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Dixon and Cats run back into the Pac-12 race

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tuesday night's wild 10-9 comeback win over rival Arizona State, in front of 5,396 fans at Hi Corbett Field, gives the 25th-ranked Arizona baseball team (24-12) nine wins in its last 10 games, including a seventh-straight win at Hi Corbett Field. It was also the Wildcats' 13th last at-bat victory over the last two seasons, with 10 of the thrilling wins coming at home.

The rally started with a Brandon Dixon single to lead off the eighth inning and he eventually scored on one of Arizona State's five errors to tie the game and erase what was at one time a six-run deficit for the Wildcats.

One out later, Riley Moore reached on an infield single, and Scott Kingery, who came off the bench in the sixth inning, roped a double to the left field wall that drove in Moore with the go-ahead run.

Closer Mathew Troupe closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout to collect his ninth save of the season.

Dixon is putting together a stellar season as Arizona's everyday third baseman.

The Murrieta, Calif., native is batting .390 with 42 runs, 32 RBI, six doubles, five triples, four homers and 26 stolen bases. He's reaching base at a .460 clip and slugging an impressive .596.

Dixon's batting average is No. 2 among Pac-12 players and ranked No. 55 in the nation at the start of the week. His 42 runs scored not only lead the conference but also ranked No. 3 nationally, while the 53 base hits he has tops the league with teammate Johnny Field 

Just as notable, the 26 stolen bases are the most for any conference player and were No. 8 in the national individual rankings.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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