NCAA Postseason Baseball Notes
June 1, 2004
Up Next: NCAA Tournament Regional (Notre Dame, UC Irvine, Kent State)
National Rankings: Notre Dame 4th BA, 6th CB and SW
Times: Fri. - 6 pm CT, Sat. - TBA, Sun. - TBA
Site: Frank Eck Stadium, South Bend, Ind.
Radio: KNST 790 AM - Brian Jefferies on P-B-P
Live Stats: www.ncaasports.com
A Quick Look At Arizona
The Wildcats enter the postseason with a 30-24-1 overall record and a 12-12 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Arizona finished fifth in the Pac-10 behind Stanford, Washington, UCLA and Arizona State ... Arizona won four of its eight conference three-game series this season ... The Wildcats went 18-12-1 in nonconference games against a very tough schedule ... UA played 30 of its 55 games this season against teams that advanced to the postseason, including eight against nationally seeded teams ... Arizona faced six nationally ranked schools this season and went 7-10 against them ... As a team, Arizona batted .309 in the regular season with 102 doubles, 30 triples, 53 home runs, 69 stolen bases and 355 RBI ... On the mound the Wildcats tallied a 5.37 team ERA with 364 strikeouts in 486 1/3 innings pitched ... Individually, Arizona's year at the plate has been a team effort. Nine Wildcat regulars hit over .300 in the regular season, 10 finished with two or more home runs, eight finished with 25 or more runs scored and seven had 30 or more RBI ... The Wildcats have a young but seasoned lineup that features just one senior, three juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen ... On the mound junior Koley Kolberg and sophomore Kevin Guyette have held down two of the three starting roles throughout the year, while John Meloan has provided a huge boost as the No. 3 starter for the second half of the regular season.
It's Been A While
Arizona's second consecutive trip to the postseason this year marks the first time since 1992 and '93 that the Wildcats have been to the NCAAs in back-to-back years.
Arizona's Regional History
The 2004 regional invitation is the 31st postseason trip in school history, the second-most in Pac-10 history behind 12-time national champion USC's 39 ... The Wildcats are 48-35 (.578) in regional play since 1950 ... Arizona made its first postseason appearance in three seasons last year in the Fullerton, Calif., regional and went 0-2 ... The Wildcats have not won a regional game since falling three outs short of the College World Series in 1993 ... Friday's game against UC Irvine will mark the first game Arizona has played in June since its College World Series title in 1986
The Arizona baseball program has a long and storied history in the NCAA postseason. The Wildcats have appeared in the postseason 30 times previous to this year, have won 14 regional titles, three national titles (1976, 1980, 1986) and finished CWS runner up three other times (1956, 1959, 1963). Heading into the postseason this year Arizona is eighth all-time in CWS appearances (14), seventh in CWS wins (32), eight in CWS games played (57) and tied for sixth in titles (3). UA is 80-60 (.571) all-time in the postseason.
Arizona vs. the Tournament Field
Arizona faced 10 of the 64 teams that advanced to the 2004 postseason and went 11-18-1 against them. Arizona won series over Stanford (2-1), UNLV (2-0) and Cal State Fullerton (2-1), dropped season series to Arizona State (1-4), UC Irvine (0-2-1), Washington (0-3) and Long Beach State (0-3), split six games with UCLA (3-3), won a single game over TCU and dropped a neutral site game to Notre Dame.
Arizona's regional placement has the Wildcats set to face UC Irvine in the opening round and possible future match up with Notre Dame. Arizona has already met both schools this year in the regular season. The Wildcats took on the Anteaters in the third week of the season and went a disappointing 0-2-1 against them. Three weeks later, Arizona met up for a single game with Notre Dame at the Round Rock College Classic in Texas and dropped a 4-2 decision. Arizona has never met Kent State in baseball
The Fight Irish, the Wildcats and the NCAA Tournament
Arizona and Notre Dame's potental match up in the postseason would serve as a rematch of last season's opening round game at the Fullerton Regional in California. The Fighting Irish bested the Wildcats 13-5 for their first-ever win over Arizona before eventually falling to host school and CWS participant Cal State Fullerton in the regional final.
In the field and at the plate, Arizona returns 12 players, including eight starters, that gained postseason experience last season. On the mound the Wildcats a little more green with just two pitchers that saw a limited amount of time on the mound in the Fullerton Regional last season.
Position Players Postseason StatsBrad Boyer .571 (4 for 7), 2 runs, 2 RBI, SBJordan Brown * .500 (1 for 2), 2B, RBITrevor Crowe * .250 (1 for 4), 2 RBIDerek Decater * .000 (0 for 4), 3 BB, 2 runsMoises Duran * .125 (1 for 8)John Hardy * .143 (1 for 7)Nick Hundley * .400 (2 for 5), 2BChris Frey defensive replacement, did not batRichard Mercado * .500 (2 for 4)Pat Reilly .571 (4 for 7), 2B, 2 runsTerrence Taylor .000 (0 for 3), BB, runJeff Van Houten * .375 (3 for 8), 2B, RBI* Denotes 2004 starterPitchersJohn Meloan 0.00 ERA, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 KDerek Rodriguez 27.00 ERA, 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Head Coach Andy Lopez
The 2004 South Bend Regional marks the 13th NCAA postseason appearance for a team under the direction of skipper Andy Lopez. The Wildcat head coach took Cal State Dominguez Hills to a pair of Division II tournaments, including a trip to the DII College World Series in 1987. At Pepperdine his Wave teams advanced past the regular season in four of his six seasons in Malibu. His 1992 Pepperdine team won it all in Omaha, defeating Cal State Fullerton 3-2 in the championship game. In seven seasons at Florida he guided the Gators to six postseason appearances and two trips to the College World Series. In just three years at Arizona he has already led the Wildcats to two trips to the NCAAs. Lopez has a 30-25 record all-time in the postseason.
Lopez Among the Few
Arizona head coach Andy Lopez is one of just seven coaches in the 2004 NCAA Tournament with a national title on his resume. The Wildcat head man joins Rice's Wayne Graham (2003), Stanford's Mark Marquess (1987,'88), Texas' Augie Garrido (Cal State Fullerton 1979, 1984, 1995; Texas 2002), Miami's Jim Morris (1999, 2001), Wichita State's Gene Stephenson (1989) and Oklahoma's Larry Cochell (1994) as the only head coaches in this year's field to have won it all in Omaha.
Arizona - UC Irvine Odds and Ends
Arizona and UCI have met 19 times prior to Friday's match up in the postseason, including three times this season ... The two schools have never played each other outside of the regular season ... The Wildcats own a 13-4-2 record (.737) all-time in the series, but, excluding the tie earlier this year, UCI has won two straight over UA ... UCI defeated Arizona 3-1 and 6-5 in Tucson on Feb. 20-21 this year and had to depart the Old Pueblo before the final game of the series could be decided with it ending in an 8-8 tie after 10 innings on Feb. 22 ... Arizona is 105-98-2 (.510) all-time against schools from the Big West Conference and is 1-3 in the postseason against the conference ... UA went 5-6-1 (.458) against Big West schools this season alone.
Arizona - UC Irvine Common Opponents
In addition to having already played each other, Arizona and Irvine have also shared a number of common opponents this season.
Opponent Arizona UC IrvineBaylor 2-1 3-0Cal 2-1 2-1Cal State Fullerton 2-1 0-3Long Beach State 0-3 2-3UCLA 3-3 2-0UC Riverside 3-0 2-1UNLV 2-0 2-0USC 2-1 1-1Washington 0-3 0-3Washington State 2-1 1-0Totals 18-14 (.563) 15-12 (.556)
Getting It Done
On the heels of a three-game sweep by Washington on April 23-25, the Wildcats headed into the final month of the season with a very average 21-18-1 overall record and a 5-7 Pac-10 mark. With road trips to California, UCLA and USC on the horizon, not to mention home series against eventual NCAA national seeds Stanford and Arizona State, a second straight trip to the postseason looked more on the bleak side. However, the Wildcats rallied to win nine of their 15 games over the final five weeks, including a very impressive three-game series win over top-ranked Stanford, to qualify for the tournament for a second straight year. Arizona's unpredictable offense caught fire and sophomore John Meloan emerged on the mound to lead the late season renaissance.
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 five series of the regular season changed all that. Since UA's three-game trip to Cal on April 30-May 2 the Wildcats have hit .314 as a team in 15 games and are averaging 8.9 runs (134 total), 11.1 hits (166), 2.3 doubles (34), 1.5 home runs (23) and 8.3 RBI (125) per game. A total of seven players are batting .300 or better during the 15 game stretch, including two over .400, six have scored 15 or more runs and eight have posted double digit RBI.
The Last 15 Games vs. The First 40 Last 15 First 40Avg. .314 .307Runs 134 (8.9) 259 (6.5)Hits 166 (11.1) 427(10.7)2Bs 34 (2.3) 68 (1.7)3Bs 5 (0.3) 25 (0.6)HRs 23 (1.5) 30 (0.8)RBI 125 (8.3) 230 (5.8)
Numbers in () are per game averages
It would be impossible to point out one single player that has taken the Wildcats upon their back and carried them over the final five weeks of the season. Each series, each single game, a different Arizona player has come through with a clutch hit or a stop on the mound. Against Cal (April 30-May2) senior reliever Scott Burns willed the Wildcats to a pair of wins with two solid relief outings for his first two career saves and Jordan Brown hit two home runs and drove in six runs. A week later in a nonconference series at UCLA (May 7-9), Brown hit three of UA's nine home runs against the Bruins and sophomore John Meloan tossed a complete game two-hitter to complete the series victory. Against top-ranked Stanford (May 16-18) the Wildcat offense pounded the Cardinal pitching staff for a .397 team batting average. Richard Mercado hit a three-run triple tie the game in the ninth inning and Trevor Crowe went 4 for 4 with two doubles and two triples in a season-changing 19-18 come-from-behind win against the eventual Pac-10 champions. Jason Donald scored eight runs in the series and eight players hit .300 or better against No. 1 Stanford. Meloan came up big again on the mound for Arizona to stave off a series sweep by nationally seeded Arizona State (May 21-23) despite suffering from a stomach virus. Finally it was Nick Hundley and Koley Kolberg in Arizona's season-ending series at USC. Hundley delivered a game-winning three-run homer in the eighth inning of the series finale and Kolberg picked up a complete game win on Friday and his first career save in the series finale.
Oh So Close
Of the 24 games Arizona has lost this season, 14 have been by two or fewer runs. The Wildcats are 9-7 overall in one-run games and are 2-7 in two-run games.
Arizona's Loss Total by Runs1 run 7 Losses2 runs 7 Losses3 runs 0 Losses4 runs 4 Losses5 runs 3 Losses6 runs 1 Loss7 runs 0 Losses8 runs 2 Losses
Arizona is 15-2 when scoring 10 or more runs in a 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 4.2 runs, the average margin of defeat is 3.0 ... The Wildcats have won three times more one-run games this season (9) then it did all of last year (3) ... Arizona has posted double-digit hits in 35 of its 55 games and has gone 23-11-1 when doing so ...UA's 11 saves this season surpassed the season total of seven in all of last year.
The Wildcats are averaging 7.1 runs, 10.8 hits, 4.4 walks and 1.9 doubles per game this season ... Sophomore Nick Hundley leads the team in average at .348 ... Sophomore Jordan Brown is the team leader in both home runs (10) and RBI (52) ... Freshman Jason Donald has scored a team-high 51 runs this season ... Brown, Hundley and Trevor Crowe share the longest active hitting streaks at four straight games ... Mercado holds the longest non-active hitting streak of the season of 10 consecutive games ... Crowe has been nearly perfect in stolen bases, swiping 21 in 22 attempts.
Overall Non Conf. Pac-10Games 55 31 24Avg. .309 .305 .314Runs 393 (7.1) 210 (6.8) 183 (7.6)Hits 593 (10.8) 329 (10.6) 264 (11.0)2Bs 102 (1.9) 50 (1.6) 52 (2.2)3Bs 30 (0.5) 20 (0.6) 10 (0.4)HRs 53 (0.9) 28 (0.9) 25 (1.1)RBI 355 (6.5) 192 (6.2) 163 (6.8)Stolen bases 69 (1.3) 44 (1.4) 25 (1.1)
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 14 games this year, the second-year starter has gone 31 for 74 (.419) over his last 21 games to improve his season average 137 points (from .211 to its current team-high .348). During the 21-game hot streak, Hundley has driven in 19 runs, hit 10 doubles, a triple, two home runs and has scored 19 times.
Sophomore Trevor Crowe has put together an impressive season to follow up his Freshman All-America year from 2003. The second-year starter is currently second on the team in batting average (.341), second in runs scored (45) and first in triples (7). He also has a team-leading 21 stolen bases this season and has been caught only once. Over the last 10 games, Crowe is batting .463 (19 for 41) with 15 RBI, 16 runs scored, four doubles, three triples, two home runs and five stolen bases.
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 21 games with a .383 average (31 for 81) with six doubles, 13 RBI and 21 runs scored. The latest hot streak has improved his overall batting average from .290 to .323 for the year.
The Wildcats appear to have found their power stroke. Over the course of the last 15 games Arizona is averaging over a home run per contest (23 HR for a 1.5/per game average). Individually, sophomore Jordan Brown (7 HR), senior Moises Duran (4 HR) and sophomore Trevor Crowe (3 HR) have accounted for 14 of the 23 fence busters.
Jordan Brown vs. The State of California
California native Jordan Brown (Vacaville) has hit nine of his team-high 10 home runs this season against schools that hail from the Golden State. The southpaw slugger has ripped off five homers against UCLA, two against Cal and two vs. USC. He has hit multiple homers in a game twice against the Bruins and once against the Trojans.
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. He hit a solo home run against USC on May 29 to move into a tie for fifth all-time with Todd Trafton.
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 31 Moises Duran 2001-04 316. Robert Woodside 1975-78 30
They're Not Cal Ripken, but....
Freshman Jason Donald is the lone Wildcat to start all 55 games this season. The first-year infielder, who has made 51 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 55 games, including 49 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 110-straight. The last time he did not appear in a game was on Feb. 1, 2003 against BYU.
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.
After speedy pinch runner Terrence Taylor replaced Mercado at second, O'Hagan intentionally walked Chris Frey and gave up a bunt single to Derek Decater to re-load the bases for Hardy.
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.
Nick Hundley - June 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore Nick Hundley garnered his first career weekly conference award after leading the Wildcats to a series victory at USC May 28-30. The second-year Wildcat batted .500 (6 for 12) with all six of hits going for extra bases. He finished with four doubles and his first two home runs of the year to post a 1.333 slugging percentage for the weekend. Capping off the impressive series, Hundley hit a game-winning three-run homer in the eighth inning on Sunday to cement Arizona's postseason berth.
Trevor Crowe - May 18 Pac-10 Player of the Week
Sophomore Trevor Crowe was named the May 18 Pac-10 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 in three games. Six of Crowe's seven his against the Cardinal went for extra bases as he finished the series 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 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.
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 30-24 with a 5.37 ERA in 486 1/3 innings this season ... UA's starting staff is 23-15 with a 5.43 ERA overall this year, while the bullpen has tallied a 7-9 record with 11 saves and a 5.05 ERA ... Opponents are averaging 10.1 hits per game against Wildcat pitchers ... Arizona relievers have allowed 49 of their 114 inherited runners to come around and score (43%).
Koley Saves Meloan, The Game and The Postseason
Junior Koley Kolberg has spent the year as Arizona's No. 1 starter. He has won a team-high tying eight games and chewed up a Pac-10 high 125 1/3 innings as the main arm on the Arizona starting staff. However it was his second relief performance of the year that quite possibly saved Arizona's postseason hopes. Holding a tenuous 7-6 lead with one out in the eighth inning of Arizona's regular season finale at USC, Kolberg entered the game with the tying run on second and the Trojans' No. 2 and 3 hitters up next. The right-hander got the Blake Sharpe to fly out for the second out in the inning and induced a comebacker from Jeff Clement to end the inning and the USC threat. Clement entered the eighth inning AB 2 for 3 with five RBI in the game. Kolberg retired the side in order in the ninth with a ground out and pair of strikeouts to pick up his first career save. The effort allowed John Meloan to remain undefeated on the year and tie Kolberg for the team lead with eight wins.
Day In, Day Out
Sophomore Kevin Guyette and junior Koley Kolberg have combined to start 37 of Arizona's 55 games this year. Neither pitcher has missed a start during the year to help them work 46 percent of Arizona's innings this season. The pair have combined to amass 225 1/3 innings of UA's 486 1/3 innings pitched this season. Guyette is currently tied for fourth on Arizona's single season list for games started at 19, while Kolberg trails just behind him in a tie for seventh with 18.
Meloan Remains Unbeaten
Since taking over Arizona's No. 3 spot in the weekend rotation on April 10, sophomore John Meloan has been nearly unbeatable. The right-hander has been rejuvenated with a 7-0 record as a starting pitcher this season and has gone six or more innings in all eight starts. He has twice helped Arizona avoid conference series sweeps and has failed to earn a win in just one start (at Washington, April 30).
Meloan's Starting Numbers vs. Bullpen Numbers in 2004Stat Starts Bullpen SeasonGames 8 7 15Record 7-0 1-0 8-0ERA 4.05 9.90 4.89IP 60.0 10.0 70.0H 61 15 76R 31 12 43ER 27 11 38BB 24 8 32K 48 7 55
Meloan's Career Starting Numbers (2003 and 2004)10 GS, 8-0, 3.75 ERA, 69.2 IP, 54 H, 34 R, 29 ER, 29 BB, 53 K
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 .
Koley Gets His CG Win
After four attempts, junior Koley Kolberg finally got a complete game win. The unlucky right-hander was 0-3 when going the distance heading into his final start of the regular season at USC. The team-leader in strikeouts recorded just one K over nine innings against the Trojans, but got USC to hit into 20 ground ball outs while stranding six runners in scoring position for the win.
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.
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 (125.1), the right-hander is third in strikeouts (107), second in games started (18) and tied for seventh in wins (8).
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 96-71-1 (.574) record at UA, led the Wildcats to two straight postseason appearances for the first time since 1992-93 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.