Arizona Baseball Notes
May 19, 2004
Up Next: Arizona State
National Rankings: No. 19 BA, No. 17 CB, No. 13 SW
Times: Fri. - 7 pm, Sat. - 7 pm, Sun. - 1 pm
Site: Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium
Radio: All Three Games KNST 790 AM - Brian Jefferies on PxBxP
Television: Friday - College Sports TV - Mike Crispino on PxBxP, Kevin Stocker on Color
Live Stats: www.arizonaathletics.com (Baseball Schedule Page)
First Meeting: 1907 - Last Meeting: 2004 (ASU 9 - Arizona 5)
Series Record: Arizona leads the all-time series 219-180-1
Current Streak: Arizona State has won five straight games dating back to last season.
Friday: RHP Koley Kolberg (7-5, 4.43 ERA)
Saturday: RHP Kevin Guyette (6-5, 6.93 ERA)
Sunday: RHP John Meloan (6-0, 4.95 ERA)
A Look at Arizona State
The Sun Devils will head to town fresh off of a conference series sweep of Oregon State in Tempe last weekend ... The three victories vaulted ASU into a tie with UCLA for third place in the Pac-10 standings, one game ahead of the fifth-place Wildcats ... ASU, which defeated New Mexico 22-4 on Tuesday and will play New Mexico State on Wednesday, entered the week of play ranked first in the Pac-10 in on base percentage (.432), Walks (279) and doubles (116), second in batting average (.323) and third in runs scored (380) and RBI (345) ... All totaled the Devils have nine players hitting .300 or better and four with 40 or more RBI ... All-America candidate Dustin Pedroia paces the Sun Devil attack with a Pac-10 leading .414 average, an astronomical 22 doubles, 66 runs scored, eight home runs and 45 RBI ... Teammate Travis Buck has driven in a team-high 53 runners this season and shares the team lead with Pedroia with eight homers ... On the mound ASU boasts a 4.34 team ERA with 379 strike outs in 438.0 innings pitched ... The Sun Devil bullpen has saved a conference-leading 17 games this year ... Transfer Jason Urquidez leads the ASU pitching staff with a Pac-10 leading 10 victories, a 2.94 ERA and 80 punchouts in 82 2/3 innings this season ... Fellow transfer Jeff Mousser, who defeated Arizona as the opening day starter for BYU last season, is second on the team with five wins.
Arizona - Arizona Statistical Comparison Arizona Pac-10 Rank % Arizona State* Pac-10 Rank *HittingAverage .315 3rd .323 2ndRuns 353 5th 380 3rdRuns Per Game 6.8 - 8.9 -Hits 542 5th 534 4thHits Per Game 10.7 - 12.0 -RBI 318 5th 345 3rdRBI Per Game 6.1 - 8.2 -2Bs 92 t5th 116 1st3Bs 29 1st 4 9thHRs 47 5th 38 8thSBs 60 t1st 43 6thPitchingW-L 27-21 35-13Saves 10 8th 17 1stERA 5.18 7th 4.34 2ndIP 434.0 7th 429.0 6thStrikeouts 339 8th 368 4thWalks 203 4th 210 6th
% Arizona's Pac-10 rankings are prior to Monday's victory over top-ranked Stanford.* Arizona State's Stats and Pac-10 Rankings are prior to its games in New Mexico this week.
2004 Arizona-Arizona State Nonconference Matchups
Arizona and Arizona State have already met twice this season prior to this weekend's Pac-10 games. The Sun Devils hosted the Wildcats twice in Tempe in nonconference contests and won both of them. In the first meeting on Feb. 24, ASU pitchers Brett Bordes and Pat Bresnehan combined to strike out the Wildcats a season-high 15 times and limit UA to a season-low three hits in a 4-0 shutout win. The Sun Devils scored two runs apiece in the first and second innings and rode the arms of their pitchers to the win. In the second game on April 12, the Devils overcame an early 4-1 Wildcat advantage to take the game 9-5. The game was close through six innings (6-5 ASU), but the Devils scored a run in the seventh and two in the eighth while holding the Wildcats scoreless over the final three frames to put away their second win of the year over UA.
This weekend marks the final home series of the season for Arizona ... The Wildcats are currently 15-8-1 at Kindall Field at Sancet Stadium ... Playing in their final games at home are seniors Moises Duran, Scott Burns, Terrence Taylor, Zach Bies and Joe Frazier.
The Kindall Field Comeback
A bases-loaded walk by Stanford closer David O'Hagan to John Hardy in the bottom of the ninth inning capped off what, thus far, has been the biggest come-from-behind win for Arizona under current head coach Andy Lopez. All totaled, the two schools combined for 37 runs, 42 hits, eight home runs, 10 doubles and two triples over four hours and 11 minutes, but it was the eye of Hardy that scored the game-winning run.
Trailing 15-12 after eight innings, the potent Cardinal offense rose up to retake the lead with six runs on four hits (including a solo home run and a grand slam) to all but put the game away in the top of the ninth at 18-15. The Arizona offense, however, had other ideas.
Having already rallied to overcome a three-run deficit earlier in the game and numerous Stanford attempts to regain the advantage, Moises Duran got things started on an improbable comeback with a leadoff double down the right field line off of O'Hagan (5-0 for the year with six saves). Bill Rhinehart was hit by a pitch in the next at bat and Jason Donald followed with a single to center field to load the bases for Richard Mercado.
The junior catcher, who entered the at bat 0 for 2 with a pair of walks in the game, drilled O'Hagan's 1-0 offering down the left field line and to the wall for a base-clearing, game-tying three-run double.
The third-year starter, who had gone 0 for 4 with four strikeouts the night before, battled the Cardinal closer to a full count before taking an ever-so-close pitch for ball four to force Taylor in from third with the winning run.
The final ninth inning tally for the Wildcats - seven batters, seven base runners, zero outs, two doubles, two singles, one intentional walk, one hit by pitch and one bases-loaded, game-winning John Hardy walk.
Last Week Recap
The Wildcats took two of three from the visiting Stanford in dramatic fashion to hand the Cardinal just their second series loss of the year ... Arizona dropped the three-game opener on Saturday 11-9 before rallying to upset the top-ranked Cardinal 19-18 on Sunday (see note above) and 11-2 on Monday afternoon ... Sunday and Monday's wins marked the first time that Stanford had lost consecutive games this season ... Arizona's offense, which entered the series ranked near the middle of the Pac-10 in nearly ever category, took it to the Cardinal pitching staff ... The Wildcats battered the Stanford arms to the tune of a .397 batting average (48 for 121), 39 runs (13 rpg average), 11 doubles, three triples and two home runs during the series ... The 10 Wildcat players that had at least three at bats in the series finished with three or more hits, eight of whom hit .333 or better ... The team offensive effort equated into a 12.96 ERA for the Stanford pitching staff ... Junior Richard Mercado, who tied Sunday's 19-18 win in the ninth inning with a three-run double, led all players individually with a .667 average (4 for 6). He finished with four RBI, two doubles, four walks and four runs scored in just two games. Mercado slugged 1.000 for the weekend and had an .800 on-base percentage ... Teammate Trevor Crowe earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors (see following note) after going 7 for 12 (.583) with three doubles, two triples and a home run ... The Arizona pitching staff didn't fare as well as the offense, but still put enough together to pull off a pair of wins against a Cardinal offense that ranks No. 1 in the Pac-10 and is among the best that collegiate baseball has to offer ... Stanford hit .358 for weekend and handed the Arizona pitchers a 9.33 team ERA for the series ... With all of the offense in the three games, John Meloan's pitching effort in Monday's series clincher provided a huge boost ... The right-hander held the potent Cardinal offense to just two runs on 10 hits over eight innings less than 24 hours after it had scored 18 runs on 19 hits ... The effort earned Meloan his sixth win of the year and kept him unbeaten of the season ... He was the only starting pitcher for either team to go six or more innings.
Trevor Crowe - May 18 Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore Trevor Crowe is the reigning conference Player of the Week after torching the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal pitching staff for a .583 average (7 for 12) with three doubles, two triples, a home run, nine RBI and seven runs scored. Six of Crowe's seven hits against the Cardinal went for extra bases as he finished the three-game set with a very impressive 1.417 slugging percentage. In Sunday's come-from-behind win, Crowe went 4 for 4 with two doubles, two triples, a school Pac-10 game record-tying five runs scored and three RBI. His run and RBI total accounted for 42 percent of UA's 19 runs in the game.
Heading into the season, Arizona's offense was thought to be the main driving force that would make the Wildcats go. A number of slow starts by key individuals and a propensity for leaving runners on base and, more importantly, in scoring position caused the Wildcats to be somewhat inconsistent with the bats. The last three series has changed all that. Since UA's three-game trip to Cal on April 30-May 2 the Wildcats have hit .345 as a team in nine games and are averaging 10.4 runs (94 total), 12.8 hits (115), 2.7 doubles (24), 1.9 home runs (17) and 9.8 RBI (88) per game. A total of nine players are batting .333 or better during the nine game stretch, five have scored 10 or more runs and four have posted double digit RBI.
The Last Nine Games Total at Cal at UCLA vs. StanfordAvg. .345 .355 .276 .397Runs 94 (10.4) 21 (7.0) 34 (11.3) 39 (13.0)Hits 115 (12.8 38 (12.6) 29 (9.7) 48 (16.0)2Bs 24 (2.7) 7 (2.3) 6 (2.0) 11 (3.7)3Bs 4 (0.4) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.3) 3 (1.0)HRs 17 (1.9) 6 (2.0 9 (3.0) 2 (0.7)RBI 88 (9.8) 20 (6.7) 32 (10.7) 36 (12.0)
Numbers in () are per game averages
Oh So Close
Of the 21 games Arizona has lost this season, 13 have been by two or fewer runs. The Wildcats are 7-6 overall in one-run games and are 2-7 in two-run games.
Arizona's Loss Total by Runs1 run 6 Losses2 runs 7 Losses3 runs 0 Losses4 runs 4 Losses5 runs 1 Loss6 runs 1 Loss7 runs 0 Losses8 runs 2 Losses
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 six schools ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game/series and has gone 6-8 against them ... Arizona is 14-2 when scoring 10 or more runs in game ... The Wildcats are averaging 9.3 runs per game in their wins and just 4.5 in their losses ... The average margin of victory for Arizona this season is 4.4 runs, the average margin of defeat is 3.0 ... The Wildcats have won more one-run games through 49 contests this season, seven, then it did in all 57 games last year, three ... Arizona has posted double-digit hits in 32 of its 49 games and has gone 21-10-1 when doing so ...UA's 10 saves this season have already passed the season total of seven in all 57 games last year.
The Wildcats are averaging 7.2 runs, 11.1 hits, 4.2 walks and 1.9 doubles per game this season ... Junior John Hardy leads the team in average at .349 ... Sophomore Jordan Brown is the team leader in both home runs (8) and RBI (48) ... Freshman Jason Donald has scored a team-high 47 runs this season ... Moises Duran has the longest current hitting streak at five straight games ... Junior Richard Mercado holds the longest non-active hitting streak of the season of 10 consecutive games.
Overall Non Conf. Pac-10Games 49 31 18Avg. .315 .305 .330Runs 353 (7.2) 210 (6.8) 143 (7.9)Hits 542 (11.1) 329 (10.6) 213 (11.8)2Bs 92 (1.9) 50 (1.6) 42 (2.3)3Bs 29 (0.6) 20 (0.6) 9 (0.5)HRs 47 (0.9) 28 (0.9) 19 (1.1)RBI 318 (6.5) 192 (6.2) 126 (7.0)
Numbers in ( ) are per game averages
The Wildcats appear to have found their power stroke. Over the course of the last nine games Arizona is averaging just under two home runs per contest (17 HR for a 1.9/per game average). The long ball has accounted for 33 of UA's 88 RBI during the stretch (38%) and has helped to improve its slugging percentage 35 points for the year. Individually, sophomore Jordan Brown (5 HR), senior Moises Duran (3 HR), juniors Jeff Van Houten (2 HR) and John Hardy ( 2 HR) and freshman Bill Rhinehart (2 HR) have accounted for 14 of the 17 fence busters. Brown's slugging percentage over the last nine games is an impressive .806.
Donald Bounces Back
Freshman shortstop Jason Donald has certainly carried more than his fair share of the offensive load for the Wildcats this season, However, after leading the team in home runs, RBI and runs scored through the first 14 games of the year, a midseason slump from March 13-April 14 saw him hit just .206 (14 for 68) to drop him to a season-low average of .290. Since then though, the first-year Wildcat has bounced back nicely over the last 15 games to lead the team with a .417 average (25 for 60) with five doubles, nine RBI and 17 runs scored. The latest hot streak has improved his overall batting average from .290 to .327 for the year.
It'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 seven games ago, Hardy has responded with nine hits, five walks, a .421 on-base percentage and 10 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 23 games to the tune of a .395 average (34 for 86) with 23 RBI, four home runs and 24 runs scored. The last 23 contests have improved his season average 49 points to its current team-leading level of .349 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 49 games this season. The first-year infielder, who has made 45 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 49 games, including 43 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 104 straight. The last time he did not appear in a game was on Feb. 1, 2003 against BYU.
Jordan Brown - May 11 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.
Arizona pitchers are 27-21 with a 5.18 ERA in 434 innings this season ... UA's starting staff is 20-13 with a 5.43 ERA overall this year, while the bullpen has tallied a 7-8 record with 10 saves and a 4.72 ERA ... Opponents are averaging 9.8 hits per game against Wildcat pitchers ... Arizona relievers have allowed 39 of their 99 inherited runners to come around and score (41%).
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 six starts and 46.1 innings pitched, Meloan has punched out 41 hitters. The right-hander has been rejuvenated with a 5-0 record as the starting pitcher this season and has gone six or more innings in all six.
Meloan's Starting Numbers vs. Bullpen NumbersStat Starts BullpenGames 6 7ERA 3.88 9.90IP 46.1 10.0H 41 15R 22 12ER 20 11BB 14 8K 41 7Meloan's Career Starting Numbers (2003 and 2004)8 GS, 6-0, 3.54 ERA, 56.0 IP, 34 H, 25 R, 22 ER, 19 BB, 46 K
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 (107.2), the right-hander is third in strikeouts (94), second in games started (16) and tied for seventh 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
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 93-68-1 (.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.