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Wildcats, Cardinal Meet for Top 20 Matchup in Tucson

Mar 17, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. — The No. 16 Arizona Wildcats (13-4, 2-1) and the No. 12 Stanford Cardinal (9-5, 1-2) meet for a crucial Pac-12 conference series at Hi Corbett Field this weekend. Games will run Saturday–Monday, with all three slated for television broadcasts on the Pac-12 Networks.

This weekend's Top 20 rematch will be the first time the two programs have met since their elimination game at the 2021 College World Series and could have a major impact on the 2022 Pac-12 regular season title race.

Arizona enters the weekend having won three straight after taking their opening Pac-12 series over California and coming from behind for a midweek win over Pacific on Monday.

Promotions this weekend include a 10 year anniversary celebration of the 2012 National Champion Wildcats on Saturday and multiple giveaways. Complete promo schedule and details can be found HERE. Tickets to all three games are still available for purchase and can be secured by clicking HERE

For more, a complete weekend preview is below.

Date Opponent Time (MST) / Result Arizona Pitcher Opponent Pitcher
Saturday, March 19 #12 Stanford 5:00 PM RHP TJ Nichols (2-0, 2.45) RHP Alex Williams (2-1, 3.50)
Sunday, March 20 #12 Stanford 12:00 PM LHP Garrett Irvin (2-1, 3.32) LHP Quinn Mathews (2-1, 3.80)
Monday, March 21 #12 Stanford 6:00 PM RHP Dawson Netz (2-0, 3.93) LHP Drew Dowd (3-0, 2.37)

Leading Off...

  • The No. 16 Arizona Wildats return home to host their first Pac-12 conference series of the season, a Top 20 matchup against the No. 12 Stanford Cardinal.
  • All three games this weekend will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, with Darron Sutton (PxP) and Ben Francisco (analyst) on the call.
  • Arizona trails in the all-time series against Stanford, 78-117. In their most recent meeting the Cardinal won an elimination game at the 2021 College World Series, 14-5. The Wildcats last home series victory over the Cardinal came in 2016, a series they took two games to one.
  • As of games played on Wednesday, March 16, catcher Daniel Susac led all Division I players with 33 base hits this year. Not far behind in second place was outfielder Tanner O'Tremba, with 32 hits. Susac's 11 doubles also rank second nationally.
  • Arizona has scored at least one run in 189 consecutive games, the longest active scoring streak in the Power Five and the second-longest in program history. They are 43 games away from tying the longest streak in school history.
  • Sophomore catcher Daniel Susac hit two home runs and drove in five RBI in last Sunday's rubber match against California. He became the first Arizona player to hit two HR in an inning since Kenny Corley on Feb. 13, 1998.
  • The Wildcats lead the Pac-12 with 74 extra-base hits this season. Since moving to Hi Corbett Field in 2012, Arizona has swatted 1,735 XBH, nearly 200 more than the next closest team over that decade-plus stretch.

SOME SERIES THEMES: The No. 16 Arizona Wildcats and No. 12 Stanford Cardinal square off in a Top 20 matchup this Saturday–Monday at Hi Corbett Field...All three games in the series will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Darron Sutton (PxP) and Ben Francisco (analyst) on the call...The Wildcats trail in the all-time series against the Cardinal, 78-117...Their most recent meeting came in an elimination game at the 2021 College World Series, a game which Stanford won 14-5...Arizona last won a home series over Stanford in 2016, a 2-1 series win...Sophomore Wildcats catcher Daniel Susac was recently selected as the Pac-12 Player of the Week, the National Player of the Week by multiple prominent outlets, and was tabbed to the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award Watch List...Susac currently leads all Division I players with 33 base hits...Outfielder Tanner O'Tremba is close behind, tied for second in the nation with 32 hits...The Wildcats have won three straight games, taking the final two contests at California in their Pac-12 opening series and winning a Monday midweek tilt at Pacific.

STREAKONOMICS: Outfielder Tanner O'Tremba currently sports the longest active hit streak on the team at 10 games and counting. Over that 10-game stretch he has hit .487 (19x39) with seven runs scored, four doubles, one triple, 12 RBI, seven walks, and a scorching .580 on-base percentage. O'Tremba has reached base safely in all 17 of the Wildcats games this season, and as such his . 558 OBP currently ranks second in the Pac-12 and tied for 22nd nationally. Behind O'Tremba are Daniel Susac, Garen Caulfield, and Mac Bingham, all of whom sport five-game hit streaks. Leadoff hitter Nik McClaughry, who leads the conference in runs scored, has reached base safely in nine straight games.

RUNNING WILD: Arizona has scored at least one run in 189 straight games — they have not suffered a shutout loss since falling 1-0 at Washington on March 17, 2018. The Wildcats 189-game scoring streak is the longest active streak in the Pac-12 and 32 more games than the next closest team, UCLA (157 games). It is also the longest active streak among all Power Five programs, and the third-longest streak in program history. Over the course of their 189-game scoring stretch, Arizona has been held to three runs or fewer just 31 times. On the flip side, during the streak they have scored five or more runs 107 times. Arizona, UCLA, and Oregon are the only programs in the Power Five with scoring streaks longer than 100 games.

HOME SWEET HOME: Since Arizona Baseball moved to Hi Corbett Field for the 2012 season, the Wildcats have enjoyed a tremendous home field advantage. Over those 10+ seasons, Arizona has posted a record of 236-98, winning games at a .707 clip. Their home winning percentage over that stretch is the second best mark in the conference.

POLL POSITION: The Wildcats remain ranked in the Top 25 by every major national outlet, led by a No. 14 ranking from the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association. Arizona is also ranked No. 16 from D1Baseball, Collegiate Baseball and the USA Today Coaches Poll, and No. 17 from Baseball America. Arizona opened the season ranked in every poll, marking the sixth consecutive year they earned a preseason ranking from Collegiate Baseball and the ninth time they were selected to the USA Today Coaches Poll (since 2004). The only other Pac-12 programs currently ranked in the D1Baseball poll are No. 5 Oregon State and No. 12 Stanford.

CATS COACHES: The Wildcats are led into the 2022 season by first-year head coach Chip Hale — he was hired by Arizona Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke on July 5, 2021. Hale, the Wildcats all-time leader in games played, hits, and total bases during his time in Tucson from 1984-87, brings nearly two decades of professional coaching experience to Arizona. During his collegiate career Hale helped steer the 1986 Arizona Wildcats to their third NCAA National Championship. His professional coaching career was highlighted by a stint as the manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2015-16) and a World Series championship with the Washington Nationals in 2019. Hale is assisted by associate head coach Dave Lawn, in his seventh season with the Wildcats, and first-year assistant coaches Trip Couch and Toby DeMello. Lawn has made four College World Series appearances with three different Pac-12 programs, sent 23 players to the Major Leagues, and won five conference championships. Couch, one of the nation's top recruiting coordinators, joins the Wildcats in the same role after splitting the last 11 years between Houston and South Carolina. Across his decades of collegiate coaching experience, Couch has made 11 NCAA postseason appearances, developed 12 All-Americans, and directly coached 37 MLB Draft selections. DeMello, the Wildcats volunteer assistant, will work with Arizona's hitters and catchers after serving in a similar role at Sacramento State, where he helped guide the Hornets to an NCAA Regional appearance in 2019. Arizona's staff is rounded out by director of baseball operations Will Gaines, director of player development Tyler Coolbaugh, and undergraduate assistant Brian Anderson.

WATCH LIST WATCH: Sophomore catcher Daniel Susac and senior left-handed pitcher Holden Christian have both earned watch list recognition from an array of national awards. Susac has been tabbed to the watch lists for both the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation's top amateur baseball player, and the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, given annually to the nation's top Division I catcher. Christian was honored with a spot on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, given annually to the nation's top relief pitcher. This is the first time on all three watch lists for both players, though Susac worked his way into the semifinalist list for the Buster Posey Award midway through his outstanding freshman campaign in 2021.

EXTRA EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT: Through just 13 games, the Arizona offense has combined to swat an astounding 55 extra-base hits, the best mark in the Pac-12. The Wildcats are currently averaging 4.2 extra-base hits per game, with catcher Daniel Susac and outfielder Tanner O'Tremba leading the way with 11 and 10 XBH, respectively. Arizona has taken advantage of the large dimensions at Hi Corbett Field since moving there in 2012 — in the decade-plus since the move the Wildcats lead the Pac-12 with 1,704 extra-base hits (second: Stanford, 1,535). During that stretch Arizona has paced the conference in doubles six times and triples five times.