Arizona baseball can't hold off Oregon State
TUCSON, Ariz. – Fourth-ranked Oregon State scored three times in the sixth inning to erase a two-run deficit and overtake No. 20 Arizona to secure a series win with a 4-3 victory Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field.
Arizona (15-7, 0-2 Pac-12) broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Oregon State (18-1, 2-0) surged ahead in the top of the sixth.
Back-to-back singles by Tyler Smith and Michael Conforto put runners at the corners with no outs, before Dylan Davis drove in both runs on a double to left field. Later in the decisive sixth inning, Jake Rodriguez hit his second sacrifice fly of the game to give the Beavers their first lead.
That lead held up the rest of the way as starter Andrew Moore turned the game over to four relievers. Moore and the bullpen kept the Wildcats scoreless over the final four innings.
Arizona had its chances, though, stranding runners in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Wildcats finished the game just 2-for-9 with runners and scoring position and left seven total runners on base.
The Wildcats did take two leads in the early stages of the game. Cody Ramer, who finished 2-for-4, singled and later scored on Riley Moore’s sacrifice fly to put Arizona up 1-0 in the third.
After Oregon State tied the game in the top of the fifth on Rodriguez’s first sacrifice fly, the Wildcats answered back with a pair of runs to reclaim the lead in the home half of the inning.
Jordan Berger reached on a one-out infield single and scored on Ramer’s triple to the right field corner. Ramer was driven in on Riley Moore’s RBI single to put Arizona on top 3-1.
The Beavers seized control of the game with their three consecutive hits off James Farris in the top of the sixth. Farris, who retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced, had been in control much of the first five innings. But all three hits he allowed in the sixth came on four total pitchers.
Farris (L, 3-2) suffered the loss with the four runs allowed – three earned – on six hits and a pair of walks. He struck out five.
Arizona’s bullpen kept things close as Tyler Crawford and Mathew Troupe each pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, respectively. Alas, a comeback was not in store.
Andrew Moore (W, 5-0) earned the victory for his 5.2 inning effort. The freshman right-hander scattered nine hits and allowed three runs – two earned – with three strikeouts. Scott Schultz earned his third save of the season by retiring each batter he faced in the ninth.
Arizona will look to salvage a win in the series finale on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for noon at Hi Corbett Field.