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WEEK 9 (MARCH 28-30): ARIZONA STATE // Tempe, Ariz.

 

#10/10 Arizona Wildcats (29-8, 4-5 Pac-12) vs. #24/24 Stanford Cardinal (24-11, 4-2 Pac-12)

 

THE GAMES

Date                                      Time (PDT)          (Rank) Opponent             Location

Friday, April 4                     6:00 p.m.             (24) Stanford                     Hillenbrand Stadium

Saturday, April 5               6:00 p.m.             (24) Stanford                     Hillenbrand Stadium

Sunday, April 6                  12:00 p.m.           (24) Stanford                     Hillenbrand Stadium

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THIS WEEK: Tenth-ranked Arizona (29-8, 4-5 Pac-12) returns home to take on 24th-ranked Stanford in a three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium. After losing seven of its final 16 games in March, 13 of which were away from Hillenbrand Stadium, Arizona gets a temporary break from the road as it plays eight of its 11 games in April at home, beginning with its weekend series against the Cardinal. Arizona hosts Stanford Friday (6:00 p.m.), Saturday (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.). Fans are encouraged to wear white on Friday and pink on Saturday in honor of breast cancer awareness.

LEADING OFF

- Arizona is at or near the top of nearly every offensive ranking in the NCAA. Arizona leads the nation in batting average (.349), home runs (57) and slugging percentage (.609). The Cats are fourth in scoring, averaging 7.51 runs per game.

- UA is getting done on the other side of the ball as well. Arizona's 1.67 ERA ranks 13th nationally while its .979 fielding percentage is fifth in the country.

- Catcher Chelsea Goodacre is tied for NCAA lead with 15 home runs. Shortstop Kellie Fox is not far behind with 12 homers, which is tied for eighth nationally. Goodacre has 51 RBI, fourth in the country, while Fox's 45 RBI rank seventh.

- Arizona is 19-0 at home, including 16 run-rule victories. Arizona is outscoring opponents by an average of 9.95-0.74 at home. On the road (neutral plus away games), Arizona in 10-8 with just three mercy wins. On the road, Arizona's average margin of victory is just 2.16 runs, compared to the 9.21 run average margin of victory at home. Arizona is hitting .442 at home while batting just .263 on the road.  

- Arizona has hit three grand slams in its last eight games: Katiyana Mauga vs. UNLV (game 2), Hallie Wilson vs. Oregon State (game 1) and Chelsea Goodacre vs. Oregon State (game 3). The three grand slams in a six-day span betters Arizona's entire 59-game total from 2013, when UA hit two grand slams. On the season, Arizona has hit seven grand slams. Mauga has hit three grand slams this season.

- From Feb. 22 to March 4, Arizona run-ruled eight consecutive opponents, setting a school record. The previous record was six straight mercy wins, accomplished thrice (2003, 2001 and 1994). The Cats have run-ruled 19 opponents on the season in just 37 chances after run-ruling eight opponents in 59 games in 2013.

- Arizona's road series with Arizona State concluded a stretch in which the Wildcats played 13 of 16 games away from Hillenbrand Stadium. The recently-completed 10-game road swing was its longest regular-season road swing since an 11-gamer in 2010.

- Arizona is the only team in the country that ranks in the top 15 in the country in batting average (1st - .349), ERA (13th - 1.67) and fielding percentage (5th - .979).

- Arizona's pitching staff has allowed just 53 earned runs this season in 37 games and has a 1.67 ERA. In 37 games this year, Arizona has tossed 12 shutouts, and has allowed just one run 10 times. In 59 games in 2013, UA allowed one run or fewer seven total times, including three shutouts. UA pitchers have thrown five one-hitters this season and one no-hitter (Estela Piñon and Kenzie Fowler, Feb. 9 vs. Southern Miss).

- Arizona leads the conference in batting average (.349), slugging percentage (.609), runs scored (278), RBI (262), home runs (57), total bases (554) and fielding percentage (.979). Additionally, Arizona has the Pac-12 leader in slugging percentage (Kellie Fox - .861), runs scored (Hallie Wilson - 44), RBI (Chelsea Goodacre - 51), home runs (Chelsea Goodacre - 15), total bases (Kellie Fox - 87), sac bunts (Chelsea Suitos - 8) and opposing batting average (Kenzie Fowler - 135).

- With Pac-12 play just beginning, it will be difficult to keep these figures up, but as of right now, Arizona's .349 average would be the best since 1998 (.385) while its 1.67 ERA would be the best since the 2007 team's 1.66 ERA. Also, the Wildcats' .979 fielding percentage would be tied for second best in school history.

- On the season, Arizona has 116 extra-base hits. Its opponents have 148 total hits.

- Opponents are just 3-for-27 (.111) batting with the bases loaded. Meanwhile, Arizona is 21-for-61 (.344) with the bases loaded, including the aforementioned seven grand slams.

ARIZONA AGAINST STANFORD: The Wildcats own a 63-10-1 record all-time against Stanford and have won 12 of the last 14 meetings, dating back to 2009. Arizona used a pair of late-inning comebacks to win the series in Palo Alto last year, including a nine-inning victory in game three on Chelsea Goodacre homer in the second extra inning.

OPPONENT

Stanford: The 24th-ranked Cardinal (24-11, 4-2 Pac-12) are an impressive offensive team with a .329 average and seven players with 20 or more RBI. Kylie Sorenson (.381 average, 14 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 26 RBI) leads an offense which has outscored its opponents by 99 runs this season. On the other side of the ball, the Cardinal have used seven pitchers this season with Madi Schreyer (17-6, 2.33 ERA, 119 Ks) receiving 153.1 of Stanford's 223.2 inning in the circle. The pitching staff carries a 2.97 ERA.

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