Arizona Baseball: Wildcat bats heat up to split series with Utah Valley

Brandon Dixon scores a run for the Arizona Wildcats - Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona's offense rebounded on Wednesday, racking up 14 hits en route to a 14-5 victory

The Arizona Wildcats (8-2) lineup came alive on Wednesday after a poor performance on Tuesday, leading the Cats to a 14-5 victory over the Utah Valley Wolverines (4-5).

Brandon Dixon led the charge, going 3-for-3 on the day, including a 2-run HR in the bottom of the third inning.

"Wanted to make sure I was making my outs on the ground and just ran into a few balls." said Dixon.

"I'm really happy for Brandon, he's kinda paid some dues here and he's really done a good job here this year so far" said head coach Andy Lopez.

(You can listen to all of Coach Lopez's post game quotes here)

SS Kevin Newman and 1B Sam Parris also had multi-RBI days, driving in two each.

Every Arizona starter except DH Tyler Parmenter had a hit on the day.

Andy Lopez gave freshman pitcher Cody Moffett (1-0) his first career college start, and he looked good. Moffett ended up going 5 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 earned runs while earning his first victory.

"When we asked for the ball on the outer half, he gave it to us on the outer half. When we asked for a ball on the dirt, he gave it to us on the dirt." said Lopez.

Augey Bill (2-0) came in to stop the bleeding in the 6th inning after Tyler Hale failed to retire a batter.. Bill went 2 2/3 scoreless Wednesday, giving him 10 1/3 scoreless on the year so far.

"He's been very consistent for us, done a marvelous job of throwing strikes." said Coach Lopez.

"Got a little bit of a cut fastball going for him now...he's got a little secondary pitch that he throws for a strike."

Tyler Hale on the other hand now has a season ERA of 121.50 (9 ER in 2/3 of an inning).

Arizona looks to keep the momentum going this weekend, welcoming the University of San Francisco in for a 3-game series. The Wildcats will throw Konner Wade on Friday (6PM), James Farris on Saturday (2PM) and Stephen Manthei on Sunday (Noon).


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