Arizona Baseball Notes
April 28, 2004
Up Next: California
National Rankings: None
Times: Fri. - 2:30 pm, Sat. - 1 pm, Sun. 1 pm
Site: Evans Diamond, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KNST 790 AM - Brian Jefferies on P-B-P
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First Meeting: 1951 - Last Meeting: 2003
Series Record: Arizona leads the all-time series 84-59
Current Streak: Cal won the last meeting in the three-game Pac-10 series in 2003.
Friday: RHP Koley Kolberg (6-3, 3.67 ERA) vs. RHP Adam Gold (6-5, 3.79 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Kevin Guyette (5-4, 5.50 ERA) vs. RHP Mike Padget (3-5, 4.96 ERA)
Sunday: RHP John Meloan (3-0, 6.82 ERA) vs. TBA
A Look at Cal
The Golden Bears will head into the weekend of play with a 23-25 overall record after smashing Sac State in a midweek game, 25-3 ... Cal is in last place in the Pac-10 with a 7-11 conference record ... In the game against Sac State the Bears raised their team batting average seven points to its current .297 level ... Cal is averaging 6.2 runs and 10.3 hits per game this season ... Individually, David Nicholson paces the Cal attack with a team-high .386 average, 13 doubles and a team-high 46 runs scored ... Teammate David Weiner leads the team with eight home runs and 39 RBI this season ... On the mound the Bears have a 4.50 team ERA with 342 strikeouts in 423 2/3 innings pitched ... Friday starter Adam Gold leads the team with six victories and 79 punchouts in 80 2/3 innings pitched ... Head coach David Esquer is in his fifth season as the Cal skipper and has tallied a 139-132 career record heading into play this weekend.
Arizona - California Statistical Comparison Arizona Pac-10 Rank California Pac-10 Rank *HittingAverage .307 3rd .297 8thRuns 259 7th 299 6thRuns Per Game 6.5 - 6.2 -Hits 427 4th 493 1stHits Per Game 10.7 - 10.3 -RBI 230 7th 280 6thRBI Per Game 5.8 - 5.8 -2Bs 68 6th 95 2nd3Bs 25 1st 11 6thHRs 30 8th 49 3rdSBs 47 1st 26 9thPitchingW-L 21-18 23-25Saves 8 T-7th 12 1stERA 4.87 6th 4.50 3rdIP 355.0 5th 423.2 1stStrikeouts 279 7th 342 2ndWalks 173 6th 198 8th
* Cal's Pac-10 Rankings are prior to the 25-3 win over Sac State on Tuesday
Last Week Recap
The Wildcats were swept in a three-game series for the second time this season, falling to Washington in Seattle in Pac-10 action ... The Wildcats dropped a pair of one-run ball games during the series ... Arizona batted just .276 in the three games, with the majority of the hits coming in Sunday's 10-inning loss ... Junior John Hardy led the team with a .556 average during the series (5 for 9) with his third HR of the year, a team-high three RBI and three runs scored ... Sophomore Nick Hundley continued his hot streak at the plate with a .417 average (5 for 12), two RBI and three runs scored ... On the mound, Arizona lost its fourth complete game effort by starting pitcher this season when Koley Kolberg was on the losing end of a 6-1 decision in the series opener on Friday ... The Wildcat hurlers finished the weekend with a 7.52 team ERA.
Getting Off On The Wrong Foot
Arizona has struggled to get things started in 2004. The Wildcats have been out scored 37-20 in the first inning this season and neither the offense or the pitching have helped the cause. Arizona is batting just .258 (39 for 151) in the opening frame against a combined .313 average in the other innings. Arizona has taken a first inning lead on offense just six times this season, has twice rallied to tie a game and cut an opponents advantage once. On the mound, the pitching staff has 7.43 ERA in the first inning, compared to a 4.54 in all other frames. The Wildcats have trailed on the score board after the first inning in 17 of their 40 games this year.
The weekend series against Cal will mark the mid-point of the longest span of road games this season for the Wildcats. Arizona traveled to Washington last week for a three-game series with the Huskies before coming to Berkeley for a Pac-10 series with Cal this weekend. A non-conference three-game set to UCLA next weekend will wrap up the nine-game trip.
With just three non-conference games remaining on the schedule, UA has a 16-11-1 record in non-Pac-10 action ... UA has played five schools ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game/series and has gone 4-7 against them ... Arizona is 10-2 when scoring 10 or more runs in game ... Arizona's No. 4 spot in the batting order has driven in only 20 runners through 40 games, but Bill Rhinehart's solo homer against Washington got the spot off the schnide for home runs. Rhinehart's blast is the lone HR hit by an Arizona clean up batter this season despite seven different players having been slotted there ... The Wildcats are averaging 8.4 runs per game in their wins and just 4.1 in their losses ... The average margin of victory for Arizona this season is 3.5 runs, the average margin of defeat is 3.1 ... The Wildcats have won more one-run games through 31 contests this season, six, then it did in all 58 games last year, three ... Arizona has posted double-digit hits in 26 of its 40 games and has gone 16-9-1 when doing so ...UA's eight saves this season have already passed the season total of seven in all 58 games last year.
The Wildcats are averaging 6.5 runs, 10.7 hits, 4.0 walks and 1.7 doubles per game this season ... Junior John Hardy leads the team in average at .352 ... Freshman Jason Donald continues to pace the UA effort in home runs (7) and runs scored (35), but sophomore teammate Jordan Brown has overtaken him for the team RBI lead at 31 ... Sophomores Nick Hundley and Derek Decater share the longest current hitting streak at three straight ... Junior Richard Mercado holds the longest non-active hitting streak of the season of 10 consecutive games.
Overall Non Conf. Pac-10Games 40 28 12Avg. .307 .309 .304Runs 259 (6.6) 176 (6.3) 83 (6.9)Hits 427 (10.7) 300 (10.7) 127 (10.6)2Bs 68 (1.7) 44 (1.6) 24 (2.0)3Bs 25 (0.6) 19 (0.7) 6 (0.5)HRs 30 (0.8) 19 (0.7) 11 (0.9)RBI 230 (5.8) 160 (5.7) 70 (5.8)
Numbers in ( ) are per game averages
In The Nick Of Time
Sophomore Nick Hundley has rebounded from a rough first half of the season. After batting just .211 in his first 16 games this year, the second-year starter has gone 14 for 33 (.424) over his last nine games to improve his season average 99 points (from .211 to its current .310). During the nine-game hot streak Hundley has driven in eight runs, hit four doubles and a triple and has scored 13 times.
It's no laughing matter that Arizona's team-leading hitter has batted in the No. 9 spot for the majority of the season, in fact junior John Hardy has done quite a nice job for the Wildcats batting last. Since dipping down to a season-low .300 average after an 0 for 3 night at Oregon State, the third-year starter has gone on a tear over his last 14 games to the tune of a .457 average (21 for 46) with 14 RBI, two home runs and 11 runs scored. The last 14 contests have earned him a team-high .352 average for the year.
Wildcats Find Their Legs
After averaging just 1.6 stolen bases attempts per game through the first 31 contests this season, Arizona broke out its track shoes over a six-game span. The Wildcats stole 15 bases in 18 attempts, an average of three attempts and 2.5 stolen bases per game, during a six-game stretch from April 12-1. Sophomore Trevor Crowe, who tied an Arizona single game record with four stolen bases at Arizona State on April 12 and is the team leader with 14, has led the way in thievery, going a perfect seven for seven in stolen bases in UA's last nine games. Arizona, which led the Pac-10 in stolen bases with 144 in 2003, has regained its top spot in the conference in the stat with 47 for the year. Oregon State is second at 46.
They're Not Cal Ripken, but....
Freshman Jason Donald is the lone Wildcat to start all 40 games this season. The first-year infielder, who has made 36 starts at shortstop and four at third base, has not missed a play in any of Arizona's contests this year. Junior John Hardy has also played in all 40 games, including 34 straight starts, but entered the Feb. 15 game against Cal State Fullerton as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement for his lone non-start appearance of the season.. Hardy currently has the longest streak of consecutive games played at 95 straight. The last time he did not appear in a game was on Feb. 1, 2003 against BYU.
Deuce's Wild in April
The Arizona defense, which went the first 25 games with just 14 double plays, has finally found love for the twin killing. Over the last 15 games, all in April, the Wildcats have more than doubled (no pun intended), from 14 to 34, their season total for DPs. Highlighted by a four double play-game at Oregon State on April 2, Arizona has four contests this month with three or more DPs turned in them. Second baseman John Hardy, shortstop Jason Donald and first baseman Jordan Brown have teamed up for the majority of them, but UA has also turned two on strike 'em out, throw 'em out, as well as outfield catch and throw.
Arizona pitchers are 21-18 with a 4.87 ERA in 355 innings this season ... UA's starting staff is 15-10 with a 4.98 ERA overall this year, while the bullpen has tallied a 6-8 record with seven saves and a 4.66 ERA ... Opponents are averaging 9.7 hits per game against Wildcat pitchers ... Arizona relievers have allowed 37 of their 88 inherited runners to come around and score (42%).
Meloan Knocking 'Em Down
Since taking over Arizona's No. 3 spot in the weekend rotation sophomore John Melaon has taken a liking to striking out batters. In 23 innings pitched as a starter, Meloan has punched out 27 hitters (1.2 Ks/inning). The right-hander is 2-0 in his starts this season and has gone seven or more innings in all three.
Meloan's Career Starting Numbers
5 GS, 3-0, 4.41 ERA, 32.2 IP, 17 H, 18 R, 16 ER, 10 BB, 32 K
D-Rod's Close Out
Junior Derek Rodriguez has already single-handedly matched UA's 2003 team season total for saves in just 40 games this year with a seven. Already fifth on the single season saves list, Rodriguez needs just four more this year to be the Arizona record holder. Last year John Meloan and Kevin Guyette shared the team saves lead at two apiece.
Koley's Among The Pac-10 Best
Junior Koley Kolberg ranks among the top pitchers in the Pac-10 in a number of statistical categories. Heading into the week of play as the leader in innings pitched (90.2), the right-hander is seventh in ERA (3.67), fourth in strikeouts (77), tied for second in games started (13) and tied for fifth in wins (6).
Complete Games - A Losing Proposition For UA
Arizona starters Koley Kolberg (UC Irvine, Long Beach St., Washington ) and Kevin Guyette (UCLA) have tossed at least one complete game apiece this season... and lost. While none of the four complete game losses have been dominating performances by the two Wildcat arms, all three have given Arizona an opportunity to win. Kolberg and Guyette have an 0-4 record in complete game efforts, have a combined ERA of 3.97, have struck out 25, walked just 12 and limited opponents to a .265 batting average when going all nine. The Wildcat offense has certainly not helped either's case for a win in the situation. The Arizona bats have produced just a .156 average (19 for 122) with one extra base hit and just five runs in support of Kolberg and Guyette in the four games.
Going the Distance
The four complete game losses mark the first time since Shawn Barrington in 1996 that a UA pitcher has worked all nine innings and been saddled with a loss. Barrington was on the losing end of a 4-3 decision at UCLA nine years ago. Former Wildcat Richie Gardner went the distance twice last season without recording a win, but he also did not earn a decision in either contest as both games carried over into extra innings.
March 2 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
Junior right-hander Koley Kolberg was named the Feb. 24-March 2 conference pitcher of the week after limiting Baylor to just one unearned run on three hits in UA's 2-1 victory over the Bears in Waco. Kolberg picked up his first win of the season with eight Ks in seven innings pitched. Earlier in the week, Kolberg entered Arizona's 4-0 loss to Arizona State with one out and the bases loaded in the eighth inning and struck out ASU's No. 3 and 4 hitters to keep the Devils from extending their lead.
Head Coach Andy Lopez
Entering his third season with the Wildcats, Andy Lopez has already made a huge impact in revitalizing the program. In two-plus seasons he has put together an 87-64-1 (.587) record at UA, led the Wildcats to their first postseason appearance since 1999 and tallied a pair of top 10 recruiting classes. One of only eight coaches in Division I history to lead two different schools to the College World Series, Lopez is on track to join the select group of skippers to take three clubs to Omaha. Currently only Larry Cochelle (Oral Roberts, Cal State Fullerton, Oklahoma) and Ron Polk (Georgia Southern, Mississippi State, Georgia) can make a claim of that feat.
Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium
On January 24, the Arizona athletics department rededicated it baseball facility to honor the two winningest coaches in school history. Jerry Kindall and Frank Sancet combined to win 1,691 games, three national titles and advance to 14 College World Series appearances. The rededication of the field was held in conjunction with the Jim Click Alumni Weekend that featured a golf tournament, dinner and the annual alumni game. Formerly know as Frank Sancet Field, the facility will now be known as Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium.
More Than Just A Name Change
In addition to a change in title, the baseball facility also continued its gradual facelift during the off-season. Recently completed projects include a brick facade around the outside of the ticket office and grandstand, as well as a new wooden outfield fence. The new wall in the outfield comes in at 12 feet high from the foul lines, before dipping down to eight feet across center field. The playing dimensions of the field will remain the same.