Arizona Baseball Notes - Vs. New Mexico State and Colorado Rockies
Feb. 26, 2002
Next Up - New Mexico State: The Aggies come to Tucson on their first road trip of the season sporting a 10-4 overall record. NMSU has won five straight after a series sweep against Southern Utah and taking two of three against in-state rival New Mexico. The Aggies are led by Gary Ward who is in his second season as the head coach at his alma mater and needs only five more victories in his career to reach 1,000 all-time. Prior to returning to Las Cruces, Ward spent 19 seasons at Oklahoma State where he led the Cowboys to 10 College World Series appearances. NMSU returns five starters, two pitchers and 10 overall letterwinners from last season's 33-23 team. Arizona owns a 40-5 record in 45 all-time meetings. Tuesday's matchup will be the first since 1998 between the two teams.
Pitching ProbablesTuesday - Terry Lawrence (2-1, 5.49 ERA) vs. Jason Snyder (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
700 and Counting: When Andy Lopez signed on with the Wildcats last summer he had accumulated 687 wins in 19 seasons as head coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine and Florida. Arizona's win over UC Irvine on Feb. 23 propelled the first year Arizona skipper to his 700th career win.
Notes From The UC Irvine Series: Marc Kasier tore into the Anteater pitching to the tune of a .643 average (9-for-14), three home runs, five RBIs, a 1.286 slugging percentage and six runs scored. He went 5-for-5 with a homer two RBIs and three runs scored in series finale ... Kaiser's five hit day was the first of the season for the Wildcats ... Senior Clayton Bried snapped out of an 0-for-17 slump with six hits in the three games. He hit .600 for the weekend, drove in four, scored four and hit his first home run as a Wildcat ... As a team Arizona lit up UCI pitching with a .400 batting average (44-for-110), a .673 slugging percentage and tallied on on base percentage of .466 ... Arizona improved its team batting average 29 points over the weekend (.248 to .277) ... Ken Riley's triple in the 10th inning on Saturday was the first base knock by a pinch hitter in eight tries this season for the Wildcats ... Arizona relievers accounted for all three wins on the mound ... Brad Hassey's four errors on Saturday (two fielding, two throwing) tied the school record for miscues in a game. Tony Bouie was the last player to commit four errors in a game at Grand Canyon on April 13, 1993. Roger Lenhardt (3/13/1952) and Tommy Hinzo (at Cal State Fullerton 2/14/1985) also share the dubious record ... John Hardy's fifth inning double on Saturday snapped a 0-for-18 slump. He finished the series 3-for-10 ... Arizona's four home runs in Friday's game tied the team single-game high for this season (Southern Utah 2/5) ... Kaiser's two home run game on Friday was the first since Shelley Duncan clobbered a pair against Washington last season to establish the school single season record (5/20/01) ... Jason Snyder's eight strikeouts on Friday are the most for an Arizona reliever this season.
Arizona vs. The Pros: The Wildcats will take on the Colorado Rockies in an exhibition game at Hi Corbet Field on Thursday. Since 1976 Arizona has played four Major League teams in eight exhibition games and are 4-4 during that time span, but have lost the last three straight. UA is 0-2 against the Rockies who have made Tucson their Spring Training home since 1993.
Arizona vs. The Pros1976 W 12-5 vs. Oakland A's1977 11-10 L vs. Cleveland Indians1985 W 10-2 vs. Cleveland Indians1986 W 7-5 vs. Cleveland Indians1988 W 4-3 vs. Cleveland Indians1994 10-0 L vs. Colorado Rockies1995 4-2 L vs. Colorado Rockies1999 10-2 L vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Wearin' It: It's painful to be a Wildcat batter in 2002. Opposing pitchers have plunked Wildcat hitters 26 times already in just 18 games (1.44 HBP per game). In comparison, last year Arizona batters were hit 35 times in 56 games (0.63 HBP per game). Should the Wildcats' opposition continue to assail batters at the current rate, Arizona will end up with over 80 hit bats men, smashing the current school record of 59 (1.02 HPB per game)set in 1997. The 26 HBP this season have already surpassed the season totals of 15 other Arizona teams.
Manufacturing, Inc. : Arizona has scored a total 145 runs this season and amazingly 45 of them (31 percent) have come without Arizona recording a hit to score the run. In 15 of the 17 games in which Arizona has scored, at least one run was scored without the benefit of a hit. The Wildcats have manufactured runs via ground ball outs to the left side of the infield, wild pitches, walks, sacrifice flies, straight steals and even batters being hit by pitches.
Game-By-Game Breakdown of Runs Scored Without a Hit1/25 vs. New Mexico 5 of 61/26 vs. New Mexico 7 of 231/27 vs. New Mexico 0 of 82/1 vs. Utah 2 of 32/2 vs. Utah 3 of 172/3 vs. Utah 2 of 52/4 vs. Southern Utah 6 of 102/5 vs. Southern Utah 3 of 112/7 vs. San Diego State 0 of 12/8 vs. San Diego State 1 of 62/9 vs. San Diego State 2 of 72/13 at Texas A&M-CC 2 of 42/16 at Texas A&M 2 of 42/17 at Texas A&M 2 of 62/22 vs. UC Irvine 2 of 142/23 vs. UC Irvine 2 of 72/24 vs. UC Irvine 3 of 13
Using All Three Outs: Brad Hassey's 0-2 game winning single in the 10th inning of Saturday's 7-6 victory is just one of many two-out hits Arizona has posted this season. The Wildcats are hitting .299 (61-for-204) and have scored 63 of their 145 runs (43%) as a team with two down in an inning this season. Leading the way individually are seniors Chris Cunningham and Brad Hassey who are hitting .423 and .444, respectively, when there are two outs. Cunningham has nine RBIs in the situation and Hassey has eight. Freshman John Hardy leads the team in two-out RBIs with 10.
The More The Merrier: Arizona is doing a fine job of hitting with runners on base, posting a .333 batting average at the plate. However, that average increases significantly when all three bases are occupied. In 16 official at bats with the bases loaded, Arizona is hitting .438 (7-for-16) with a pair of grand slams (see note below) and an .875 slugging percentage. The Wildcats have also hit five sac-flies, walked four times and been hit by pitches twice in bases loaded situations.
Having A Grand Time: John Hardy's first career home run on Feb. 2 came with the bases loaded and was the second grand slam of the season for the Wildcats. Hardy and Moises Duran's slams mark the first time since 1999 that an Arizona team has had two or more bases loaded home runs in a season. The '99 team shares the school record for slams in a season with six other squads. Arizona's 1955, '56, '61, '88, '93, '98 and '99 teams all hit four grand slams in a season. Former Wildcat Dave Shermet holds the all-time individual career grand slam record with four.
The Unofficial Mountain West Champs: Arizona has played three of the top four schools from 2001 in the Mountain West Conference (New Mexico, Utah and San Diego State) this season and have tallied an 8-1 record in nine games against them. The Wildcats swept New Mexico (third in the MWC in 2001) and San Diego State (2002 preseason favorites to win the conference after finishing second last season) and took two of three from Utah (tied with New Mexico for third last season). In its lone defeat, Arizona managed to force the game into extra innings with the Utes on a ninth inning run to tie the score.
Arizona-Arizona State Game To Be Televised: The Pac-10 Conference Office announced that the March 23 game between Arizona and ASU will be shown live on Fox Sports Net. The time of the game has been changed from its originally scheduled 1 p.m. first pitch to 2 p.m. to accommodate TV. The game is one of just four Pac-10 games to be televised on Fox Sports Net this season.
Frank Sancet Field: Located on the corners of Enke and National Championship Drives, Frank Sancet Field has been the home of Arizona baseball for over 35 seasons. Know originally as Wildcat Field, it was renamed and dedicated Frank Sancet Field on April 19, 1986 to honor Arizona's longtime head coach. Coach Sancet put Arizona on the collegiate baseball map, posting a 831-283-8 (.744) record in 23 seasons as head coach. His Wildcat teams made 16 postseason appearances during his tenure and nine trips to Omaha. He finished runner-up at the College World Series three times. Since moving to its current location, the Arizona baseball team has gone 895-386-3 in 1,282 games for a .699 winning percentage (Current through 2/25/02). The Wildcats have suffered only three losing seasons on their home turf and nearly reach perfection in former head coach Jerry Kindall's second season with a 37-1 home record. Frank Sancet Field has been the site of four NCAA Regionals (1979, '80, '89, '92).