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Arizona Baseball set to face Bruins

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WESTWOOD, CA (Arizona Athletics) -

Arizona Baseball opens a three-game series with #10 UCLA tonight in Westwood. Wildcat coach Andy Lopez is shuffling his weekend rotation with Konner Wade and James Farris trading places after 12 straight weeks.

Wade will start for the first time in his career in the Friday night role.

Brandon Dixon leads the Pac-12 in batting (.382), on-base percentage (.455) and stolen bases (30). Dixon is only the fourth player in school history with 30 stolen bases, 40 runs scored and 40 RBI in the same season.

Only 26 percent of UA's position starts have been made by upperclassmen this season (down from 53 percent in 2012).

Joseph Maggi leads all UA players with a .321 batting in Pac-12 games.

Riley Moore leads the Wildcats with a .368 batting average over the last 13 games. Moore has eight two-out RBI in his last games and leads the team with 16 this season.

Johnny Field leads the club with a .384 batting average.

Trent Gilbert ranks second in the Pac-12 with 45 RBI and bats .434 with runners in scoring position.

Arizona is one victory shy of a 30-win season for the seventh-straight year and 11th time in Andy Lopez's 12 seasons at the school.

Series Pitching Matchups:

Fri., May 10         RHP James Farris (4-4, 3.95) vs. RHP Adam Plutko (6-2, 2.68)

Sat., May 11       RHP Konner Wade (4-5, 4.22) vs. RHP Nick Vander Tuig (8-3, 1.84)

Sun., May 12      LHP Tyler Crawford (5-1, 3.92) vs. LHP Grant Watson (5-3, 3.29)

Radio: All three games will be broadcast on 1290 AM with Brian Jeffries providing the live play-by-play descriptions.

All-Time Series: UCLA leads 119-114-1   Last Meeting: June 17, 2012 (UA 4, UCLA 0 at College World Series)

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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