Brandon Dixon's solo home run in the ninth inning propelled 25th-ranked Arizona to a 10-9 victory over Stanford to even a three-game series on Saturday at Sunken Diamond.
Arizona loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but was unable to drive in the tying run as Stanford held on for a 4-3 series-opening victory at Sunken Diamond.
Arizona baseball, winners in nine of the last 10 games, takes on Stanford, winners in nine of its last 12, this weekend in Palo Alto. The Friday and Sunday games will air on Pac-12 Networks.
25th-ranked Arizona baseball hosts No. 18 Arizona State in a non-conference game tonight at Hi Corbett Field. The game will air live at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.
Arizona erased a six-run deficit and scored eight runs over the final three innings to rally and defeat rival Arizona State, 10-9, before a crowd of 5,396 on Tuesday night at Hi Corbett Field.
2012 Pac-12 All-Academic (Honorable Mention)
Played in 62 of team's games and made 38 starts at first base ... Split time as starter at first base, but finished most games as a defensive replacement in the later innings ... Finished season with a .245 batting average, 30 runs scored and 15 runs batted in ... Had 10 multi-hit games during the season ... Committed only three errors all season and led all UA regulars with a .994 fielding percentage ... Tied for third on team with 11 sacrifice bunts on the season ... Hit an improved .303 with seven runs scored and nine RBI over 10 postseason games ... Delivered game-winning RBI on a double down the left field line to give UA a 2-1 lead in top of ninth inning of second championship against South Carolina to win College World Series (6/25) ... Hitless in only plate appearance but made three putouts as defensive replacement in first championship game against Gamecocks (6/24) ... Went 0-for-2 but scored a run in victory over Florida State to advance to CWS finals (6/21) ... Went 0-for-3 at the plate in three plate appearances over first two games of College World Series against UCLA (6/17) and Florida State (6/15) ... Singled and scored a run in the ninth inning during only at bat of Tucson Super Regional championship game against St. John's (6/9) ... Went 1-for-1 off the bench in first game of Tucson Super Regional (6/8) ... Combined to hit 2-for-6 with five runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base in three appearances off the bench in wins over Missouri (6/1) and Louisville (6/2-3) at the Tucson Regional. Belted first career home run in second game of regional against Cardinals ... Played in two games with one plate appearance in final regular season series against Arizona State (5/25 and 5/27) ... Hitless in four at bats in series at USC (5/18-20) ... Drove in a run in victory at Arizona State (5/16) ... Started the first and last games of three-game set at USC with one base hit (5/11-13) ... Went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in two starts against Oregon (5/5-6) ... Turned in three-straight two-hit games against East Tennessee State (4/27-29) and finished series 6-for-12 with a double, five runs scored and two RBI ... Hitless in five at bats in series at Washington (4/20-22) ... Played in two games with a run scored against UCLA (4/13 and 4/15) ... Entered as a defensive replacement in all three games with 11 total putouts at Utah (4/5-7) ... Went 0-for-3 in start at Utah Valley (4/4) ... Tallied a hit in each of three games in sweep of then-No. 2 Stanford, finishing series 4-for-9 with a run scored ... Went 2-for-11 over three games at Oregon State (3/23-25) ... Combined 1-for-4 with a run scored in two mid-week games against New Mexico State (3/20-21) ... Went 3-for-12 with two runs scored and an RBI in three games against Washington State (3/16-17) ... Batted 2-for-7 with an RBI in pair of starts at Rice (3/13-14) ... Combined to hit 5-for-10 with a double, four runs scored and an RBI in sweep of Eastern Michigan (3/9-11) ... Hitless in five at bats but had two sacrifices in two games against UC Davis (3/6-7) ... Registered a double in all three games of series against Harvard (3/2-4) and finished series 4-for-13 with a run scored and an RBI ... Started all three games of Auburn series, opening with a 3-for-4 game that included two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI ... Went 1-for-3 with three runs scored, a walk a career-high three stolen bases in mid-week tilt against Utah Valley (2/21) ... Opened season without a hit in three starts at first base against North Dakota State (2/17-19), but collecting 31 putouts.
Played in 13 games and made one start as a true freshman ... Had eight appearances as a pinch hitter, and played defensively at third base and second base ... Collected first career RBI on pinch-hit single against Alcorn State (5/8) ... Made first career start at Oregon (4/22) as the third baseman. Went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice in the game ... Season-high three at bats after pinch-hitting early in a game against Arizona State (4/5) ... Drew a walk and scored first career run after pinch-hitting against San Francisco (3/19) ... Walked in only plate appearance against Northern Colorado (3/11) ... Singled in first career at bat as a pinch hitter against North Dakota State (2/20).
Drafted in the 48th Round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers with the 1,444th overall selection.
Graduated from Murrieta Valley High School in Murrieta, Calif., in 2010 ... Earned varsity letters as a middle infielder under coach Scott Widner ... Hit .292 with eight home runs and 21 runs batted in as a senior ... Stole 12 bases in 13 attempts as senior and scored 23 runs ... As a junior, hit .325 with three home runs and ranked fourth in the Southwestern League with 10 doubles ... Named first team All-Southwestern League as a senior in 2010 and second team all-league as a junior in 2009 ... Helped guide Nighthawks to an 11-4 first-place record in the Southwestern League as a senior ... Named All-Valley by the North County Times as a senior.
Born in 1992 in La Jolla, Calif., ... Son of Troy and Kathy Dixon ... Has two older sisters, Brittany and Courtney ... Outside of baseball, enjoys wakeboarding, surfing and other sports ... Is enrolled in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as a Sports and Society major ... Future career aspirations including working in the Secret Service ... Favorite professional sports teams include the San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers ... Hobbies include hunting and noodling ... Rooms with teammates Johnny Field, Stephen Manthei and Dave Lopez.