April 9, 2009
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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona baseball team dropped its series opener, 9-5, to No. 16 Oregon State on Thursday evening at Jerry Kindall Field.
Preston Guilmet turned in seven solid innings as he allowed four runs – two earned – and handed over a 5-4 lead to the bullpen in the eighth inning.
Arizona’s all-time saves leader, Jason Stoffel, was unable to hold down the Beavers in the eighth inning, allowing four runs on five hits as Oregon State pulled away with a 8-5 lead. It marked only the second blown save of Stoffel’s career and the first of 2009 for the Wildcat pitching staff.
The Wildcats (13-15, 2-8 Pac-10) took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a series of infield hits.
After Rafael Valenzuela was hit by pitch and stole second, Dwight Childs chopped a ball into the hole at shortstop, reaching on a base hit. Childs then advanced to second safely as Beaver first baseman Jared Norris hit Childs in the back with a throw to second after fielding a grounder from Kyle Stiner.
With Valenzuela now at third base and the bases loaded, Bryce Ortega picked up an RBI with an infield single to shortstop. Hunter Pace followed with an infield hit of his own to drive in a second run and give UA a lead heading to the seventh inning.
UA looked to be in control as Guilmet (2-3) limited the Beavers, who took a 4-2 lead in the fifth, to no runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Guilmet turned the game over to Stoffel in the eighth inning, but the junior closer allowed four runs and committed a throwing error on a pickoff play at first base.
The Beavers (19-6, 6-1 Pac-10) added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning of reliever Cory Burns to set the score at its final, 9-5.
Arizona jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Pace singled and moved to third on a double by Glenn. The UA center fielder came in to score on an RBI groundout by Dillon Baird.
The Wildcats added to their lead with a single run in the third. Baird tallied his second RBI of the game with a single that scored Ortega.
Friday’s game, which was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., has been moved to a 2 p.m. start. The National Weather Service is forecasting rain on Friday evening in Tucson.
There are currently no plans to broadcast the game on radio due to the time change.
Saturday’s game, which marks the series finale, remains unaffected and will begin at Noon.