St. Mary's and got swept by 22nd-ranked Long Beach State in the first eight games at home. Despite the losses Arizona recorded a number of accomplishments, including Shelley Duncan hitting his 37th and 38th career home runs, both coming in single game, to break the all-time school record.
Arizona righted the ship with a season high seven game winning streak which included a pair of three game sweeps over New Mexico and Texas A&M. In the Feb. 23 game against Utah, Duncan hit home runs in three consecutive at bats to enter his name alongside All-American Ron Hassey in the Arizona record book. The Cats stood at 13-8 upon conclusion of the home stand and would remain above .500 for the rest of the season.
A March trip to Mississippi turned out be a long haul, but not only in miles traveled. Arizona and tournament host Mississippi played a two-day, 17-inning marathon that lasted over five hours. The Rebels prevailed in the home half of the 17th to take the rain soaked game.
23rd-ranked UCLA was the first Pac-10 foe for UA on the conference slate in 2001. On the road and facing the third top-25 team in week, Arizona prevailed two games to three in Los Angeles. Perhaps the only negative of the trip was the end of Ernie Durazo's 28 game hitting streak. Durazo, who ended the 2000 season with a modest three game streak, added another 25 games to it in 2001 to tie Jack Daugherty for the longest streak in school history. The 25 straight games with a hit in 2001 set the record for a single season.
A four game non-conference stint against Houston and Southern Utah followed. Unburdened with the hitting streak, Durazo went on a tear to the tune of a .667 average, nine RBIs and nine runs scored to earn the first of four Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for Arizona this season. With the majority of the non-conference slate complete, the Cats entered the Pac-10 season 19-12.
Ninth-ranked USC proved to be rude guests as the Trojans came to Tucson and swept a three game series. The Cats battled in the final two games only to stumble in the end and fall to 2-4 in the Pac.
UA rebounded, bettering a red-hot Oregon State team two games to one. The series saw Arizona get its first complete game in just over a year as freshman Marc Kaiser went the distance in Arizona's opening game 5-2 win.
The Cats improved to 6-6 in the conference with a 2-1 road series win over Washington State. Arizona's offense jumped all over the Cougar pitching staff, hitting a school record seven home runs in a game and sophomore Matt Abram joined an exclusive club when he hit for the cycle in WSU's 17-14 win. The 10th cycle in Arizona history earned Abram the second Pac-10 player of the Week honors for the Cats this season. He finished the series with two singles, two doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Arizona rounded out its non-conference schedule with a three game series against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a single game against traditional foe Grand Canyon. The Cats took all four games, pounding the Islanders into submission and getting a little help from the bullpen against the Antelopes. Duncan followed Abram's impressive performance at WSU with a five-hit cycle of his own against TAMU-CC. The slugger got all four kinds of hits in only seven innings, picking up just his second career triple in his final at bat. The performance garnered him Arizona's third Pac-10 player of the Week honors for the season. He also extended his consecutive home run hitting streak to five games, the third longest streak in school history.
Against Grand Canyon, freshman relievers Tony Sulser and Joe Little came on to combine for 10 strikeouts in the final seven innings, preserving Arizona's 5-2 win.
With the non-conference schedule behind it, UA faced a daunting Pac-10 schedule to round out the season, home series with Cal and Washington with road trips to Arizona State and Stanford sandwiched in-between.
California, which would go on to win seven of its last nine Pac-10 contests, got hot at Sancet Field by taking a pair from the Cats. Freshman Brian Anderson salvaged a win for UA in the series finale with a game winning hit in the 10th inning and a victory in relief in game three. Down to 7-9 in the conference Arizona headed north for a meeting with Arizona State.
The series came at a pivotal point in both school's seasons as the rivals were tied in the Pac-10 standings. ASU took game one, rallying for four runs in the seventh, but freshman Sean Rierson tossed a gem in game two to even the series at game apiece. The Cats appeared to have the series win in hand on Sunday, but the Devils had other plans. Carrying a 5-3 lead into ninth, ASU scored a pair of runs off of sacrifice flies to tie the game and stole the series with a run in the 11th off of two UA errors.
After a week off for finals the Cats traveled to Sunken Diamond for a three game set with the seventh-ranked Cardinal. Stanford took game one 6-5, but, for the second consecutive series, Rierson was stellar on the mound. The right-hander held the Cardinal bats in check for seven-plus innings, allowing UA to even the series at 1-1. But just as the Wildcats were thinking of a 2-1 road series win, Mike Gosling and two Cardinal relievers combined to surrender a mere two hits in Sunday's 8-2 Stanford win.
Residing in sixth place at 9-12, one game behind Oregon State, Arizona needed a sweep of Washington to get to .500 in the conference and for any hope of a postseason berth. The Cats pulled through, taking the Huskies three game to none. UA easily handled UW 8-3 in game one, but the Saturday's game proved to be more of a challenge. After getting three hits to lead off the game, UW's Shawn Kohn stymied the Wildcats for seven innings of no-hit ball. Shelley Duncan's two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded proved to be the game winning hit in Arizona's 5-2 come-from-behind win. The series finale was all Arizona as the Wildcat offense cranked out 18 runs on 23 hits. Duncan broke Arizona's single-season home run record in the game with a pair of four-baggers in consecutive at bats to give him 24 in 2001.
The sweep appearently wasn't enough to convince the NCAA selection committe, which bypassed the fifth-place Wildcats for the postseason, thus ending the 2001 season.
Arizona's Undisputed Home Run King: Quick think of a home run record....Yep Shelley Duncan owns it. In just three season the junior slugger etched his name into the Arizona home run record book in every possible way. Single game record? How about three against Utah on Feb. 23. Okay you say, then how about consecutive at bats with a home run? Simple, all three against the Utes in that game came in three straight at bats to tie him with former Arizona All-American Ron Hassey. Single-season record? Sure, how about 24 in the 2001season, eclipsing George Arias' 1993 mark of 23. Career numbers? You don't even want to go there. Duncan blew by Kenny Corley's previous record of 37 on Feb. 4, 2001. He finished his third season with a staggering 55 career homers, fifth best all-time in the Pac-10.
Duncan's Home Run Records/Facts Rank Duncan Old RecordSingle GameTotal T-1st 3 3Consecutive ABs T-1st 3 3Consecutive Gms 3rd 5 7Single-Season:2001 Season 1st 24 23Pac-10 T-1st 10 10Freshman 1st 20 10HRs Per Game 0.43 N/AHR Ratio 1st 9.50 10.55Multiple HR Gms T-1st 4 4Career:Total 1st 55 37Pac-10 1st 20 17HRs Per Game 0.38 N/AHR Ratio 1st 10.30 11.09Multiple HR Gms 1st 10 4
Shelley Duncan's Career Home Runs Game-by-GameDate Opponent No. Runners1999 Jan. 22 St. Mary's 1 Solo HRJan. 22 St. Mary's 2 3-run HRFeb. 5 New Mexico 3 3-run HRFeb. 9 UNLV 4 2-run HRFeb. 10 UNLV 5 Solo HRFeb. 10 UNLV 6 2-runFeb. 14 Texas A&M 7 2-run HRFeb. 14 Texas A&M 8 Solo HRMarch 5 Tulane 9 3-run HRMarch 14 UCLA 10 GSMarch 21 USC 11 2-run HRMarch 27 Stanford 12 Solo HRMarch 28 Stanford 13 3-run HRApril 3 Washington 14 3-run HRApril 6 Grand Canyon 15 2-run HRApril 17 Washington St 16 Solo HRApril 18 Washington St 17 Solo HRApril 24 Southern Utah 18 Solo HRMay 16 Arizona State 19 Solo HRMay 28 Minnesota 20 Solo HR2000 Jan. 21 St. Mary's 21 Solo HRJan. 21 St. Mary's 22 2-run HRFeb. 3 New Mexico 23 2-run HRFeb. 12 Nevada 24 2-run HRFeb. 12 Nevada 25 3-run HRFeb. 13 Nevada 26 Solo HRFeb. 13 Nevada 27 Solo HRFeb. 16 TAMU-CC 28 Solo HRMarch 4 Arizona State 29 2-run HRMarch 18 California 30 2-run HRMarch 24 Stanford 31 Solo HR2001 Jan. 19 Hawaii-Hilo 32 2-run HRJan. 26 BYU 33 3-run HRFeb. 2 Long Beach St. 34 Solo HRFeb. 3 Long Beach St. 35 Solo HRFeb. 4 Long Beach St. 36 2-run HRFeb. 4 Long Beach St. 37 3-run HR School RecordFeb. 18 Texas A&M 38 2-run HRFeb. 23 Utah 39 2-run HRFeb. 23 Utah 40 2-run HRFeb. 23 Utah 41 2-run HRMarch 11 UCLA 42 2-run HRMarch 17Southern Utah 43 2-run HRMarch 24 USC 44 3-run HRApril 7 Washington St 45 2-run HRApril 8 Washington St 46 2-run HRApril 8 Washington St 47 Solo HRApril 12 TAMU-CC 48 Solo HRApril 13 TAMU-CC 49 Solo HRApril 14 TAMU-CC 50 Solo HRApril 20 California 51 2-run HRApril 28 Arizona State 52 2-run HRMay 12 Stanford 53 3-run HRMay 20 Washington 54 Solo HRMay 20 Washington 55 2-run HR
He's Got Clout: With two round trippers against Long Beach (2/4) outfielder Shelley Duncan became the all-time home run leader in Arizona history. Duncan tied the record with a two-run blast to left in the first inning and broke the record six innings later when he muscled a 1-0 pitch over the center field wall for a three run dinger. Duncan also set a personal best with seven RBI in the game. Kenny Corley, who played for Arizona from 1995-98, was the all-time leader with 36 prior to Duncan.
Viva Ernesto: Senior Ernie Durazo completed an outstanding senior season that saw him hit .395 with a Pac-10 leading 23 doubles, seven home runs, four triples and 57 RBIs. His batting average was the 15th best for any Wildcat batting champion since 1950 and the highest since Robbie Moen hit .402 in the 1991 season. His 25 consecutive games with a hit broke the school's single-season record and when added to the three striaght games he ended the 2000 season with he tied the longest hitting streak in school history at 28. Durazo finished the season with at least one hit in an astounding 52 of Arizona's 56 games and also put together a sting of eight straight games with at least one double. He had 25 multiple hits games and collected multiple RBIs in 14.
Arizona's LongestHitting Streaks Player Year(s) Games1. Ernie Durazo 2000-01 281. Jack Daugherty 1981-82 282. Marty Hurd 1957-58 253. Dave Stegman 1974-75 24
Arizona's Longest Single-SeasonHitting Streaks Player Year Games1. Ernie Durazo 2001 252. Todd Trafton 1985 23 Willie Morales 1992 233. Jim Morley 1978 22
The All-Americans: Shelley Duncan was rewarded for the most impressive power hitting season in school history. The junior was a consensus pick as a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball Weekly, Baseball America and The Sporting News.Teammate Ernie Durazo was selcted third-team All-American, Brian Anderson tallied Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball. Marc Kaiser was voted second-team Freshman All-America by Baseball America.
The All-Pac-10 Team: Arizona placed a total of eight players on the 2001 All-Pac-10 team. Junior Shelley Duncan and senior Ernie Durazo both earned spots on the first-team while senior Erik Torres, sophomore Matt Abram and freshmen Brian Anderson, Joe Little, Marc Kaiser and Sean Rierson were all tabbed honorable mention.
Duncan finished the regular season leading the Pac-10 in home runs (24), RBIs (78) and total bases (160). He was second in the conference in runs scored (64).
Durazo, Arizona's leading hitter, finished tied for second in the Pac-10 in batting average at .395. He led the conference in doubles with 23 and runs scored (66) and was third in slugging (.613), fourth in on base percentage (.469) and fifth in RBI (57). His 94 hits, second for Pac-10 players, were the most for an Arizona single season since Robbie Moen had 102 in 1993.
Going for A (Bi)Cycle Ride: For just the 10th and 11th times in school history Arizona players hit for the cycle. Only six days apart from each other, sophomore Matt Abram and junior Shelley Duncan came up with games in which they singled, doubled, tripled and homered. Arizona owns half of the 22 cycles hit in Pac-10 history. Abram went for the cycle first when he tripled in the first, doubled in the third, homered in the fifth and singled in the seventh against Washington State on April 8. Six days later, on April 13, Duncan doubled in the first, homered in the third, singled in the fourth and fifth and hit just his second career triple in the sixth against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Amazingly, Cougar shortstop Bookie Gates was only a triple away from hitting for the cycle in the same game as Abram and Wildcat senior Erik Torres needed only a double in the game against TAMU-CC. Both Abram and Duncan were perfect at the plate, finishing their respective games 5-for-5.
Arizona's 'Cyclists'Player Date OpponentChet Vasey 4/26/1950 UnknownRuss Gragg 3/05/1954 UCLABob Allen 3/06/1972 Texas TechMarv Thompson 2/18/1974 Azusa PacificDave Stegman 5/04/1974 Texas-El PasoMike Gatlin 2/21/1975 Azusa PacificScott Stanley 5/17/1979 Washington StateMenno Wickey 2/19/1995 Hawaii-HiloKenny Huff 4/22/2000 Washington StateMatt Abram 4/08/2001 Washington StateShelley Duncan 4/13/2001 Texas A&M-CC
Rierson Was on a Roll: Sean Rierson concluded his freshman season at Arizona in fine fashion. The first-year right-hander went 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA in in his finals three starts. He shut down 20th-ranked Arizona State in Tempe, seventh-ranked Stanford in Palo Alto and held the Washington bats in check in his final start of the season in Tucson. Rierson's 22.2 innings pitched in the games meant that he went seven-plus innings in all three starts. He struck out nine hitters over the three game span while walking only two. For the season he went 7-4 with a 4.66 ERA, 66 strikeouts and only 21 walks. His 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio was the best for any starter on the team.
Freshmen Pitchers Into The Record Books: With such a young pitching staff (six freshmen pitched regularly), it was a given that some of UA's hurlers would challenge the freshman pitching records. As a group, the first year hurlers recorded 26 of Arizona's 33 wins for the season and also notched six of UA's 16 saves. Including transfers David Brockman and Daryl DeSalvo, first-year Arizona pitchers tossed 436.2 (or 87%) of the 504.1 innings for Arizona in 2001. The freshman class ate up 380.2 (or 76%) of the 504.1 innings as a group. (See the following note for the improvements the 2001 staff made over the 2000 group) Reliever Tony Sulser set a new record for appearances by a freshman by appearing in 27 games in the 2001 season. His mark eclipses Ron Sismondo's 24 games pitched in as freshman in 1979 and is tied for seventh on the all-time single-season list. Both Sean Rierson and Marc Kaiser toed the rubber as a starter 17 times in 2001, placing the pair in a tie for second on the freshman list with former All-American Ed Vosberg. Sismondo's 18 starts still stands as the top mark for a freshman. Kaiser's eight wins for the season tied him with former Freshman All-American Ben Diggins for second on the list. Sismondo again appears as the record holder winning 11 decisions in `79. Rierson's seven wins tied him with Dave Crutcher (`76) for third. Reirson's .636 winning percentage was third for an Arizona freshman, bettering former Major Leaguer Joe Magrane's .600 wp in 1983. Crutcher (.875) and Sismondo (.647) are 1-2, respectively. Brian Anderson, who emerged late in the season as one of the most reliable closers in the Pac-10 finished with three saves. The mark tied him for second on the freshman list behind Sismondo's four.Kaiser's 101 innings pitched and Rierson's 100.1 ranked the duo fourth and fifth on the freshman list ahead of Diggins' 90.2. Kaiser struck out a team-high 70 batters for the season, good enough for third on the freshman while Rierson finished with 66, fourth-best. Rierson's control earned him the top spot on the freshman list with the fewest walks per nine innings at 1.88, the mark also represents the third best effort for any UA single season for pitchers that threw over 50 innings.
Impressive Improvements: Although the Arizona pitching staff was composed mostly of newcomers to the Wildcat program, they finished way ahead of the UA pitching staff of 2000. In 56 games the 2001 squad recorded a team ERA of 5.34 in 504.1 innings pitched, an improvement of over two runs better than 2000's 7.48 ERA in 489.2 innings pitched. While strikeouts were down (376 in 2001, 491 in 2000), so too were walks (204 in 2001, 299 in 2000, an improvement of 91 less free passes). Opponents also hit 15 points lower against the 2001 staff (.293-.308) while scoring 127 less runs (363-490). All the improvements translated into seven more victories for Arizona in 2001.
Anderson's All Right: Brian Anderson recorded one of the finest season's for a freshman player in recent years. His .370 batting average ended up as the third best mark for any freshman in school history. He tied for the Pac-10 Conference lead with six triples which is the third best effort for any Arizona freshman. He ended up third on Arizona's freshman list in slugging (.552), fourth in on-base percentage (.433), fifth in total bases (100), seventh in hits (67), stolen bases (8), home runs (4) and RBIs (38) and eighth in runs scored (40). He also worked 10.1 innings as Arizona's closer, notching a 1-1 record and three saves with a 2.61 ERA and 11 strike outs.
Pac-10 Players of the Week: Three different Arizona players notched four Pac-10 Player of the Week honors in the 2001 season.
Junior Shelley Duncan was twice named the Player of the Week by the Pac-10 in 2001. His efforts against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi April12-14 earned him the first of the two awards. In addition to hitting for the cycle, the second for a UA player in six days, the slugger wrapped up the three game series with 10 RBIs and eight runs scored on .615 hitting (8-for-13). He hit a home run in each game and improved his overall batting average 22 points. Duncan led the team with an outstanding 1.538 slugging percentage against the Islanders.
His second POTW award came in the final weekend of the season. Duncan broke the Arizona single-season record for home runs in consecutive at-bats in the final game of the season against Washington. In a 5-for-6 outting he drove in a least one run with each hit, finishing the game with six RBIs. In the second game of the series he drove home the winning runs with a two-out single in the eighth inning with the bases loaded.
Pac-10 Player of the Week for April 2-9 Matt Abram hit .533 (8-for-15) with two singles, two doubles, two triples and two home runs for the weekend. He also chipped in with six RBI and six runs scored. He hit for the cycle in the final game of a three game set at Washington State collecting 14 total bases, the second most for an Arizona player in a single game.
Senior Ernie Durazo became the first Arizona Pac-10 Player of the Week in 2001 for his exploits in the week of March 12-18. The first baseman hit .667 in four games (10-for-15) with nine RBI and nine runs scored. He hit two home runs and a triple, assisting him to a 1.200 slugging percentage against Houston and Southern Utah.
2001 Pac-10 Players of the Week2/27 Brian Baron, UCLA3/05 Seth Davidson, USC3/12 Andy Jarvis, OSU 3/19 Ernie Durazo, Arizona 3/26 Bryan Ingram, OSU4/02 Bookie Gates, WSU 4/09 Matt Abram, Arizona4/16 Shelley Duncan, Arizona 4/23 Brian Barden, OSU4/30 Mike Lopez, ASU5/07 Rob Meyer, Cal5/14 Josh Canales, UCLA 5/21 Shelley Duncan, Arizona
Doin' It With Two: The Wildcats scored 436 runs in 56 games in the 2001 season, an average of 7.8 runs per game. Impressively, nearly half, 187 runs and 43% to be exact,came with two outs in an inning. The Wildcats scored as many as ten in a single game (1/26 vs. BYU) and plated all their runs in a game with two outs four times (1/19 at Hawaii-Hilo, 1/31 vs. St. Mary's, 2/2 vs. Long Beach State, 3/9 at UCLA). The April series at Stanford was the only three game set all season the Cats did not score a run with two outs.
Tops With Two Out: Senior Ernie Durazo, junior Shelley Duncan and sophomore Matt Abram led the way for the Cats with two down in an inning during the season. Durazo and Duncan, who led the team with 57 and 78 RBI overall, knocked runners home 28 and 38 times, respectively, with two out, including Durazo's three run homer against Long Beach (2/2) and Duncan's six in three games against Washington State. Abram was close behind with 21 two-out RBI. Durazo sported a nifty .421 batting average with two gone while Abram checked in at .315 and Duncan at .365. As a team, Arizona hit .317 with two out for the season.
Arizona Two-Out ScoringDate Opp. Score Runs1/18 at Hawaii-Hilo 3-2, W 21/19 at Hawaii-Hilo 3-2, W 31/19 at Hawaii-Hilo 12-1, W 41/20 at Hawaii-Hilo 4-1, L 01/25 vs. BYU 8-4, L 21/26 vs. BYU 15-7, W 101/29 vs. St. Mary's 8-4, W 61/30 vs. St. Mary's 12-8, L 41/31 vs. St. Mary's 8-4, L 42/2 vs. Long Beach 6-4, L 42/3 vs. Long Beach 21-9, L 22/4 vs. Long Beach 18-11,L 62/8 vs. New Mexico 9-3, W 32/9 vs. New Mexico 8-0, W 12/10 vs. New Mexico 12-3, W 62/16 vs. Texas A&M 9-6, W 52/17 vs. Texas A&M 12-5, W 82/18 vs. Texas A&M 16-5, W 62/23 vs. Utah 8-7, W 32/24 vs. Utah 6-4, L 22/25 vs. Utah 5-4, W 13/2 vs. South. Miss 14-4, L 03/3 vs. Ole Miss 5-4, L 03/4 vs. St. Francis 3-1, W 13/9 at UCLA 3-2, L 23/10 at UCLA 6-4, W 33/11 at UCLA 9-6, W 43/14 vs. Houston 9-3, L 13/16 vs. South. Utah 13-5, W 43/17 vs. South. Utah 7-2, W 43/18 vs. South. Utah 13-7, W 83/23 vs. USC 8-0, L 03/24 vs. USC 6-4, L 13/25 vs. USC 8-7, L 13/26 vs. Oregon St. 5-2, W 03/31 vs. Oregon St. 8-0, L 04/1 vs. Oregon St. 13-6, W 44/6 atWash. St. 14-11,W 84/7 atWash. St. 11-7, W 64/8 atWash. St. 17-14,L 34/12 vs. TAMU-CC 14-9, W 34/13 vs. TAMU-CC 19-7, W 64/14 vs. TAMU-CC 13-0, W 74/17 at Grand Canyon 4-2, W 24/20 vs. California 11-9, L 74/21 vs. California 19-13,L 64/22 vs. California 12-11,W 84/27 at Arizona St. 7-4, L 24/28 at Arizona St. 3-1, W 24/29 at Arizona St. 6-5, L 25/11 at Stanford 6-5, L 05/12 at Stanford 5-4, W 05/13 at Stanford 8-2, L 05/18 vs. Washington 8-3, W 35/19 vs. Washington 5-2, W 45/20 vs. Washington 18-6, W 5
Opening Up the Record Books: A glance into the Arizona record books revealed that the seven home runs hit by the Cats in April 8th's game against Washington State broke a 17-year old school record for HR in a single game. The previous record of six was accomplished by the 1974 team against BYU. Of Arizona's 18 hits in the game, 11 went for extra bases. The mark tied the 1985 team for a single game. Matt Abram, who finished the game 5-for-5 with a single, a double, a triple and two home runs, ended up tied for third with Ron Hassey (1974) for the most total bases in a single game. His 14 TBs were just one shy of the school record shared by Dennis Haines (1972) and Kevin Long (1988).
Now Batting... Brian Anderson: Freshman Brian Anderson accomplished a rare feat against Texas A&M (2/18) when he led off an inning four consecutive times. The No. 7 hitter in the Arizona batting order, Anderson got his first opportunity to bat in the third inning, he singled and scored a run. His hit that inning started a string of three straight innings of Arizona sending nine hitters to the plate. In the fourth Anderson reached on an error and scored. In the fifth he tripled to leadoff the inning and again scored and finally in the sixth he singled again and again come around to score. For those of you keeping track, credit Anderson with three hits and four runs scored in four consecutive innings as a leadoff hitter.
In Dedication to Kelsey: The Wildcats dedicated the 2001 season to their teammate Kelsey Osburn. Osburn, an infielder for Arizona (1999-2000), passed away on July 17, 2000 after being struck by a ball during batting practice in a summer league game in New York. The Wildcats had his number, 41, stitched into the back of their caps and retired his jersey in a ceremony at Sancet Field on Jan. 27. The Osburn family has established a scholarship fund in Kelsey's honor for future Wildcat athletes. Please contact the UA Development Office at (520) 621-8081 for more details about the scholarship fund.
Retired Jerseys: Kelsey Osburn joined a select group on the left field wall of Frank Sancet Field. Arizona has retired only four jerseys in its history, former head coach Jerry Kindall, former assistant coach Jim Wing, All-American Terry Francona and Osburn's.
Head Coach Jerry Stitt: Completing his fifth season as the skipper of Arizona baseball, head coach Jerry Stitt has compiled a 157-125 (.557) record in his first five seasons. In 1999 he took the Wildcats to the postseason for the first time since 1993. Only the fourth coach to lead Arizona since 1922, Stitt also played three seasons for the Wildcats from 1966-68. He joined the Arizona staff in 1978 as an assistant coach. In 1992 he was named associate head coach before being promoted to the head spot. on July 3, 1996.
Not Since...: Shelley Duncan and Matt Abram's back-to-back home runs against Washington State (4/8) were the first consecutive jobs for the Wildcats since Duncan and Ernie Durazo did it against Long Beach earlier in 2001(2/3). Erik Torres and Kenny Huff hit back-to-back home runs against Washington Statein 2000 ... Ernie Durazo's five hit game against Southern Utah (3/16) was the first for a Wildcat since April 22, 2000 when Kenny Huff hit for the cycle against Washington State. Matt Abram and Shelley Duncan matched Huff's feat with their five-hit cycles against Washington State (4/8) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Marc Kaiser's complete game performance against Oregon State (3/30) was the first since Ben Diggins went all nine against Cal on March 17, 2000.
Multiple Hit Games: 16 different Arizona players collected a total of 183 multiple hit games in 2001. The mark represents the most multiple hit games for an Arizona team since 1997 (186). Team leader Erik Torres' 28 games with two or more hits is the third highest total in 10 seasons and is the 11th highest single-season total since 1979.