Arizona Baseball Notes
April 12, 2004
Tonight's 7 pm game against Arizona State will be broadcast live on 790 AM, KNST.
Up Next: UNLV
National Rankings: None
Times: T - 7 pm, W - 1 pm
Site: Earl E. Wilson Stadium
Live Stats: www.arizonaathletics.com (Baseball Schedule Page)
First Meeting: 1984 - Last Meeting: 1999
Series Record: UNLV leads the all-timeseries 5-4
Current Streak: Dating back to 1999, Arizona has won two straight games.
Tuesday: TBA vs. TBA
Wednesday: TBA vs. TBA
In The Midst of It
Arizona's stretch of six games in seven days this week marks the end of the busiest part of Arizona's 2004 season. Beginning with a three game series at Oregon State to start off the month of April and ending with a three-game non-conference series against UT Pan Am on April 16-18, the Wildcats will have played 13 games over a strech over 17 days.
A Look at Arizona State
The Sun Devils enter Monday's second non-conference game of the season against the Wildcats with a 23--11 overall record ... ASU shut out Arizona 4-0 in the first midweek non-conference contest between the two on Feb. 24 ... After starting the season 19-3, the Devils have lost four straight series and are just 4-8 in their last 12 games ... Arizona State is batting .318 as a team and is averaging 7.6 runs and 10.9 hits per game ... Junior Dustin Pedroia leads ASU with a .403 average, 44 runs and 17 doubles ... On the mound, ASU has a team 4.42 ERA in 305 innings pitched ... Scheduled starter Pat Bresnehan is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 1/3 innings pitched ... Used as ASU's closer for the majority of the season, he has five saves, including one against the Wildcats in the Feb. 24 game.
Arizona - Arizona State Statistical Comparison Arizona ASU HittingAverage .306 .318Runs 189 260Runs Per Game 6.1 7.6Hits 332 371Hits Per Game 10.7 10.9RBI 170 237RBI Per Game 5.5 7.02Bs 51 813Bs 20 3HRs 25 29SBs 31 28PitchingW-L 16-14 23-11Saves 6 10ERA 4.70 1.43IP 275.2 305.0Strikeouts 215 257Walks 133 149
Arizona State - 4 - Arizona - 0
The Wildcats and Sun Devils met for the first of two non-conference games on Feb. 24 in Tempe. ASU scored four early runs off of UA starter Kevin Guyette ( Loss, 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K) and limited the Wildcat offense to just three hits to hand the UA its first shut out loss of the year. The Devil pitching staff struck out the Arizona order a season-high 15 times in the game. ASU starter Brett Bordes posted 10 punchouts en route to his first win of the year and Pat Bresnehan, the scheduled starter for Monday's rematch, held the Wildcats hitless with five Ks over the final three innings to pick up the save. The win was Arizona State's fourth straight over Arizona.
A Look At UNLV
The Rebels enter the two game series against Arizona with a 22-11 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the Mountain West Conference ... UNLV took two of three games from conference rival BYU last week ... Offensively, UNLV is batting .324 in 33 games this season and is averaging 12.2 hits and 9.9 runs per game ... Senior Peter White leads the team individually with a .405 average and six home runs ... Classmate Ryan Ruiz paces the Rebel attack with a team-high 46 runs scored and 11 stolen bases ... On the mound, UNLV has a 5.28 team ERA in 296 1/3 innings pitched ... Opponents are batting just .280 against the Rebel pitchers this season ... Sophomore Matt Luca leads the team individually with 61 striekouts in 50 1/3 innings ... Seniors Jake Vose and David Seccomeb are tied with Luca for the team lead in wins at five apiece ... Head coach Buddy Goldsmith is in his frist season as the UNLV skipper ... UNLV volunteer assistant coach Chuck Hazzard was a four-year letterwinner for Arizona head coach Andy Lopez at Florida.
Arizona - UNLV Statistical Comparison Arizona * UNLV HittingAverage .306 .324Runs 189 326Runs Per Game 6.1 9.9Hits 332 402Hits Per Game 10.7 12.2RBI 170 285RBI Per Game 5.5 8.62Bs 51 983Bs 20 11HRs 25 27SBs 31 44PitchingW-L 16-14 22-11Saves 6 2ERA 4.70 5.28IP 275.2 296.1Strikeouts 215 259Walks 133 128* Arizona Stats are prior to Monday's game at Arizona State
Arizona dropped its first conference series of the season 2-1 to the visiting Bruins ... The closely contested series saw Arizona out-score UCLA 19-18 despite winning just one game ... Five of Arizona's seven defensive errors on the weekend cost the Wildcats in both of the losses ... Arizona batted .302 (32 for 106) with four doubles and two home runs ... Sophomore Jordan Brown led all UA players for the series, finishing 7 for 14 (.500) with two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored ... Brown went 4 for 5 with both HRs and all six RBI in Thursday's series opening 9-7 loss ... On the mound, the Wildcat pitching staff finished with a 4.33 ERA, 22 strikeouts and nine walks in 27 innings pitched ... Saturday starter Kevin Guyette was charged with his fourth loss of the season despite tossing UA's third complete game of the year ... Right-hander John Meloan picked up his second victory of the year in Saturday's 9-5 win, giving up just two earned runs on six hits. He struck out a career-high eight UCLA batters and walked two in his first start of the year.
Beginning a six-game run of non-Pac-10 games this week, UA wrapped up its initial run through non-conference games with an 11-10-1 record ... 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 7-1 when scoring 10 or more runs in game ... Arizona's No. 4 spot in the batting order has driven in only 15 runners through 31 games and there have been no home runs hit by a clean up batter despite seven different players having been slotted there ... The Wildcats are averaging 8.1 runs per game in their wins and just 3.6 in their losses ... The average margin of victory for Arizona this season is 3.5 runs, the average margin of defeat is 3.2 ... The Wildcats have won more one-run games through 31 contests this season, five, then it did in all 58 games last year, three ... Arizona has posted double-digit hits in 21 of its 31 games and has gone 13-7-1 when doing so ...UA's six saves this season are just one shy of the season total in 58 games last year.
The Wildcats are averaging 6.0 runs, 10.7 hits, 3.4 walks and 1.7 doubles per game this season ... Junior Richard Mercado leads the team in average at .413 ... Freshman Jason Donald continues to pace the UA effort in RBI (27), home runs (7) and runs scored (28) ... Mercado has put together the longest hitting streak of the season, currently at nine straight games.
Overall Non Conf. Pac-10Games 31 22 9Avg. .306 .303 .313Runs 189 (6.0) 124 (5.6) 65 (7.2)Hits 332 (10.7) 232 (10.5) 100 (11.1)2Bs 51 (1.6) 32 (1.5) 19 (2.1)3Bs 20 (0.6) 14 (0.6) 6 (0.7)HRs 25 (0.8) 17 (0.8) 8 (0.9)RBI 170 (5.5) 114 (5.2) 56 (6.2)Numbers in ( ) are per game averages
Junior Richard Mercado has been on a hot streak with the bat. With a team-high nine-game hitting streak in tow, the Wildcat backstop has climbed to the top of the Pac-10 in batting average at .413. Over the course of the nine game hitting streak, which began on March 19 at Long Beach State, he is batting a team-best .484 (15 for 31), with two home runs, three RBI, four walks and seven runs scored.
Theft on the Decline
After swiping the third-most bases in school history last season, the Wildcats' steal attempts are down this season. After averaging 3.2 attempts per game in 2003, UA is averaging just 1.6 this season. Sophomore Brad Boyer, who led the Pac-10 in stolen bases as a freshman last season with 25, has just four SB in seven attempts this year.
Arizona pitchers are 16-14 with a 4.74 ERA in 275.2 innings this season ... UA's starting staff is 11-9 with a 4.84 ERA overall this year, while the bullpen has tallied a 5-5 record with six saves and a 4.44 ERA ... Opponents are averaging 9.6 hits per game against Wildcat pitchers and are batting .250 (92 for 368) against Arizona's bullpen and .288 (205 for 715) against the starters ... Arizona relievers have allowed 31 of their 77 inherited runners to come around and score (40%).
Meloan Makes His Case
Sophomore John Melaon made a strong case for the No. 3 spot in the weekend rotation last weekend against UCLA. The right-hander limited the Bruins to just two earned runs on six hits in eight innings of work. He struck out a career-high eight batters and issued only two walks. The start was his first of the season and the third in his two-year career.
Meloan's Career Starting Numbers
3 GS, 2-0, 2.04 ERA, 17.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 15 K
Closing the Door
Tallying his fifth save of the year at Oregon State on Apr. 2, closer Derek Rodriguez has already surpassed Arizona's team-high for saves from a season ago. The junior right-hander is a perfect 5 for 5 in save opportunities this season and has not given up a run in a save situation. Last year John Meloan and Kevin Guyette shared the team saves lead at two apiece. The Wildcats blew their first save opportunity of the season against UCLA on April 8 when Mark Melancon gave up three runs in the ninth inning of Arizona's 9-7 loss.
Complete Games - A Losing Proposition For UA
Arizona starters Koley Kolberg (UC Irvine, Long Beach St.) and Kevin Guyette (UCLA) have tossed at least one complete game apiece this season... and lost. While none of the three 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 0-3 record in complete game efforts, have a combined ERA of 3.12, have struck out 18 and walked just five and limited opponents to a .280 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 .152 average (14 for 92) with no extra base hits and just four runs in support of Kolberg and Guyette in the three games.
Going the Distance
The three 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 and the Arizona coaching staff has great flexibility in both the batting order and on defense. The depth in Arizona's lineup allows for the coaches to get hitter/pitcher match ups which favor UA at the plate and then move players around the field to make the lineup shifts on offense work on defense. The following is a list of Arizona regulars who can/have play(ed) more than one position:
Player B/T PositionsZach Bies R/R 1B, OFBrad Boyer L/R OF, 3B, 2BJason Donald R/R 2B, 3B, SSMoises Duran R/R 2B, 3B, SSChris Frey L/L LHP, OF, 1BJohn Hardy R/R 2B, 3B, SSDJ Lewis R/R OF, C, DHPat Reilly L/L 1B, OF
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 a 82-60-1 (.578) 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.