Arizona Baseball Notes
April 21, 2004
Up Next: Washington
National Rankings: None
Times: Fri. - 6:30 pm, Sat. - 1 pm, Sun. 1 pm
Site: Husky Ballpark, Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KNST 790 AM - Brian Jefferies on P-B-P
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First Meeting: 1992 - Last Meeting: 2003
Series Record: Arizona leads the all-time series 9-7
Current Streak: Arizona has won two straight games dating back to last season.
Friday: RHP Koley Kolberg (6-2, 3.38 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Parker (1-1, 3.94 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Kevin Guyette (5-4, 5.35 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Kasser (2-0, 6.91 ERA)
Sunday: RHP John Meloan (3-0, 6.23 ERA) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (4-1, 2.95 ERA)
A Look at Washington
The Huskies return home to host the Wildcats after traveling all the way to Georgia for a three-game series against Georgia Tech ... UW took 2 of 3 against the Yellow Jackets to improve to 21-13-1 for the year ... The Huskies and Wildcats are currently tied in the Pac-10 standings with each owning a 5-4 record ... Offensively the Huskies are hitting .293 as a team and are averaging 7.4 runs and 10.7 hits per game this season ... Sophomore Zach Clem, a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week this season, leads the UW offense individually with a .388 average, 38 runs scored, 10 home runs and 30 RBI ... On the mound the Huskies, who have a 5.40 ERA in 315 IP, will toss three right-handers against the Wildcats this weekend ... Freshman Tim Lincecum has been UW's most consistent starter, going 4-1 with a team-best 2.95 ERA in 64 innings pitched ... He has struck out a team-high 96 batters this season ... Head coach Ken Knutson is in his 12th season as the Huskies' skipper and has posted a career 410-266-2 record heading into play this weekend.
Arizona - Washington Statistical Comparison Arizona Pac-10 Rank Washington Pac-10 RankHittingAverage .310 3rd .293 6thRuns 241 7th 260 5thRuns Per Game 6.5 - 7.4 -Hits 400 3rd 373 6thHits Per Game 10.8 - 10.7 -RBI 216 7th 247 5thRBI Per Game 5.8 - 7.1 -2Bs 63 6th 70 4th3Bs 25 1st 5 8thHRs 27 8th 53 2ndSBs 46 1st 40 3rdPitchingW-L 21-15 21-13Saves 8 T-6th 7 9thERA 4.66 4th 5.40 9thIP 328.2 3rd 315.0 6thStrikeouts 256 7th 295 3rdWalks 154 5th 203 9th
Last Week Recap
Arizona completed a busy week in which it played six games in seven days ... The Wildcats went 5-1, falling to ASU 9-5 last Monday, before rallying to sweep series at UNLV and against UT-Pan American at home ... The Wildcats hit .330 as a team with 52 runs scored, 12 doubles, 5 triples and two home runs in the six games ... Freshman Bill Rhinehart led all players individually with a .538 average (7 for 13) ... Sophomore Jordan Brown hit his third home run of the year and drove in 10 runs in six games ... Sophomore Nick Hundley found his stroke to the tune of a .412 average while scoring a team-high nine runs ... On the mound the pitchers had a 4.42 ERA in 53 innings pitched ... The UA arms struck out 41 and walked 21 ... Junior Koley Kolberg picked up a pair of wins in two starts and closer Derek Rodriguez earned two saves during the week ... Sophomore John Meloan struck out a career-high 10 UTPA batters over eight innings.
The Wildcats will head out on the road for the longest span of games this season. Arizona will head to Washington this week for a three-game series with the Huskies before heading to Berkeley for a Pac-10 series with Cal and a non-conference three-game set to UCLA to wrap up the nine-game trip. The trip looms large in the conference race as Arizona and UW are tied for second with USC in the Pac-10 at 5-4.
The Wildcats are currently enjoying a five-game winning streak. The stretch matches the season-high five-game winning streak Arizona opened the year with against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.
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 10-1 when scoring 10 or more runs in game ... Arizona's No. 4 spot in the batting order has driven in only 19 runners through 37 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 8.4 runs per game in their wins and just 3.7 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, six, then it did in all 58 games last year, three ... Arizona has posted double-digit hits in 21 of its 37 games and has gone 16-8-1 when doing so ...UA's eight saves this season have have alreadey passed the season total of seven in all 58 games last year.
The Wildcats are averaging 6.5 runs, 10.8 hits, 3.8 walks and 1.7 doubles per game this season ... Junior Richard Mercado leads the team in average at .358 ... Freshman Jason Donald continues to pace the UA effort in home runs (7) and runs scored (28), but sophomore teammate Jordan Brown has tied him for the team RBI lead at 29 ... Junior John Hardy currently has Arizona's longest hitting streak at six straight games. Richard Mercado had his team season-high streak of 10 straight snapped last week at UNLV.
Overall Non Conf. Pac-10Games 37 28 9Avg. .310 .309 .313Runs 241 (6.6) 176 (6.3) 65 (7.2)Hits 400 (10.8) 300 (10.7) 100 (11.1)2Bs 63 (1.7) 44 (1.6) 19 (2.1)3Bs 25 (0.7) 19 (0.7) 6 (0.7)HRs 27 (0.7) 19 (0.7) 8 (0.9)RBI 216 (5.8) 160 (5.7) 56 (6.2)
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 9 for 21 (.429) over his last six games to improve his season average 77 points (from .211 to its current .288). During the six-game hot streak Hundley has driven in six runs, hit three double and a triple and has scored 10 times.
An 0 for 4 day at the plate in Arizona's series finale against UT Pan Am last Sunday snapped a season-high eight-game hitting streak for sophomore Jordan Brown. The second-year Wildcat, who has at least one hit in 21 of his last 24 starts, hit .421 (16 for 38) during the eight-game stretch with 16 RBI, all three of his home runs this year and six runs scored.
Wildcats Find Their Legs
After averaging just 1.6 stolen bases attempts per game through the first 31 contests this season, Arizona has broken out their track shoes over the last six games. The Wildcats stole 15 bases in 18 attempts, an average of three attempts and 2.5 stolen bases per game, during last week's six games. 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 at 13, has led the way in thivery, going a perfect six for six in stolen bases last week. Juniors John Hardy (3 for 3) and Jeff Van Houten (3 for 4) each stole three bases apiece last week. Arizona, which lead the Pac-10 in stolen bases with 144 in 2003, has regained its top spot in the conference in the stat with 46 for the year. Oregon State is second at 42.
Donald Bounces Back
After going a combined 0 for 12 at Arizona State and UNLV last week, freshman Jason Donald went 7 for 10 (.700), including a 4 for 4 game on Saturday, in three games against UT Pan Am over the weekend. The starting shortstop saw his average rise from a season-low of .290 all the way back up to its current .316 level.
He's Not Cal Ripken, but....
Freshman Jason Donald is the lone Wildcat to start all 37 games this season. The first-year infielder, who has made 33 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 all 37 games, including 31 straight starts, but entered the Feb. 15 game against Cal State Fullerton as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement.
Duece's Wild in April
The Arizona defense, which went the first 25 games with just 14 double plays, have finally found love for the twin killing. Over the last 12 games, all in April, the Wildcats have more than doubled (no pun intended), from 14 to 31, 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 21-15 with a 4.66 ERA in 328.2 innings this season ... UA's starting staff is 15-9 with a 4.73 ERA overall this year, while the bullpen has tallied a 6-6 record with seven saves and a 4.50 ERA ... Opponents are averaging 9.7 hits per game against Wildcat pitchers ... Arizona relievers have allowed 36 of their 85 inherited runners to come around and score (42%).
Meloan Cements His Case
Sophomore John Melaon further cemented his case for the No. 3 spot in the weekend rotation last week against UT Pan Am. Meloan struck out a career- and team season-high 10 batters in UA's 12-5 win. Along with the strikeout numbers, he didn't allow a walk over eight innings. A week earlier, the right-hander limited UCLA to just two earned runs on six hits in eight innings of work. He struck out a then-career-high eight batters and issued only two walk to the Bruins.
Meloan's Career Starting Numbers
4 GS, 3-0, 3.16 ERA, 25.2 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 7 BB, 25 K
Two For Koley
Junior Koley Kolberg won two games last week to raise his team-leading total to six victories. At UNLV and against UT-Pan Am the right-hander went 2-0 with 2.08 ERA in 13 innings pitched. He struck out nine and walked just four.
Two As Well For Derek
Junior Derek Rodriguez also doubled up on saves last week as the Arizona closer improved to a perfect 7 for 7 in save opportunities this year. Working three combined innings against UNLV and UT Pan Am, Rodriguez gave up just two hits and no runs to close out a one-run and a three-run win.
D-Rod's Close Out
Junior Derek Rodriguez has already single-handedly matched UA's 2003 team season total for saves in just 37 games this year with a Pac-10 leading 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 (82.2), the right-hander is seventh in ERA (3.38), tied for third in strikeouts (70), tied for second in games started (12) and tied for fourth in wins (6).
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
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 87-61-1 (.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.