Arizona Wildcats

May 29, 2013 6:48 PM

UA Baseball places three players on Pac-12 All-Conference team

TUCSON - The University of Arizona baseball team placed three players on the 25-man Pac-12 All-Conference team announced Wednesday by the league office.

Junior centerfielder Johnny Field was named to the all-conference team for the second season in a row. Field was joined by junior third baseman Brandon Dixon and freshman shortstop Kevin Newman, who were each first-time selections.

A native of Las Vegas, Field ranked second on the club and fifth in the Pac-12 with a .347 batting average during the regular season. A starter in all 55 games, Field led all league players with 58 runs scored and seven triples. Additionally, Field ranked third among all players for bases hits (77), total bases (117) and stolen bases (16). Field also ranked sixth in the conference for both slugging percentage (.527) and on-base percentage (.424).

Field was an all-conference honoree a year ago as a junior when he also won the Pac-12 batting title. He was on numerous preseason watch lists for national awards this season, including the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award 60-Man Midseason Watch List.

A native of Murrieta, Calif., Dixon became the newest Pac-12 batting champion in his first season as a full-time starter. In 55 starts, Dixon batted .369 and also led all league players with 30 stolen bases, and finished among the top 10 in numerous offensive categories. He checked in second in slugging percentage (.561), runs batted in (51) and runs scored (57). Additionally, he ranked third in on-base percentage (.443) and triples (five).

Dixon turned in the outstanding season after moving from first base a year ago to third base, where he started every game for the Wildcats. His batting average improved from .245 as a sophomore to its team and conference-leading .369 clip this year.

A native of Poway, Calif., Newman earns recognition on the all-conference team after starting all 55 games at shortstop in his initial season. Newman finished with a .336 batting average, which ranked fourth-highest on the team and No. 11 in the conference during the regular season. Additionally, Newman ranked seventh in the league for base hits (73) and eighth for runs batted in (42). He led Arizona with 23 multiple-hit games and topped the club with a .329 average in road games.

Defensively, Newman was outstanding all season. He committed only six errors with a .975 fielding percentage. He collected a team-leading 164 assists and helped the club turn 45 double plays on the year.

Sophomore second baseman Trent Gilbert earned honorable mention selection to the all-conference team. Gilbert hit .344 with 45 runs scored and 49 runs batted in while starting all 55 games.

Arizona (34-21) saw its season come to an end last weekend following a three-game sweep of Southern California. The Wildcats were not included in the field of 64 teams announced for the 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship announced Monday.

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