May 31, 2013
Pac-12 Baseball All-Academic Teams
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona baseball team placed six student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Academic teams announced Friday by the league office.
Third baseman Brandon Dixon and right-handed pitcher Mathew Troupe earned second-team accolades. They were joined by left-handed pitcher Augey Bill, outfielder Johnny Field, second baseman Trent Gilbert and catcher Riley Moore, who each received honorable mention recognition.
The academic honor caps a string of honors for Dixon. The junior, who led the Pac-12 in batting, was named to the All-Conference team on Wednesday and hauled in a third-team Louisville Slugger All-American honor on Thursday. Dixon also became the first Wildcat in the modern era to lead the team in batting (.369), home runs (six), runs batted in (51) and stolen bases (30). The Murrieta, Calif., native carries a 3.40 grade point average as a general studies major and was an all-academic honorable mention selection as a sophomore.
The team's leader with nine saves, Troupe posted a 6-0 record with a 3.29 earned run average. A sophomore, Troupe registered 49 strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average over 38.1 innings pitched. The Northridge, Calif., native boasts a 3.56 grade point average as a pre-business major.
For the second time in as many seasons, Bill was tabbed as an honorable mention selection. A top setup arm out of the bullpen, the senior tallied a 4-1 record with two saves and a team-best 1.98 earned run average. A native of Danville, Calif., Bill diligently maintains a 3.02 grade point average as an aerospace engineering major.
Also collecting Pac-12 All-Academic honors for a second year in a row is Field, a member of the All-Conference team announced Wednesday. The junior hit .347 and led the league with 58 runs scored and seven triples during the regular season. A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Field carries a 3.36 grade point average as a general studies major and was a second-team all-academic honoree in 2012.
Making his first appearance on the all-academic teams is Gilbert, a starter in all 55 games this season. The sophomore hit .344 with 45 runs scored and 49 runs batted in, while tying for the team lead with 13 doubles. A native of Torrance, Calif., Gilbert holds a 3.00 grade point average as a business major.
Rounding out the list with his first such honor is Moore, the Wildcats' starting catcher for the last two seasons. The sophomore batted .285 with 34 runs scored, 37 runs batted in and checked in second in the conference with 34 walks drawn. A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Moore boasts a 3.09 grade point average as a general studies major.
Arizona (34-21) saw its season come to a close last weekend with a sweep of Southern California. The Wildcats were not selected to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship field of 64 announced Monday.