Baseball to Host Stanford
May 15, 2008
The Wildcats closed out the non-conference portion of their regular season schedule with a three-game sweep of Utah Valley ... Arizona's sweep improved it to 26-5 in non-conference games this year and 8-0 vs. the Wolverines all-time ... Offensive Numbers: The Wildcats batted .383 with four doubles, two triples and nine home runs in the series ... The Cats went 11 for 12 in stolen base attempts ... Eight different players hit over .400 in the series ... Individually senior Colt Sedbrook led the way, batting .636 (7 for 11) with a double, four RBI and two runs scored ... Classmate C.J. Ziegler hit four homers in the series, including a school record-tying three in the opening game of the set, and batted .500 (6 for 12) with five RBI and four runs scored ... Junior Jon Gaston, who went 5 for 12 (.417) in the three games, hit three homers in the series to raise his season total to 11 for the year ... Sophomore Mike Weldon hit his first career homer and Diallo Fon added his third HR of the season ... Pitching Numbers: The UA pitching staff posted a 2.00 team ERA in 27 innings of work ... The Cats struck out 28 Wolverines and issued only five walks during the series ... Utah Valley batted only .214 against the Wildcats ... All three starters, Preston Guilmet, David Coulon and Eric Berger, picked up wins in the series ... On Saturday Coulon and junior Daniel Schlereth teamed up to toss Arizona's seventh shutout of the season - the most in a year for any UA pitching staff since 1976.
The End of the Road
After enduring an eight-week stretch in which it traveled to Los Angeles, Stillwater, Seattle, San Diego, Albuquerque, Corvallis and Berkeley, Arizona has finished packing its bags in the regular season. The Cats will be home for all six of their remaining games in the regular season. UA is 21-3 at home this season and 49-7 at Kindall Field dating back to last year.
Arizona vs. Stanford - The All-Time Series
The Wildcats and Cardinal have met 155 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1923. Stanford owns a 95-60 edge in the all-time series, but Arizona has won the season series - two games to one - in each of the last five straight years.
Cats and Cardinal - The Last Time Out
Arizona and Stanford met up for a three-game conference series at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto last year. The Cats took the opening two games, winning 8-1 and 15-1, before the Cardinal salvaged the series with a 6-3 win in the finale. Arizona ace Preston Guilmet struck out a career-high 15 batters in the series opener on Friday.
Not by Much
The Wildcats have dropped seven of their 15 losses this season by a single run. In those seven defeats, the Wildcats have stranded a total of 26 runners in scoring position. A key hit here or there and who knows?
The Wildcats enter the week of play second in the Pac-10 with a 3.64 team ERA in 433 innings pitched ... The Cats have punched out a conference-high 459 hitters this season and walked only 148 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of over 3-to-1 ... Opponents are hitting just .248 against the UA arms this season.
The Arizona pitching staff has notched seven shutouts this season. Left-hander David Coulon tossed a CG shutout against Washington on April 5, Preston Guilmet a CG shutout at Oregon State on April 25 and the other five have been combined efforts. The seven whitewashing this season are the most since 1976. The 2008 Cats have chalked up the most single season shutouts in over 30 years, but they still have ways to go to match the 1976 CWS championship club that finished with 11 shutouts, the second-most in school history.
|Date||Opponent||Score||Pitchers (Win/Save, IP)|
|3/7||South Alabama||18-0||Preston Guilmet (W, 8), Grayson Adams (1)|
|3/8||Texas A&M-CC||3-0||David Coulon (W, 8), Jason Stoffel (S, 1)|
|3/9||Notre Dame||16-0||Ryan Perry (W, 7), Eric Berger (1), Daniel Schlereth (1)|
|4/5||Washington||5-0||Coulon (W, 9)|
|4/12||Indiana State||5-0||Coulon (W, 5 2/3), Schlereth (2 1/3), Stoffel (1)|
|4/25||Oregon State||7-0||Guilmet (W, 9)/|
|5/10||Utah Valley||7-0||Coulon (W, 7), Schlereth (2)|
Ringing `Em up
The Arizona pitching staff is on a record pace for strikeouts. With 459 Ks this season the Cats are averaging 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and 9.4 Ks per game (49 games). The all-time strikeout leaders at Arizona, the 2005 pitching staff, finished the season with 554 Ks while averaging 9.2 Ks per nine innings pitched and 9.2 strikeouts per game (60). The Wildcats, who finished second nationally in strikeouts per nine innings last season, enter the week of play fourth in the nation in the category.
Better Get `Em Early
The Wildcat duo of relief ace Daniel Schlereth and closer Jason Stoffel have been pretty dominant out of the UA bullpen this season. The pair has combined to go 3-1 with 10 saves and 119 strikeouts in 80 innings of work, while limiting the opposition to just a lowly .192 batting average against.
Left-hander Daniel Schlereth has been nearly untouchable this season coming out of the bullpen. The relief ace has a 1-0 record, one save, a 1.97 ERA and an unworldly 65 strikeouts in only 45 2/3 innings of work. The southpaw has allowed just one run over his last 11 appearances to post a 0.48 ERA over 18 2/3 innings of work. Despite being a reliever Schlereth is among the Pac-10 leaders in strikeouts (10th) and is only 17 behind UA ace Preston Guilmet's team-high 82. He tied his career-high with seven strikeouts in three innings of work against Cal State Fullerton on March 15 and has recorded two or more punchouts in 19 of his 28 outings thus far.
Schlereth's Last 11 Appearances
0-0, 0.48 ERA, 18 2/3 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 25 K
Closer Jason Stoffel has been just as dominating as Schlereth. The right-hander opened the season with five saves in his first five appearances and his nine total saves this year are the fourth-most in a single season in school history. He has punched out 54 hitters in just 34 1/3 innings pitched this year.
Moving on up
Sophomore closer Jason Stoffel has successfully converted 14 of his 15 career save tries. The right-hander enters the weekend of play third all-time at Arizona in saves, just two behind current teammate Daniel Schlereth (16) and four away from all-time leader Mark Melancon (18).
From Cardinal and Navy to Red, White and Blue
Arizona sophomore Jason Stoffel has accepted an invitation to try out for the 2008 USA Baseball National Team. The right-hander is among the initial list of 12 collegiate players nationwide to have be extended a team trials offer. The national team schedule includes a six-game friendship series against Chinese Taipei and a month-long trip to Europe where the team will compete in the Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands and the IV FISU World Collegiate Baseball Championship in the Czech Republic.
Team USA Alums
All-time UA saves leader Mark Melancon (2005) and future first round selection Trevor Crowe (2004) are the last two Wildcats to have played for Team USA. Melancon did not surrender a single run with a team-high five saves in the summer of 2005, while Crowe helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the 2004 World University Baseball Championship in Taiwan. Current Arizona junior Preston Guilmet had to pass on an opportunity to try out last year after pitching 135 innings during UA's season.
More Depth out of the Pen
With the midweek games a thing of the past, the Wildcat pitching bullpen will get a shot with the return of Mike Colla. The junior right-hander became a mainstay in the midweek rotation - he made seven midweek starts - but will now bring his 4-2 record, 44 strikeouts and 4.53 ERA back to the bullpen as one of the top arms available to pitching coach Andy Lopez.
Now That's More Like It
Friday ace Preston Guilmet was roughed up for eight runs - four earned - on seven hits and three walks in just four innings in the season-opener at Georgia on Feb. 22. Since then the right-hander has reverted back to the form that earned him numerous postseason accolades in 2007 and even more preseason recognition heading into the 2008 campaign. In his last 11 starts Guilmet is 6-2 with a complete-game shutout, a 2.95 ERA, 79 strikeouts, 12 walks and a .246 opponent batting average. He was named the national pitcher of the week by both USA Baseball and Collegiate Baseball after his March 7 start vs. South Alabama in which he tossed eight shutout innings, struck out a season-high 12 with no walks and did not give up a hit over his final 5 1/3 innings pitched.
Guilmet's Starts This Season
|Feb. 22 at Georgia||L, 4.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K|
Feb. 29 vs. Sac State
|W, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K|
March 7 vs. South Alabama
|W, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K|
March 14 vs. CS Fullerton
|ND, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K|
March 21 at USC
|W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K|
March 28 vs. UCLA
|ND, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K|
April 4 at Washington
|L, 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K|
April 11 vs. Indiana State
|W, 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K|
April 18 vs Washington State
|ND, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K|
April 25 at Oregon State
|W, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K|
May 2 at No. 16 Cal
|L, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 8 K|
May 9 vs. Utah Valley
|W, 5.0, 10, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K|
Mr. Bounce Back
Arizona right-hander Preston Guilmet has been about as good as good gets the past season and a half, but even the best don't always have their 'A' game. Guilmet has proven that one rocky outing does not mean doom and gloom are on the horizon. Dating back to 2007 the junior has bounced back every time with a pretty impressive performance following a 'non-Preston' start.
Feb. 23 at UNLV----ND, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
March 2 vs. Eastern Michigan----W, 7.1 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
April 27 at UCLA----L, 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
May 4 vs. Liberty---W, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
May 24 at Arizona State----L, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
June 1 vs. Oral Roberts (NCAAs)----W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K
Feb. 22 at Georgia----L, 4.0 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Feb. 29 vs. Sac State----W, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
April 18 vs. Washington State----ND, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
April 25 at Oregon State----W, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
May 2 at Cal----L, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
May 9 vs. Utah Valley----W, 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
A Whole Lotta Ks
Preston Guilmet went over the 300 strikeout mark at Oregon State on April 26. The milestone made the junior just one of eight UA players all-time to eclipse the 300 K barrier. Entering his Saturday start, Guilmet has 315 strikeouts to place him fourth all-time at Arizona. He needs just 18 more Ks to move into a tie for third with Jim Nichols at 333. Guilmet's 315 punchouts in his career are the most for any UA pitcher in the last 43 years. Carl Thomas' 422 all-time strikeout lead at Arizona appears to be safe for the time being.
Southpaw David Coulon enters his 13th start of the year 7-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 66 1/3 innings pitched. He is second on the team in strikeouts with 67, has walked only 26 hitters and is allowing the opposition to hit just .250 off of him. He was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week and the Proline National Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA after dealing against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on March 8. Coulon was perfect through the first four innings, allowed just one hit over eight shutout innings and tied his career-high with 11 punchouts against just one walk in his third win of the year. He has participated in four of UA's seven shutouts this season, including tossing his second career CG shutout at Washington in early April.
Coulon's Starts This Season
Feb. 23 at Georgia-----------W, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
March 1 vs. Sac State--------W, 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
March 8 at TAMU-CC-----------W, 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
March 15 vs. CS Fullerton----W, 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
March 21 at USC--------------L, 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
March 29 vs. UCLA------------L, 2.1 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
April 5 at Washington--------W, 9.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
April 12 vs. Indiana State---W, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
April 19 vs. Washington State--ND, 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
April 26 at Oregon State-----L, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
May 3 at Cal-----------------ND, 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
May 10 vs. Utah Valley-------W, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Berger's at Noon
Left-hander Eric Berger will post his 10th start of the season and his ninth in the weekend rotation on Monday. After some initial bumps, the southpaw has settled in nicely. Since a pair of starts where he failed to get past the fourth inning (his start at SDSU on April 9 was designated three-inning appearance), he has tossed eight strong innings against Washington State, his longest since his return from 2006 elbow surgery, surrendered just three runs in a hard-luck loss at Oregon State, recently picked up his fifth win of the year with a solid five-inning, one-run start at No. 16 Cal and notched his sixth win with another five inning outing against Utah Valley last Sunday.
Berger's Starts This Season
|March 22 at USC||L, 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K|
March 30 vs. UCLA
|W, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K|
April 6 at Washington
|L, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K|
April 9 at San Diego State
|W, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K|
April 13 Indiana State
|ND, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K|
April 20 Washington State
|W, 8 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K||
April 27 at Oregon State
|L, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K|
May 4 at Cal
|W, 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6|
May 11 Utah Valley
|W, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K|
Berger has also appeared in five games as reliever.
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week - Ryan Perry
Junior Ryan Perry was named the April 15 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after helping Arizona to perfect 5-0 record from April 8-13 with a his second victory of the season and his second career save in two appearances. The right-hander dominated San Diego State and Indiana State by tossing 9 2/3 shutout innings with nine strikeouts and only one walk. The Aztecs collected just one hit off of him and the Sycamores none to lead to an opponent batting average of .034 for the week. In UA's 5-2 win at SDSU on April 9 he struck out five and walked only one in 4 1/3 scoreless innings of work to record his first save of the season. He sat at 98 MPH with his fastball and did not dip below 95 with the pitch. In the three-game series finale against Indiana State on April 13, he outdid himself with 5 1/3 perfect innings of work. With Arizona trailing 6-1 with two outs in the fourth inning, Perry entered with a runner on second and retired the next 16 straight batters. He finished the contest with four punchouts and obviously no walks to help the Wildcats rally from a five-run deficit for a 7-6 win.
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week - Preston Guilmet
UA ace Preston Guilmet was named the April 29 Pac-10 Pitcher of the week. The right-hander tossed a complete-game, five-hit shutout to pick up his fifth win of the season in a 7-0 UA victory at Oregon State on April 26. The reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year mixed in 10 strikeouts against just one walk and was backed up by an error-free effort by the Wildcat defense. It was Guilmet's sixth career complete game and his third career CG shutout.
Six for Us, Five for Them
The Wildcats have been pretty good when scoring six or more runs and surrendering five or less in a game this season. When posting six or more runs the Cats have tallied a record of 26-3 and are just 8-12 when scoring five or less. Conversely, Arizona is 26-8 when allowing five or less runs and is just 8-7 when giving up six or more.
The Wildcats are hitting .303 as a team and are averaging 7.1 runs, 10.4 hits, 1.8 doubles, 0.5 triples, 1.3 home runs and 6.4 RBI per game ... Seven different players are hitting over .300 for the year, eight different players have scored 20 or more runs thus far and eight have 20 or more RBI.
The Long Ball
The homer has been a staple for the Wildcats this season. UA has hit at least one fence-buster in 31 of the 49 games played thus far and is 26-5 when doing so. Arizona is 12-2 when hitting one homer and 15-3 when socking two or more fence-busters in a game. Arizona's 63 home runs in 49 games played this season has already eclisped the 59-game total of 52 from last year.
Arizona senior C.J. Ziegler has been on a tear of late. The second-year starter has a hit in 26 of his last 28 games played, including a season-high 18-game hitting streak that came to an end last Saturday. During the 28-game hot stretch Ziggy is batting .379 with seven doubles, eight homers, 21 RBI and 24 runs scored. Ziegler has gone hitless in just eight of his 48 starts this year.
Colt's Coming On
Senior infielder Colt Sedbrook has turned it on. The third-year Wildcat has put together a nine-game hitting streak in which he is batting .545 (18 for 33) with five doubles, three stolen bases, four walks, 11 RBI and five runs scored. The recent effort has raised his overall batting average from .263 to .327.
Glenny's Getting Hot
Since bottoming out at a season-low .193 with the batting average after going 0 for 5 against Indiana State on April 11, junior Brad Glenn has been on a tear at the plate. The third-year starter enters the weekend of play scorching after collecting at least one hit in 16 of 20 games, while batting .376 (32 for 85 ) with seven homers, six doubles, two triples, 26 RBI and 22 runs scored. The recent tear has improved his season batting average 90 points from the lowly .193 to its current .283 level. Glenn, who has 11 homers this season, has gone yard 10 times in his last 26 games played.
It Was Even Shorter This Time
Brad Glenn can take solace in the fact that at least his share of the single game home run record (3 HRs) lasted over a year. C.J. Ziegler made Dillon Baird's 'latest one' to share the mark last less than two months. Ziegler blasted three homers in a single game against Utah Valley on May 9 to make it a seven-way tie for the record. Baird accomplished the feat earlier this year at USC and Glenn pulled off the trifecta against Utah Valley last season to give UA three players on the current roster on the list.
Three-Homer Games at Arizona
|Dennis Haines||at UTEP||4/7/1972|
|Ron Hassey||vs. Weber State||3/20/1974|
|Erik Torres||at Washington||4/8/2000|
|Shelley Duncan||vs. Utah||2/23/2001|
|Brad Glenn||vs. Utah Valley||2/7/2007|
|Dillon Baird||at USC||3/21/2008|
|C.J. Ziegler||Utah Valley||5/9/2008|
Single Season Homers
C.J. Ziegler's four-homer weekend last Friday-Sunday against Utah Valley bumped his yearly total to 16. The current mark is tied for ninth on the single season home run chart at Arizona. Ziegler needs to stay hot in order to make a run at Shelley Duncan's single season record of 24 bombs established in 2001.
Single Season Home Run Leaders at Arizona
1 Shelley Duncan (2001)----24
2 George Arias (1993)------23
3 Jason Thompson (1993)----20
Shelley Duncan (1999)---20
5 Gary Alexander (1987)----18
Alan Zinter (1989)------18
7 Robert Woodside (1977)---17
Todd Landrey (1993)-----17
9 Les Pearsey (1978)-------16
C.J. Ziegler (2008)-----16
All-Time Fence Busters
Brad Glenn has moved into the top 10 all-time at Arizona for career homers. After matching and bettering his single season career high with a two-home run game at Cal on May 3, Glenn bumped his three-year total to 31, good enough to tie him for sixth all-time at Arizona. While reaching as high as No. 2 (36 HRs) isn't out of reach, Shelley Duncan's 55 career bombs appears to be quite safe.
Career Home Run Leaders at Arizona
1 Shelley Duncan (1999-2001)----55
2 Kenny Corley (1995-98)--------36
3 Dave Shermet (1985-88)--------34
4 Les Pearsey (1975-78)---------33
5 Moises Duran (2001-04)--------32
6 Todd Trafton (1983-86)--------31
Bill Rhinehart (2004-07)-----31
Brad Glenn (2006-Present)----31
Strong as Steele
It's no secret that the Wildcats are a much better team with junior T.J. Steele in the lineup. The fact was driven home when the center fielder missed five games with a concussion from March 21-28 and the Cats went 0-5. With him roaming the outfield, UA is a much more impressive 34-10 this season. In the five games without Steele, Arizona batted just .213 and averaged only 1.4 runs per game. With him in the lineup Arizona is hitting .313 and averaging 7.7 runs per contest this year.
True freshman Bryce Ortega has solidified the shortstop position for the Wildcats. Since taking over the everyday duties against UNLV on March 4, the first-year Wildcat has batted a team-high .345 with nine doubles, two triples, a homer, 21 RBI and 28 runs scored. He has collected at least one hit in 31 of his 41 starts thus far. More impressive than the offensive numbers however has been his play in the field. In 179 total chances Ortega has committed only seven defensive miscues, a vast improvement over the five errors in 35 chances when he was not positioned up the middle. He has also had a hand in 23 of UA's 36 double plays turned this season.
Leading it Off
Junior Jon Gaston has hit a career-high 11 home runs this season. Amazingly he has hit seven of them to lead off an inning.
In a Pinch
The trio of Mike Weldon (4 for 7, 5 RBI), Bobby Coyle (6 for 10, 5 RBI) and Rafael Valenzuela (4 for 8, 5 RBI) have been on point in pinch hitting appearances this season. Combined the three are 14 for 25 (.560) with a double, two triples and 15 RBI when entering the game as a pinch hitter this year. Valenzuela, who had a pinch hit triple with the bases loaded against Cal State Fullerton earlier this season, is the latest pinch hitting hero. The first-year infielder delivered a game-winning RBI double off the bench in the bottom of the 12th inning against Washington State on April 18.
Don't Slight Dwight
Although Arizona catcher Dwight Childs is batting only .221 for the year, his contributions to UA's success are further reaching than his bat. In addition to leading the team with 11 sac bunts, the sophomore backstop has thrown out over a third of the would-be base stealers (10 of 29), has only one passed ball and is fielding at a .994 clip with only two errors this season. He has not committed a defensive miscue in his last 291 chances, a span of 37 games played that includes 26 starts. Additionally, he has expertly handled a dominating but tricky UA pitching staff that has uncorked a Pac-10-high 49 wild pitches this season.
Aiding and Abetting
Two of Arizona's top thieves this year have long history of grand larceny. Junior T.J. Steele (19 for 21) and sophomore Robert Abel (9 for 10) have teamed up for 28 steals in 31 tries this season alone to add to a career rap sheet that would make any burglar blush. Combined the two speedsters have swiped 75 bases on 83 career attempts, a success rate of 90 percent. The pair share a piece of the school record stolen bases in game at four - Steele did so in a game against Washington State on April 18, while Abel pulled off the feat as a freshman last year. In Steele's three-year career he is 45 for 51 (88%), having been caught just once as a freshman, three times as a sophomore and only twice this year. Meanwhile, Abel is close behind in total bags with 30 steals and slightly ahead in getting away with it (91%) in his one-plus seasons with the club.
Colt Sedbrook has hit not just one, but two inside-the-park home runs this season. The senior first raced around the bases against UNLV on March 4 and then repeated the feat on March 28 against UCLA.
Getting Better with the Gloves
The Wildcats struggled defensively early on this season, committing at least one error in 17 of their first 19 games played. While the miscues on defense haven't been totally eliminated, UA is playing much better in the field. In the last 21 games, the Cats have played 12 error-free games, and had a string of 45 2/3 errorless innings played during the recent streak. Over the last 21 contests Arizona is fielding at a .985 clip - 19 points higher than their season fielding percentage of .966. The Cats are 25-6 this season when committing one (13-2) or no errors (11-4) in game and just 9-9 when making two or more defensive miscues.
We're Talking About Practice
Practice? Who needs to practice? In the world of the compressed schedule, Arizona has had just seven days or regular days of practice (just practice, no travel with a walk through involved) since March 14. As of this Saturday that will be seven of 63 days during the last 10 weeks.
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