May 16, 2013
2013 Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalists
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona junior third baseman Brandon Dixon has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced on Thursday.
The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball's most prestigious award.
Dixon leads all Pac-12 players with a .367 batting average and also ranks at the top in runs scored (52) and stolen bases (30), plus ranks second in both slugging percentage (.574) and on-base percentage (.444). In 49 games played - all starts - Dixon has collected the second-most hits (69) and the third-most runs batted in (43) among all conference players.
The Murrieta, Calif., native is 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 previous three players to accomplish the feat were Dave Stegman (1975), John Moses (1980) and Mike Senne (1986).
Dixon is one of four Wildcats on midseason watch lists for national awards. In April, Mathew Troupe was added to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List, and Kevin Newman was named to the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List. Earlier this month, Johnny Field was recognized on the USA Baseball 60-Man Golden Spikes Award List.
Arizona (29-20, 10-14 Pac-12) opens a three-game series at No. 15 Arizona State (33-15-1, 14-10) in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend. The first game is set for 6:30 p.m. (MST) on Friday, May 17, at Packard Stadium.