June 24, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; Arizona Wildcats head coach Andy Lopez (7) stands outside the dugout prior to the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the championship finals game one of the 2012 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Baseball Sunday Update


This week, the #10 Arizona Wildcats (7-1) took on Long Beach State on the road and San Jose State at home. The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season against Long Beach State, but took care of the rest of the games, going 4-1 this week and outscoring their opponents 39-21. Overall, Arizona is out-batting their opponents this season .300 to .207 (on base percentage .433 to .290).

The most exciting moment of the week came on Friday against San Jose State in the bottom of the ninth when, down by two with two outs, two strikes and bases loaded, Brandon Dixon hit a triple to win the game. Brandon Dixon is also leading the way on offense so far this season, hitting .385 and getting on base .514 with 10 hits, 2 triples and 11 RBIs.

James Farris is leading the way on the mound out of the starters. His ERA is 2.93, limiting the batters to a batting average of .183, allowing only 10 hits, 5 runs and striking out 15. Overall, Arizona is out-pitching their opponents with an ERA of 3.55 to 9.45 (runs 31 to 82).

Here is how other ranked teams in the Pac-12 have faired so far:

#5 Oregon (5-1)
#6 UCLA (3-2)
#8 Oregon St. (7-0)
#14 Stanford (4-2)
#22 Arizona State (3-2)

With six teams ranked in the Pac-12 this year–three of which are ahead of Arizona–conference play will be no cake walk for the defending National Champions.

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