Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Open Pac-12 Play Against No. 4 Oregon State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 14, 2013
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March 14, 2013

2013 Arizona Baseball
March 15-17, 2013  |  Tucson, Ariz. |  Hi Corbett Field
#4 Oregon State (16-1, 0-0 Pac-12) @ No. 20 Arizona (15-5, 0-0 Pac-12)

Friday, March 15  •  6 p.m. (MST)  •  Hi Corbett Field  
TBA vs. RHP Konner Wade (2-0, 3.41)

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Saturday, March 16  •  6 p.m. (MST)  •   Hi Corbett Field  
TBA vs. RHP James Farris (3-1, 3.64)

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Sunday, March 17  •  Noon (MST)  •  Hi Corbett Field  
TBA vs. LHP Cody Moffett (2-0, 2.00)

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March Madness is upon us and what do we have? A clash of perennial contenders fittingly opens Pac-12 play on the diamond ... The two programs have combined for the Pac-12's last three national titles and five trips to the College World Series since 2004 ... Arizona enters having won three straight games, while Oregon State has won 16-of-17 to open the season ... The first crack at a nationally-ranked opponent for the Wildcats, who lead the conference in scoring ahead of the No. 2 team, OSU ... Will an old, deep and veteran pay dividends for the Beavers against a youthful Wildcats squad? Or will Arizona's youngsters get old quickly? ... Oregon State's top-notch pitching staff (1.46 ERA) squares off against the conference's top hitting club (Arizona, .328) ... The Wildcats like their pitching staff (3.32 ERA), too, and may need to rely on the veteran experience of starters Konner Wade and James Farris to set the tone in the series ... Some of the conference's premier hitters get a chance to showcase themselves ... UA's Brandon Dixon and Zach Gibbons rank No. 1-2 in batting average among Pac-12 players, while OSU's Dylan Davis ranks fourth. Not far behind, the reigning Pac-12 batting Johnny Field sits at No. 6, and OSU's Michael Conforto, a national freshman hitter of the year in 2012, is hitting a nifty .362 ... Arizona has a talented freshman - sophomore Kevin Newman (.373) - who gets his first taste of conference play ... Two sound defensive clubs that top the conference in double plays turned .. Expect defense and situational hitting to prove decisive ... Spring Break comes to a close on the University of Arizona campus this weekend.  Game Notes (PDF)
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16-1 (0-0 Pac-12) Record 15-5 (0-0 Pac-12) Avg. Brandon Dixon (.466)
.289 Avg. .328 Hits Brandon Dixon (34)
116 Runs 161 Runs Brandon Dixon (31)
163 Hits 213 RBI Trent Gilbert (27)
25 2B 23 2B Johnny Field (5)
5 3B 17 HR Brandon Dixon (4)
7 HR 6 OB% Zach Gibbons (.540)
21-28 SB-ATT 50-65 SLG% Brandon Dixon (.795)
.400 OB% .429 SB Brandon Dixon (17)
.388 SLG% .443 ERA Mathew Troupe (0.00)
1.46 ERA 3.32 IP James Farris (29.2)
122  K's 149 K's  James Farris (25)
Arizona Baseball Game Notes:

Leading Off...
- Arizona and Oregon State have won three national titles and made five combined College World Series appearances since 2004.
- The Wildcats have won 21 of their last 24 weekend series.
- Brandon Dixon's two-homer game on Tuesday was the first for a player - Wildcat or opponent - at Hi Corbett in the last two years.
- Dixon leads the Pac-12 in batting (.466), slugging (.795), runs (31) and stolen bases (17).
- Kevin Newman is batting .465 (20-for-43) over the last 11 games.
- UA has stolen 50 bases, nearly double the next-closest team in the Pac-12 (Utah, 26).
- In 2012, 53 percent of UA's lineup was composed of juniors/seniors. This year, only 28 percent of starts have come from upperclassmen.
- UA has collected double-digit hits in seven straight games.
- The Wildcats are batting .361 over the last 11 games.
- UA has hit six home runs at home this year after totaling just eight in 40 dates last season.
- Closer Mathew Troupe is 2-0 with four saves and has yet to allow a run this season.
- UA has 12 last at-bat victories since the start of 2012. Of those, seven have been walk-off wins at Hi Corbett Field.

Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez: The Wildcats are coached by Andy Lopez, who is now in his 12th season with a 418-251-1 record at the school. A three-time national coach of the year, including in 2012, Andy Lopez has reestablished Arizona as one of the nation's elite baseball programs, guiding the school to the 2012 NCAA National Championship, two College World Series appearances, and eight postseason berths in the last 10 seasons. Last year, Lopez became just the second NCAA Division I head coach to win a title at two schools (Arizona, Pepperdine). He is one of just three coaches to lead three different schools (Pepperdine, Florida and Arizona) to the College World Series. Further, he is one of just four coaches to take two schools to Omaha on multiple occasions (Arizona, Florida). Under Lopez, the Wildcats have won at least 30 games in six straight years and in 10 of Lopez's 11 seasons at the school, and have won 40 games in three of the last six seasons. Overall, Lopez owns a career record of 1,105-669-7 in 30 years as a head coach, including stints at Cal State Dominguez Hills (1983-88), Pepperdine (1989-94), Florida (1995-2001) and Arizona (2002-present). Lopez led Pepperdine, Florida (twice) and Arizona (twice) to College World Series appearances. His total victories are 12th-most among active coaches.

Lopez Wins No. 1,100: With a 5-2 victory over San Francisco on March 2, 2013, Andy Lopez became the 38th head coach in NCAA history to reach the 1,100-win benchmark. The three-time national coach of the year now boasts a career record of 1,105-669-7 in a career that includes head coaching gigs at four-year schools at Cal State Dominguez Hills (168-152-2 from 1983-88), Pepperdine (241-107-3 from 1989-94), Florida (278-159-1 from 1995-2001 at Florida) and now Arizona (418-251-1 from 2002-13).

2012 UA-OSU Recap: Arizona shook off a series-opening loss by bouncing back to win the next two and claim a series victory in Corvallis, Ore., last March 23-25 ... In Game 1, the Wildcats fell behind 5-1 in the early stages, before rallying to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning. But a leadoff error led to an unearned run scoring on a walk-off single by Ryan Dunn to give the Beavers a 6-5 win ... In Game 2, the Wildcats found themselves trailing again, but tied the game 3-3 in the eighth and then received back-to-back home runs by Bobby Brown and Riley Moore to take a two-run lead. The homers were the first in the careers of each player, and snapped a stretch of 616 at-bats without a homer for the club. Mathew Troupe gave up a run in the ninth, but stranded the tying runner at third as he collected the save in the 5-4 win ... In Game 3, a four-run fifth inning propelled UA to a 7-5 victory. Troupe closed the game by striking out the side in the rain in the bottom of the ninth inning to collect his second save ... Starters Konner Wade and James Farris each pitched 7.2 innings in no-decision efforts on Saturday and Sunday ... The Cats hit three home runs in the series to push their season tally to five ... The Cats turned in a strong weekend in the field, committing just one error - though it was costly in game one.

Battle of Champions: Pitting Oregon State against Arizona is a fitting way to open the 2013 Pac-12 Season. The two schools have combined to win three national championships and make five total College World Series appearances since 2004. The Wildcats are the most recent national champion from the Pac-12 Conference after taking home the title in 2012. Previously, Oregon State won back-to-back titles in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, respectively. Over the last decade, the Pac-12 Conference is tied with the Southeastern Conference for most baseball national championships (three).

Youth vs. Experience: This weekend's series offers an interesting contrast in the makeup of each team's roster. Arizona's starting lineups this season have penciled in freshmen 66 times already, including freshman Kevin Newman at shortstop for all 20 contests. The Wildcats do not have a senior that has played offensively, and juniors have started only 50 of the 180 contests (27.8 percent) for Arizona. On the other side, Oregon State has five seniors with at least five starts this season, while freshmen have started only eight total games. The Beavers' upperclassmen have made 102 of 151 starts (67.5 percent), which does not include pitchers inserted as the starting DH in two games.

More On The Youthful Cats: A season ago, 53 percent (306-of-585 games) of Arizona's position starts were made by junior or seniors. After 18 games this season, only 28 percent (50-of-180) starts have been made by upper classmen. In fact, the Wildcats' starting lineups this season have seen as many as six freshmen penciled into positions. Kevin Newman has started all 20 games at shortstop, while Scott Kingery (13 starts), Zach Gibbons (14), Ryan Koziol (11), Cody Ramer (4), David Real (2) and Jackson Willeford (2) push the total to 66 starts by freshmen on this young season. On the mound, lefty Cody Moffett and righty Tyger Talley have combined for 12 appearances and four starts.

Winning Weekends: The success of any college baseball team is predicated on winning weekend three-game series, which explains Arizona's recent success. Since May of 2011, the Wildcats are 55-17 (.764) in regular season games played during three-game weekend series. They have won 21-of-24 such series, including 10 sweeps. Arizona has won seven straight series, with the last series loss coming in the first week of last May when Oregon won two-of-three in Tucson.

Cats' Bats Heat Up: One of the top hitting teams in the nation a season ago, Arizona opened the 2013 on a sluggish note - at least by the Wildcats' standards. A program that has hit .300 or better in 10-consecutive season, Arizona was hitting a modest .286 after nine games this year. In the 11 games since, the Wildcats are hitting .361, which has raised the season batting average up to .328 - one click below the team's .329 mark in 2012. Leading the charge has been Brandon Dixon with a .545 average over his last 11 games, while Kevin Newman (.465), Zach Gibbons (.452) and Johnny Field (.444) are well over .400 during the stretch. Entering Pac-12 play this weekend, Arizona leads the Pac-12 with a .328 average.

Power Trip: Arizona entered the week with only a pair of home runs on the season. They matched that total in each game of a brief two-game midweek series against Butler. Brandon Dixon started the fireworks on Tuesday with a home run to the deepest part of the ballpark (410-foot sign in left-center), then added another off the scoreboard. The two-homer game for Dixon was the first of his career and the first for a Wildcat since current volunteer assistant coach Josh Garcia hit a pair against North Dakota State on Feb. 19, 2011. It also marked the first time a player - Wildcat or opponent - had a multi-homer game at Hi Corbett Field since UA moved into the facility in 2012. On Wednesday, Dixon added his fourth home run of the season - an inside-the-parker that caromed off the left field wall and rolled back toward the infield. Later in the game, Field launched his second homer of the season. On the year, Dixon and Field have combined for all six Arizona home runs with each coming at Hi Corbett. The Wildcats had on ly eight homers in 40 home games in 2012.

Brand(on)ing Iron: Arizona third baseman Brandon Dixon is arguably one of the hottest players in the country having made his mark through the non-conference season. The junior leads all conference players in several offensive categories, including batting average (.466), slugging percentage (.795), runs scored (31) and stolen bases (17). He ranks second in RBI (26) and on-base percentage (.539). The Murrieta, Calif., native has reached base in every game this season, and has seen his numbers improve in recent games. In his last 11 contests, Dixon is hitting a blistering .545 (24-for-44) with three doubles, two triples and four home runs (.977 slugging percentage). Dixon has scored 20 runs, collected 15 RBI and stolen 12 bases in those games.

Johnny Baseball: A preseason watch list candidate for the Golden Spikes Award, Johnny Field is not disappointing in his junior season. After winning the Pac-12 batting crown as a sophomore, Field is currently batting .383 with 26 runs scored and 18 RBI in his encore season. He has five doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs as he has started each game in centerfield and batted out of the No. 3 slot in the batting order. With eight walks, one hit by pitch and only six strikeouts, Field is reaching base at a .440 clip and he has added six stolen bases. An All-Pac-12 Player last season, as well as a conference All-Academic selection, Field boasts a .347 career batting average with 178 base hits, 133 runs scored and 93 RBI. He has more walks (68) than strikeouts (56) in his three seasons.

`K'onner Wade: Junior Konner Wade, a preseason candidate for the Golden Spikes Award, is off to a steady start on the mound with a 2-0 record and a 3.41 earned run average over four starts. The right-hander has held opponents to a .241 batting average and has surrendered just five walks to complement 19 strikeouts over 29.0 innings this season. Now Arizona's Friday night starter, Wade was a sensational Saturday starter as a sophomore when he complied an 11-3 record, a 3.96 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 136.1 innings pitched, which included six complete games. For his career, Wade boasts a 16-3 record, a 3.69 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 227.0 innings over 42 appearances (31 starts).

Saturday Night Guy: Junior pitcher James Farris starred as the Sunday starter a season ago, but has stepped into the No. 2 spot in the rotation in 2013. Through four starts, Farris is 3-1 with a 3.64 earned run average and a team-high 25 strikeouts, which tied with Oregon State's Matt Boyd and Oregon's Jake Reed for fourth-most in the Pac-12. Farris has limited opposing hitters to a .206 average, while issuing only eight walks in 29.2 innings pitched - the third-most for any conference player. In 2012, Farris was 7-3 with a 3.97 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 106.2 innings pitched, which included three complete games. For his career, Farris owns a 10-4 record, a 4.13 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 137.1 innings pitched.

A Lefty in the Mix: After using all right-handers in its weekend rotation throughout 2012 and over the first three weekends of 2013, the Wildcats mixed things up with freshman southpaw Cody Moffett earning the Sunday job last weekend. Moffett will get the ball again this Sunday for his second career weekend start. On the season, the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has a 2-0 record with a 2.00 earned run average in 18.0 innings pitched over six appearances (two starts). He has 14 strikeouts against four walks, while opponents have hit .209 against him.

Troupe Time: Sophomore closer Mathew Troupe is off to a dominating start in 2013. The right-hander has yet to allow an earned run in 12.2 innings over nine total appearances. The Northridge, Calif., native has a 2-0 record out of the bullpen and has converted all four of his save chances. He has surrendered only five hits and four walks all season, while racking up 22 strikeouts. Opponents are mustering a .116 batting average against him. In his career, Troupe has appeared in 33 games and boasts an 8-1 record, 10 saves and a 2.57 earned run average. He has 66 strikeouts against 23 walks in 49.0 innings pitched.

Hello, Newman: Perhaps no freshman in the Pac-12 has made a more immediate and significant impact on his club than shortstop Kevin Newman. The Poway, Calif., native was tasked with replacing Pac-12 Player of the Year Alex Mejia, and the freshman has not backed down from the challenge. Newman has started all 20 games and ranks fourth on the club with a .383 batting average. He has scored 15 runs and driven in 18, a figure good enough to tie for third in the Pac-12 entering this weekend. Over his last 11 games, Newman has been nothing short of spectacular. In those contests, Newman is hitting .545 (20-for-43) with six runs scored and 11 RBI. He has a pair of stolen bases and has committed just on error in those games.

Free Gilly: Sophomore Trent Gilbert is enjoying a sterling sophomore season at the plate. The Torrance, Calif., native stands at .351 after 30 games and leads the Pac-12 with five triples and also 27 runs batted in. Gilbert has taken advantage of batting in the No. 5 spot in the order, where Zach Gibbons, Riley Moore, Johnny Field and Brandon Dixon have all gotten on base at better than a .425 clip, respectively. It's created a plethora of RBI chances, and Gilbert has delivered with a .514 (18-for-35) average with runners in scoring position. As a freshman, Gilbert started 64 games and hit .272. His hot start to 2013 has raised his career average to .292 and he is nine hits shy of 100 for his career.

Back For Moore: A preseason candidate for the Johnny Bench Award, catcher Riley Moore has started 18 games this season for the Wildcats. A former switch-hitter, Moore is hitting solely from his natural left-handed side as a sophomore. Through 18 games, the Santa Barbara, Calif., native is batting .290 with 16 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. Hitting out of the No. 2 spot in the order, Moore has reached base at a .444 clip thanks to a 14 walks, which leads the club and is tied with Oregon State's Danny Hayes for the top spot in the Pac-12.

Aligning the Bullpen: Now that four-consecutive weeks of midweek contests are out of the way, Arizona can settle into a standard Friday through Sunday routine for much of the remaining schedule. This will help Arizona pare down its pitching staff and use its most consistent arms in the bullpen. Right-hander Mathew Troupe (2-0, 0.00 ERA, four saves) has done an outstanding job as the closer, while lefty Augey Bill (2-0, 0.82 ERA) has served as a reliable setup man in eight appearances. Sophomore southpaw Tyler Crawford (3-1, 2.01 ERA) has made four midweek starts, but now will serve as a valuable long-reliever and matchup arm out of the bullpen. Righty Tyger Talley (0-0, 1.76 ERA) has six total appearances, including two recent midweek starts, and will also fall into a similar role as Crawford. Veterans Nick Cunningham (0-2, 4.24 ERA, 1 save), Stephen Manthei (1-1, 5.82 ERA) and Tyler Hale (0-0, 13.50) are each right-handers that have combined for 296.1 innings pitched over 176 appearances since 2010.

The Big Unit: Senior left-hander Augey Bill has emerged as one of the club's most reliable setup guys to bridge to closer Mathew Troupe. The 6-foot-9 lefty has posted a 2-0 record and a 0.82 earned run average over 11.0 innings in eight total appearances from the bullpen. Bill has held opposing hitters to a .205 batting average, while allowing just three walks to go with eight strikeouts. Already through 20 games, Bill has surpassed his season totals from last season, when he appeared in five games and tossed 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts. The Danville, Calif., doesn't possess the rocket speed fastball of the more famous Big Unit (Randy Johnson), but Bill has a different claim to fame: an aspiring rocket scientist. As an aerospace engineering major, Bill has a keen interest in space travel. In 2012, Bill was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection.

Zach on the Attack: Freshman Zach Gibbons, inserted into the leadoff spot nine games ago, has made the most of his opportunities early the in the season. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native now leads the club and all Pac-12 players with a .455 batting average. Gibbons was at his best last week, batting 12-for-22 (.545) over five games, while collecting a double and a triple to go with five runs scored. In last Friday's come-from-behind victory over Columbia, Gibbons led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple down the right field line and scored the game winning run on Johnny Field's walk-off single. In his nine games as the leadoff guy, Gibbons has tallied a hit in each contest and is batting .472 (17-for-36) with nine runs scored and a pair of RBI. For the season, the Saguaro High School product has 11 runs scored and is 4-for-5 in stolen base tries. He has started six games in left field, two in right field and four at designated hitter.

Making Them Pay: Arizona is hitting a hefty .328 on the young season, but that average climbs to .381 with runners in scoring position. In fact, every Wildcat regular currently has a higher batting average with runners in scoring position than he does overall for the season. Arizona's top run producers are Trent Gilbert (27 RBI) and Brandon Dixon (26 RBI), who rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the Pac-12, respectively. Gilbert is a highly opportunistic 18-for-35 (.514) with runners in scoring position, while Dixon is 14-for-28 (.500).

Middle Defense: Freshman shortstop Kevin Newman and sophomore second baseman Trent Gilbert have formed a solid duo up the middle for the Wildcats. Each has started all 20 games at his position and they have combined for just three errors. Gilbert leads the team with 56 assists, while Newman has 50 of his own, and they rank Nos. 2 and 4 in the Pac-12, respectively, in the category. They have helped the Wildcats turn 16 double plays, which trails only Oregon State (18) for the top mark in the league.

Don't Blink: When an Arizona player reaches base, don't expect him to be standing around long. A total of 10 Wildcats already have a stolen base this season, and the club leads the Pac-12 with 50 stolen bases in 67 attempts. In fact, the 50 swipes are nearly double the tally of 26 turned in by Utah, which is second in the league. Brandon Dixon is the primary culprit, swiping 17 bags in 18 attempts to lead all conference players.

Free Passes: Arizona (96) and Oregon State (88) have drawn more walks than any other Pac-12 teams entering this weekend's action. While the focus of that stat is on the offenses, a hidden key to this series may very well be which pitching staff limits the walks allowed to the opposition. Oregon State has an impressive 122 to 38 strikeout to walk ratio and yields just 2.22 walks per nine innings pitch. Arizona's staff has similar numbers, with a 149:51 ration and only 2.56 walks per nine innings.

Tough to Strikeout: Arizona hitters have proven to be tough to strikeout early in the season, collecting the third-fewest strikeouts (91) of any conference team. But the Wildcats have played at least two more games than any other teams, leaving UA as the club with the fewest strikeouts per game (4.55). In 2012, Arizona struck out the second-fewest times per game of any conference team (4.89). Interestingly, that number has been going down each of the last four seasons. In 2009, UA struck out 7.05 times per game, and then dropped to 5.81 in 2010 and 4.9 in 2011. If the current 2013 clip held up, it would continue the trend of reducing strikeouts.

Gettin' On Base: No Pac-12 team gets on base more often than Arizona, and the school leads the conference with a current .429 on-base percentage. The Wildcats have a Pac-12-leading 213 base hits, but they also have a league-high 96 walks and have been hit by a pitch the second-most times (32). That adds up to 128 free passes earned by UA hitters this season. Zach Gibbons leads the conference with a .540 on-base percentage, and Brandon Dixon in checks in right behind him at a .539 clip. Dixon has drawn seven walks and been hit by a pitch a team-leading seven times. Meanwhile, catcher Riley Moore leads the club with 14 walks drawn and four hit by pitches, raising his on base clip to .444.

Double Digit Hits: The Wildcats tallied 10 or more hits in each of the last seven games and in nine of the last 11 contests. On the season, Arizona has 14 double-digit base hit games, buoyed by a season-high 19 knocks on March 13 against Butler University. The Wildcats have 213 hits through 20 games, or 10.7 hits per game to pace a .328 batting average.

.300 Club: Arizona led the Pac-12 and ranked No. 4 in the nation in 2012 with a .329 team batting average, their highest-single season mark in the Andy Lopez tenure, and the highest for the school since 2000 (.331). Under Lopez, the Wildcats have now hit .300 or better in a season for 10-consecutive years. Only his first club, in 2002 (.289), failed to reach the .300 mark. Otherwise his teams have posted averages of .320 (2011), .321 (2010), .314 (2009), .301 (2008), .306 (2007), .305 (2006), .328 (2005), .305 (2004) and .329 (2003) over the last 10 seasons. After 20 games, the 2013 club is hitting a slick .328.

Hi Corbett Magic? Since moving into Hi Corbett Field for the start of the 2012 season, Arizona baseball has produced some thrilling come-from-behind victories. In fact, Arizona fans have mafficked nine Wildcat wins in the final at-bats of games, including two already this season. Of those nine final at-bat victories, seven have come in walk-off fashion. In 2013, Brandon Dixon's three-run triple in the bottom of the ninth handed UA an 8-7 win over San Jose State on Feb. 22, and Johnny Field's single to left plated Zach Gibbons in the ninth to complete a 4-3 victory over Columbia on March 8.

A Rare Win: Trailing after eight innings of play is an ominous position for a baseball team to be in. Winning such games is hard, but how hard? Well for Arizona in 2012, the Wildcats were just 1-17 in such games, with their one win coming on March 30 in the Friday night game against Stanford. That evening, UA rallied with four runs in the ninth to win by a familiar score: 8-7. Going back even further, Arizona had a record of 12-304 since the start of 1998 when trailing after eight innings of play. In that span, the Wildcats had 533 total victories, but just the dozen when entering the ninth down a run or more.

Rare Losses: Since 2003, leading after six innings gives Arizona better than a 90-percent chance it is going to win a ball game. But that always leaves 10-percent chance things won't go the way of the Wildcats in the late stages, and that's exactly what has happened in each of UA's last two losses. On March 6, Arizona led Texas Tech, 1-0, after six innings. The Red Raiders scored five times in the seventh inning and won the game, 5-2. Then on March 9, the Wildcats led Columbia, 4-3 after six, but the Lions scored five times in the seventh to hand UA an 8-4 defeat. Those are two of just 32 losses over the last 11 seasons when Arizona lost a game it led after six innings. In that span of 345 games, the Wildcats boast a 312-32-1 (.906) record. In 2013, Arizona is 11-2 in such games.

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: After playing 23 games in 31 days, Arizona will get a break from its hectic early-season schedule filled with midweek series. The Wildcats will also see their 18-game home stand conclude as they hit the road for a three-game series at No. 14 Oregon in Eugene, Ore., March 22-24.

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