TUCSON, Ariz. ?- No. 15-ranked Oregon State pounded out 17 runs on 18 hits off of five different Arizona pitchers to even its Pac-10 series against the No. 8 Wildcats at one game each with a 17-1 victory at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium on Saturday.
The loss, Arizona’s largest defeat of the year, snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Wildcats and dropped them to 25-11 overall and to 9-2 in the Pac-10. Oregon State improved to 27-6 overall and to 6-2 in the conference.
The Beavers took advantage of an off night by UA starter Kevin Guyette (6-3) and jumped out to an early 4-1 lead through the three innings. The junior right-hander was charged with loss after giving up three earned runs on five hits in a season-low 3 1/3 innings of work. Guyette balked a run in, hit two batters and walked three on the night.
OSU, which stranded 18 runners on base and finished with just two extra base hits in the game, tacked on two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth, four in the eighth and three in the ninth off of four different Arizona relievers that followed Guyette.
OSU starter Anton Maxwell (6-0) picked up his sixth win of the season, limiting UA to just one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked four on the night.
After Trevor Crowe led off the home half of the first inning with a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1, the Arizona offense petered out to the tune of five hits over the final eight innings.
The Beavers meanwhile had eight of their nine starters collect at least one hit in the contest, including five with two or more. Darwin Barney (3 for 6, R, 3 RBI), Shea McFeely (3 for 6, 3 R, 2 RBI) and Cole Gillespie (3 for 4, R, 3 RBI) paced the OSU offense with three hits each.
Arizona and Oregon State will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 12 p.m. UA’s David Coulon will toe the rubber as the starter for the Wildcats. The game can be heard live on the radio on 1290 AM The Source.