Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats, Devils Meet in Top 25 Showdown
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 16, 2013
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April 16, 2013  |  Tucson, Ariz. |  Hi Corbett Field
#18 Arizona State (22-10-1, 8-7 Pac-12) at #25 Arizona (23-12, 8-7 Pac-12)

Tuesday, April 16  •  6 p.m. (MST)  •  Hi Corbett  •  TV: P12 Net. • Radio: 1290 AM
RHP Zak Miller (2-0, 2.81) vs. RHP Nick Cunningham (0-2, 4.32)

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A pair of rivals, among the hottest teams in the Pac-12 Conference, step away from league play for the first of two mid-week games to be played in Tucson this season … Winners in eight of the last nine games, including six-straight victories at home, the Wildcats welcome the Sun Devils to Hi Corbett Field, the scene of three outstanding games between the schools to close the regular season last May … Two of the more productive offenses in the conference clash with what statistics indicate are contrasting approaches. The Sun Devils lead the conference in total extra bases hits, while the Wildcats are second in base hits and sacrifice bunts, while leading the league in sac flies and stolen bases … Keep an eye on the base paths as the Wildcats like to run (lead Pac-12 with 76 steals), and Arizona State has allowed the most stolen bases (50). And while ASU has just 25 steals this year, the Wildcats have given up 41 steals (second-most in Pac-12) … Arizona turns to senior right-hander Nick Cunningham to take the mound against a team he has pitched quite well against in six career outings … Meanwhile, the Sun Devils will give the ball to Zak Miller, a winner in a solid five-inning start last week at UNLV … Bullpens likely to prove critical for each squad, and both have been quite strong this season … The home game splits up a stretch of six-consecutive Pac-12 road games for the Wildcats … The first of five meetings between the schools, with the conference series slated for May 17-19 in Tempe. Game Notes (PDF)
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22-8-1 (8-7 Pac-12) Record 23-12 (8-7 Pac-12) Avg. Brandon Dixon (.386)
.284 Avg. .311 Hits Dixon/Field (51)
187 Runs 238 Runs Brandon Dixon (41)
324 Hits 352 RBI Trent Gilbert (39)
73 2B 38 2B Johnny Field (8)
16 3B 26 HR Dixon/Field (4)
20 HR 8 OB% Zach Gibbons (.472)
25-36 SB-ATT 76-96 SLG% Brandon Dixon (.598)
.361 OB% .409 SB Brandon Dixon (25)
.429 SLG% .411 ERA Augey Bill (0.92)
3.74 ERA 3.57 IP Konner Wade (63.0)
223  K's 245 K's  James Farris (50)
Arizona Baseball Game Notes:

Leading Off…
- Arizona has won 8 of its last 9 games overall
- The Wildcats have won six-straight at Hi Corbett Field
- Johnny Field is two hits shy of No. 200 for his career
- UA leads the nation with 26 triples
- Brandon Dixon and Trent Gilbert are tied with ASU’s Trever Allen and Kasey Coffman for the conference lead in triples (5)
- Dixon leads the conference in runs (41), hits (51) and stolen bases (25)
- UA is 6-4 in one-run games this season
- Nick Cunningham made his first career start at ASU on May 4, 2010
- Five of UA’s top seven pitchers hail from the Phoenix area
- Brandon Dixon, Johnny Field, Trent Gilbert and Zach Gibbons rank Nos. 2-5 in the Pac-12 batting statistics
- Mathew Troupe has eight saves this season and is tied for 4th in UA history with 14 career saves.

UA-WSU Recap: Arizona won its first road series of the season and captured its third-straight conference series win by taking two-of-three games from Washington State on a cold, wet, windy and sometimes snowy weekend in Pullman … The Cougars snapped UA’s six-game winning streak by winning the opener, 9-5. WSU held a 7-4 edge after seven innings on Friday before rain delayed the game and ultimately forced a suspension after 35-minute delay. The Cougs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth when the game resumed Saturday and held off the Wildcats, who scored once in the ninth … The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead in the second game and rode the dominant arm of James Farris, who registered a career-high 10 strikeouts without a walk in 7.1 innings. The Cougars scored three times in the ninth with a base hit thanks to four walks and a hit batsmen by UA’s bullpen, but Tyger Talley ultimately recorded the final three outs for his first career save in the 6-5 victory … On Sunday, Arizona scored three times in the first inning before WSU tied the game in the second. A four-run sixth complemented a dominant six-inning stretch for Tyler Crawford, who turned in a complete for the Wildcats in a 7-3 series-clinching win. Crawford needed just 85 pitched over his career-long nine innings, including 41 pitches over the final six frames … Washington State entered the series as the Pac-12’s top hitting team (.317), but UA’s staff limited the Cougars to a .215 average over the three games … The Wildcats hit just .255 themselves, but outscored WSU, 7-3, in two-out RBI … Johnny Field had six RBI, including a two-run triple and a two-run homer in the series … A total of 10 players combined for UA’s 18 runs scored in the series, while nine different Wildcats collected an RBI.

2012 vs. ASU: Arizona won three-of-five games against its rival last season, splitting a pair of midweek games (L, 8-2; W, 10-2) and winning the Pac-12 series to close the regular season (W, 1-0; L, 7-9; W, 8-7) … The conference series to close the Pac-12 season was a thrilling one, as the Wildcats won a pair of one-run games in walkoff fashion. In the opener (May 25), Seth Mejias-Brean roped a double to the left field corner off reliever Jake Barrett, and Robert Refsnyder ran through a stop sign at third base before sliding in safely at home to score the winning run from first base. Ace pitchers Brady Rogers and Kurt Heyer were magnificent, with each pitching into the ninth inning. Heyer earned a complete game victory … In the second game (May 26), the Sun Devils roughed up Konner Wade for six runs on seven hits in three innings, before holding on late. Trailing 9-5 in the bottom of the ninth, the Wildcats scored twice and left the tying runs in scoring position as Batrett struck out Bobby Brown to end the game … In the finale (May 27), the Wildcats learned they would host an NCAA Regional the following week and jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, but ASU roared back to eventually tie the game with two runs in the eighth. The game remained tied into the bottom of the ninth, when Johnny Field’s two-out single to left scored Riley Moore with the game-winning run … The last day victory earned Arizona a share of the Pac-12 conference championship, its first since 1993 … For the season five-game series, the Wildcats owned a narrow 34-30 scoring margin and hit .306 to ASU’s .293 … Defense proved key for the Wildcats, who committed only three errors over the five games, compared to 10 miscues for the Sun Devils … Then-freshmen Riley Moore (.438, 7-for-16) and Joseph Maggi (.375, 6-for-16) were UA’s top statistical performers on offense … The team that scored first won each game last season … A total of 14,055 fans attended the three-game series at Hi Corbett Field, including a high of 5,677 for the Saturday contest … The loss on that Saturday (May 27) proved to be the last defeat for Arizona, which went 10-0 in the postseason en route to the national championship.

Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez: The Wildcats are coached by Andy Lopez, who is now in his 12th season with a 426-258-1 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 1,113-676-7 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 1,111-675-7 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 (426-258-1 from 2002-13).

The Youthful Cats: A season ago, 53 percent (306-of-585 games) of Arizona's position starts were made by junior or seniors. After 35 games this season, only 26 percent (82-of-315) starts have been made by upperclassmen. In fact, the Wildcats' starting lineups this season have seen as many as six freshmen penciled into positions. Kevin Newman has started all 35 games at shortstop, while Zach Gibbons (29), Ryan Koziol (23), Scott Kingery (17 starts), Jackson Willeford (6), Cody Ramer (6) and David Real (5) push the total to 121 starts by freshmen on this still young season. On the mound, lefty Cody Moffett and righty Tyger Talley have combined for 23 appearances and five starts.

Winning Weekends: After being swept in each of its first two Pac-12 series, Arizona hopes it has gotten back to its winning ways on weekends of the last few seasons. Thanks to two-consecutive weekend sweeps of their own and a road series win at Washington State, the Wildcats are 63-24 (.724) in regular season games played during three-game weekend series since May of 2011. They have won 24-of-29 such series, including 12 sweeps. Arizona has won seven of its nine weekend series in 2013.

A Senior Nod: Senior RHP Nick Cunningham has been named Tuesday’s starter for the Wildcats. Cunningham has an 0-2 record with a 4.32 ERA in 10 total appearances this season, including one start. The native of Indianapolis, Ind., has 20 strikeouts against walks, while opponents are hitting .270 against him. As a senior, Cunningham has one start (two in career), which came back on Feb. 19 in a 5-4 loss to Long Beach State at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. In that game, Cunningham gave up five runs – four earned – on seven hits in four-plus innings. He struck out five (tied for career-high) and did not walk a batter. For complete game-by-game pitching log, see page seven of this release.

Cunningham vs. ASU: As a freshman in 2010, Nick Cunningham made the first of his two career starts against the Sun Devils in a mid-week contest on May 4 in Tempe. In that game, Cunningham suffered the loss despite giving up just two runs on two hits in 3.1 innings pitched. The Wildcats trailed 2-0 when Cunningham’s work was done, but went on to lose 13-1 … In his career, Cunningham has six total appearances against the Sun Devils. He is 0-1 with one save (4/20/10) and a 3.86 ERA over 9.1 total innings pitched against ASU. Cunningham has given up five runs – four earned – on seven hits, six walks and four strikeouts. He has limited ASU to a .212 opposing batting average. Page 21 of this release includes cumulative career stats against Arizona State.

Crawford Goes the Distance: Sophomore Tyler Crawford tossed his first career complete game last Sunday at Washington State. The lefty scattered nine hits and allowed only three runs – all in the second inning – as he struck out three and walked one. Most impressive was the way Crawford settled in after a rocky first couple innings that saw him surrender six hits. Crawford needed only 85 pitches in the game, including only 41 over the final six innings. He was so strong over a four-inning stretch from the third through seventh innings that he faced the minimum number of hitters. A hit batsmen in the third was erased on a double play, and a single in the fifth was later eliminated when P.J. Jones was caught stealing. Despite allow a hit in the ninth, Crawford needed only four pitches to finish off UA’s first complete game of the season thanks to a double play.

Phoenix Five: Seventy percent of the innings pitched by the Wildcats have been turned in by players from the Phoenix metropolitan area. In fact, Konner Wade (Scottsdale, Ariz.), James Farris Gilbert, Ariz.), Tyler Crawford (Glendale, Ariz.), Cody Moffett (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Tyger Talley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) have combined for 31 of Arizona's 35 starts on the mound this season. Wade and Farris, both juniors, anchor the starting rotation in the Friday and Saturday spots, respectively, while Crawford has assumed the Sunday role over the last three weekends. Moffett and Talley, both freshman, have dabbled as starters in midweeks but, for now, have solidified as valuable left and right-handed arms out of the bullpen, respectively. Collectively, the quintet has a 17-9 record with a 3.31 earned run average over 217.1 innings pitched.

Total Team Effort: Arizona’s series win at Washington State proved to be a total team effort. While a cumulative .255 average doesn’t jump off the stat sheet, consider that 10 different players scored a run and nine Wildcats collected an RBI in the series. The Wildcats proved to be opportunistic in the series, outscoring the Cougars 7-3 in two-out RBI. Arizona drove in a runner from third with less than two outs in six-of-seven opportunities, while the Cougars squandered seven-of-13 such opportunities.

Heating Up: Like the weather, the Wildcats are heating up here in mid-April. Winners in eight of its last nine games – all Pac-12 contests – Arizona is batting .320, has a 3.15 ERA and has committed only seven errors in that stretch. The Wildcats are batting .300 with runners in scoring position, while limiting opponents to a lowly .204 mark in the same situations. Equally as impressive, UA owns a staggering 25-7 edge in two-out RBI over those nine tilts. Johnny Field (.444, 16-for-36) and Trent Gilbert (.400, 16-for-40) have led the charge offensively, combing for 18 runs and 20 RBI over the last three weeks.

Against the Devils: Both teams have plenty of new faces this season, but there are several key players on each side with experience in the rivalry. For Arizona, Riley Moore enjoyed a nifty .438 (7-for-16) average with eight runs scored against Arizona State as a freshman. Joseph Maggi, whose older brothers Beau and Drew played in Tempe in recent seasons, was 6-for-16 (.375) in five starts against ASU last year. Junior Johnny Field has played in nine career games against the school from up North, going 11-for-35 (.314) with three doubles and seven runs scored. For complete player-by-player career stats vs. ASU, please see page 21 of this release.

Johnny Baseball: The reigning Pac-12 batting champion, centerfielder Johnny Field has picked right up where he left off in 2012. Through 35 games, Field is batting .367 – third in the Pac-12 –a mark that is a couple points below than his .370 clip last season. The junior is tied for the Pac-12 lead with 51 hits, and ranks second in runs (37), while ranking No. 5 in slugging (.568), on-base percentage (.435) and RBI (29). Field, who has reached base in 22-consecutive games, is tied for second in the conference with 79 total bases thanks to eight doubles, four triples and four homers, and ranks third with 12 stolen bases. A preseason honoree for the Golden Spikes Award Watch List, Field boasts a .347 career batting average. He has scored 144 runs, collected 198 hits and driven in 106 runs over 152 games (146 starts) as a Wildcat.

Setting the Tone: Ten games ago (at Oregon on March 24), Andy Lopez moved Johnny Field up to the leadoff spot in the batting order after hitting No. 3 for the first 25 games. The move has paid dividends for Field and the Wildcats, who are since 8-2. In the 10 games as the leadoff man, Field is batting .415 (17-for-41) with two doubles, two triples, a home run, a .469 on-base percentage and four stolen bases (in as many tries). Field has scored 10 runs and collected 10 RBI in those games.

Gilly Delivers: Second baseman Trent Gilbert is turning in a sensational sophomore season. Through 35 games, Gilbert is batting .360 and leads all Pac-12 players with 39 runs batted in. The Torrance, Calif., native has scored 29 runs and hit six doubles and five triples. The three-baggers are tied for the conference lead and rank tied for third nationally. Gilbert has walked 12 times and been hit by a pitch four times so he drawn as many free passes (16) than he has struck out (16), boosting his on-base percentage to .420. On the season, Gilbert is batting .459 (28-for-61) with runners in scoring position and leads the team with 13 two-out RBI. On April 1, Gilbert was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career after accounting for nine of UA’s 21 runs in a three-game sweep of Utah (March 28-30).

Hello, Newman: Perhaps no Pac-12 freshman position player has made a more significant impact to his team than Arizona’s Kevin Newman. Tasked with filling the shoes of 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year Alex Mejia, Newman has done a marvelous job both at the plate and in the field. A starter at short in all 35 games, Newman is hitting .343 with 24 runs scored, 23 RBI and eight stolen bases. Just as impressive, Newman has shown solid glovework in the field, committing only three errors to go with 96 assists and a .981 fielding percentage.

Zach on the Attack: Freshman outfielder Zach Gibbons continues to impress in his first season of Pac-12 baseball. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native ranks fourth on the club and No. 5 in the conference with a .359 batting average. A starter in the last 26 consecutive games, Gibbons has scored 23 runs and driven in 12 runs. Perhaps most impressive, the rookie has shown patience at the plate as he is second on the team and fourth in the conference with 20 walks drawn to boost his on-base percentage to .472 – second-highest in the Pac-12. Gibbons has settled in as the Wildcats’ every day starter in left field (21 starts), but also made four starts in right field and four at designated hitter earlier this season.

Maggi Madness: Perhaps Joseph Maggi was inspired by the NCAA basketball tournament or, for some reason, a trip to Eugene, Ore., last month. The sophomore outfielder, who hit .326 last year, opened this season 11-for-59 (.186) through the first 24 games. Something clicked 11 games ago against Oregon and now Maggi carries one of the team’s hottest bats into this week’s action. In his last 11 games, Maggi is a nifty 13-for-32 (.406) with 10 runs scored and six RBI. He’s walked eight times and been hit by a pitch twice, boosting his on-base percentage to .548. The hot streak has raised his batting average to its current .264 entering this weekend.

Breakout Season: Junior Brandon Dixon is putting together a stellar season as Arizona’s everyday third baseman. The Murrieta, Calif., native is batting .386 with 41 runs, 31 RBI, six doubles, five triples, four homers and 25 stolen bases. He’s reaching base at a .462 clip and slugging an impressive .598. Dixon’s batting average is No. 2 among Pac-12 players and ranked No. 55 in the nation at the start of the week. His 41 runs scored not only lead the conference but also ranked No. 3 nationally, while the 51 base hits top the league and check in No. 48 in the nation. Just as notable, the 25 stolen bases are the most for any conference player and were No. 8 in the national individual rankings.

Dixon on the Move: Brandon Dixon ranks first and seventh in the Pac-12 for stolen bases. Confused? Don’t be. Dixon’s 25 stolen bases are the most for any conference player (also No. 8 nationally), and that total is actually more than the team tallies that Stanford (22), Washington (13) and California (11) have for the entire season. The 25 swipes match the season totals for Arizona State and USC. In 35 games, Dixon has stolen three bases in a game on three occasions. He has stolen third base seven times in 2013.

Triples Galore: Don’t be surprised to see a triple – or two or three – in tonight’s game. In a spacious ballpark that welcomes the extra base hit (but not so much the home run), the Pac-12’s leaders in triples square off. The Wildcats have hit a conference and NCAA-leading 26 triples in 35 games, while the Sun Devils rank second in the Pac-12 with 16 triples. There are four players tied for the individual conference lead with five triples, and all four will suit up tonight. Arizona’s Brandon Dixon and Trent Gilbert are tied with ASU’s Kasey Coffman Trever Allen for the top mark, which is tied for No. 3 nationally.

Close Calls: Of Arizona’s 35 games this season, 10 of them have been decided by one run and the Wildcats are 6-4 in those games. In Pac-12 games, the Wildcats lost three one-run games in a six-game losing streak to the Oregon schools. Since, UA has won four one-run games and is 4-3 against conference foes in one run games. A year ago, the Wildcats were 9-4 on the season and 6-3 in conference games.

Going Streaking: Johnny Field has reached base in 22 straight games, the longest such streak for a Wildcat this season … Trent Gilbert carries an 11-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game, the longest of his career … Kevin Newman, who earlier this season hit safely in 11 straight games, has strung together six straight games with a base hit … Arizona has won six consecutive games at Hi Corbett Field.

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.

.300 Club: In 2012, Arizona led the Pac-12 and ranked No. 4 nationally 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 32 games, the 2013 club is hitting .311.

Tag Team Setup Men: The Wildcats have solid tandem of setup arms out the bullpen. Freshman Tyger Talley, a right-hander, and junior Augey Bill, a lefty, give Arizona options to match up from either the right or left side out of the bullpen. Talley is 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA and a save in 23.1 innings while held opponents to a .155 average – lowest on the club. Bill is 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA in 19.2 innings, while holding foes to a .212 batting average. Together, the Talley-Bill setup duo is 7-0 with a 1.43 ERA. That’s an impressive bridge to sophomore closer Mathew Troupe, who is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA and eight saves.

Troupe Time: Sophomore closer Mathew Troupe is off to a strong this season. In 18 total appearances, Troupe is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA and has converted eight save opportunities. Troupe also ranks third on the team with 37 strikeouts in just 23.2 innings pitched, and has limited opponents to a .167 batting average with only 12 walks allowed. In his two seasons as a Wildcat, Troupe is 8-1 with 14 saves and a 3.15 ERA. He has 81 strikeouts and just 31walks in 60.0 career innings.

Troupe Moving Up: Sophomore Mathew Troupe is quickly moving up Arizona’s career chart for saves. In two seasons, the right-hander already has 14 saves, which ranks tied for No. 4 with Ryan Moskau’s (1997-98). The top-three in the program record books is a pretty distinguished list of active professional players. Daniel Schlereth, who has three years of Major League service, totaled 15 saves for the Wildcats from 2006-08. Mark Melancon, now a Pittsburgh Pirate in his fourth year of Major League action, collected 18 saves from 2004-06. The school career record is held by Jason Stoffel, who tallied 29 saves from 2007-09. Stoffel is currently in the Houston Astros organization and led the Texas League (Double-A) with 27 saves for the Corpus Christi Hooks last year.

Save the Day: Paced by closer Mathew Troupe’s eight saves, which are tied for second-most in the Pac-12, Arizona has already surpassed its saves total from last season. In 2012, the Wildcats had only 10 saves in 48 victories, with Troupe accounting for six of them. This year, Arizona already has 11, with Nick Cunningham (2) and Tyger Talley (1) registering the three saves that Troupe did not earn.

Talley the W’s: Freshman RHP Tyger Talley has earned a victory or a save out of the bullpen in each of his last five appearances. He picked up his first career win on March 28 against Utah with one shutout inning, and then collected another victory a day later with two shutout innings. A week ago against California, Talley again earned on April 6 despite giving up a pair of runs in 1.2 innings of work. The following day, Talley registered another win with 1.1 scoreless innings. Last weekend at Washington State, Talley earned his first career save in a 6-5 win on April 13. In the five games, Talley has allowed two runs on four hits, to go with eight strikeouts and just two walks in 7.0 innings pitched. For the season, the Scottsdale, Ariz., native is 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA.

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 3-0 record and a 0.92 earned run average over 19.2 innings in 16 total appearances from the bullpen. Bill has held opposing hitters to a .212 batting average, while allowing just six walks to go with 11 strikeouts. Already 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.

Up Next: Arizona hits the road for a three-game series at Stanford this weekend. Friday’s opener (7 p.m. PDT) and Sunday’s finale (2 p.m. PDT) will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Saturday’s game is slated for 2 p.m. PDT.

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