Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Opens Series at No. 10 UCLA Tonight
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 10, 2013
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May 10, 2013

2013 Arizona Baseball
May 10-12, 2013  |  Los Angeles, Calif. |  Jackie Robinson Stadium
Arizona (29-17, 10-11 Pac-12) at #10 UCLA (31-14, 14-7 Pac-12)

Fri, May 10  •  6 p.m. (PDT)  •  Jackie Robinson Stadium   Radio: 1290 AM
RHP James Farris (4-4, 3.95) vs. RHP Adam Plutko (6-2, 2.68)

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Sat., May 11  •  2 p.m. (PDT)  •  Jackie Robinson Stadium  •  Radio: 1290 AM
RHP Konner Wade (4-5, 4.22) vs. RHP Nick Vander Tuig (8-3, 1.84)

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Sun., May 12  •  1 (PDT)  •  Jackie Robinson Stadium  •  Radio: 1290 AM
LHP Tyler Crawford (5-1, 3.92) vs. LHP Grant Watson (5-3, 3.29)

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The Wildcats hit the road for crucial six-game road stretch that opens with a rematch against the Bruins, who they shared the Pac-12 championship with last season ... While Arizona is out of the mix, UCLA remains firmly in title contention a few games back of Oregon and Oregon State ... A rematch of a winner's bracket game at the College World Series last June, which UA prevailed with a 4-0 victory en route to a national title ... The Wildcats shuffle their weekend pitching rotation, moving junior Konner Wade from Friday to Saturday. That will set up a rare rematch against UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig in the second game after the two righties faced each other twice a year ago - Vander Tuig winning in Tucson and Wade in Omaha ... James Farris gets the nod in the opener against Bruins' ace Adam Plutko, and a pair of crafty lefties - Tyler Crawford and Grant Watson - will pitch the finale on Sunday ... Pitching-dominant UCLA looks to quiet the league's top statistical offense ... The Wildcats hope their pitching settles back into its April form after a tough couple weeks on the hill ... The league's top two base stealers - Brandon Dixon and Brian Carroll - will make things interesting on the bases ... UCLA leads the league in fielding percentage, a fact the nicely complements its pitching. The Wildcats have been solid in the field, too, but have seen their errors increase lately ... Final exams ended on the UA campus this week with graduation set for Friday ceremonies set for Friday night at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. Game Notes (PDF)
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31-14 (14-7 Pac-12) Record 29-17 10-11 Pac-12) Avg. Brandon Dixon (.382)
.250 Avg. .305 Hits Brandon Dixon (66)
211 Runs 311 Runs Brandon Dixon (51)
370 Hits 457 RBI Trent Gilbert (45)
67 2B 59 2B Brandon Dixon (11)
8 3B 31 HR Brandon Dixon (6)
15 HR 12 OB% Brandon Dixon (.455)
58-90 SB-ATT 89-117 SLG% Brandon Dixon (.601)
.362 OB% .404 SB Brandon Dixon (30)
.336 SLG% .409 ERA Augey Bill (0.75)
2.72 ERA 4.24 IP Konner Wade (81.0)
326  K's 312 K's  James Farris (57)
Arizona Baseball Game Notes:

Leading Off...
- Arizona shuffles its weekend rotation with Konner Wade and James Farris trading places after 12 straight weeks.
- Brandon Dixon leads the Pac-12 in batting (.382), on-base percentage (.455) and stolen bases (30).
- Dixon is only the fourth player in school history with 30 stolen bases, 40 runs scored and 40 RBI in the same season.
- Only 26 percent of UA's position starts have been made by upperclassmen this season (down from 53 percent in 2012).
- Joseph Maggi leads all UA players with a .321 batting in Pac-12 games.
- Riley Moore leads the Wildcats with a .368 batting average over the last 13 games.
- Moore has eight two-out RBI in his last games and leads the team with 16 this season.
- Since moving to the leadoff spot 21 games ago, Johnny Field leads the club with a .384 batting average.
- Trent Gilbert ranks second in the Pac-12 with 45 RBI and bats .434 with runners in scoring position.
- Arizona is one victory shy of a 30-win season for the seventh-straight year and 11th time in Andy Lopez's 12 seasons at the school.

Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez: The Wildcats are coached by Andy Lopez, who is now in his 12th season with a 432-263-1 record at the school. A three-time national coach of the year, including in 2012, 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 1,119-681-7 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 1,119-681-7 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 (432-263-1 from 2002-13).

UA-UCLA Last Meeting: Konner Wade pitched the 100th shutout in College World Series play and a four-run fourth inning positioned Arizona in the winner's bracket en route to the 2012 national championship last June 17 in Omaha. A crowd of 19,198 in TD Ameritrade Park saw Wade strike out four and scatter five hits as he became the first pitcher to throw a complete game shutout without a walk at the CWS since 1972. Wade outdueled Nick Vander Tuig, who pitched three innings of perfect ball before Johnny Field got Arizona's first hit, a fading liner down the rightfield line, in the decisive fourth. Alex Mejia followed with a single to right and Robert Refsnyder singled through the left side to put three aboard. Seth Mejias-Brean then lined one over a leaping second baseman to drive in Field and Mejia, and reached second when right fielder Jeff Gelalich's throw skittered past shortstop Pat Valaika at the bag, putting two in scoring position. Bobby Brown followed with a two-run double into the corner in right field and the Wildcats their 4-0 lead, which held up to give Andy Lopez his 400th win at the school. The victory was also a redemption on the mound for Wade, who earlier in the season suffered a 15-3 loss in the shortest start of his career (three-plus innings) against Vander Tuig and the Bruins.

2012 UA-UCLA Series Recap: The Bruins handed the Wildcats their first weekend series defeat of the season, taking the second and third games by scores of 15-3 and 6-2, respectively, last April 13-15 in Tucson ... UA captured a Game 1 victory, 4-3, on Friday night behind Kurt Heyer's second straight complete game ... The Cats' bats cooled off a bit, hitting just .275 in the series ... UCLA, meanwhile, found a winning combination of good hitting and pitching ... The Bruins hit .333 as a team over the three games, including 20 hits in Saturday's 12-run thumping ... Arizona put a leadoff runner on base just six times (out of 26 leadoff at-bats) in the series, while UCLA did so 13 times (.481) ... The Bruins capitalized at some key some moments, too, outscoring UA 10-5 in two-out RBI in the series ... Defensively, the Wildcats committed seven errors, including five in the Game 2 loss ... The Cats were led offensively by Seth Mejias-Brean's 6-for-12 (.500) effort that included three runs scored, while Robert Refsnyder and Alex Mejia collected four hits apiece.

The Youthful Cats: A season ago, 53 percent (306-of-585 games) of Arizona's position starts were made by junior or seniors. After 46 games this season, only 26 percent (106-of-414) 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 46 games at shortstop, while Zach Gibbons (40), Ryan Koziol (27), Scott Kingery (24), Cody Ramer (12), David Real (9) and Jackson Willeford (6), push the total to 164 starts by freshmen in 2013. On the mound, lefty Cody Moffett and righty Tyger Talley have combined for 30 appearances and six starts.

Dixon in Select Company: With his 30 stolen bases, Brandon Dixon is already tied for No. 9 in Arizona single-season history. What is more impressive, however, is that Dixon has become only the fourth player in school history to steal at least 30 bases, score 40 runs and drive in 40 runs in the same season. The first to do so was Dave Stegman in 1975 when he swiped 36 bags, scored 90 runs and collected 53 RBI. Five years later, in1980, John Moses stole 37 bases, scored 74 runs and tallied 46 RBI. Prior to Dixon, the last Wildcat to accomplish the 30-40-40 feat was Mike Senne in 1986 after he racked up 32 steals, 80 runs scored and 80 RBI. Over 46 games this season, Dixon has scored 51 runs and added 43 RBI.

Big Hit Dixon: Arizona junior third baseman Brandon Dixon is leading the Pac-12 with a .382 batting average entering this weekend's action. The Murrieta, Calif., native also leads all conference players in on-base percentage (.455), runs scored (51), hits (68) and stolen bases (30). Additionally, Dixon ranks No. 2 in slugging (.601), No. 3 in runs batted in (43), tied for No. 2 in triples (five) and tied for No. 8 in home runs (six). Dixon leads the club with 12 multi-RBI games this season.

What Do Ya Know, Joe: Sophomore Joseph Maggi, a corner outfielder and first baseman, leads the Wildcats with a .321 batting in the 21 conference games played to date. It's an impressive turnaround for the Phoenix, Ariz., native who was batting just .211 before conference play began in mid-March. Maggi has since raised his batting average to its current .273 mark for the season, and he's carried one of the team's hottest bats lately. Over the last 21 games, Maggi is 21-for-58 (.362) and has reached base at a .500 clip thanks to 11 walks, six hit by pitches and only six strikeouts. Head coach Andy Lopez likes to use his No. 9 spot in the batting order like a second leadoff spot to turn things over to the top of the order, and Maggi has filled that role beautiful in his recent hot stretch. In the aforementioned 21 games, Maggi has reached base at a .542 clip (13-for-24) when leading off an inning. It's set the stage for UA's big bats at the top of the order for 17 runs scored in that stretch.

Getting Moore: Sophomore catcher Riley Moore has brushed off a midseason slump and instead picked up one of the team's hottest bats in recent weeks. Over the last 13 games, the Santa Barbara, Calif., native leads the Wildcats in both batting (.368) and on-base percentage (.520), and has driven in 12 runs. Of those 12 RBI, eight have come with two outs to add to his season total of 16, which leads the club. Going back further, Moore has reached base in 18 games straight that he has played, aided by 15 walks and four hit by pitches, and now leads the Pac-12 with 30 walks drawn. For the season, Moore is batting .281 with 26 runs scored and 31 RBI.

Johnny Baseball: Junior outfielder Johnny Field, the reigning Pac-12 batting champion, is again contending for the crown. A starter in centerfield in all 46 games this season, Field ranks second in the conference in batting (.364), third in on-base percentage (.439) and fourth in slugging percentage (.576). He's also No. 2 in runs scored (49) and hits (67), while ranking tied for No. 5 in RBI (38). For good measure, he leads all players with seven triples and is tied for fourth in stolen bases (13) to show he can run the bases, too. In his three-year career, Field boasts a .347 batting average with 156 runs scored, 114 RBI and 73 total extra base hits in 163 games. Field was named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List last week.

Setting the Tone: Andy Lopez shuffled his batting order and penciled in Johnny Field as the team's leadoff hitter 21 games ago in the series finale at Oregon (March 24). The move has paid dividends for Field and the Wildcats, who have gone 14-7 since. In those games, Field is batting a team-best .384 with 22 runs, 18 RBI and 11 extra base hits. The Las Vegas, Nev., native has also drawn 13 walks and been hit by a pitch once, to vault his on-base percentage to .461.

Gilly Delivers: Sophomore second baseman Trent Gilbert continues to swing one of the team's most consistent bats. The Torrance, Calif., native ranks No. 6 in the Pac-12 with a .344 batting average and is second in runs batted in (45), just one behind Oregon's Ryon Healy for the top mark. Gilbert, who has settled in at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, is sixth in the conference with 63 base hits and seventh with 37 runs scored. The left-hand hitter boasts a .434 average with runners in scoring position this season and ranks second on the club with 15 two-out RBI. In his 110-game career, Gilbert owns a .304 batting average with 71 runs scored and 87 runs batted in.

Hello, Newman: Few freshmen position players have made a more significant impact on their team than Arizona's Kevin Newman. The rookie shortstop, tasked with filling the shoes of departed Pac-12 Player of the Year Alex Mejia, has been a steady presence offensively and defensively for the Wildcats. A starter in all 46 games this season, Newman is batting .335 with 33 runs scored and 30 RBI. He has 60 base hits (No. 7 in Pac-12) and has stolen nine bases in 11 attempts. Most importantly, Newman has proven to be a tough out at the plate. He has drawn 18 walks and struck out only 11 times in 179 at bats. That is one strikeout every 16.3 at-bats, making him the toughest player to strikeout in the conference (No. 28 nationally). Defensively, Newman boasts a clean .982 fielding percentage with only four errors, and has helped the club turn 35 double plays this season. He was named one of two freshmen on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List last month.

Kingery Heating Up: Freshman outfielder Scott Kingery's bat has been heating up in recent weeks, helping settle the Wildcats' lineup. In his last 13 games played, Kingery is batting a clean .333 (11-for-33) with 10 runs scored. Most impressive, though, the Phoenix, Ariz., native has drawn nine walks and been hit by a pitch once to boost his on-base percentage to .488 in those games. With Kingery in the lineup as the right fielder, the Wildcats have placed Joseph Maggi at first base - a move that balances the offensive lineup from top to bottom. Kingery also gives Arizona speed at the bottom of the order and he is 7-for-11 in stolen base tries this season.

Gibby Gets on Base: Freshman outfielder Zach Gibbons, who has made 40 consecutive starts, is batting .317 with 27 runs scored and 21 runs batted in this season. However, it's his ability to get on base that is most impressive. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native ranks tied for No. in the Pac-12 with a .419 on-base percentage, a mark boosted by his 23 walks and three hit by pitches. The walks drawn are tied for seventh in the conference. Once on base, Gibbons is a threat to steal, evidenced by his 11-for-13 clip on the base paths. Gibbons has also delivered some timely hitting, batting .400 with runners in scoring position to go with 11 two-out RBI.

Throwing a Changeup: After 12 weekends with the same 1-2 punch in the starting rotation, head coach Andy Lopez is going to change things up against the Bruins. James Farris, the Saturday starter all season, will move into the Friday night spot to counter Adam Plutko. Wade, who struggled in a loss last weekend against Washington, will be bumped to Saturday, a role he filled exceptionally all of last season for the Wildcats. The interesting part about the switch is it will match up Wade with Nick Vander Tuig for the third time in just over a year's time. Last season, Wade tossed his shortest career outing (3.0 innings) in a loss to UCLA in Tucson, but bounced back to pitch a complete game shutout without a walk against Vander Tuig and the Bruins at the College World Series. This weekend's series will conclude on Sunday with a pair of crafty lefties (Tyler Crawford and Grant Watson) opposing each other. Crawford assumed the Sunday role for the Wildcats in midseason and has made six consecutive starts in the rotation.

Farris Fridays: Junior right-hander James Farris hopes to take his first Friday start and run with it over the final stretch of the regular season. The veteran, who started the 2012 College World Series national championship game, is 4-4 on the season with a 3.95 ERA to go with 62 strikeouts, which rank No. 5 in the Pac-12. Additionally, Farris has held opposing hitters to a lowly .246 clip this season. He's been strong in recent weeks despite a 1-1 record over his last four starts. But in those games, Farris has a 3.77 ERA and has issued only two walks while racking up 22 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched. In his career, Farris is 11-7 with a 4.13 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 187.1 innings pitched.

A Familiar Role: After 12 starts as the Friday night starter, Junior right-hander Konner Wade will return to the Saturday spot in the rotation where he started all of last season. Wade has seen his record slip to 4-5 on the season to go with a 4.22 ERA. He has 54 strikeouts and 20 walks in 81.0 innings pitched on the season. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native hopes the familiarity of the Saturday spot and a start on the road spark a strong finish to his junior campaign. In his career, Wade 5-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 14 starts and 18 total appearances in road/neutral games. He has 65 strikeouts and only 27 walks in 109.1 innings pitched in those games.

Crafty Crawford: Arizona's Sunday starter will be left-hander Tyler Crawford, who has done a steady job in the role over the last six weekends. Crawford is 5-1 with a 3.92 ERA this season in 14 appearances, which includes 10 starts (four midweeks to go with six Sunday starts). In his two-year career, Crawford has shown he is comfortable as a starter. The Glendale, Ariz., native boasts a 5-2 record and 3.53 ERA in 12 career starts. He has 34 strikeouts and 17 walks in 66.1 innings pitched in those starts.

Troupe on Stopper of the Year List: Mathew Troupe is one of 51 players named to the mid-season watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball. A sophomore right-hander, Troupe boasts a 5-0 record, a 2.08 earned run average and a team-leading nine saves in 24 appearances out of the bullpen this season. He has struck out 45 and walked 16 in 34.2 innings pitched, while limiting opponents to a .180 batting average. Troupe's nine saves rank fourth-most among all closers in the Pac-12 Conference. The saves tally is already sixth-most in school single-history and only four off the program record (13) set by Jason Stoffel in 2008.

Troupe Moving Up: Sophomore Mathew Troupe is quickly moving up Arizona's career chart for saves. In two seasons, the right-hander already has 15 saves and is tied for third-most in school history with Daniel Schlereth (2006-08), who has three years of Major League service. 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. Interestingly, Trevor Hoffman, who ranks No. 2 in Major League Baseball history with 601 career saves, played shortstop as a Wildcat.

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 4-0 record and a 0.75 earned run average over 24.0 innings in 21 total appearances from the bullpen. Bill has held opposing hitters to a .205 batting average, while allowing just nine walks to go with 12 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.

Save the Day: Paced by closer Mathew Troupe's nine saves, which are fourth-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 14, with Nick Cunningham (2), Cody Moffett (1), Tyger Talley (1) and Augey Bill (1) registering the five saves that Troupe did not earn.

Talley the W's: Freshman RHP Tyger Talley has emerged as key setup man out of the bullpen, and he has the numbers to prove it. In 18 appearances, Talley is 4-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native has held opposing hitters to a .187 batting average - second-lowest on the club - to go with 30 strikeouts against 13 walks. In addition to his four victories, Talley has one save to his credit.

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 46 games, the 2013 club is hitting .305.

Close Calls: The Wildcats are learning to win close games. Of Arizona's 46 games played this season, 22 have been decided by two runs or less. In those games, the Cardinal and Navy is an impressive 14-8, including a mark of 9-6 in one-run contests. Over the last 20 games, the Wildcats are 7-2 in one-run contests. A year ago, the Wildcats were 9-4 on the season and 6-3 in conference games decided by one run.

Cardiac Cats: Arizona has developed a knack for nail-biting wins over the last two years. Since March of 2012, Arizona has 15 last at-bat victories, including five already this season. Of the 15 thrillers, 11 have been at Hi Corbett Field, where large, supportive crowds have proven to be a key factor. Here's a look at each of the 15 games:

- 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)
- April 16, 2013 vs. Arizona State (UA scores two runs in Bot. 8, wins 10-9)
- April 20, 2013 @ Stanford (UA scores run in Top 9, wins 10-9)
- April 27, 2013 vs. Alabama State (UA scores run in Bot. 10, wins 4-3 in walk-off fashion)

Plate Discipline: Here's a formula to lead the Pac-12 in on-base percentage: lead the conference in most walks drawn and lead the league in fewest strikeouts. That's exactly what Arizona is doing 46 games into the season and the result is a .404 on base percentage that is tops in the Pac-12 and among the top 20 marks in the nation. Wildcat hitters have drawn a Pac-12 leading 210 walks, paced by Riley Moore (30) who leads the league. Meanwhile, Kevin Newman and Zach Gibbons are among the toughest players to strikeout in the league, combining for only 25 strikeouts in 324 at-bats on a club that has struck out only 211 times all year. Arizona hitters have also been hit by a pitch 60 times, which is the fourth-most for any Pac-12 school.

Unselfish Approach: Arizona very much relies on its ability to move runners. The Wildcats have 60 sacrifice bunts (second-most in Pac-12) on the season and they lead the conference with 28 sacrifice flies over 46 games. It's a total team effort with 15 players contributing at least one sacrifice bunt this season and 13 driving in a run with a sacrifice fly. UA's 13 players with a sac fly are more than the team season totals of Utah (10) and Washington (11).

On Deck: Arizona will play a three-game set against rival Arizona State at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., next weekend (May 17-19). The series begins on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. The two schools split a pair of midweek games played in April in Tucson.

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