It is still early, but Arizona appears to have taken a step back on the mound this year. Without Kurt Heyer, the Wildcats lack the depth they had in their starting pitching rotation last year. Their third starter, Stephen Manthei (1-1), has an ERA of 6.57 and has been the first starter so far this season to lose a weekend game during a three game series. The other two losses have come to midweek games, and all three losses have been the responsibility of Arizona’s starters. James Farris has done the best of the starting rotation, going 3-0, allowing only 7 runs with an ERA of 2.70.
Things are beginning to click on offense,as new players are becoming adjusted to the big shoes they must fill this year. Six players–including three new faces (two freshmen, one junior who never played last year)–have batting averages of .300 or higher and eight players have an OB% of .375 or higher. Though Johnny Field is hitting only .289 at the moment, he will most certainly get back to his old self with time. Returning sophomore starters Riley Moore and Trent Gilber are hitting .319 and .367 respectively, and Gilbert leads the team with 18 RBIs and an impressive five triples. Returning junior Brandon Dixon is killing it, hitting .465 with an OB% of .561, 20 hits, two doubles, two triples, a home run and 14 RBIs.