Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Baseball Looks to Snap Skid, Hosts Utah
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 27, 2013
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March 27, 2013

2013 Arizona Baseball
March 28-30, 2013  |  Tucson, Ariz. |  Hi Corbett Field
Utah Utes (12-10, 2-4 Pac-12) at Arizona Wildcats (15-11, 0-6 Pac-12)

Thursday, March 28  •  6 p.m. (MST)  •  Hi Corbett Field  •  Radio: None
RHP Mitch Watrous (1-1, 4.08) vs. RHP Konner Wade (2-2, 4.14)

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Friday, March 29  •  6 p.m. (MST)  •   Hi Corbett Field •  Radio: 1290 AM  
RHP Joe Pond (2-2, 5.23) vs. RHP James Farris (3-3, 3.83)

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Saturday, March 30  •  Noon (MST)  •  Hi Corbett Field  •  Radio: 1290 AM 
RHP Dalton Carroll (2-1, 4.44) vs. LHP Cody Moffett (2-2, 3.96)

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March Madness has a different meaning for Konner Wade and James Farris, both righties, headline the weekend rotation with “TBA” penciled in at this time for Sunday. Utah will counter with three right-handers of its own in Mitch Watrous, Dalton Carroll and Joe Pond … Pitching has been a steadying force for the Utes who have a 3.71 earned run average but hit just .241 as a team … The Wildcats, a .308 hitting club overall, have struggled to a .240 mark in conference play … A mini six-game home swing for Arizona, which will then play six of its next seven on the road … The March slate comes to a close after this weekend. Game Notes (PDF)
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12-10 (2-4 Pac-12) Record 15-11 (0-6 Pac-12) Avg. Brandon Dixon (.408)
.244 Avg. .308 Hits Brandon Dixon (40)
106 Runs 178 Runs Brandon Dixon (35)
178 Hits 259 RBI Trent Gilbert (29)
29 2B 29 2B Field/Dixon (6)
11 3B 19 HR Brandon Dixon (4)
10 HR 7 OB% Brandon Dixon (.478)
39-55 SB-ATT 58-75 SLG% Brandon Dixon (.673)
.3325 OB% .404 SB Brandon Dixon (20)
.355 SLG% .412 ERA Mathew Troupe (0.56)
3.57 ERA 3.72 IP James Farris (42.1)
157  K's 151 K's  James Farris (33)
Arizona Baseball Game Notes:

Leading Off …

- Konner Wade looks to close out the month with his first victory since March 1.
- Konner Wade allowed just two runs in 6.2 innings, but took the loss as the Ducks bullpen held Arizona hitless over the final three innings en route to a 2-1 victory. The Wildcats squandered a breakout inning when they loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but mustered just one run to tie the game. The Ducks took the lead in the bottom of the inning and never looked back … On Saturday, the clubs were locked in another 2-1 contest before Ryon Healy hit a three-run homer off Konner Wade will toe the rubber on Thursday night against the Utes in search of his first victory since March 1 against San Francisco. While Wade’s 2-2 record and 4.14 earned run average are modest by his standards, the right-hander from Scottsdale, Ariz., is coming off perhaps his best start of the season. In 6.2 innings at Oregon, Wade allowed just two runs on five hits to go with three strikeouts. In his career, Wade boasts a 16-5 record with a 3.80 ERA. The 6-foot-3 junior has 157 strikeouts against 65 walks in 239.1 innings pitched over 44 total appearances (33 starts).

Friday Farris: The Wildcats’ No. 2 starter, James Farris will get the ball to start Friday’s game this weekend against Utah. In six starts this season, Farris owns a 3-3 record and a 3.83 earned run average while leading the club with 33 strikeouts. The right-hander has thrown 42.1 innings, which ranks second-most for all Pac-12 pitchers entering the weekend series. For his career, Farris is 10-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 25 total appearances (23 starts). Farris has racked up 107 strikeouts against 37 walks in 150.0 innings pitched.

Troupe Time: Sophomore closer Cody Moffett (2-2, 3.96) has made three weekend starts but will not be penciled in as the No. 3 starter this weekend.

Developing Players: Arizona head coach Andy Lopez has an excellent track record for developing players. Since 1987, a total of 89 players Lopez has coached have been drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Of those 89, a total of 52 were not drafted out of high school. In his career, Lopez has coached eight players that were selected in the first round, including two in 2008. Lopez has coached 38 players to All-American lists, 27 to all-region teams and 76 to all-conference honors. At Arizona, he has coached a pair of Pac-10/12 Players of the Year (Alex Mejia, 2012) and one Pitcher of the Year (Preston Guilmet, 2007).

Leading the Pac: Arizona joined the Pac-10/12 Conference in 1978. Since that time, Arizona has won three national championships, including in 1980, 1986 and 2012. That is more titles than any other school in the conference during that span. Oregon State (2006 and 2007), USC (1978 and 1998) and Stanford (1987 and 1988) each have won twice. Arizona State won its last title in 1981, giving the Wildcats a pair of championships since their rival's most recent one.

On the Tube: Arizona will appear on the Pac-12 Networks four more times this season, including on April 16 against Arizona State in Tucson, on April 19 and 21 at Stanford, and on May 26 against USC in Tucson. The Arizona-California series finale in Tucson on April 7 will be televised on ESPNU.

Last At-Bat Wins: Since March of 2012, Arizona has 12 last at-bat victories, including on Feb. 22 this season against San Jose State and most recently on March 8 against Columbia. Here's a look at those dozen ballgames:

- March 7, 2012 vs. UC Davis (UA scores three runs in Bot. 8, wins 6-4)
- March 11, 2012 vs. E. Michigan (UA scores run in Bot. 9, wins 9-8 in walk-off fashion)
- March 24, 2012 @ Oregon St. (UA scores two runs in Top 9, wins 5-4)
- March 30, 2012 vs. Stanford (UA scores four runs in Bot 9, wins 8-7 in walk-off fashion)
- April 13, 2012 vs. UCLA (UA scores one run in Bot. 8, wins 4-3)
- May 25, 2012 vs. Arizona St. (UA scores run in Bot. 9, wins 1-0 in walk-off fashion)
- May 27, 2012 vs. Arizona St. (UA scores run in Bot. 9, wins 8-7 in walk-off fashion)
- June 8, 2012 vs. St. John's (UA scores twice in Bot 10, wins 7-6 in walk-off fashion)
- June 15, 2012 vs. Florida St. (UA scores once in Top 12, wins 4-3)
- June 25, 2012 vs. South Carolina (UA scores three runs in Top 9, wins national title 4-1)
- Feb. 22, 2013 vs. San Jose St. (UA scores three runs in Bot. 9, wins 8-7 in walk-off fashion).
- March 8, 2013 vs. Columbia (UA scores run in Bot. 9, wins 4-3 in walk-off fashion).

Up Next: Arizona remains at home for another three-game conference series against California next week, April 5-7. The first two games of the series are set for 6 p.m. (MST) at Hi Corbett Field, while the series finale will begin at 1 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPNU.

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