Arizona (15-11, 0-6 PAC-12) welcomes the Utah Utes (12-10, 2-4 PAC-12) to Tucson this weekend for a Thursday, Friday, Saturday series before Easter Sunday. And while all of the focus in Tucson is on the basketball team, the baseball team finds itself in a must-win situation this weekend.
Here are some key points:
- Arizona is 50-6 all-time against the Utes, including winning 2-of-3 in Salt Lake City last year.
- Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg played for Arizona for two years including making a pitching appearance in the 1979 College World Series. He was also the associate head coach at Arizona from 1996-2001.
- Utah has just two hitters batting over .300 (Kody Davis and AJ Young). Arizona has six (Brandon Dixon .408, Zach Gibbons .378, Kevin Newman .357, Jordan Berger .357, Trent Gilbert .343 and Johnny Field .340)
- The Wildcats' current 6-game losing streak is tied for the longest for Arizona under head coach Andy Lopez. It also happened in 2003, 2006, and 2008.
- That 2008 streak came after Arizona started the year 13-3 (15-5 this year). Later that year they went on to win 13 straight.
- The Wildcats still have a .308 team batting average this year, but are hitting just .240 over the last six games, including going just 14-for-56 with runners in scoring position.
- Arizona is 0-3 in one-run conference games this year. They were 6-3 last year.
- Aggressive base running: Arizona has stolen a base in 23 of 26 games, and has attempted a stolen base in every game. Brandon Dixon is currently third in the nation with 20 steals on 21 attempts.
- The single-season stolen base record is surprisingly not held by Kenny Lofton, but by Tommy Hinzo, who swiped 45 bags in the 1986 National Championship season.
Thursday at 6 PM: Utah RHP Mitch Watrous (1-1. 4.08 ERA) vs. Arizona RHP Konner Wade (2-2, 4.14 ERA)
Friday at 6 PM: Utah RHP Joe Pond (2-2, 5.23 ERA) vs. Arizona RHP James Farris (3-3, 3.83 ERA)
Saturday at Noon: Utah RHP Dalton Carroll (2-1, 4.44 ERA) vs. Arizona LHP Cody Moffett (2-2, 3.96 ERA)
|School||Conference Record||Overall Record|
No. 23/24/NR Stanford at Washington State
Washington at No. 8/9/10/12 Oregon
No. 2/3 Oregon State at San Diego
USC at Cal
No. 7/8 UCLA at Arizona State