Arizona Baseball Notes

May 12, 2004

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Up Next: Stanford
National Rankings: No. 2
Times: Sat. - 7 pm, Sun. - 7 pm, Mon. - 1 pm
Site: Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium
Radio: KNST 790 AM - Brian Jefferies on P-B-P
Live Stats: www.arizonaathletics.com (Baseball Schedule Page)
First Meeting: 1923 - Last Meeting: 2003
Series Record: Stanford leads the all-time series 91-52
Current Streak: Arizona took 2 of 3 from Stanford last season and has won one straight.
Pitching Probables:
Friday: RHP Koley Kolberg (7-4, 3.93 ERA) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-1, 3.63 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Kevin Guyette (6-5, 6.24 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Gilmore (8-2, 4.30 ERA)
Sunday: RHP John Meloan (5-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. TBA

A Look at Stanford
The Cardinal heads to Tucson after dropping its first three-game series of the season to Washington in Seattle last weekend ... Stanford defeated Santa Clara, 3-1, in a midweek nonconference game on Tuesday ... Currently in first place in the conference standings at 11-4 in the Pac-10, the Cardinal boasts both the top pitching staff and offense in the league this season ... Heading into the week of play, Stanford is currently first as a team in the Pac-10 in average (.332), slugging (.536), runs scored (401), hits (539), RBI (371) and home runs (76) ... Individually the Cardinal players pepper the top 10 lists of every statistical category ... Sophomore Jed Lowrie, who is the team leader in a number of categories, leads the Pac-10 in slugging (.783), RBI (57) and home runs (57) and is second in average (.394) and runs scored (58) ... Teammate Danny Putnam is third in the conference in average (.390) and second in slugging (.668), hits (73) and home runs (13) ... On the mound Stanford has a Pac-10-best 3.92 ERA in 406 1/3 innings pitched this season ... The Cardinal arms have struck out 314 against 148 walks this year ... Sophomore southpaw Mark Romanczuk leads the team with a 9-1 overall record with a 3.63 ERA in 86 2/3 innings. He has struck out 74 this year and walked only 29 ... Teammate Jeff Gilmore is 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 81 2/3 innings.

Arizona - Stanford Statistical Comparison		Arizona		Pac-10 Rank	Stanford*	Pac-10 Rank *HittingAverage		.308		3rd		.332		1stRuns		314		7th		401		1stRuns Per Game	6.8		-		8.9		-Hits		494		4th		539		1stHits Per Game	10.7		-		12.0		-RBI		282		7th		371		1stRBI Per Game	6.1		-		8.2		-2Bs		81		t6th		74		8th3Bs		26		1st		15		2ndHRs		45		4th		76		1stSBs		57		1st		41		5thPitchingW-L		25-20				37-8Saves		10		t7th		12		2ndERA		4.91		5th		3.92		1stIP		407.0		3rd		406.1		4thStrikeouts	317		6th		314		7thWalks 		188		4th		148		3rd

* Stanford's Stats and Pac-10 Rankings are prior to its game with Santa Clara on Tuesday..

Stanford's Last Trip To Tucson
A three-game series that happened two years usually is hardly worth mentioning. However, the Wildcats and Cardinal played a uniquely strange series the last time the two met up in Tucson. The opening game saw UA and Stanford play two games in one, as the contest extended for 18 innings and over five hours before the Cardinal finally prevailed. Tied 2-2, after nine, the Cardinal scored single runs in both the 12th and 15th innings only to be matched each time by the Wildcats. Stanford finally grabbed the lead for good on a two-out passed ball in the top of the 18th to win the opener 5-4. The next day Stanford rapped out 12 extra base hits (seven doubles, two triples, three home runs) in a 19-1 romp. The oddities of the first two games however were capped by the series finale. After having already played 27 innings in two games, Stanford's flight arrangements called for it to have to leave before the game was completed. With UA leading 15-13 after eight innings, the game was halted so the Cardinal could catch their flight with neither team knowing what the outcome of the game would be. It wasn't until Tuesday that the Wildcats were declared the winner of the eight-inning, travel arrangement shortened game.

Last Week Recap
The Wildcats took two of three from UCLA in a nonconference series in Los Angeles over the weekend to even the season series at 3-3 ... Arizona dropped the series opener 7-3 on Friday before rebounding to win 20-9 on Saturday and 11-2 on Sunday to take the series ... As a team the Wildcats batted .274 (29 for 106) with 34 runs scored, six doubles and nine home runs in the three games ... Sophomore Jordan Brown lit up the Bruin pitching staff for the second time this season, batting .455 (5 for 11) with three home runs, a team-high 10 RBI and five runs scored in the series. In Saturday's 20-9 win he finished 4 for 5 with a career-high seven RBI ... On the mound Arizona posted a 2-1 record with a 5.54 ERA in 26 innings ... Sophomore John Meloan tossed a complete game two-hitter in Sunday's series clinching win. He struck out six and walked two for Arizona's first complete game win of the year.

Jordan Brown - Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore Jordan Brown was named the May 11 Pac-10 Player of the Week after lighting up the UCLA pitching staff for a .455 average, three home runs, 10 RBI and five runs scored in the three games last week. The left-handed first baseman went 4 for 5 with two HRs and a career-high seven RBI in Saturday's 20-9 win and added his team-leading eighth HR of the season a day later. In six games against UCLA this season Brown went 12 for 25 (.480) with five HRs, 16 RBI, 10 runs scored and 1.125 slugging percentage.

Jolting Jordan vs. The Bears
Sophomore Jordan Brown probably wouldn't even have to think twice if ever asked to wrestle a Bear. In nine combined games against UCLA (the Bruins) and Cal (the Golden Bears) this season the left-handed hitting first baseman hit .436 (17 for 39) with seven home runs, 13 runs scored, 22 RBI and a very impressive 1.026 slugging percentage. In the six games against UCLA he went 12 for 25 (.480) with five HRs, 16 RBI, 10 runs scored and 1.125 slugging percentage. In the three games against Cal he went 5 for 13 (.357) with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored. The really good news for the Wildcats is that Brown has posted the majority of the numbers against the Bear family in the last six games Arizona has played. In the Pac-10 series at Cal (April 30-May 2) and the non conference series at UCLA (May 7-9) Brown went 10 for 25 (.400) with five HRs, 16 RBI and eight run scored.

Home For a Spell
The Wildcats might not know where they are when this weekend's series against Stanford starts. Arizona just wrapped up its longest road trip of the season with last weekend's nonconference series at UCLA. Spanning three weeks and nine games, Arizona traveled a combined total of 4,866 round trip miles to Seattle, Berkeley and Los Angeles. The Wildcats went a combined 4-5 during the road swing, getting swept by Washington, but rallying to take two of three at both Cal and UCLA. The Wildcats, who have played just three home games in their last 15 contests, will get a respite from the road with a pair three-game home series against the Cardinal this weekend and Arizona State next weekend. UA will wrap up its 2004 regular season in Los Angeles at USC.

Short Stuff
With only Pac-10 Conference games remaining, the Wildcats wrapped up their nonconference slate with an 18-12-1 record (.597) 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 12-2 when scoring 10 or more runs in game ... The Wildcats are averaging 8.8 runs per game in their wins and just 4.3 in their losses ... The average margin of victory for Arizona this season is 4.3 runs, the average margin of defeat is 3.0 ... The Wildcats have won more one-run games through 46 contests this season, six, then it did in all 58 games last year, three ... Arizona has posted double-digit hits in 30 of its 46 games and has gone 19-10-1 when doing so ...UA's 10 saves this season have already passed the season total of seven in all 58 games last year.

Offensive Numbers
The Wildcats are averaging 6.8 runs, 10.8 hits, 4.1 walks and 1.8 doubles per game this season ... Junior John Hardy leads the team in average at .364 ... Sophomore Jordan Brown is the team leader in both home runs (8) and RBI (47) ... Freshman Jason Donald has scored a team-high 39 runs this season ... Hardy has the longest current hitting streak at eight straight games which ties his career high set last season ... Junior Richard Mercado holds the longest non-active hitting streak of the season of 10 consecutive games.

		Overall		Non Conf.	Pac-10Games		46		31		15Avg.		.308		.305		.314Runs		314 (6.8)	210 (6.8)	104 (6.9)Hits		494 (10.7)	329 (10.6)	165 (11)2Bs		81 (1.8)	50 (1.6)	31 (2.1)3Bs		26 (0.6)	20 (0.6)	6 (0.4)HRs		45 (0.9)	28 (0.9)	17 (1.1)RBI		282 (6.1)	192 (6.2)	90 (6.0)Numbers in ( ) are per game averages

Powering Up
The Wildcats appear to have found their power stroke. Over the course of the last six games Arizona is averaging better then two home runs per contest (15 HR for a 2.5/per game average). The long ball has accounted for 29 of UA's 52 RBI during the stretch (57 %) and has helped to improve its slugging percentage 18 points for the year. The power surge has improved Arizona's Pac-10 ranking in home runs from seventh in the conference all the way up to fourth. Individually, sophomore Jordan Brown (5 HR), senior Moises Duran (3 HR), junior Jeff Van Houten (2 HR) and freshman Bill Rhinehart (2 HR) have accounted for 12 of the 15 fence busters. Brown's slugging percentage over the last six games is an impressive 1.040.

Hardy Har-HarIt's no laughing matter that Arizona's team-leading hitter has only recently moved to leadoff spot after batting ninth for the majority of the season. Since moving into the No. 1 slot four games ago, Hardy has responded with a .429 average (6 for 14) with four walks, a .524 on-base percentage and seven runs scored. Hardy's move to the top of the order was set in motion after dipping down to a season-low .300 average after an 0 for 3 night at Oregon State on April 3. Since that time, the third-year starter has gone on a tear over his last 20 games to the tune of a .437 average (31 for 71) with 19 RBI, three home runs and 21 runs scored. The last 20 contests have improved his season average 64 points to its current team-leading level of .364 for the year.

Mo Muscles Up
It took a while, but senior Moises Duran finally broke into UA's top 10 list for career home runs. The four-year starter came into the season needing just three home runs to break into the exclusive group with 28. He started the year quickly, winning the series opener against UC Riverside with a walk-off solo homer and hitting his second HR of the year in UA's sixth game, but cooled off considerably through the middle part of the year. In fact, it was another 38 games before he finally hit the 28th home run in his career. Part of a five home run barrage at UCLA on May 8th, Duran hit a solo home run in the sixth to join Arizona's all-time power hitters. To prove that it was no fluke he hit two more a day later against the Bruins to vault all the way into a tie for sixth with former Wildcat Robert Woodside with 30.

Arizona's All-Time Home Run LeadersRank	Player			Years		HRs1.	Shelley Duncan		1999-2001	552.	Kenny Corley		1995-98		363.	David Shermet		1985-88		344.	Les Pearsey		1975-78		335.	Todd Trafton		1983-86		316.	Robert Woodside		1975-78		30	Moises Duran		2001-04		30

They're Not Cal Ripken, but....
Freshman Jason Donald is the lone Wildcat to start all 46 games this season. The first-year infielder, who has made 42 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 43 games, including 40 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 101 straight. The last time he did not appear in a game was on Feb. 1, 2003 against BYU.

Pitching Numbers
Arizona pitchers are 25-20 with a 4.91 ERA in 407 innings this season ... UA's starting staff is 19-12 with a 5.11 ERA overall this year, while the bullpen has tallied a 6-8 record with 10 saves and a 4.51 ERA ... Opponents are averaging 9.5 hits per game against Wildcat pitchers ... Arizona relievers have allowed 38 of their 94 inherited runners to come around and score (40%).

Big John's Two-Hitter
It was only a matter of time before the Wildcats got a complete-game victory this season. With four losses in complete games through the first 45 games of the year (see note below), sophomore John Meloan finally broke through with a CG win. The 6-foot-5 right-hander went the distance at UCLA on May 9th and did so in convincing fashion. Meloan struck out six, walked just two on 99 pitches. At one point, he retired 18-straight Bruin batters from the end of the first inning through the first out in the seventh. The only two hits he gave up were solo home runs, but the offense supported him with four homers of it own and nine runs to make the issue a non-factor .

Complete Games - A Losing Proposition For UA
Prior to John Meloan's complete game victory at UCLA on May 9, Arizona starters Koley Kolberg (UC Irvine, Long Beach St., Washington ) and Kevin Guyette (UCLA) tossed at least one complete game apiece... and lost. While none of the four complete game losses were dominating performances by the two Wildcat arms, all four gave Arizona an opportunity to win. Kolberg and Guyette have an 0-4 record in their complete game efforts, combined for 3.97 ERA, struck out 25, walked just 12 and limited opponents to a .265 batting average when going all nine. The Wildcat offense certainly did not help either's case for a win in the situation. The Arizona bats 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.

Meloan Knocking 'Em Down
Since taking over Arizona's No. 3 spot in the weekend rotation sophomore John Meloan has taken a liking to striking out batters. In five starts and 38.1 innings pitched, Meloan has punched out 34 hitters. The right-hander is 4-0 in his starts this season and has gone six or more innings in all five.

Meloan's Career Starting Numbers (2003 and 2004)7 GS, 5-0, 4.15 ERA, 48.0 IP, 24 H, 23 R, 20 ER, 16 BB, 39 K

D-Rod's Close Out
Junior Derek Rodriguez has already single-handedly matched UA's 2003 57-game team season total for saves in 46 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.

Dropping Down
Entering the year, fifth-year senior Scott Burns had pitched a total of 12 innings during his first three seasons and had a career 9.00 ERA in 13 games pitched. Now, with 17 appearances this season alone, he has become a key figure in UA's bullpen. Leading the team with a 2.59 ERA, Burns has limited opponents to just a .205 batting average against him. He has struck out 20 and walked just eight in 24 1/3 innings pitched.

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 (103), the right-hander is third in strikeouts (91), second in games started (15) and tied for sixth in wins (7).

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.

May 4 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week
Fifth year senior Scott Burns was named the conference pitcher of the week on May 4 after his outstanding performance at Cal. The right-hander picked up two saves in five innings of work. Cal collected just one hit (.063 average) while striking out four times against him. In Sunday's series clinching win, Burns entered the game with the bases loaded and the Wildcats clinging to a one-run lead. He got out of the inning with a liner to short to preserve the Arizona advantage. Burns, who entered the 2004 season with just 12 career innings pitched, earned his first two career saves.

Head Coach Andy Lopez
In 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 91-67-1 (.577) 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.

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