Baseball

Athlete of the Week: Kurt Heyer

Arizona baseball freshman pitcher Kurt Heyer had about as impressive a debut as humanly possible last Friday, as he pitched six innings of three-hit, one-run ball while striking out 13 batters en route to a 8-1 victory against Utah Valley University. Heyer's performance earned him Pacific 10 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors and a ""Louisville Slugger"" National Player of the Week award by Collegiate Baseball. The Arizona Daily Wildcat caught up with Heyer to discuss his lights-out debut, his trio of nicknames and his favorite thing to sleep with the night before game day. Read more

Freshman Heyer in uncharted territory

Prior to Friday night's Arizona baseball season opener against Utah Valley University, head coach Andy Lopez and his players used words like ""workaholic"" and ""dominant"" to describe freshman pitcher Kurt Heyer. Read more

Stepping into the spotlight

Of the Arizona baseball players, 23 will wear Arizona across their chests for the first time this season, making it difficult to pinpoint one player who needs to step up for the Wildcats in 2010. Read more

Shifts on the diamond

At one point, Arizona head coach Andy Lopez said junior infielder Bryce Ortega was the best defensive shortstop he'd ever coached. But it is looking more and more like Ortega will spend most of his time at second base this season. Read more

What we learned from Red-Blue

Judging by Arizona baseball head coach Andy Lopez's comments following last Saturday's Red/Blue intrasquad scrimmage — ""Nobody got hurt,"" Lopez said with a laugh — it is clear that there isn't all too much to take from a glorified practice. Read more